Best Automatic Pool Cleaners Review

While manual pool cleaning is inexpensive and energy efficient, it is very time consuming and physically demanding. And it can be even more expensive if you are hiring someone to do it, which is often the case. That’s where Automatic pool cleaners have their advantage. They are all about convenience and comfort. Compared to manual pool vacuums, they require virtually no work. They are also just a little pricey compared to their manual counterpart.

5 Best Automatic Pool Cleaners of 2017

 Vacuum ModelProduct Details
Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool CleanerPolaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure
Side Pool Cleaner
Pros:
Works with all types of pool.
Very good for cleaning leaves and large debris.
In line back up valve for automatically freeing the 360 if it gets stuck on corners.
Cons:
Very expensive.
Parts have to be bought separately.
Some users complained about bad control.
BARACUDA G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool CleanerBARACUDA G3 W03000 Advanced Suction
Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
Pros:
Durable.
Doesn’t need high-powered pumps.
Easy and quick setup and workflow.
Parts are replaceable.
Cons:
The hose tends to bend.
Some parts might wear out.
Can get stuck on pool sides or corners by the steps.
XtremepowerUS Automatic Vacuum-generic Kreepy Krauly Climb Wall Pool CleanerXtremepowerUS Automatic Vacuum-generic
Kreepy Krauly Climb Wall Pool Cleaner
Pros:
Very cheap compared to other similar products.
Works very quickly.
Requires no tools.
Easy installation.
Cons:
Requires a lot of power.
Doesn’t work if the pool filter’s isn’t clean.
Doesn’t clean leaves well.
Gets stuck in corners and obstacles.
Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000013 The PoolCleaner AutomaticHayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000013
The PoolCleaner Automatic 2-Wheel Suction Cleaner
Pros:
Suites any pool size.
Works great even if your pool has uneven surface.
Has turning range of 90 to 450 degrees, allowing great mobility underwater.
Covers both the deep and the shallow end of the pool.
Cons:
Quite expensive.
Might require special tires for pools with tile, vinyl or fiberglass surface.
Intex Auto Pool CleanerIntex Auto Pool CleanerPros:
Offers a great cleaning option for Intex pools.
Easily storable and transportable.
Very cheap.
Cons:
Uneven surface can hinder its movement.
Doesn’t clean algae. Algae need to be dead for it to be picked up.
Doesn’t work with in ground pools.
Not great mobility, only moves in one direction.

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

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Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

State of the art pressure cleaner that sweeps, scrubs or vacuums all surfaces of the in ground pool. One down side is its expensive.

This state of the art cleaner by Zodiac is powered by triple jets and advanced cleaning technology. It easily connects to a dedicated pressure line and sweeps, scrubs or vacuums all surfaces of the pool. It has its own filter bag to trap larger debris. Since the debris are collected before they reach the filter pump, this prolong the life of the filtration system.

The hose extends more than 31 feet (needs combination of parts) and can also be shortened depending on the necessity. Includes back up valve, universal wall fitting and all necessary parts with an all-purpose filter bag. Doesn’t require a booster pump. This is one of the best in ground automatic pool cleaner.


BARACUDA G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

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BARACUDA G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Type Automatic Pool Cleaner

Works with all types of in ground pools. It can remove dirt, debris, bugs, twigs, leaves and even small pebbles.

This Zodiac automatic cleaner is one of the best suction pool cleaner. Works with all types of in ground pools, and cleans both pool bottom and walls. It can remove dirt, debris, bugs, twigs, leaves and even small pebbles. The pool cleaner comes with scuff resistant Long-Life Hoses.

Simple installation and operation, requires no gears, wheels or flappers. Includes Flowkeeper valve to regulate water flow and maintains peak cleaning performance even with low horsepower pumps. Can be bought with or without fin disc. The disc features a 36 fin design to increase adhesion to pool surface and does not get stuck on lights, drains covers, fittings etc.


XtremepowerUS Automatic Vacuum-generic Kreepy Krauly Climb Wall Pool Cleaner

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XtremepowerUS Automatic Vacuum-generic Kreepy Krauly Climb Wall Pool Cleaner

This automatic pool cleaner is made for in ground pools, requires only 1600 ghp to function properly.

This one by XtremepowerUS is a pressure side automatic pool cleaner that was made specifically for in ground pools. It requires a 3/4 hp swimming pool pump or 1600ghp to function properly. It can clean large pool within 4 hours. Needs no electricity or tools, completely self-operated. Climbs to the sides of the pool with no problem.

It is also relatively cheap, making it a great bang for the buck.


Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000013 The PoolCleaner Automatic 2-Wheel Suction Cleaner for Concrete Pools

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Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000013 The PoolCleaner Automatic 2-Wheel Suction Cleaner for Concrete Pools

Connects to existing pump and filter for power. It has no problems Working on any types of surfaces.

Another great suction type cleaner that uses a two/four wheel drive to suite any pool size. It uses the pool’s existing pump and filter for power. The cleaner works by plugging into the designated suction port or the skimmer. It has no problems with any types of surfaces. The front tires have humps to overcome any type of obstacles such as the main drain or uneven surfaces. Includes self-adjusting turbine vanes for maximum power at any flow. Adjustable roller skirt optimization suction that will lift up over the obstacle and maintain suction.

For larger pools go with the Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000020 The PoolCleaner Automatic 4-Wheel Suction Cleaner.


Intex Auto Pool Cleaner

For Above ground Pools

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Intex Auto Pool Cleaner

A budget pool cleaner. This powerful pool cleaner, although designed and manufactured by Intex, can clean any above ground pool.

As always, Intex delivers quality within budget. The product was designed specifically to meet the needs of Intex pool owners. This powerful pool cleaner works very easy and cleans the entire pool surface without hassle. Designed to work well with most above ground pool – not suitable for in ground pools. Requires filter pump with a flow rate of 1,500-3,500 gallon per hour. The product comes with 24’7” hose. It can clean average size pools within an hour. Overall, a great product for the price.


How does Automatic Pool Cleaners Work

If you use automatic cleaners, you can say goodbye to brush, vacuum and skimmers. But that doesn’t mean you can completely slack off either. You need to fit the device to the pool yourself. And only just that. The rest will do itself. Almost similar in mechanics to the manual pool vacuum, it uses a suction hose connected to the skimmer box and the automatic cleaner is attached in the end, which uses the water flow to propel itself around the pool.

Types of Automatic Pool Cleaners

There are two types of automatic pool cleaners. Suction side cleaners and Pressure side cleaners.

Automatic Suction Cleaners

The most inexpensive type of automatic cleaner, the suction side cleaners rely on the pool’s own filtration system to navigate and clean the pool. They are particularly effective against fine particles and this tend to put a load on the filter. They mainly clean the bottom of the pool.

Automatic Pressure Cleaners

Pressure automatic cleaners use the pressure of water for propelling and moving around. They compensate for several shortcomings of the suction cleaner, such as using a booster pump to blast water through a hose. The pressure cleaners have their own filter bag, so they don’t wear the pool’s filter. They also have larger openings, so they can clean larger debris. The required dedicated pump might incur additional cost. Works mainly the bottom as well.

Mark Foley
 

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