Robotic Cleaner

  • Works independently from your pool equipment, which means the pool can be off while it runs
  • Easy to use
  • Picks up large debris
  • Some models offer a programmable cleaning cycle, walls and tile line cleaning, and a remote control
  • High price point
  • Cord tangles on some models
  • Not easy to repair (may require service)
  • Heavy when lifting out of pool
  • Can't leave in the pool

Suction Cleaner

  • Runs off your pool pump
  • Affordable and reliable
  • Picks up dirt and debris
  • Easy to install and repair
  • Can be affected by poor filtration
  • If using a variable speed pump, the pool will need to run at min 2600 RPM for several hours per day, which may raise energy costs
  • Requires good suction to work
  • Hoses are unsightly (while the cleaner is operating)
  • Not the best option for large debris (can get clogged)

Pressure Cleaner

  • Picks up large debris
  • Cleans entire pool in 2 hours
  • Doesn't use pool filter
  • Can be repaired easily
  • Requires separate booster pump to run
  • Can only be installed with new pool or remodel
  • Not energy efficient

Return Side Pressure Cleaner

  • Does not need a booster pump
  • Picks up large debris
  • Attaches to your existing 1.5" return lines
  • Energy efficient
  • Performance is reduced with pool filtration
  • Surface skimming is reduced
  • Pool needs a powerful pump to work - 3/4 hp pump or greater, and a full size filter