Vacuum cleaner or pool robot which to choose

Vacuum Cleaner or Pool Robot: Which to Choose?

Are you looking for a vacuum cleaner or pool robot? This blog is for you! In this blog, we will introduce you to our Vacuum Cleaner and Pool Robot, including how to choose the right product, what’s new in the market and more.

What a pleasure to be able to splash about when the fine weather arrives, in your swimming pool.

Cool off, enjoy the beautiful temperatures, gather around the pool with family or friends.

However, only one condition is necessary to fully appreciate this exterior layout: that the water is clean and clear.

In fact, as you swim, the water picks up dirt from hair, insects and external debris, even if it is covered.

It is therefore necessary to invest in a pool robot, or to buy a pool vacuum cleaner.

No matter which one you choose, their mission is to make your pool cleaning life easier.

However, the choice between the two is based on your needs, your budget and the comfort you want when you get down to cleaning.

In this article, we take stock of the choice between a vacuum cleaner or a pool robot, for an impeccable pool.

Vacuum Cleaner or Pool Robot: Which to Choose?

The pool vacuum cleaner, for cleaning small and medium-sized pools

Buying a pool vacuum cleaner (or pool vacuum cleaner) to clean your body of water is the solution when your pool is not very big, and you don’t want to spend too much.

Indeed, with its relatively simple operation and its advantages of use, it is the equipment that everyone can use, and which remains more effective than a simple landing net.

To use a pool vacuum cleaner, nothing could be simpler: you just have to assemble the different elements together, and connect the vacuum cleaner to the broom socket of your pool.

There are also wireless models, this can be a great alternative.

Note that there are 3 main types of pool vacuum cleaners on the market:

  • the simple vacuum cleaner;
  • the hydraulic aspirator;
  • the booster vacuum cleaner
Vacuum Cleaner or Pool Robot: Which to Choose?
  • The first two are generally used when the pool is covered with a plastic liner, and not built of concrete or tile.
  • Simply connect them to the broom socket, or to the pool’s skimmer (filtration system).
  • Regarding the vacuum cleaner with booster, it is more powerful than the two previous models, since it is helped by a booster (turbine sending pressure in the water) which takes off deep down the dirt at the bottom of the pool .
  • It can therefore be used for swimming pools whose foundation is made of concrete, tiles, plaster, etc.

The advantages of the vacuum cleaner to clean the swimming pool

  • The vacuum cleaner has the advantage of cleaning your pond thoroughly, since you control the intensity of the suction power, as well as the direction of the device.
  • Indeed, it is you who are totally in control, from A to Z.
  • Some pool owners see this more as an inconvenience, but at least you have control over absolutely the entire process.
  • Maintenance is simple, quick and ergonomic with the handle of the broom which allows you good dexterity and precision in the gestures.
  • In addition, most vacuum cleaners come with a set of several brushes, which adapt to the different surfaces, angles and particularities of the basin.
  • Thus, for a relatively attractive cost compared to the electric pool robot, you have complete, efficient and intuitive equipment.
  • Finally, with the few electronics that compose it, the vacuum cleaner rarely breaks down, maintenance costs by a professional are therefore unlikely.

The disadvantages of the vacuum cleaner for the swimming pool

  • As you can imagine, any advantage is often accompanied by disadvantages, and this is no exception to the pool vacuum cleaner.
  • We first emphasize a cleaning that we must do ourselves, even if the vacuum cleaner works for us: we must hold the handle and guide the device, otherwise it is useless.
  • It is therefore recommended for small pools where the cleaning time is much shorter than for large inground pools.
  • It is therefore not possible for you to program the vacuum cleaner to clean during your nap, unfortunately!
  • In addition, it is difficult for you to clean anything other than the bottom of the pool and your steps: as for the walls, an electric pool cleaner will be much more efficient.
  • However, be aware that there are automatic pool vacuums, which do not require human intervention.
  • They connect to the filtration of the swimming pool, and follow a random trajectory because they still do not have electronic parts which allow their autonomy.
  • They are available at fairly advantageous prices, and they offer a certain freedom of movement, in comparison with more manual models.

The pool robot, autonomous and efficient

This type of pool equipment is particularly aimed at people who do not want to waste their time cleaning, and who have a certain budget to allocate to cleaning their pool.

