What is the difference between a robotic pool cleaner and a suction cleaner?

Maytronics Robotic Pool Cleaner

“How do I decide which pool cleaner is best for my pool?”

There are two major types of automatic pool cleaner to consider, robotic pool cleaners and suction pool cleaners. When you’re deciding which type of swimming pool cleaner to use for your new pool, there are a number of factors to consider in order to purchase a suitable machine.

  • What are you looking to get out of your pool cleaner?

  • Do you have large trees surrounding your pool?

  • How much money are you willing to spend?

  • How much time to you want to spend cleaning your pool?

Thankfully, automatic pool cleaners are a fantastic option for pool owners. They can dramatically reduce maintenance time and keep your pool sparkling clean with minimal effort. The following article breaks down the difference between a robotic pool cleaner and a suction pool cleaner. This will help you choose the best option for your lifestyle and your pool.

Benefits of robotic pool cleaners

If you’re looking for optimal performance and the latest technology for your pool, a robotic pool cleaner is the option for you.

A robotic pool cleaner runs separately to the pool filter… Meaning that there is no additional pressure or strain being placed onto your existing equipment.

They are also extremely easy to operate, as you simply need to turn them on and place them into the pool.

The innovative technology used in robotic pool cleaners can be utilised to map out your pool. This ensures that every inch of the surface is covered and cleaned. This also means that they are also capable of mapping out the corners of the pool, ensuring that the machine doesn’t become stuck.

Robotic pool cleaners like Dolphin are fantastic for removing small and fine debris, seeking out the smallest of particles. Some more advanced models are designed for collecting large debris too. However, there are some older models which may not be as capable as their technologically advanced predecessors.

With less debris in the pool, you will also require less chemicals.  

As robotic pool cleaners use their own motors, they are extremely energy efficient. This can greatly reduce electricity bills for pool owners when compared to a standard suction pool cleaner.

Some models are designed for different styles and sizes of swimming pools. Be sure to research individual models to ensure they will work effectively in your pool. If you require any assistance with selecting a robotic pool cleaner that is suitable for you, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts. Our friendly team are happy to provide some suggestions and guidance on the right model for your pool.

Disadvantages of robotic pool cleaners

The main downside to robotic pool cleaners is that overall, they can be more expensive to purchase outright. However, they are well worth the extra money over the long term. Their long life-span means that you can get the most out of your pool cleaner. They will provide better results, run more efficiently and require less maintenance, saving you money. Overall they tend to pay themselves off in no time.

One other small disadvantage is that they must be lifted out of the pool in order to empty out the debris. This may be a challenge for those who are unable to lift heavy weights. Most robotic pool cleaners are around 10kg dry.

Benefits of suction pool cleaners

A suction pool cleaner is a popular and cost-effective pool cleaner that is often used for smaller sized pools. It suctions onto the surface of the pool and moves in random directions to cover the entire area of the pool.

The suction cleaner relies on suction from the pump to clean the water, and is connected to the pools skimmer box which is used to collect dirt and debris. This makes it easy to empty when compared with a robotic pool cleaner that collects debris in a self-contained compartment within the machine, requiring it to be lifted out of the pool.

It’s important to check the skimmer box regularly in order to remove the buildup of debris, allowing the suction cleaner to operate effectively. Some more expensive suction cleaner models are more effective than others and can provide a deeper clean for a slight cost increase. This is something to consider when selecting the brand and model of your suction pool cleaner.  

Disadvantages of suction pool cleaners

In comparison to a robotic pool cleaner, a suction cleaner can take a lot more time to clean the pool, and as a result it must be left in for longer periods of time which can increase operational costs associated with usage and maintenance/repairs. This is due to the reliance on the power from the pool pump, which requires significant power.

Another common problem that suction cleaners face relates to their mobility. Their manoeuvrability is compromised by the random movement of the machine, leaving them stick in corners.

Suction pool cleaners can also become challenging to place and remove from the water. This is due to the long hose that it’s connected to. They can also struggle removing larger debris such as big leaves and gum nuts, leaving debris in the water.

What is the final say on robotic cleaners vs suction cleaners?

After comparing suction cleaners and robotic cleaners, it’s important to consider a few things. How much are you willing to spend on a pool cleaner? What advantages are you looking to get out of your new machine?

If you’re searching for a cost-effective, low maintenance option, a suction cleaner may be the most suitable option. However, if you’re seeking advanced technology and the best results, a robotic cleaner is the obvious choice.

If you decide on a robotic pool cleaner, our friendly team at Eclipse Pool Heating are happy to assist. We can help you choose the most effective swimming pool cleaner for your pool. View our range of robotic pool cleaners, or contact our team to schedule an appointment or discuss some robotic cleaner options to suit your needs. Get your pool sparkling clean and ready for the warm weather ahead, with a brand new robotic pool cleaner from Eclipse Pool Heating.

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