- No input is needed from you to use this cleaner, all you need do is turn it on and then let it do its job.
- They usually come with two motors, one for cleaning and the other for moving.
- Robotic pool cleaners come with many other features such as being programmable.
There are basically two ways to clean pools; the manual way and the automatic way. The manual way involves using handheld cleaning implements such as pole skimmers, handheld pool vacuums, and then of course brushes.
The automatic pool cleaning methods involve using mechanical or electrical appliances to clean your pool. There are three kinds of automatic pool cleaning appliances, namely; Robotic vacuum pool cleaners, Suction-side pool cleaners and then Pressure side pool cleaners. These all have their pros and cons, this article though we’ll be focusing on robotic pool cleaners.
Robotic pool cleaners are exactly what the name implies; they are pool vacuum cleaners which are robotic. Therefore, no input is needed from you to use this cleaner, all you need do is turn it on and then let it do its job. What they do is clean pool dirt and other unwanteds in the pool. It just makes the job of pool cleaning very easy and stress-less.
Robotic cleaners were the last of the automatic cleaners to get on the scene. They are still kind of new. They have probably been available for just the last 10 to 15 years. However, in this period, they have become a sort of top dog pool cleaner. They are also the most expensive, and of course the most energy-efficient. They have been touted to be the best pool cleaners, especially when it comes to the level of convenience that they offer.
Robotic pool cleaners operate by the use of motors. They usually come with two motors, one for cleaning and the other for moving. They come with sensors, which record the layout of the pool on the first cleaning attempt and after that can safely and effectively clean the pool.
Robotic pool cleaners come with many other features such as being programmable. This means that you can schedule your cleaning. So you program in when you want your pool to be cleaned, and without you even being there to turn on the machine, it does the cleaning when due.
Of course, it electrically powered usually, but some of them also are battery-powered. There are lots of robotic cleaners in the market, how do you make a choice of one that works for you? You’d have to consider some factors, and we’ll be outlining some of them below.
Kind of Pool
Here, what we mean is the style of build. Is it an in-ground pool or an above ground pool? This is something that you have to consider, some robotic pool cleaners are just made for one type of pool, so you should take note of this. Another thing to consider here is the size of your pool. Bigger pools will need cleaners with more power, which can clean your pool efficiently. You ’t want your cleaner being overworked anytime it cleans the pool. Usually, the capacity of the cleaner you’re about to buy is written somewhere on the machine. Checking this out will help you make a do good decision.
Robotic pool cleaners are a bit expensive, so what would it profit you if you spent your money on a pool cleaner only lose it after a few uses? Therefore, you want to make sure that what you’re getting is very durable. Some cleaners come with at least one year’s warranty, while some others don’t come with any at all. You also want to read reviews and get to hear what other owners who own the pool are saying about the brand which you intend to buy.
A heavy pool cleaner might not seem to be a problem until it develops a fault while cleaning and then you have to pull it out. So it does make some sense of buying light pool cleaners. They are more energy-efficient; they also seem to be faster at doing the job of cleaning the pool and even reaching the pool corners. Of course, they’d also be cheaper.
But coming to think of it again, bigger and bulky pool cleaners were made for a purpose. They are to be used in large pools; you know Olympic size swimming pools and all. Bigger and therefore heavier cleaners will perform more efficiently in such environments as more power will be needed to efficiently clean a big pool. So it brings us back to our first consideration; know your pool.
Not all pool cleaners come with this feature. However, the new ones are actually programmable. So just like an alarm or like you schedule your phone to go off and then on at certain times of the day, you can do this for your robotic cleaner. All you need is to program in the time you want your cleaner to get to work. Usually, the program is weekly, so you program the day, and other details and that’s all. You can now sit back, relax, and watch your pool cleaner do all the work.
Surfaces It Can Clean
Some robotic pool cleaners can’t clean all parts of the pool. Some can clean just the floor of the pool, while some can clean walls, floor, and even the steps. You want to make sure whatever robotic cleaner you’re buying can at least clean the walls and pool floor. If you find one that can clean the steps, that’d be cool too.