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How to choose the right pool cleaner

June 9, 2022

Are you having problems with your pool cleaner getting stuck, clogged with leaves, or not cleaning your pool to a high enough standard?

Suction Pool Cleaners

Suction cleaners operate by connecting to the pool skimmer box, and when the pool pump turns on, the cleaner starts. They are the best value for money and are often the starting point for many pool owners.


A rubber disc or skirt makes contact with the pool surface and is connected to the pool skimmer box. A hammer or a rubber diaphragm creates the movement. A non-mechanical suction cleaner is great but often gets stuck on the pool steps, chocked with leaves or not properly covering the pool. .

Pressure Cleaners

Pools in a leafy area should use a Pressure Cleaner which will require a separate booster pump that forces water down the pressure line. The pressure line has a wall connection, allowing the cleaner to clip onto the wall fitting. As the water is pushed to the pool cleaner, the pool cleaner moves and jets in the pool cleaner lift debris off the pool’s floor and into a bag located on the back of the pool cleaner. These cleaners make looking after a pool much more manageable and operate two to three hours per day.

Pool Return Cleaners

Operate similar to a Pressure Pool Cleaner, but they connect to the pool returns and use its filtration pump rather than a separate booster pump.

Robotic Pool Cleaners 

They are becoming more popular and operate independently from the pool equipment and plugs into a transformer which is plugged into a power point. The robot has its own motor and is driven around the pool, collecting leaves in a bag within the pool cleaner. Robotic pool cleaners do not stay in the pool, which can improve the aesthetics of the pool.