Why it’s a great investment to make
What happens if you have a pool but it’s dirty? You probably don’t end up swimming in it very often. Whether you have an above-ground or an in-ground pool, you will want to ensure it is as clean as possible.
A clean pool gets used more often, thus making your initial purchase so much more valuable. The more often you use a pool, the better return on investment you will make.
Furthermore, a clean pool will last a lot longer than a dirty pool. Too much algae or debris can clog your pool’s filter. It can also start to break down the lining or surface of your pool.
To make your pool last as long as possible, a high-functioning pool cleaner is a must. Even if this is a purchase that costs a bit more up front, in the long run it will be well worth it.
Features to consider when choosing a robotic pool cleaner
Pool cleaners have come along way from the old hose designs. Now, you can find robotic pool cleaners that are not only easy to use but quickly clean your entire pool. To decide which robotic pool cleaner is best for your needs, be sure to understand what the different feature options there are. This way you can decide what you need to pay for and what you can save on.
Maximum pool length it’s designed for
Wouldn’t it be a shame if the robotic pool cleaner you purchased was actually too small for your pool? Always check to see what size of pool your cleaner is meant for.
For example, the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Warrior Automatic In Ground Pool Cleaner, the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner, and the Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40 AJET121 are meant for smaller, 30-foot length pools.
In contrast, the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner and the DOLPHIN Oasis Z5i Robotic Pool Cleaner can work on pools that are 50 feet in length.
Always check the specifications and find a pool cleaner made for your length of pool.
While robotic pool cleaners may be more expensive for larger pools, it is better to go bigger than smaller. Usually, the cleaner’s cord is the same length as the length of pool a cleaner is made for. And while a 40-foot cable should work for a 40-foot pool, sometimes the cord can become tangled, thus shortening its actual ability.
Which pool types it’s recommended for
There are two basic pool types: in-ground and above-ground. A lot of pool cleaners will work on both types. However, some are only designed for one type. The Hayward W3PHS21CST, the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Warrior Automatic In Ground Pool Cleaner, and the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Robotic Pool are designed specifically for in-ground pools.
Above-ground pools have walls that are a bit more flexible, so you want to find a pool cleaner that won’t bend or warp. Many above-ground pools will actually come with their own pool filters. However, these are often not the best. Even if you have purchased a brand new above-ground pool, factor in the price of a standalone pool cleaner. Try the included filter but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work as hard as you would like.
Pool surface types
Gone are the days when all pools had vinyl linings. Nowadays, in addition to vinyl, you can choose concrete, pebble, tile, and gunite. However, with all the pool surface options, it’s important to find a pool cleaner that will work with what you’ve chosen.
All the robotic pool cleaners on our list work with multiple pool surfaces. Vinyl, and gunite seem to be universal. However, if you have a more unique pool surface, such as tile or concrete, then you will need to look at the fine print to ensure your pool cleaner will work on it.
Filtration system (and if there’s one)
The filtration system in a robotic pool cleaner is meant to filter out all the gunk you don’t want in your pool. This can include large objects such as leaves or even fine filaments such as pollen. Not all robotic pool cleaners will have a filtration system and those that don’t are usually on the lower end of the price spectrum.
If you don’t have a good filtration system in a pool cleaner, you might have to perform extra cleaning duties on your own. While this can save money, it does defeat the purpose of having a robotic cleaner in the first place.
Unfortunately, there are many different types of filtration systems so it can become quite confusing to decide which one is best. Most work in the same way but might be designed in a different manner. It’s important to read your user manual once you get your new robotic pool cleaner. Your manual will explain the filtration system and include tips on how to maintain it. The manual will also provide timelines on how often to clean the filter as well as how often to replace it.
Replacement filters can be a bit costly, so be sure to factor this into your overall pool budget. Some products, like the Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40 AJET121 will provide extra filters with your purchase. This pool cleaner actually has three filter bags included, which should be enough to last you three years. That’s a real savings in price as well as hassle.
Don’t forget that there are many different filters and you will need to match the specific filter when it comes time to replacing it.
Robotic pool cleaners have a lot of moving parts inside of them. As such, a warranty is needed in case anything breaks. Most robotic pool cleaners will have two or three-year warranties. This is sufficient to cover anything that may break right away.
As important as a warranty is, good customer service should also be looked for. Find a company that will respond to your requests and that will help solve any issues you may have.
There are basic robotic pool cleaners and then there are advanced robotic pool cleaners. Some, such as the DOLPHIN Oasis Z5i Robotic Pool Cleaner, actually allows you to pair the cleaner with your smartphone. Simply download the MyDolphin app and you can program your pool cleaner from anywhere. So, if you decide you really want to jump in the pool after work, but know that it’s a bit dirty, with the press of a button, you can have that pool perfectly waiting for you once you get home.
Pools as a whole are expensive. Not only is the initial setup costly, but the monthly maintenance can quickly add up. While you will need to pay the initial cost of a robotic pool cleaner, many are quite energy efficient. This means your monthly electricity bill won’t increase by very much. The people behind the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner and the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner have worked hard to ensure you’re paying mere dollars more on your energy bills and not hundreds more.
To help improve suction on your robotic pool cleaner, many models will include a roller skirt. Suction is paramount if you want your cleaner to scale walls, especially in the deep end. The Pentair Kreepy Krauly Warrior Automatic In Ground Pool Cleaner has a really well-designed roller skirt that makes it one of the best robotic pool cleaners for vinyl pools. Vinyl is slippery by nature, so you will definitely want to find a cleaner that has powerful suction.
One last feature that is nice to be aware of is the cord. It used to be that pool cleaners had large hoses that floated around, easily becoming tangled with your legs. Now, robotic cleaners simply have a small cord that sits on the bottom of the pool. This cord should be as long or longer than the length of your pool. Look for reviews to ensure the cord doesn’t become tangled too easily. Then, simply float around, knowing that your pool is being cleaned without you having to lift a finger.