Robotic Pool Cleaners VS Suction: Which Works Best?

When assessing pool cleaners and arriving at the robotic pool cleaners vs suction cleaner question, there are three parts to the equation that will help you make your final choice between these two very different, yet very effective, types of pool cleaners: effort, effectiveness, and cost.

Robotic Pool Cleaners VS Suction

Before deciding on the right option for your lifestyle, it pays to do a little research. The first factor we’ll go into is effort. How much effort is involved to make the suction and robotic pool cleaners work as they should?

Effort: set and forget vs weekly chore

The whole point of a great pool cleaner is to save you time. If you’re looking for a cleaner that won’t eat into your weekend, a leave-in-the-pool suction pool cleaner is your best bet.

Apart from automatically giving your pool a daily clean so it’s always dive-in ready, the suction cleaners ensure the water is thoroughly circulated even on days the pool isn’t used. Beyond occasionally having to empty the filter basket… suction pool cleaners ARE set and forget.

If you opt for a robotic pool cleaner, be aware that high tech can equal high maintenance. Due to their electronics, they ideally shouldn’t live in the pool permanently. They need to be lifted in and out of the pool every time you need to clean the basket.

Robotic cleaners weigh up to 12kg dry and then fill it with a bit of water and when it comes time to pull it out, it can put undue stress on backs and knees, just to empty the basket and give it a clean. Robotic pool cleaners are NOT set and forget.

  • Effort (lack thereof) Winner? Suction

Effectiveness: working with or against the power of water

How a pool cleaner works determines its effectiveness. If you can remember back to physics class, you’ll know about the power of a vortex: a whirling mass of water or air that creates a powerful force of suction.

It’s how our effective Kreepy Krauly Cleaners work (and how all good suction pool cleaners work). Like a tornado, they can vacuum up everything in their path, from fine sand right through to large leaves and hard nuts.

These cleaners work in tandem with the pump, drawing water from the bottom of the pool and sending it through the pool filter and sanitiser to kill bacteria. The clean water is then pumped throughout the pool.

While suction cleaners harness the power of water, robotic cleaners blow water around the pool, but do not directly take it to your pool’s specially designed filtration and sanitising system. A poor choice in cleaner could leave sections of your pool stagnant, creating the perfect conditions for algae to grow.

  • Robotic Pool Cleaners vs Suction Effectiveness Winner? Suction.

Cost: upfront and ongoing

You don’t need to be a Pool Professor to figure out there is a huge difference in the upfront cost of suction and robotic cleaners. Unfortunately, there’s no long term pay-off for the hefty investment in fancy robotics. As they are externally powered, they will add to your electricity bill. Whereas suction pool cleaners run off your existing pool pump so they can effectively cost zero to run.

  • Cost Winner? Suction Pool Cleaners.

Now you know the difference between methods of the top 2 types of cleaners most often used.

When breaking down Robotic pool cleaners vs suction according to these top 3 criteria, it’s easy to see the best type. However, there is one other factor to look at.. pool shape.

So the next step is to figure out which type, suction vs robotic, works best with your pool shape: Our pool cleaner selector can help you.


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