How to buy the best pool cleaner

The pool is filthy. Are you going to spend the next hour laboriously cleaning the slime, grime and leaves? Or will you hightail it to the nearest pool shop for a pool cleaner? I think we all know the answer to that.

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Can a pool cleaner clean everything?

Pool cleaners sit in the sun and chlorine for most of their working life (which sounds like a nice holiday) and can clock up more than 1000km a year.

Pool cleaners can't clean a very dirty pool, so you won't get out of this task altogether. Give the pool a good manual clean at the start of each swimming season or when you haven't run the pool cleaner for a while.

Types of pool cleaners

There are three types of pool cleaners out in the market: suction, robotic and pressure.

Suction cleaners

Suction cleaners attach with a hose to your skimmer box and use the suction created by your filtration system to suck up grime. Most pool cleaners you'll come across are suction models.

 How to buy the best pool cleaner

There are two kinds of suction cleaners:


Robotic cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners run on electricity so you'll need a powerpoint close to the pool. You can expect to pay over $1000 for this type of pool cleaner.

Unlike suction cleaners that collect the dirt and debris in the skimmer box, robotic cleaners have their own inbuilt dirt receptacle that you'll need to empty.



Pressure cleaners

Pressure cleaners are more powerful than suction cleaners. Most models operate with an additional booster pump which needs a separate hose connection in the pool wall.

These can be expensive to retrofit, so look at other models if your pool doesn't already have one. Pressure cleaners that connect directly into your existing pool pump may put strain on the filtration system. We haven't tested this type of cleaner.


Pool cleaner features


Your pool cleaner should be able to cope with different pool shapes and sizes by adjusting hose buoyancy and main flow. Some have a deflector so the cleaner is less likely to get stuck in one place.

Hose length

Make sure the hose reaches from one end of your pool to the other, plus a metre or two.

Ability to navigate steps

Some cleaners can climb steps if needed.

Pool covers

Some cleaners can be used while there is a cover on the pool.

How much will a pool cleaner cost?

Pool cleaners tend to cost between $400 and $1200, but for robotic cleaners, pricing can extend to over $2500.

How much does it cost to hire someone to clean your pool?

You may want to have someone clean the pool manually at the start of each season. You can expect to pay at least $70–100 for this service, though it'll depend on the amount of servicing your pool requires. This will generally include a number of other services aside from cleaning.

Check with your SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Association) registered local pool cleaner for details about the services they deliver.

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