There are 2 different types of pool robots;

  • the hydraulic suction pool robot ;
  • the electric pool robot .

The hydraulic suction robot, the easiest to use

The hydraulic suction robot works in the same way as the classic pool vacuum: it connects directly to the filtration pump.

The force of the water (hydraulic) actuates the mechanism of movement of the robot, and the sucked impurities are then evacuated by the filtration system of the swimming pool.

It is the cheapest pool robot model on the market, since there are models starting at $200.

This purchase price is justified by great ease of use, and by a very simple design, without electronics or programs or cleaning cycles.

If you have a small budget or a small pool area, this type of robot may be perfect!

In addition, it is rarer to break down, due to the absence of large electronic parts, and its multiple brushes and pins allow fairly effective cleaning.

However, it is not the most effective model for deep cleaning: for example, entry-level products do not clean the walls or the water line, but only the flat bottom of your pool .

It will therefore be necessary to assist your robot with manual cleaning, to have an impeccable pool and clear water.

It will also be necessary to plan for more regular cleaning of the filters, since the impurities sucked up go directly into the filtration system (pre-filter of the pump and filter of the swimming pool).

Concerning the quality of cleaning and the speed of movement of the hydraulic robot, these are variable according to the power of the swimming pool filtration pump (minimum 7 to 8 m3 per hour, or 0.75 CV).

But overall, this product will be slower to clean than an electric model.

The most efficient and autonomous electric robot vacuum cleaner

The pool cleaning chore is no longer the same with the electric pool robot, which cleans absolutely everything for you.

All you have to do is plug its electric cable into a mains or battery socket, immerse it in water, leave enough wire to give it sufficient movement, and you’re done!

In our opinion, it is undoubtedly the best pool robot for efficient, thorough and effortless cleaning.

Even if its cost is higher than with a standard model (allow at least $700 for an entry-level model, with prices that can easily reach $1,200 for the most high-end and intelligent models), the value for money is well worth it.

For example, this Hayward model with its cartridge filter is offered at high-end prices. It has remarkable efficiency and performs easy and remotely controllable maintenance.

What we love about the electric robot is that it moves alone in the water and filters all the impurities in its tank, thanks to its suction system.

Its caterpillars or small wheels allow it to move quickly, with basin bottoms sometimes cleaned in 1h30/2h maximum.

It can also climb the walls as well as the water line of the pool, for a much more complete cleaning than with a hydraulic model.

You will love this Polaris P955 model , which even offers a very useful remote and options.

In particular, you can program the device for seven days, and numerous maintenance modes are available.

In addition, the most elaborate electric pool robots have different cleaning cycles, in order to adapt the brushes as well as the suction power, accordingly.

However, this model is more energy-intensive due to the connection of the electrical outlet, but some programs allow you to regulate its consumption, cleaning the minimum required for a clean pool.

You should also know that some robot models adapt to all sizes and shapes of pools (above-ground, in-ground pools, etc.), as well as to all types of coating (concrete, plastic, etc.), which makes they are the most efficient on the market.

If you have a large swimming pool that requires regular maintenance, and you want a quick and perfect cleaning, then this option will save you a lot of time.

In addition, this type of machine is more fragile and likely to break down, due to the many electronic parts that compose it.

Beware of maintenance costs, and pamper it during the wintering period: it is advisable to store your robot in your garage or indoors, so that the electronics do not suffer from cold or frost.

What you must remember

To conclude, the choice between a vacuum cleaner or a pool robot is made according to your budget, your level of comfort and the style of pool you have.

At Buy the Best, our heart swings for the ease of use of the electric robot, which costs a little more but which ensures real peace of mind in cleaning.

  • The pool vacuum cleaner is the most economical option, even if it unfortunately does not exempt you from manual brushing on the side.

It is also recommended for small pools because the task can be painful in the long run.

Indeed, the cleaning efficiency is good, without being perfect, and you must always be present to direct the device, in the case of a non-automatic vacuum broom.

The electric pool cleaner robot is the alternative with the best value for money: it is fast, intelligent, autonomous and perfectly cleans the bottom of your pool, as well as the walls and the water line.

It will cost you more, but guarantees you additional comfort, especially if you have a large pool or an inground pool.