Which Pool Cleaner Do I need?
Pressure or Suction?
To decide which pool cleaner you need, it is important to know the difference between suction and pressure pool cleaners, how they work and the type of pools they are best suited to.
How they work
Suction cleaners use the energy available from pool water circulated by the pool pump. Water that is pumped out of the pool is used to power the suction cleaner. Water and debris from the pool pass through a special hose, which is connected to either a pool skimmer or a dedicated special suction line. Debris is filtered from the water and stays in either the skimmer basket or the pool pump basket, from where it is easily removed.
Pressure cleaners use of the energy available from the water being returned to the pool after it has been filtered. Pressure cleaners use a special hose, which is much smaller diameter than that required for suction cleaners. Pressure cleaners move around the pool on wheels, using pressurized water to drive the wheels and to pick up debris. Debris is collected in a flexible bag attached to the cleaner which is emptied when full.
Which Cleaner Do I need for My Pool?
Suction cleaners like Orbit are recommended for pools in a sandy environment or with a lot of smaller debris. They are ideal for use in enclosed pools and are great for collecting small or fine debris, such as sand, grit, small leaves etc. They use the existing pool pump as a source of power – no additional electric supply or plumbing is required. Suction cleaners are typically less expensive to purchase and some, like Orbit, are mechanically simple. Orbit has just 11 parts, resulting in low running costs. Suction cleaners are tough and can be left in the pool 24/7 and typically operate whenever the pool pump is working.
Pressure cleaners are great for pools which have larger debris, such as big leaves. Because they use only clean water, they can safely be gear driven without the risk of damage from pool debris. Pressure cleaners do require a booster pump, to boost the pressure supply. Most pressure cleaners are set to operate for about 3 hours per day – the exact time depends on the size of the pool and the amount of debris present.