Pool Cleaners: Manual, Automatic or Robotic?

Whether it’s winter or summer, your pool has to be maintained year round. But if you’ve ventured to any pool supplies shop or browsed our online Pool Cleaners products, you’ll have seen there’s a lot of different kinds of pool cleaners around. And if you know little about these contraptions you might be wondering: which type is best for you?

If you’re trying to get your head around a pool cleaner, here’s our review of manual, automatic, and robotic cleaners. Hopefully after going through each option you’ll have a much better understanding of which gadget best suits your pool.

Manual Pool Cleaners

Manual vacuum cleaners are your first option. They’re effective and the least expensive. But there’s one huge downside: they’re time-consuming. A manual cleaner translates to you doing the work. There’s absolutely no self-cleaning so you have to take care of everything, including guiding the machine around the pool.

The cleaner comprises a vacuum head fitted to a telepole. The whole contraption then connects to a skimmer box. It’s efficient and affordable – but you’ll have to expect to put in some elbow grease to get the job done.

Automatic Pool Cleaners

Automatic pool cleaning is all about convenience. When you use automatic cleaners, you won’t need to brush, vacuum and skim the pool all that much yourself. That doesn’t mean you’ll never have to lift a finger: you’ll need to fit the device up to the pool yourself. But you can expect to spend less time cleaning and more time swimming.

automatic pool cleaner

There are two types of automatic pool cleaners;

Suction-side cleaners

Suction cleaners are attached with a hose to the pool’s circulation system and strain the water through the pool’s skimmer basket and filter. The machine moves around the bottom of the pool and sometimes up the walls vacuuming up debris and dirt.

Pools that receive dust and smaller particles are most suited for suction-side cleaning. You may need a leaf canister if you have to deal with branches, gumnuts, or eucalyptus leaves.

Pressure-side cleaners

These cleaners use pressure to move around the pool’s bottom and walls. Since they have their own filter bag, they reduce wear and tear on your pool filter.

The pressure-side cleaner will be most valuable in pools that receive larger debris such as twigs, gumnuts, and eucalyptus leaves. Although some pressure-side cleaners operate on their own, others require a separate booster pump to work better.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Do you love seeing all the work done for you while you just sit poolside with an iced tea and soak up the sun?

Robotic cleaners are powered by electric motors situated inside the unit or else connect to an external power source.


They are by far the most efficient and effective pool cleaners. They can handle any kind of debris, vacuuming it directly into its own filter.

Plus they have their own smart technology that helps them master any shape or sized pool. Their movements can be programmed so they manoeuvre over all areas of the pool, leaving no surface untouched.

Not only does this robotic cleaner help you with pool cleanliness, it also helps circulate water, guaranteeing a fresher swim.

But there is a price for all these extra benefits – and that is, of course, the price. Robotic cleaners are the highest end pool cleaner there is, popular for commercial pools as well as larger private swimming pools. And that means you should expect a higher price tag.

Extra things to think about

There are plenty of other pool equipment and accessories you may want to consider to keep your pool clean. These include vacuum heads, leaf rakes, spare filter cartridges, floating tablet dispensers, and much more. All guarantee a greater, more efficient pool cleaning experience.

Shop online for our full range of pool cleaning products. And if you have any more queries about pool cleaners, don’t hesitate to give our pool professionals a call on 1300 679 885.

You can also take the hassle out of pool cleaning entirely by letting us do the work for you with our very own pool servicing and maintenance experts.

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