You want to keep your pool healthy and clean? It is essential to clean it regularly and to vacuum up any impurities that settle in it. But in what way? What equipment should you use to minimize the work and cost, as well as to optimize cleaning? Opt for a pool cleaner! But there are a few types, so which one to choose? Weighing the pros and cons is important.
A pool robot: what is it?
A pool robot is a device, a cleaning device that is used to clean any type of pool. The pool robot generally plays a double role. On the one hand, it sucks up all the dirt accumulated in the pool, including insects, leaves, and various wastes. On the other hand, it cleans the bottom of the pool and sometimes the walls with built-in brushes, the type of which varies according to the type of pool lining. There are, for example, foam brushes, which are ideal for concrete or tile coverings, or lamella brushes and PVC brushes for other types of coverings. There are several types of pool cleaner, and the choice will depend on the needs and preferences of each individual. There are hydraulic pool cleaner, pool vacuum cleaner, and electric pool cleaner. These three types of pool cleaners each have their own characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. It is up to each person to choose the type that suits him or her best and that is best suited to his or her pool. It is necessary to consider the power of the device, its power supply, its storage space, its maintenance work, the additional accessories it needs, etc.
Hydraulic swimming pool robot
This type of swimming pool robot moves randomly in the pool, thanks to the filtration circuit pre-installed in the pool. In general, it plays only one role, that of sucking up the impurities present in the pool. It does not rub the bottom or the walls. It should be noted that hydraulic swimming pool robots are classified into three categories, according to their mode of operation: the suction robot, which works by suction, moving by suction, the robot with booster, which works and moves thanks to a swimming pool booster positioned in the filtration circuit, and the classic robot, which works by pressure from the pool pump. Whatever the category, a hydraulic robot adapts to any kind of pool, with any shape of pool and with any type of lining. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a hydraulic robot? The first advantage is that it is automatic as soon as it is submerged. Then, it is very easy to install and start it up. And finally, the result is very satisfactory. However, in order to ensure the proper functioning of certain models, it is essential to invest in other equipment such as the pool booster for example. Otherwise, the cleaning cycle becomes slow.
Pool vacuum cleaner
A pool vacuum cleaner is a device that performs the same function as a vacuum cleaner. Therefore, it needs the manipulation of a person to move around. Of course, it is waterproof, but once immersed, it needs to be guided by a person. It is ideal for use in small above-ground pools, which may be wooden or inflatable, etc. And for optimal cleaning of an inground pool, the purchase of a telescopic handle is a must. The pool vacuum cleaner sucks up all kinds of dirt from the bottom of a pool. To do this, it is equipped with a suction mouth and a net or a box to store the dirt sucked up. It works with batteries or with a battery. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a pool vacuum cleaner? It costs less than all other pool cleaners. It allows you to clean the bottom and walls of a pool as well as the water line. Nevertheless, the cleaning cycle is slow, autonomy is low and storage is limited.
Electric pool robot
The electric pool robot is automated, so it is equipped with one or more motors. As a result, it automatically circulates through the pool, while cleaning the bottom. This type of robot is equipped with brushes that have the function of removing the dirt from the bottom. In addition, it acts as a filtering device. Indeed, it has a filtration system, either working with a filter bag, cartridge or filter panel. For optimal cleaning, this module must also be cleaned regularly. In terms of performance, this also depends very much on the model. Some models are quite powerful, with their own filtration system. Others are very powerful and can remove even stubborn dirt with directional water jets. In addition, an important aspect of the pool cleaner is the cleaning cycle it is equipped with. The most sophisticated electric robots have several washing cycles that allow them to perform a long cleaning cycle. And simple robots with a single cycle move around thanks to the wheels or tracks they are equipped with. They can go in any direction and on any type of flooring, and some can even climb walls. It’s up to the owner to set up his robot to perform the desired cleaning: on which surface, where to start, which direction to take, etc. What’s nice about some models is that they have sensors that give them a memory to record the size and shape of the pool, and that allow them to dodge possible obstacles that block their path. This type of pool robot is quite expensive compared to others.