Automatic Pool Cleaner Types

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kevin Braidic, Product Manager at Zodiac Pool Systems, discusses different types of automatic pool cleaners.

    Kevin Braidic: Hi! I'm Kevin Braidic, Product Manager with Zodiac Pool Systems. We're talking today about selecting an automatic pool cleaner for your pool.

    We're now going to talk about the different types of pool cleaners you have to choose from. The first cleaner we're going to talk about is called suction type cleaners.

    Suction cleaners generally have a smaller inlet on the bottom, about one inch and diameter. Suction cleaners are very simple in design. We have this cleaner, on one moving part, that propels the cleaner around the pool. Debris is vacuumed up through the cleaner and deposited into the filter basket, or an inline canister.

    Suction cleaners are generally broken into disc or mat style cleaners, wheel cleaners and foot propel type of cleaners.

    Benefits of suction cleaners are, one, very simple to install, no pumps or additional plumbing is generally required. Cleaners can be left into pool for long periods of time, and suction cleaners are extremely good at small to medium-sized debris.

    Now I have an example of two pressure cleaners in front of me. Pressure cleaners are a little more mechanical in design, they work off of water pressure, coming down to the cleaner itself. Pressure cleaners are generally connected to a dedicated cleaner line, or pool's return line.

    Pressure cleaners are ideal for a large debris, since they have such a large opening. Pressure cleaners work off of venturi vacuum, and that vacuum puts all the debris into a filter bag and keeps it out of the pool filter. By putting this debris in a bag, pressure cleaners can reduce filter cleanings up to 80%.

    Other benefits of pressure cleaners are that, they distribute clean filtered treated water throughout the pool. They move very quickly and clean very quickly. They also generally have what we call a sweep hose, which enables the cleaner to get into tight corners and blow out steps and corners.

    Pressure cleaners can be left into pool for extended periods of time and can be removed easily when required. Pressure cleaners can also be used with automated systems for daily automatic pool cleaning.

    I have two examples of robotic cleaners in front of me. Robotic cleaners work on a very low voltage of electrical current, that operate motors inside the cleaner, motors that propel the wheels and create vacuum.

    The inlets on robotic cleaners are best suited for small to medium debris. Some robotic cleaners have inlets that will accept medium to large debris.

    Benefits of robotic cleaners will include no additional plumbings or electrical is required, robotic cleaners captured all the debris on board and don't load up the pool filter, thus reducing filter cleanings up to 80%. Very simple for after market installation and enjoy a very low cost of operation.

    Next, we'll be talking about debris types and how to select the right pool cleaner for your debris type.