Everyone wants that clean and pristine pool, but the daily maintenance can be quite the chore. Skimming the top and scrubbing the bottom, having to remove the grit and dirt that gets transferred into the pool from use, as well as the rocks and branches that can make a pool look unkempt, it’s hard to keep your pool looking the way you want. If you’re looking for a way to supplement your filter, a pool cleaner can make your life much easier.
What Should I Get?
There’s a large selection of vacuums to choose from though, from inexpensive to premium cleaners. How do you choose what kind of handheld or automatic vacuum you should get? One thing that all of these pool vacuums have is a transformer. This reduces the voltage from the standard household 110 volts to a safe 12 volts. 12 volts is much to low, then, to cause electrocution risk. The first thing is to check whether the cleaner is for above ground or inground pools. Some automatic pool cleaners do both, like the Twyster, one of our budget models. The main difference between the two are they’re ability to go up the pool walls, with inground vacuums more capable than above ground. This gap has been narrowed with newer automatic vacuums though, and if necessary, one type will work in the other type. Once you have the pool type you’re cleaning, it’s on to the way the pool cleaner cleans.
One popular type of automatic pool cleaner works using suction. They generally connect to your filter, and use the suction created to assist the filter in doing its job. All the dirt and debris picked up by a suction cleaner goes into the filter, and so the job a suction cleaner does at cleaning depends on how effective your filter system is. One of our most popular automatic pool vacuums is the Zodiac Barrauda G3 for inground pools, which like other suction cleaners, has a gearbox which has the vacuum move in an outward spiral to clean the pool bottom and sides. This maximizes the area of the pool that gets cleaned. When using a suction cleaner, make sure to remove as much air from the filter line as possible. If air gets trapped in the filter, it can lead your filter to run dry because of an air pocket. This can burn out and ruin your filter, and is to be avoided at all costs.
Pressure Side Cleaner
Another variety of automatic pool vacuum is the pressure side cleaner. This uses whats called the Venturi effect,
where a water current forced through a smaller tube will travel at a higher velocity and lower water pressure, due to fluid physics. The current produced will ‘suck’ debris up into a mesh bag to keep large and medium sized objects out of the filter itself. Any dust or dirt smaller than the holes in the mesh bag, then, will just be agitated up from the bottom for the pool filter to clean normally. One of these cleaners, like the Polaris® Turbo Turtle, would assist in your pool’s cleaning and make it so you don’t have to run your filter the eight hours a day that’s recommended.
Battery Operated Cleaner
If you still feel uncomfortable with running electricity into the pool, or your pool is located far away from somewhere to power a cleaner, a battery operated pool vacuum is what you’re looking for. The Catfish Battery Powered Swimming Pool Vacuum is perfect for spas or small pools. These vacuums usually are designed to work with a 1 or under horsepower pump, and while it sacrifices the self-moving of other cleaners, it more than compensates in compactness and low price.
Vibrating Pool Cleaners
The simplest and cheapest form of automated pool cleaner is a vibrating pool vacuum. These follow a random path and are mainly scrubbers of pool bottoms, as the main goal of these is to agitate the water to allow your filter to clean the water more quickly than regularly filtering and removes stains from the bottom.