When purchasing a new swimming pool, most pools builders will tell you that an automatic pool cleaner is a necessity.  Automatic pool cleaners cut down on your maintenance time and make owning a pool a much more enjoyable experience. 

There are two types of automatic pool cleaners: robotic pool and in-floor cleaners.  The following comparison gives you insight on some of the pros and cons of each.

Which Cleaner Costs Less?

Generally randomized pool cleaners cost less than in-floor cleaners at the start.  This is because they require much less labor when constructing the pool. 

However, as your pool ages these numbers will even out. Robotic pool cleaners require more replacements over time.

Which Cleaner Offers Better Cleaning Coverage?

Generally, in-floor cleaners deliver better cleaning coverage.  This is because most robotic pool cleaners are “randomized” cleaners.  This means they roam your pool using a randomized cleaning patter.

If you run them long enough, they will eventually clean a good portion of the pool, leaving you just a few areas to clean up manually.  In comparison, in-floor cleaners are typically customized for each pool.  They are engineered to sweep every square inch of your pool.

Which Cleaner Cleans Large Debris Better? 

This one is a toss up.  Most robotic pool cleaners are more like randomized “vacuum cleaners”. They will vacuum up large debris if they happen to roam over it. 

In-floor cleaners are more like systematic brooms.  They will effectively sweep every square inch of your pool, but eliminating the large debris can be difficult unless they have additional options such as debris-removal drains.

Check back again for part two of this comparison.

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