Robotic Pool Cleaners versus Suction Pool Cleaners
17 November, 2020
In a market with numerous pool cleaning options covering various budgets, it can be difficult to fully understand the benefits of each type of cleaning system and which is right for you. With competitive prices it can also be difficult to rationalise the cost of more expensive options versus the more budget-friendly.
The required amount of human effort or ‘assistance’ needed for the robotic pool cleaners is next to none. It is in the name; being a robot the are essentially autonomous workers. Once they have been programmed and submerged in the pool, they are ready for action and the owner can walk away leaving the robot to do its thing. Suction cleaners are similar in that once they are connected and hooked up correctly, they can be left to move around the pool. However, the major difference point to note here is suction cleaners still require being set-up which involves connecting the pipes to the existing system, as well as post clean care. Post clean care often involves the dismantling, rinsing of the filtration system and backwashing.
This leads us to the topic of running the cleaners. Robotic pool cleaners are ‘smarter’ as they have the technological advancements to scan the entire pool and map out the surface area in grid form for a proficient clean. This makes sure the robot does not miss any corners or areas as well as stopping it from getting stuck. Suction cleaners clean at a random or predetermined pattern.
Unlike robots, the suction cleaners do not have their own filtration system meaning they do require connection to your existing pool systems. To work they require being connected to your existing skimmer and filter at the water intake valve i.e. the cleaner strains the water through the pool skimmer basket and filter when cleaning the pool debris. This causes two key issues being that it must be connected to an external filter and that existing pool system must be on to work resulting in a higher electricity/power cost over time compared to the robotic cleaners who are ‘self-sufficient’.
As technological advancement and the idea of having a smart home becomes more attainable and idealistic for many, Maytronics have been working to install smart technology into our robots. Having a robot with wi-fi connectivity makes using the robot as easy as simply submerging it in the pool and using the app to start the cleaning cycle. This can be done from anywhere in the world at any time if the robot is in the pool. It also gives the option to have the robot preprogrammed to run on a specific cleaning cycle, duration, time, and select the days you want it to run i.e. every second day if it needs a deep clean pre-summer or every Friday if you are maintaining it for weekend use.
If you are a busy family, or simply like the ease of using apps to connect to smart home software, we recommend picking a robot with the IoT WiFi connectivity software. To find the perfect model for you click here.
1. Turn off the pool pump and allow the debris to settle to the floor of the pool. This will also ease wear and tear on the existing filtration systems thus prolonging the life span.
2. Clean your robots filter after use; this will keep the robot running at full capacity and collecting as much debris and dust as possible.
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