Which Pool Cleaner Should You Buy

It’s an age-old question that has been plaguing pool owners since the dawn of home pools, which pool cleaner should they get? Well the answer to that is much simpler than many might imagine. Pool cleaning is about a balance (much like everything in your pool!) of expenses and effort. Pool cleaning isn’t about bling, it’s about efficiency. So the better your equipment will be, the less effort will be needed on your part to properly clean it.

Our most popular pool cleaners

Before going on to discuss the different types of pool cleaners, their advantages and disadvantages, we're going to present you with the most popular pool cleaners we have on our site. These cleaners have been purchased by hundreds (even thousands) of happy pool owners all across Australia. You can't go wrong with any of these and what's better is that there's a model available for all budget ranges.

Manual Pool Cleaners

This is the tried and tested, most cost-effective way of cleaning your pool. With minimal equipment purchase and a little bit of elbow grease, you can clean up your pool and make sure that it stays sparkly clean all year round. Here are the basic equipment you’ll need for manually cleaning your pool.

Telescopic Pool Poles

Telescopic pool poles allow you to adjust the length of your cleaning pole so that you can reach all of the nooks and crannies of your pool without bending over or overextending your reach. By getting a good quality telescopic pool pole, you’re reducing the overall stress on your body when cleaning the pool, as well as ensuring that it will last you for years on end, nothing adds more to one’s stress than getting a poor quality (extra-cheap) telescopic pool pole and having it break a few months later. Get the sturdiest and longest pole available to you, you can always adjust it to be shorter if it’s too long, but you can never add length to the pole if it’s short.

Vacuum Head

Vacuum heads attach to the end of your telescopic pool pole. The vacuum head utilizes the suction power from your skimmer inlet (more on the attachment later) to attach itself to the surface of your pool and well… vacuum it, sucking up dirt, debris, and algae as it goes along. Pick a vacuum head that is agile. By agile, we mean that it should be able to twist and move to follow the contours of your pool without the need for you to reposition and without losing suction. A good quality vacuum head like the Water TechniX PRO Flexi Vacuum Head will go a long way to making pool cleaning an enjoyable task.

Pool Hoses

These attach to your skimmer plate on one end and to your vacuum head on the other end. There’s nothing really special to say about pool hoses since they all have the same function. Just make sure to get a pool hose that’s long enough for you to vacuum all the way around the pool without removing the hose or going back to the other side since the hose is too short. While it may be tempting to err on the safe side and just get the longest possible hose, a minor inconvenience that can arise from that is that it could easily get tangled if you a hose that is too long.

Pool Brush Heads

Pool brush heads are exactly what they sound like. They’re brush heads designed to attach to the end of your telescopic pool pole so you can brush the surfaces of your pool to take out stains, debris, and algae growth. For regular cleaning and maintenance, brushes with nylon bristles can take care of the job with ease. But for heavier use like algae removal, get a brush head with stainless steel bristles for extra scrubbing power.

Leaf Skimmers, Shovels, and Rakes

These are attachments that go on the end of your telescopic pool pole for the singular purpose of scooping out leaves and other debris from your pool. Some people might say to just get a leaf shovel and be done with it, but we prefer having different tools for different tasks.

A leaf shovel has a bag attached to it for those heavier tasks or when your pool is overloaded with debris. A leaf shovel has the capacity to make the task of scooping out the debris easier without having to empty the attachment frequently. The downside to this is it is a little bit cumbersome as the net bag adds some drag, making it "heavy" in the water and this can be tiring in the long run.

Leaf skimmers on the other hand are slim and streamlined, making it perfect for smaller jobs like fishing out random bits of debris here and there but it's not really designed to scoop out a lot of debris.

Leaf rakes are a cross between the two, combining the fine mesh of a skimmer and the large capacity of a shovel, and this is for use when the debris level in your pool is more than what a skimmer can handle but not to the point that a full leaf shovel is needed.

Vacuum plates are dependent on your pool and there is no one-sized-fits-all solution so we cannot recommend a spefic vacuum plate without knowing more about your pool specifications. If you know the vacuum plate you need, feel free to browse our range of Vacuum Plates by clicking on the button below. If you need help in identifying the type of vacuum plate you need, scroll down to the bottom of the page and drop us a note

Automatic Pool Cleaners

These are basically just like your manual cleaning set, except that it’s all contained into one unit and does all of the movement for you. Simply attach it to the hose that’s attached to your skimmer port and let it do all of the work! If you want to take a step up from manually cleaning and vacuuming the pool then we recommend the Water TechniX Rapid Automatic Pool Cleaner. This is our entry-level automatic pool cleaner that functions much like its more expensive counterparts at a fraction of the cost. The only thing to take note of when using automatic pool cleaners is that you should have an adequately sized pool pump (minimum of 1HP) and a clean cartridge filter to ensure that the pool cleaner gets enough pressure to function properly.

Leaf Canisters

This is an accessory that we consider to be essential on all pool cleaning equipment. What a leaf canister is that it intercepts all debris that is sucked up by the vacuum head or automatic pool cleaner and prevents it from going straight into your skimmer or pump system. Not only does this protect your skimmer basket from clogging, but it prevents suction failure on your vacuum cleaners by ensuring that the water flow is unimpeded.

Automatic Pool Cleaner Hoses

Automatic pool cleaners use different hoses from your regular manual pool cleaning hoses. They usually come in 1 meter increments so you can get the perfect hose size every single time. If you're in the market for Automatic Pool Cleaners, don't forget to include hoses as well. We recommend our Water TechniX Baracuda Hose, it's built to spec to other high end brands but without the hefty price tag.

SEE ALSO: Getting your Automatic Pool Cleaners Ready For Summer

Robotic Pool Cleaners

The future is here! Unlike manual cleaning or automatic pool cleaners, robotic pool cleaners are totally stand-alone from your pool system. This means that all of the dirt and debris that the unit picks up directly goes into its own filter system, reducing stress on your pool’s filtration system. Robotic pool cleaners also don’t require any help from your pools pump system, thereby eliminating the need to stress your pool’s pump. Best of all, robotic pool cleaners don’t get tired and they’re smart. They record your pool surfaces to ensure that every single inch is thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed. Simply put, robotic pool cleaners are the simplest and most effective pool cleaners out there. They may be a little expensive at first, but they’re one of the best investments you can have for your pool maintenance tasks.

To know more about the Pros and Cons of having a Robotic Pool Cleaner, click here.

Are you ready to take pool cleaning, scrubbing, and vacuuming to the next level? We recommend the Zodiac TX30 Tornax robotic pool cleaner if you’re in the market for a robotic pool cleaner. It’s simply one of the best bang-for-buck units out there and it’s backed by an unbeatable two-year warranty. Just think of all the cold drinks you’ll have lounging by the poolside while the robotic pool cleaner does its thing instead of you standing under the heat and manually vacuuming the pool.

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In the end, it all boils down to convenience vs cost. We understand that not everyone can shell out a thousand bucks for a robotic pool cleaner, but if you’re really interested in getting a robotic pool cleaner, check out our Payments Page for our different options for spreading out payments on a robotic pool cleaner.

Still prefer to clean your pool manually? Don’t worry, we’ve prepared a guide on how to make manual pool cleaning as painless as possible, just click on the button below to open it in a new window.  

Do you have any questions about this topic or the featured products? No worries, we're here to help! Drop us a question down below and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Happy swimming :)

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