Swimming Pool Blog
by Joyce Lau, June 12, 2018
How to Choose an Above Ground Pool Cleaner
Whether you are a pool owner buying your first above ground pool cleaner or simply upgrading to the next best thing, we understand that finding the perfect cleaner can be a time-consuming process. After all, there are so many options to choose from!
Here's a quick tip: Taking a look at your pool's plumbing and your personal pool cleaning needs may help you choose a specific type of above ground pool cleaner over another. For example, if you already have a dedicated suction or pressure cleaner line installed, you might not consider a robotic cleaner as your primary choice.
To help you with your investment, this blog will outline:
- Main differences between the three types of above ground pool cleaners
- Pros and Cons of each cleaner
- Other important features to consider when deciding on which type of pool cleaner to purchase
Independent from pool's filter system, easy to use, good speed/cleaning coverage, scrubbing brushes
Frequent filter cleaning, more moving parts, can be expensive to buy/repair
Pressure pool cleaners either attach to an existing return port, using the pressure generated by the pool pump, or they attach to a dedicated pressure line, requiring a booster pump. The added booster pump provides higher pressure, consistent flow, and the ability to automatically power itself on and off. A pressure pool cleaner has its own debris bag. The best part is that this cleaner will continue to clean your pool even if the bag is full - it just stops pulling debris in.
Durable, fast, effective, captures large debris in its own bag
Requires pool pump to run, may require booster pump, not ideal for fine debris, can be hard/expensive to install
Suction pool cleaners attach to the suction side of your plumbing - either the pool skimmer or a dedicated suction/vacuum line. While the cleaner is running, most of the skimming action is lost. There are two design styles for suction pool cleaners: the flat, round disk pulse type or the hydro drive train powered type. The latter is typically more powerful, faster and quieter. With suction side cleaners, debris goes directly into the pump basket and pool filter instead of an independent filter on the cleaner.
Most affordable option, lower maintenance cost
Important Things to Consider
Knowing which type of above ground pool cleaner you need is just the first half! The second half is choosing your ideal cleaner from that category. The best way to do this is paying attention to the following:
1. Pool Size
2. Pool Surface
3. Cleaning Area
4. Filter Type
5. Cord/Hose Length
While both of these are the same type of cleaner, there are a few differences amongst the two. As you can see, the Zodiac Ranger is designed to clean vinyl pool surfaces, while the Aquabot Mamba is able to clean many types of pool surfaces, including vinyl. These cleaners are only meant to clean hard sided above ground pools, so they will not work with a soft sided or Intex branded pool. In fact, Intex actually makes a cleaner that is specifically for Intex branded pools.
By making sure you understand the features of the cleaner, you will be able to choose the right one that fits your pool. Filter type is also another important feature to consider if you are looking to purchase a Robotic pool cleaner. Some of them will only have one filter, while others will have two that can filter out finer debris.
So there you have it! Knowing the main differences between the three types of above ground pool cleaners, including their pros/cons and other important features to consider, will help you decide on the right cleaner for your pool. If you still have questions, feel free to call or email us. Thanks for reading!