There was a time when suction pool cleaners (the ones you probably grew up with!) were the only option on the market when it came to automatic pool cleaners. However, pool owners now have the option of robotic pool cleaners which offer a superior clean thanks to advanced technology. There are a range of robotic pool cleaners to choose from and your pool technician can advise as to the best option for your requirements.
How do robotic pool cleaners work?
Robotic pool cleaners use a low voltage electric motor to create suction and move around the pool. Unlike suction cleaners, they operate completely independently of the other pool equipment and have their own separate filter bag to collect dirt and debris. Robotic pool cleaners move around using wheels or tracks and, thanks to advanced technology, don’t get stuck in corners or on steps. They generally also include rotating brushes to help dislodge debris from the pool surfaces. Some models only clean the bottom of the pool while others go all the way up the waterline.
Are robotic pool cleaners worth it?
If you want the best results for the least amount of effort possible on your part, robotic pool cleaners are certainly worth it. Let’s take a look at just some of the benefits of investing in a robotic pool cleaner.
Compared to suction pool cleaners, robotic pool cleaners provide a much more efficient means of cleaning your pool. This means that your pool is cleaned in less time and the powerful motor has the ability to filter even the smallest particles from the water for superior results. With their advanced technology, your robot can also map out the layout of the pool to ensure there are no missed spots.
Although you need to spend more in your initial investment, robotic pool cleaners can save you money in the long term due to their energy efficiency which means a reduced power bill. Many models also come with a range of different programs to choose from so you can select the length of your cycle so your robot can carry out a quick clean if necessary for less energy wastage.
Simple to Use
Your robotic pool cleaner couldn’t be easier to operate. All you need to do is lower the robot into the water and turn on the power. Some models will even come with remotes or Bluetooth connectivity to your phone which makes them even easier to operate. Just remember to carry out maintenance once your robot comes out of the water.
Robotic pool cleaners operate independently of the pool filter which means it doesn’t place your existing equipment under any additional strain. The debris is also collected in a separate bag so your skimmer box is able to operate more efficiently as there is less build-up of debris.
A large part of the maintenance of your pool is ensuring that your pool water is properly balanced and your robotic pool cleaner plays a role in the balance of your water. Good quality water means that you need to spend less money on pool chemicals to get the balance right again. Robotic pool cleaners can play a significant role in saving you money on your water bill over time. This is because your robot can help reduce the amount of backwashing you need to do with your sand filter.
What are the downsides of a robotic pool cleaner?
Well, there are very few downsides – robotic pool cleaners offer superior cleaning for the best results for your pool. However, compared to suction pool cleaners you can expect to be investing more money in your initial purchase. Of course, over time you do save money on water, power and chemicals. You also need to ensure that you have access to a power source to plug in your robotic pool cleaner.
How long do robotic pool cleaners last?
The life of your robotic pool cleaner will depend on a number of factors such as the level of use, the quality of the model you’ve chosen and how it’s been maintained. Generally, you can expect a robotic pool cleaner to last for six to eight years but they can last up to a decade. To ensure that your robot lasts as long as possible, ensure that you’re diligent with maintenance and ask your pool technician to take a look if you’re having any issues. Repairs that are carried out early can help avoid the need for a full replacement. When you purchase your robot cleaner, it is also worth checking to see if you can purchase an extended warranty.
How do I maintain my robot pool cleaner?
Robotic pool cleaners are relatively easy to maintain but it’s important to be vigilant with their care so they continue to operate to the highest standard. The first thing to remember is that robot cleaners need to be removed from the pool as soon as they’ve finished their cycle. This ensures that the pool chemicals don’t damage the robot. Once it’s out of the water, you can gently rinse off the robot with the hose and empty the filter. Next, check the wheels and brushes for any lodged debris and ensure that the brushes are still in good condition. If they’re looking worn, it might be time for a replacement. Unravel any kinks in the cord and store your robot out of the elements until it’s needed again.
Leading brand robotic pool cleaners
Here at Pool Assist, we offer a range of leading brand robotic pool cleaners so you can be confident that your heater will last the distance. If you’re not sure what robot cleaner you need, we can point you in the right direction. We also carry out expert repairs and maintenance on your robotic pool cleaner so it can continue to do its job for years to come.
To find out more about our range of robotic pool cleaners, visit Pool Assist at one of our convenient locations today.