How to Choose a Robotic Pool Cleaner
When buying a robotic pool cleaner, convenience must be your first concern. You want a device which can get the job done with as little intervention from your part as possible. In order to find that cleaner, there are several aspects that you must consider:
Choose a cleaner specifically designed for your type of pool
When looking at a certain pool cleaner, you must first check to see for what type of pool it is designed. In-ground pools and above ground pools differ greatly, particularly when it comes to the materials from which they are made. However, you needn't worry as we have reviewed pool cleaners for both types of pools.
Check the recommended pool size
Your next concern should be the recommended pool size. Do not be fooled into thinking it is OK to buy a small pool cleaner for a big pool. You may think that it can handle the task, even if it takes it longer to finish job. However, the recommended pool size is based not only on the pool cleaner's performance, but also on its cable length. Ideally, you should find a pool cleaner with a cable that it is at least 10 feet longer than the length of your pool.
The GPH (gallons per hour) is another important technical specification that you need to consider. This specification refers to the filtration rate. The higher the filtration rate, the more gallons per hour the cleaner will be able to filter. A pool cleaner with a high filtration rate will also have a large debris holder capacity, thus being able to handle a bigger pool.
As we mentioned, automatic pool cleaners must be as convenient as possible, so the more features they have, the better. Or course, there is no need to pay for a pool cleaner that can climb steps, if your pool doesn't actually have steps. However, some features can save you a lot of troubles. For example, deflecting features are very useful as they prevent the cleaner from getting stuck in corners. The ability to climb walls is also very useful, as you want the unit to thoroughly clean the whole pool, not just the floor. The best pool cleaners can climb the pool walls all the way to the top and can even clean the waterline. A programmable timer, a remote control and an automatic shut off feature are just a few of the many convenience features that can make your life easier. You want your pool cleaner to be made of quality materials in order to last a long time. Its size doesn't really matter, but its weight is very important. Obviously for a larger pool, you will need a bigger pool cleaner, which is bound to be heavier, but consider how you will get the cleaner out of the pool. Smaller pool cleaners can be pulled up by the cable. If they are light, this shouldn't be a problem, but if they are over 20 pounds, pulling them by the cord could eventually deteriorate the cord. Things are a little more problematic for heavier cleaners. If you are not in the mood of getting in the pool to manually pick up the cleaner, consider getting a pool cleaner with a lift system. The design of the wheels is also very important. We recommend four wheel drive systems (4WD) and extra wide wheels, so that the cleaner can easily roll over bumps. Last but not least, get a pool cleaner with a swivel cord, in order to avoid a tangling fiasco.
In terms of energy efficiency, for a small pool, invest in a pool cleaner that doesn't consume more than 200 Watts per hour. This equals the energy consumption of a light bulb, which translates into a 5 cent per hour operating costs. For more powerful pool cleaners expect a higher energy consumption, but anything that consumes more than 1,000 Watts per hour is unacceptable.
Aside from the actual energy consumption, there are a few features which can make a pool cleaner more energy efficient. For starters, an intelligent navigation system will allow it to scan the pool size and determine the most efficient cleaning routers. Rubber tracks can also make a pool cleaner more efficient, as they have a better wall adherence, which means that the cleaner will spend less time cleaning the walls, and it won't slip on horizontal surfaces either.
Most of the convenience features presented above contribute to a pool cleaner's overall ease of use. User friendly options, a remote control, a lift system and a swivel cable are the main characteristics which make an automatic cleaner easy to use. As far as durability goes, it should be made of quality materials. A cleaner's warranty is a good indicator of its durability. If a manufacturer offers a good warranty coverage, that means that they are confident of their product's sturdiness and durability.