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Types of Pool Cleaners

In this article, we have outlined the advantages and disadvantages of the three different automatic pool cleaners to help you decide which option will be best for you and your pool.

Robotic Cleaner

In recent years, robotic pool cleaners have become a popular choice for home pool owners. These cleaners have come down considerably in price and offer many features that are not available for suction pool cleaners. Please note, that there are two main types of robotic pool cleaners: battery operated and power operated with a cable


  • Good for larger pools.
  • Robot cleaners run independently from the pool filter, without adding any extra pressure to your existing pool equipment.
  • Easy to use, just drop it into the pool and turn it on.
  • Can map the layout of the pool to ensure every surface of the pool is clean.
  • Requires less maintenance.
  • Some can climb walls and waterline. Check the individual model
  • Battery operated models do not require a cable


  • A bigger upfront cost.
  • Some models of robotic cleaners aren’t quite as powerful or effective when it comes to larger debris.

Suction Cleaner

Suction pool cleaners remain one of the top selling choices in pool cleaners. This is mainly due to its pricing. If you are familiar with this type of cleaner, you will find it easy to use and maintain. Parts are relatively cheap - allowing you to keep your trusty suction cleaner running for many years.


  • Cost-effective.
  • Easy to maintain and repair.
  • Some have the ability to climb walls


  • This style of cleaner relies on the suction of your pump to work.
  • You need to make sure you check your skimmer box regularly when it’s in use as debris can build up quickly.
  • A suction cleaner takes much longer to do its job and needs to be left in the water for longer.
  • Can get stuck on debris and in corners.

Pressure Cleaner

Pressure pool cleaners operate a little differently to both robotic and suction cleaners. Water pressure is used to move the cleaner while it suctions dirt and debris, collecting in a bag. This type of cleaner is great for pools that collect a lot of debris.


  • Can reach into tight corners.
  • The perfect option for pools that collect larger debris, such as twigs, pebbles, bugs, and leaves.
  • Affordable price tag.
  • Easy to repair and maintain.
  • Great at removing large debris.


  • The filter bag needs to be emptied regularly.
  • Will only run if the pump of your pool is running as well.
  • Some models may need an added booster pump.
  • Small particles like sand may clog the backup valve.
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