Pool Cleaning 101: Automatic Cleaners vs. Manual Vacuums

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Pool ownership brings a lot of joy. It also brings a lot of responsibility. Sooner or later you’re going to have to clean your pool to get that grime out.

You have a choice between using a manual vacuum and an automatic cleaner. These are two different ways of cleaning your pool.
We’re going to show you the differences between the two cleaners and help you to decide on which one you should choose.

Why Should You Use a Manual Vacuum?

It goes without saying that you should use a manual vacuum over cleaning your pool by hand. It’s a far more hygienic option and it’s much faster than attempting to clean by hand.

But the manual vacuum still needs manual labor. Using one is like pushing a vacuum cleaner around your house.
The only problem is that it’s much slower than using an automatic vacuum. However, the manual option is also the cheaper option. Automatic vacuums can be an expensive investment.

Why Should You Use an Automatic Vacuum?

An automatic vacuum is exactly what you expect. It’s not handheld and it will clean the pool automatically. This is an excellent option if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort cleaning the pool.

These are the vacuums for people who don’t mind the initial investment in exchange for saving time and effort. It’s especially good for larger pools because a manual vacuum would take hours of hard work to get the job done.

Do keep in mind, though, that with larger pools even an automatic pool cleaner will require a few hours to complete the job. You should also remember that you will have to backwash the filters to maintain performance.

If you value your time, though, the automatic pool cleaner is a worthwhile investment.

Should You Make the Big Investment?

An automatic pool cleaner isn’t actually the most expensive option you can find. Some of the more luxurious pools have cleaners that have been built-in to the pool.

The way these work is that the currents work with the cleaner to send dirt and debris towards the main drains, therefore automatically cleaning your pool all the time.

However, these must be installed during construction and are the most expensive choices around as far as pool cleaners go. For the average pool owner, they’re simply not worth the investment.

An automatic cleaner gives you the benefits of an automatic cleaning without the huge investment required by a luxurious in-pool cleaner.

Last Word – The Automatic Pool Cleaner is the Way to Go

Yes, you can use a manual pool cleaner to save money on pool maintenance. But you have to keep in mind that you will spend a lot of hours keeping your pool clean and pristine.

The way around that is to purchase an automatic pool cleaner. The initial investment is worth it because automatic pool cleaners will always do a better job than you can do manually.

Do you think an automatic pool cleaner is the right option for you?

Guest post by Simon T, Poolcleanerhub

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