Remember the TV show Beyond 2000? Back in the 80s and 90s, it optimistically predicted amazing technological products and trends that would change our lives. Now, that we really live beyond 2000, that future is here. Advances and developments in technology are a normal occurrence and even robots are arriving to relieve us of some mundane and dull jobs.
Cleaning your swimming pools is definitely one of them. There’s no need to exhaust yourself anymore because robots have it covered. However, choosing the best robotic pool cleaner is no easy task. Before making the final decision, you need to get a better insight into what is being offered and consider it carefully.
Self-contained suction cleaners
Most swimming pool owners share the same opinion that self-contained robot cleaners are a better option than the suction type pool cleaners. The main reason is the fact that the former ones need no external connection, while the latter requires a hose connection to the pool skimmer and filter, which can be potentially complicated.
No matter how connection-free a self-contained robot cleaner is, it still needs to be powered. Therefore, it will have that one cable that runs from the poolside power generator to the cleaner and when the robot cleaner gets quite busy at the bottom of your pool, it can get tangled up. The best option is to get a model with a swivel cord as they resist tangling.
Speed and suction power
Speed is a characteristic that differs from model to model. The choice comes down basically to your personal preference, the amount of patience you have while waiting for the cleaning job to be done, and your budget.
Regarding the suction power, the cleaning quality is directly linked to power, as it is with most cleaning devices. So, the better suction power of your robotic cleaning friend, the better the cleaning results. Weaker models tend to struggle with algae and stubborn grime, so more power means more success in battling persistent dirt.
Like any standard cleaner based on the vacuum principle, robotic pool cleaners have a filter to capture and contain dirt and particles and prevent them from entering their mechanism. They require regular cleaning and eventual replacement. You need to make sure that the device construction allows easy cleaning and removal and possible purchase of a new filter down the road.
As these filters are an integral part of cleaners and crucial in determining the granularity of the cleaning process, you’d want to have the best quality possible. Therefore, when shopping for swimming pool supplies, make sure you get the highly recommended ones, such as the nylon versions of filters which filter the water down to two microns.
Most models can easily go up and down the pool walls during cleaning, but demands are now higher as pools today are no longer only rectangular in shape. If your pool features a lot of curved walls and irregular steps, you should look for a model that can handle that design.
Another desirable feature in your robotic pool cleaner is the remote control. The main advantage is that you can re-direct it to those areas that were missed while operating on autopilot.
This may not seem to be an essential characteristic at first, but those models with a four-wheel drive system don’t get stuck as much. That additional drive is what gives it enough thrust to break through any sticky debris and difficult areas.
Since having a robotic pool cleaner is a significant investment, you shouldn’t rush into it. Give it time and careful consideration in order to choose the best model to fit your needs. Better models are pricey, but over time, they will save you many hours of grueling scrubbing and cleaning the pool yourself.