Inground Pool Cleaners

How to Choose an Inground Pool Cleaner

Automatic inground pool cleaners are quite different and more complex than above ground pool cleaners, as inground pool cleaners have more power to clean on slops, water level transitions and curves in your pool. This added power also helps an inground pool cleaner stay flat and level on the pool’s wall, bottom or steps and have more vacuum suction to clean thoroughly.

There are three different types of automatic inground pool cleaners: robotic, suction and pressure. How do you know which inground pool cleaner is best for your pool?

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. It’s a dedicated because the pipe is not used for any other purposes. 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.

Inground pool cleaner lines can be a vacuum line installed in front of the pool pump, which is common on older pools and used with suction cleaners. Dedicated vacuum lines can also be used as a pressure line and operate pressure cleaners with an attached booster pump. 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.

Do you have BIG debris or small debris?

For pools surrounded by large trees and other landscaping features that sheds larger leaves or debris, your best non-clogging inground cleaner would be any pressure cleaner. Some of the more popular pressure cleaners are Polaris 360, Kreepy Krauly Legend and Hayward TriVac. The Aquabot Breeze 4WD is also effective on large leaf volumes.

For desert environments, or pools with small-sized debris and debris in smaller amounts, suction cleaners are a quite popularKreepy Krauly and Pool Vac cleaners have been cleaning inground pools for over 40 years. Suction pool cleaners, which includes robotic pool cleaners, are available at a wide range of price points, and suction cleaners come with many different features. However, 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.

Do you have a VINYL pool?

Most inground 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 softer touch, but pressure and robotic cleaners can also be used.

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 inground 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.

If you still have questions or need help choosing the right inground pool cleaner, feel free to call our pool experts at 1-877-766-5287, and we’ll be happy to help you out.