Inground Pool Cleaners

Automatic inground pool cleaners are more powerful, to handle slopes, transitions and curves. The ability to climb steep inclines, while staying flat on the surface requires more drive train power and more vacuum suction. Cleaners for inground pools also have longer hoses or cords than above ground models. Compare inground pool cleaners from top manufacturers, in suction, pressure and robotic models. 

How to Choose an Inground Pool Cleaner

  1. Do you have a dedicated cleaner line? This is a pipe that runs from the pool equipment pad to a central point on the side of the pool. Dedicated, because it is not a pipe used for other purposes. Inground pool cleaner lines can be a vacuum line, installed in front of the pump, common on older pools, and used with suction cleaners. Dedicated cleaner lines can also be used as a pressure line, and operate pressure cleaners with an attached booster pump. If you already have a dedicated cleaner pipe, that makes the choice easy, install a booster pump and time clock and use a pressure pool cleaner. If the pipe is a vacuum line, it can be converted to a pressure line with simple plumbing, or use the line as-is, with a suction cleaner and an in-line strainer.
  2. Do you have BIG debris or small debris? For pools surrounded by large trees and landscaping that sheds large sized debris, your best non-clogging inground cleaner would be any pressure cleaner Polaris, Letro or Hayward Tri-Vac. The Aquabot Breeze 4WD is also effective on large leaf volumes. For desert environments, or pools with small sized debris in smaller amounts, suction cleaners are a regional favorite. Kreepy Krauly and Pool Vac cleaners have been cleaning inground pools for over 40 years. If your pool fills up with leaves and debris every spring and fall, most suction and many robotic cleaners will clog up too often, requiring intervention or manual cleaning of the pool.
  3. Do you have a VINYL pool? Most in-ground pool cleaners are suitable for all pool types, plaster, pebble, fiberglass, tile and vinyl. All cleaners are smooth and rounded, with no sharp edges, but some cleaners use different parts for vinyl pools, like the Cork Shoes on the Pool Vac, or the Sponge Brushes on the Aquabot. Aside from these two examples, if not mentioned otherwise, all cleaners are made for any pool surface type. However, most cleaner manufacturers caution that damage to vinyl liners could occur - if the pool floor is very uneven, wrinkled, or if the cleaner gets stuck in the same spot each day. For vinyl pools, suction cleaners (or Polaris 165) may be preferred, for their simplicity and slow speeds, as well as their soft touch, but pressure and robotic cleaners can also be used.
  4. Do you have Steep Slopes, Coves, Shelfs or Uneven Floors? For very steep slopes from shallow to deep end, or sharp inclines – this can trap some low powered pool cleaners, although adjustments can be made to improve power or change direction. Inground pools with coves or grottos with small entrances may be ignored by some cleaners, and shallow Baja shelfs, high steps or benches may also remain untouched by most pool cleaners. Most cleaners won’t clean high sidewalls, but are still able to remove most debris, which naturally settles to lower points in the pool. Very large in ground pools often need extension hoses or robotic cleaners with longer cords, and many use a fast pool cleaner that can clean the entire pool in 2-3 hours.

PoolCenter carries in ground pool cleaners from top manufacturers like Aquabot, Dolphin, Hayward, Pentair, and of course Polaris - names you know and trust.  

Our selection of pool sweeps is so wide that it can be hard to find the one that will fit perfectly to your pool system. For expert help selecting a new pool cleaner, please give us a call!