If you're lucky enough to have your own pool, you know how hard it is to keep it clean. So read on for some tips on choosing the best one.
Manual Pool Cleaners
Manual pool cleaners are simple units that attach to your hose or skimmer. You simply connect it up, turn on the hose and move it around the sides and bottom of the pool, and the pool filters do the rest. This is the cheapest type of pool cleaner, but it can be labor-intensive, so you may choose one of the other types if you are short on time and energy.
Robotic Pool Cleaners
This is the way to go if you really want low-maintenance pool cleaning. They're self-contained with their own pumps and filters and driven by an electric motor. They crawl around your pool, cleaning right into the corners, and even shut themselves off when it's all done. All you need to do is change the filters and clean the pump afterward. They are typically easy to use and assemble, but they do have a few drawbacks. For example, the power cord limits their range and they can't clean large pieces of debris.
Suction cleaners are more economical than robotic cleaners and don't have an electric motor. Instead, they are powered by suction. You simply attach it to your pool's skimmer and it will skim around the surface, cleaning as it goes, sucking debris through the pool's filter. Just set it up, leave it to go and turn it off when your pool is clean. The only drawback is that it will quickly fill your pool's pump basket.
Now you know the pros and cons of the three main pool cleaner types, you can easily shop for the one that best meets your needs and budget.