Robot Vacuum Cleaner | How To Choose The Right Cleaner For Your Pool

Robot Vacuum Cleaner & Automatic Pool Cleaner Review. Understand These Pool Vacuum Cleaners & Get The Best Pool Cleaner For You.

Are you an employer?  A supervisor?  Maybe a manager?  Do you have employees working for you?  Would like an employee or co-worker that never complains, is always on time, never asks for a pay raise, and does the job perfectly the first time?  Then look no further than a robot vacuum cleaner.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Simply put, robot vacuums are an electrical pool cleaner that is put in your pool to clean it when the pool gets dirty.  Many people would love to have a nice swimming pool but they really don’t look forward to the cleaning part of it.  Back in the day pool cleaning was a chore, but with new advances in cleaner technologies your cleaning time can be cut in ½, if you know what to do.  Pool owners can benefit from this new technology and invest in vacuum robots to do the cleaning job for them. 

But how do you go about choosing the best robotic pool cleaner?  What features do you need?  Here are the answers.

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Different Pool Cleaners

We mainly have 3 choices when it comes to pool cleaners and they are: 

  • Suction-side
  • Pressure-side
  • Robot vacuum cleaner

The first two have been around for many years and have done a wonderful job, but there's a new kid on the block and he's really good.  Robot pool cleans have the advantage of not being tethered to your pool.  This means it's free to go about its business cleaning almost every inch of your pool.  I can't tell you how many times I've walked into someone's backyard and have seen the suction-side or pressure-side cleaner on its side, the wheels spinning, kicking and fighting to get back.  Like a turtle on its back.  Not a pretty sight.   

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Power Source For A Robotic Pool Cleaner 

A robotic vacuum cleaner runs on low-voltage sources through ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets that automatically shut off power if there are any electrical imbalances.  Power sources can be purchased separately. 

What Is The Best Robotic Pool Cleaner?

That's really like asking what's the best vehicle.  That all depends on some factors.  We wouldn't get a Toyota Prius if we're in construction.  And forget about getting a Chevy Silverado 3500 HD or Ford F-350 Quad Cab for commuting 100 miles per day.  We need to understand their features, functions, and price.  Only then we can make an informed decision that's best for your pool and your situation. 

Efficient Cleaning

Of course this will be #1.  We want a robot vacuum cleaner to clean our pools and remove dirt and debris.  All the while doing it as quickly and efficiently as possible while still doing a good job.

Durable and Reliable

You have many from which to choose.  A robotic pool cleaner can get a little expensive, ranging in price from $250 all the way to $2500.  You’ll want one made from high-quality materials that will last and give you value for your money but not break the bank.


A too heavy robotic vacuum cleaner can be a chore trying to get it out of your pool.  While one that's too light won't clean properly.  Size doesn't matter in this scenario, but weight sure does.  Make sure the one you choose is big enough to properly clean your pool, yet light enough that you can take it out of the water.

Swivel Cord

This is one of the most over-looked areas of purchasing a robot pool vacuum cleaner.  Make sure you get one that has a 360 degree swivel cord.  The cleaner will be moving around your pool and climbing walls.  The cord might get tangled.  A swivel cord can help prevent tangles to give your robotic pool cleaner the proper area to clean your pool. 

Quality Brushes

Make sure your robotic cleaner's brushes can handle the amount of dirt and debris in your pool.  Hard-bristle brushes or rotating rubber brushes are recommended.

Great Traction 

A robotic pool cleaner can’t do its job if it's slipping and sliding all over the place.  What's recommend is wide traction made of quality rubber, or four-wheel-drive wheels made of rubber.  This is to ensure your robotic cleaner can do its job of cleaning and is able to navigate possible slippery pool surfaces.

Smart Technology

This means your robot vacuum cleaner can easily guide itself around your pool.  Many of them have what's called a "7-day program".  This allows you to program the cleaner so it can clean if you're away.  And on some high end models can be operated with a remote control.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner Benefits

Some advantages of robot vacuum cleaners are:

  • A self-contained filter
  • Nice coverage of the pool floor
  • Some units are remote controlled
  • Reasonably priced
  • They’re not attached to the pool’s pump motor or filtration system
  • Some have internal memory which means they remember the shape and size of your pool making the next cleaning better
  • They work around drains, steps, and ladders

A robot cleaner is very productive and efficient but there are many people who are still hesitant in buying one. One of the main reasons is that they are a bit higher in price than a normal pool vacuum. As the years pass, the technology gets better, and more companies jockey for your business, you’ll see the prices come down and swimming pool water maintenance becomes easier.  This is great news for you because it will save you time and money in the long run. 

Robot Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers

Some have their own software that may scan the pool automatically for the most effective pattern for cleaning. 

Some to look for include:

  • Polaris
  • Intex
  • Hayward 
  • Barracuda
  • Dolphin
  • Phantom
  • Aquabot
  • Zodiac
  • Great White pool cleaner
  • Legend
  • Tigershark
  • Ray Vac
  • Blue Diamond
  • Ultramax
  • Lady Bug
  • Glitterbug
  • Sta Rite
  • Blue pearl robotic pool cleaner
  • Lil Shark
  • Blue Pearl pool cleaner

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Troubleshooting Your Robotic Pool Cleaner

Unit doesn't move

  • Check indicator light on the transformer
  • Check to see if the transformer is on
  • Check the 3 volt fuse
  • Check the electrical outlet
  • Inspect the cleaner while underwater
  • Is the pump motor getting power.  Water should come from the top of the unit.
  • Check the pulley on the drive-belt.  If the pulley does not move this could indicate a shorted out motor or a bad drive-T.  Both may require the replacement of the motor.
  • Check the drive belt to see if it’s in good repair.  Weak or stretched belts need to be replaced
  • Check the wheels and make sure they are free of debris and straight
  • NEVER pull the unit by the power cord.  Reach into the water and lift the unit by the handle. 

Unit doesn’t pump

  • If your cleaner moves but is not picking up dirt and debris, lift it to the surface of the water and see if water comes from the top.  If there’s no water the pump motor might be shorted out.  Unplug the unit and place it on the deck.  Remove the vent cap on top and check for debris.
  • Also check that the impeller is free from debris and spin by hand.  You can plug the unit in to see if the impeller spins.  If it doesn’t spin the pump motor has probably shorted out.
  • If your unit doesn't climb the walls like before the pump motor might be going out.

A robot vacuum cleaner is a very effective and efficient way to keep your pool clean so you and your family can spend more time swimming.  And that’s why you have a pool anyway, right?

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