How to Choose a Pool Vacuum Cleaner

Written by Klika Australia,  9th December 2022
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Pool cleaners make it easy to maintain your pool and spa throughout the warm season. But with so many types out there, how do you know which is right for you?

Having a pool in your backyard means you're just a few steps away from fun and relaxation. Your family and friends can come over for pool fun and drinks, especially during the summer. But maintaining a pool is no easy task. Cleaning it — including the pool bottom and walls — and ensuring it’s free from dirt, debris, and leaves is tedious. This is when a pool vacuum cleaner comes in handy because it takes on the bulk of the cleaning and minimizes your physical effort.

Types of Pool Cleaners

1. Suction Pool Cleaners

Suction-side pool vacuum cleaners rely on your pool's pump to draw in and scoop the accumulated debris. This type of cleaner transforms into a water-based vacuum cleaner when a long hose connects it to your water intake valve's skimmer.

Once in the water, it will clean your pool following a set pattern. Suction-side pool cleaners are easy to operate and maintain. It also utilizes your pool's suction power, so you don't need to worry about your electric bill going up.

When using this kind of cleaner, you need to be vigilant when cleaning your pool's pump basket because it can fill with dirt and debris faster. Additionally, you must always set up the cleaner when you’re using it and take it apart afterwards.

2. Rechargeable Pool Cleaners

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Most rechargeable pool cleaner models are based on the size of your pool and the amount of power you require, making them perfect for above-ground pools.

One of the best features of a rechargeable pool cleaner is that it doesn't require a hose or an external power source to make them work. As the name suggests, so long as the battery is fully charged, you can use this cleaner to remove algae, debris, leaves, and sand from your pool.

3. Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners are programmed so you only need to drop them in your pool and they'll do the cleaning for you. These kinds of pool cleaners are expensive but are plug-and-play tools.

Robotic cleaners are easy to use and require the least effort because once you've programmed them, they will do what they are supposed to do. You do not need to connect it to the pump or your pool's circulation system. Simply let it do its work with zero supervision and return to a clean pool several hours later.

4. Pressure Cleaner

Like suction-side pool vacuum cleaners, a pressure pool cleaner also depends on your pool's filter and pump, but it utilizes the pressurized portion of the pump. The forced water through the cleaner generates power to suck up all the debris and dirt.

The advantage of pressure cleaners is that they include filter bags, which reduces the workload placed on your pool's filter. Additionally, the filters of this kind of cleaner seldom get clogged, and it is a good investment due to its durability and longevity.

What to Consider When Buying a Pool Cleaner

Take the time to research various factors before making a purchase to ensure you'll get the best deal on your future pool vacuum cleaner. Remember that, like everything else, these pool vacuum cleaners are not made equal. Some are known for quality and others for cleaning power.

That being said, here are some things you need to consider when shopping:

Hose Length

Ensure the hose is long enough to seamlessly reach the skimmer on the other side of the pool. If you realize the hose length is not adequate upon purchase, you should be able to use a compatible loose that is the right length for you.

Cleaning Power

Consider what kind of dirt your pool vacuum cleaner will need to address. If you have plants and trees around the pool, you may want a vacuum that can remove leaves and possibly even twigs in addition to the accumulated dust. Your choice of vacuum cleaner should be designed to suction or absorb these kinds of debris.

Cleaning Frequency

Do you intend to clean your pool once every two weeks or once a month? Since you'll be the one setting up and lifting the cleaners, ensure it is convenient to do so.

Price and Budget

This dictates your options, as it will either limit or expand the models and brands you can consider. For instance, robotic cleaners are the most expensive of all, but they're your best choice in terms of convenience and efficiency.


Pool cleaners are manufactured differently, with varying durability. Look into the brand's warranty length for a good idea of the product's durability. The longer the warranty, the more durable the product is.

With the convenience of pool cleaners, you’ll always have a refreshing pool for friends and family to enjoy. Shop for a suction or rechargeable pool cleaner today!

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