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Above Ground Automatic Pool Cleaners – Robotic vs. Suction Side

There are different types of above ground automatic pool cleaners. This guide will help you tell the difference between Robotic and Suction Side cleaners.
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So you have heard how robots are changing people’s lives huh? Maybe some of the new low pricing at The Pool Factory has you intrigued to try out one of the biggest time saver for above ground pool owners? The tedious task of vacuuming and maintaining your pool is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Above Ground Automatic Pool Cleaners

There are a few different options when it comes to above ground automatic pool cleaners and it’s important to get the facts to help in choosing between a robotic pool cleaner and a suction side pool cleaner.

Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaners

Suction side automatic pool cleaners are useful accessories that connect through your pool’s filtration system. The energy created by the pump passes through the cleaner, and in most cases, creates a vibration that navigates the cleaner’s vacuum head around the pool. A patented design allows you to simply connect the cleaners vacuum hose to the pool’s skimmer and the rest is automated. Once connected, the automatic pool cleaner will slowly make its way around the entire floor of your pool for the entire time that the filter is running. There are a few main benefits of a suction side pool cleaner to consider:

  • Cost – A suction side automatic pool cleaner will be a more economical alternative compared to robotic pool cleaners.
  • Ease of Use – Compared to the traditional method of vacuuming, above ground automatic pool cleaners take away the chore of cleaning and require only a simple setup.

Suction side automatic pool cleaners are very similar to pressure side cleaner. Both require a setup/connection to the pool’s filtration system. Suction side automatic pool cleaners are connected through the skimmer while pressure side cleaners are connected to the return.

Pentair Lil Shark Suction Side Pool Cleaner

The Lil Shark Pool Cleaner installs in minutes without special tools or fittings. Since it operates on the suction produced by your pump and filter system, it runs automatically whenever your pump is operating.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners have a mind of their own. All models come packed with features and are available for both above ground pools and in-ground pools. Robotic pool cleaners designed for in-ground pools will clean the floor, cove and wall and will handle a variety of surfaces like concrete, vinyl, gunite, and fiberglass. Robotic pool cleaners for above ground pools will clean the vinyl floor and cove. Robotic pool cleaners have filter bags inside so that everything is self-contained except for its power source. There is no need to connect it to your pool filter system. Literally just plug it into a power supply and drop the unit into your above ground pool for the desired time cycle.

  • Even Easier – Although both types of above ground automatic pool cleaners will save you time, robotic pool cleaners will go the extra mile to make cleaning as simple as possible.
  • Down to the Nitty Gritty – Some automatic pool cleaners that rely on your filtration systems are limited to the cleaning capabilities of the pool filter system. With most robotic pool cleaners, the filtration and cleaning capability outperforms filtration systems for an even finer clean. Not only will this give the pool water that extra sparkle, but also it will take a load off of the overall filter time and its wear and tear.
Elix Rechargeable Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner

The Elix Rechargeable Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner is a new type of rechargeable automatic pool cleaner in the market. Features a built-in rechargeable lithium 5000mAh battery, power detection, dual control system and a built in water sensor. Cleans floors and slopes of all above ground pools. (flat floor or max. 15° slope).

In conclusion, with the affordability nowadays of above ground automatic pool cleaners pool owners should seriously consider purchasing a robotic pool cleaner. It will surely make your life easier and leave you with more time to enjoy your above ground pool. If you are looking for a time saver that is a little less expensive, consider a suction side automatic pool cleaner and let it do the dirty work for you.

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