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IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN DETERMINING
THE PROPER CHOICE OF AUTOMATIC SWIMMING POOL CLEANER

Twenty years ago or so, selecting an automatic pool cleaner was a fairly straightforward decision as there were only a few on the market. The two cleaners which dominated the market back then were the Arneson Pool Sweep and the Polaris 180 Vac Sweep.

Now there are numerous manufacturers and models, and while the choices may seem overwhelming, selecting an automatic pool cleaner is really not that difficult. There are really only three basic ways to power an automatic pool cleaner - pressure or suction drawn from the system itself, or a self-contained electrically powered robotic style cleaner. Each type has its own unique advantages and disadvantages..

Which automatic pool cleaner is right for your swimming pool?

Bear in mind that no automatic pool cleaner can be all things to all people, or pools shall we say. Factors that affect performance are, amongst others:

DEBRIS LOAD - Different pool cleaners handle different volumes and types of debris differently, and swimming pools containing large leaves or a large volume of leaves or twigs can present difficulties for almost any cleaner.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE - a marginal swimming pool filtration system can present problems for suction driven pool cleaners, and pressure driven cleaners not requiring a booster pump. This is especially true with older systems with bronze pumps having limited output, compromised hydraulics (leaks), and/or a dirty or poorly maintained filter. Provided you have a properly designed and maintained pool filtration system, suction driven automatic pool cleaners provide the most cost-efficient alternative. They work well under moderate debris loading and do not require a booster pump or a separate timer. One important note here - a system with even minor suction leak(s) can impair a suction driven pool cleaner to the point it will just not work properly. It is important to have a hyrdraulically "tight" system.

SIZE AND SHAPE OF SWIMMING POOL - Larger or odd shaped pools can present problems for system-dependent automatic pool cleaners. For booster pump pressure driven automatic pool cleaners, size is not as much of an issue as it is with a suction driven pool cleaner. The longer the line length to power the cleaner, whether pressure or suction, degrades the amount of power to the pool cleaner, making them less effective or even inoperable.

Most system-dependent non-robotic pool cleaners work well in pools up to 40 - 44 feet long, providing your system is designed properly and in good running order. However, an odd shape can present navigational problems for some pool cleaners.

A non-radiused pool bottom (where the sides intersect the bottom of the pool) presents a problem for non-robotic pool cleaners. This usually prevents them from going up the sides of the pool.

SUCTION DRIVEN POOL CLEANERS

Suction driven pool cleaners cost the least to own and operate. These do not require the use of a separate pump to power them - they work off of the existing filtration...

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