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Posted by Pat O'Keefe
What Are The Best Robotic Pool Cleaners?
We’ve come a very long way in pool cleaning. Gone are the days of manually scrubbing pools, or even attaching a device to your walls. If you don’t want to dedicate time to pool cleaning, then investing in a robotic pool cleaner is the way to go. Typically, the only thing required of you these days is to drop the robot into the pool, plug it in (if needed), and let the robot go to work for you. Yes, it’s that easy.
There are some very important things to consider when evaluating what pool cleaner brand and model that you’ll go with. There are many great selling points and the technology continuously improves but you still have to consider a few things before doing model comparisons.
The very first thing that you must look at is reliability. Will the pool cleaner work when I need it to? Will it do what it is intended to do consistently and efficiently? This may include doing a bit of homework up front, but that homework will pay off when you choose a cleaner that is both well received in the marketplace and works for what you need it to do. You may have to read some reviews on reputable sites or speak with a dealer face to face for additional information. Another great resource is watching educational demo videos where you could see the product in action. Many manufacturer’s websites include videos as well as dealer sites and YouTube. Sometimes just seeing the robot cleaning the pool can help you make your decision.
Another very important thing is that the robot needs to be lightweight. You need to be able to carry it to and from the pool and be able to lift it in and out of the pool while not expending too much effort. It should not take multiple people, or your maximum effort to maneuver your pool robot where you need it to go.
We also like robots that are gear driven versus ones that are belt driven. The belts do tend to wear and the potential to break and replace seems to be higher. The technology has leaned toward robots functioning more with gears and with greater efficiency as well.
The manufacturer’s warranty is also a very important thing to consider when selecting a robotic pool cleaner. Things to think about include warranties that would cover against defective materials or bad workmanship. Other things to consider are how the warranty is written, and if the robot is built on a DIY platform, meaning that any certified dealer can work on it compared to having to ship it to the dealer directly costing you precious downtime on your investment. Does the manufacturer offer accessible customer service, and do they have a network of dealers that you would be able to utilize for any unforeseen issues?
There are many different cleaners out there these days with many different abilities. We’ll go through our top 5 robot picks and tell you “what’s what” in today’s robotic market.
There you have it, our top 5 robotic pool cleaners. While there are many other models that are also truly capable, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites. Also, another thing to take note of is that toward the beginning of pool season most manufacturers offer a rebate after the purchase is complete. It is our advice to look into this both online and with your local store. A rebate helps you get something that is reliable, works the best for you and saves you time in the long run. Pool season is a great season and you can’t enjoy it unless you have a clean pool. We have a full selection of pool cleaners available and we would love to answer and questions that you may have.