Are robotic pool cleaners worth it?

what are the advantages of using a robotic pool cleaners

Why spend hours doing all the hard work cleaning your pool when you can get a robotic pool cleaner to do all the work? While you have fun?

A robotic pool cleaner can get your pool ready for you to enjoy at any time (and in around an hour) with crystal-clear, healthy water — with no effort on your part!

They don’t cost much to run, either. Robotic pool cleaners are (surprisingly) energy efficient. And can lower the current maintenance costs of your pool equipment along with their associated energy and water costs… so smaller bills! They are also great for the environment. And work for above ground and in ground pools.

With robots being so advanced these days, they can do a better job of cleaning the pool than even you, or your pool cleaner. They are easy to operate and maintain… You can even control a pool cleaner from a remote, smartphone, or any Wi-Fi-enabled device.

Robotic Pool Cleaner Benefits

Here are 7 good reasons why you really should consider getting a robotic pool cleaner.

1. Robotic Pool Cleaners Can Save You a Huge Amount of Time & Effort

You can save hours (and a LOT of manual effort) if you use a robotic pool cleaner. It’s the difference between 2.5 hours of manual labour each week versus 15 minutes to just set the cleaner up. And, depending on the size of your pool and the robotic cleaner model you choose, your pool can be clean in as little as 1 hour.

Robotic cleaners feature set-and-forget programming to offer a host of options and settings to clean your pool on a timer to your preferences. You can set it to clean just the floor, sides, or the waterline, allowing you to get on with more important things.

The remote-controlled and Wi-Fi-enabled models allow you to control the cleaner without even leaving your sun lounger!

2. Reduce Your Energy & Water Bills

A robotic pool cleaner significantly lowers your energy and water bills, and your carbon footprint.

A robotic cleaner is a completely self-sufficient device: it doesn’t rely on your pump, filter, or booster system to clean your pool. The robotic cleaner does a lot of the work a pump usually does. So you can turn your pump off, or use a variable-speed pump on a lower speed setting and save a lot of energy.

Robotic cleaners don’t use as much energy as you may think to operate, either; they operate from low-voltage outlets.

An independent study by an electrical supply company showed that robotic pool cleaners used up to 83% less electricity than traditional pool cleaners.

Robotic cleaners draw an average of 180 Watts. Common booster-pump-powered hydraulic cleaners draw over 1 kWh (1,000 Watts). A difference of 820 Watts.

So, if you use a robotic cleaner together with a variable speed pump for filtration, your pool consumes between 1,478 kWh and 2,792 kWh less per year compared to a pool using hydraulic cleaners and single speed pumps.

The bottom line: depending on your pool running costs and model, a robotic pool cleaner can save you around $500 per year — paying for itself in just 1 year!

Your water and maintenance bills will be lower, too. Robotic pool cleaners remove debris from your pool’s system to prevent clogging. Less clogging means less backwashes (using less water), and less work for your pool’s pump system and filter, so they last longer.

3. Extends the Life of Your Pool Equipment

Robotic pool cleaners are a completely self-contained, self-sustained unit. They contain everything required to operate and do the job. No additional equipment is required. And, it can actually take the load off your pool equipment so that lasts longer.

A robotic cleaner doesn’t rely on your pool’s pump, filter, or booster system to clean. It has its own motor to drive the wheels; and own pump to lift debris into an internal canister (filter) — so debris doesn’t get into your pool’s filtration system to clog it up. This allows your pool’s pump to be turned off, used on a lower setting, and used less often for backwashes.

4. Efficient & Effective

A robotic pool cleaner doesn’t miss a spot.

It climbs vertically up pool walls (up to the water line), goes over and around obstacles (like steps, and awkward corners), and blows debris out of tight corners using its water-cleaning streams. It can scrub grime from tiles, walls, and even steps. Powerful motors allow the cleaner to pick up large debris, and small debris like sand, leaves, and pebbles.

Some models come with extra-long power cords, and swivel technology to reduce tangles in the cord. These features allow you to place the cleaner in the optimal position in your pool (usually the center) for more efficient and effective cleaning patterns.

Robotic cleaners provide better water circulation (to keep water cleaner) compared to pressure or suction side cleaners. And can pick up larger debris and dirt particles compared to standard suction side cleaners.

5. Easy to Operate & Maintain

To operate:

Step 1: Just plug the cleaner into the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This outlet keeps you safe from electric shocks!

Step 2: Select your preferred cleaner settings — the parts of your pool you want to clean (the floor, sides, or waterline).

Step 3: Position your cleaner in the center of your pool so the cord doesn’t tangle and you get the optimal cleaning pattern.

Step 4: Submerge your cleaner fully in the water. Important: wait until the cleaner is submerged before you turn it on, and remember to turn it off before removing it from the water or it could get damaged.

Step 5: Remove your cleaner from the pool.

To maintain:

Maintenance is effortless and will help protect your investment as the cleaner will last longer. So do ensure you follow these tips:

Tip 1: Always remove the cleaner from the pool after it has finished cleaning. And let the water drain out before storing.

Tip 2: Don’t let the cord become kinked.

Tip 3: After use, remove the canister (filter) and wash it clean with a hose.

Tip 4: Remove any debris and interference in the drive tracks, impellers, and brushes. And replace any worn out parts.

6. Eco-friendly

Robotic pool cleaners can circulate 1000s of gallons of water per hour to ensure even dispersion of water chemicals (using less of them, too), resulting in better water chemistry and temperature, reducing algae (and the need to clean it off). If you use less chemicals to filtrate and clean pool water, you will lower your carbon footprint.

In short: robotic pool cleaners reduce your pool running costs, maintenance costs, and water bills… a great thing for the environment.

7. Use Advanced (AI) Technology

AI (artificial intelligence) is getting popular fast, for a reason: AI learns by ‘doing’. You only need to set up an AI device to get to work. It then learns and remembers how to do a job all by itself.

Robotic pool cleaners use advanced (AI) technology for smarter navigation to monitor your cleaner’s activity, and map-out your pool’s shape and size; to become a more efficient cleaner in the process, and to reduce the cleaning cycle time.

Some models come with remotes and Wi-Fi connectivity. So you can just sit back and relax while operating your robotic pool cleaner from your smartphone, or any device with a Wi-Fi connection. They can also be programmed to start cleaning according to different cycles and times.

In Summary

You can spend your time doing way more important (and fun) stuff while the robotic cleaner cleans your pool. A robotic cleaner can save you (or anyone who cleans your pool) a lot of time and effort, so you can spend more time enjoying your pool!

They may not be cheap to buy. But, even a top-end model can pay for itself in just one year. And, best of all: the less time and effort you spend on cleaning and maintaining your pool… the more time you have to actually enjoy it!