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Do You Really Need a Pool Cleaner?

If you have never owned a pool you may be wondering if you really need a pool cleaner. You already know that pools can be expensive to buy and maintain so do you really need the extra expense? Now, if you already have a pool you already know the answer to this, and it’s a big whopping yes. I guess you could do it manually, but pool cleaners of any type will make it such a breeze and will give you one less thing to worry about. Now that you know you definitely need a pool cleaner,  I’ll break down the three different types of pool cleaners to help you get a better feel for them.

Suction Side Pool Cleaners

Suction side pool cleaners vary in price, but overall are the least expensive option, so if you are on a tight budget, suction side pool cleaners are worth looking into. It attaches to the suction line of your pool’s plumbing system. From there, it suctions up dirt and debris and passes it through your filtration system. Unfortunately, this means it is more burdensome on your pool’s filter and it can cause advanced wear and tear on your pump. On the other hand, it has no moving parts and works really great on small and medium size pools.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners are the most popular, and definitely my favorite as well. They tend to run quite a bit more expensive than the suction side pool cleaners, but they are worth the money. I personally like them because they are super easy to use, pretty much all you have to do is plug it up. You can walk away and it’ll do its thing and give you a spotless pool. It also doesn’t add any wear to your filter since it has its own included filter system. There are always downsides however, and one of the downsides of robotic pool cleaners is that you have to take it out and put it back in everytime you use it. This is by no means a big deal, but it is an added step.

Another thing that people seem to love about robotic pool cleaners is that they operate almost silently. It won’t take away from spending an afternoon relaxing in your backyard. In fact, you’ll probably forget it’s even on.

Pressure Side Pool Cleaners

Lastly, there are pressure side pool cleaners. Pressure side pool cleaners are right in the middle as far as price goes, they are more expensive than suction side pool cleaners, but cheaper than robotic pool cleaners. Pressure side pool cleaners use water from a pump to propel it around your pool, picking up and collecting debris. The debris is usually stored in a bag, that is easily removable or replaceable.

They can be used on any size pool, but work especially good in medium or large pools. Another perk of pressure side pool cleaners is that they don’t cause any damage to your pool filter or pump. But, they do often require you to purchase an additional pump. This is because the cleaner takes a dedicated pump to force water through it and propel it around the pool. For some, this is a dealbreaker, for others it is just the price of a great pool cleaner.

What Type is Right for Me?

The answer to this question isn’t quite so simple. I can’t give an all across the board answer, since each pool is different. To answer this question, you’ll have to consider the size of your pool, your budget, and your personal preferences. Several factors will affect your choice, so there’s not an easy, single answer that I can give, other than to do more research. It’s a good idea to do additional research and learn more about the different pool cleaners before making a final decision.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more info on pool cleaners, the various types, and product reviews of specific models, head over to http://www.mrcleaning.net. There, you’ll be able to find tons of useful information to help guide you in making your decision.