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A Complete Guide to Robotic Pool Cleaners

Updated on September 29, 2019
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James is pool owner who struggled with pool maintenance until he bought his first robotic pool cleaner and it changed everything.

Common Models of Robotic  Pool Cleaners
Common Models of Robotic Pool Cleaners

Automatic swimming pool cleaners have ruled the industry for over five decades now. They are found everywhere, and there are thousands of them, including robotic pool cleaners.

One thing that these cleaners do is to vacuum the floor of your swimming pool - some clean the steps, walls, and other hard-to-reach areas of your facility. But what makes them a must-have cleaning machine?

Here is a comprehensive guide of robotic pool cleaners.

What Is a Pool Robotic Cleaner?

A robotic pool cleaner is an autonomous device that has a vacuum cleaning system and intelligent programming to clean your pool automatically. It is a machine that is designed to operate without your intervention, and you can schedule it to clean every day through a Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or App remote control when you are away from home.

What Are the Benefits of Robotic Pool Cleaner?

Robot pool cleaners are quite famous and there is a reason for that. Here are their five significant benefits:

1. Ease of Use

Robot pool cleaners are amazingly straightforward to use. They come with different programming options that you can use to customize how your device cleans your pool without needing your intervention.

With these cleaners, you don’t need to keep on picking your machine and putting it directly to the surface that requires cleaning. All you need to do is place your robot inside your pool and switch the power on for it to start cleaning.

2. Eco-Friendly Machines

One of the benefits of a robotic pool cleaner is that it is friendly to the environment and safe to your patio, backyard and surrounding surfaces. They don’t produce poisonous gases or chemicals that can mix with the water and lead to a harmful effect.

Besides, robotic cleaners heat is well-controlled.

3. Highly Efficient and Economical

The greatest thing about a robotic cleaner for swimming pools is that it an efficient and economical device for keeping your facility in top condition. These devices clean your above or inground pool faster and more efficiently than other automatic cleaners.

4. Low Maintenance

One benefit or feature that you can enjoy if you get a robot cleaner is the low maintenance it requires. Since they have inboard filtration, they collect the debris and keep it inside their filter bags.

That means you don’t need to backwash anything, which saves you energy and time in the future. All you need to do is to take out the filter bag, clean it, and then put it back in the machine.

5. Maintains Pool Chemicals

Chlorine is a chemical used to keep a pool free of bacteria and algae. It can quickly become unbalanced or unsafe if it becomes more concentrated than what your pool requires.

A robotic pool cleaner uses the best brushing technology to scrub all edges and sides of your swimming pool wall, removing pollutants like bacteria, dust, and algae. That means you don’t need to add a lot of chemicals in your pool to ensure that it remains free of the contaminants.

How Do Robot Pool Cleaners Work?

A robot pool cleaner is designed to remove dirt from your facility on its own while you are away or doing something with your family or friend. It has an onboard computer that manages the cleaning pump and drives the motor via the jet propulsion process.

The electric-powered smart computer also determines the most efficient and economical cleaning path depending on your swimming pool features. The average power cord of the robots’ ranges from 30 to 60 feet, but some devices use rechargeable batteries.

These machines work just like standard vacuum cleaners in that the power drives a suction pump that collects debris and dirt via an internal sequence of chambers. When water passes via the machine, the in-built filter catches the dust.

You can easily wash the filter using your garden hose after every round of cleaning to ensure that it continues to function optimally.

Your robotic cleaner moves around your pool on tracks or self-driven rollers, and most models can climb walls and stairs without any hassle. Some cleaners have onboard guidance systems while some can be run by remote control via your pool software app, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi if you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

What is the Difference Between Automatic Pool Cleaners and Robotic Pool Cleaners?

The primary difference between an automatic pool cleaner and a robotic cleaner is the computer inside a robot model. Thus, the processing abilities and electronic sensors inside these units vary greatly.

The robotic pool cleaners are more intelligent and clean better than automatic models. They scan your pool to learn the most economical path to follow when cleaning it to use the minimum amount of time.

Some more advanced models boast of memory and continuously update their data to enhance their cleaning every time. Their sensors also help to recognize the waterline to ensure that they don’t get out of the pool when cleaning as automatic cleaners do.

Robotic pool cleaners can also sense the angle of cleaning, so they know whether they are cleaning the floors or walls and adapt accordingly. You can also program your robot cleaner, unlike the automatic units which you can’t.

Other differences include customized cleaning cycles where your robot cleans only the walls, waterline, or floor. Some feature quick cleaning model that you can use when you want to use your pool within a short time.

How Much Do Robotic Pool Cleaners Cost?

The price of a robotic pool cleaner depends on the brand you buy from and the model you choose. Although they initially cost more than other automatic pool cleaning machines, they are more affordable in the long-run due to their energy-saving ability and low maintenance needs.

To Sum It Up

It is incredible to own the best above ground pool on the market today or even to have an inground model, but it is frustrating to maintain it. It is due to that reason that many pool owners buy the best pool cleaner to keep the pools clean. These models are slightly more expensive than automatic pool cleaners, but they offer more when it comes to cleaning your pool.


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