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What Should I Consider When Buying A Robotic Pool Cleaner?

A Robotic Pool Cleaner should be Affordable, Effective, Efficient, and Easy to Use.

With so many options available, the process can feel overwhelming, so we hope this article helps you to choose a pool cleaner that fits your needs. If you ever have any questions on choosing the right pool cleaner, give our experts a call. We've been selling & serving pool customers since 1960.

Dirt & Debris Removal Effectiveness

Ensure the robotic pool cleaner you choose can effectively remove dirt and debris from your pool. It should have powerful brushes to scrub the walls and floor of your pool and strong suction to remove the trash. Additionally, consider the size and shape of your pool because different pool cleaners may be better suited for larger or irregularly shaped pools.

Pool Cleaner Filtration System

Pay attention to the robotic pool cleaner's filtration system. You want one that can capture both large and small debris. Look for a large filter basket or a multi-level filtration system with an easy-to-clean & easy-to-maintain filter. 

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Pool Cleaner Energy Usage

Robotic pool cleaners can use significant energy, so look for a cleaner with low wattage. A timer or scheduling feature also helps save energy by limiting the time the cleaner runs.

Ease of Use

An intuitive control panel or remote that is easy to program, operate, clean and maintain will shorten your pool chore list for more time to enjoy the water. 

Pool Cleaner Warranty & Customer Support

Consider the warranty and customer support offered by the manufacturer. Invest in a quality product that will last, so look for a cleaner with a warranty, preferably a longer one. Additionally, good customer support can make all the difference if you encounter any issues with the cleaner.


Robotic pool cleaners need to withstand harsh pool chemicals and exposure to the elements so they will last and require minimal repairs.

Pool Cleaner Noise Level

Some pool cleaners can be loud, disrupting poolside relaxation, especially if you plan on using them when you and your family or guests are nearby.

Pool Cleaner Weight & Portability

Some pool cleaners are heavy. Some pool cleaners include a caddy to transport and store the cleaner when not in use. Ultimately, you want a cleaner that's easy to move around and won't cause strain or injury. 

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Pool Cleaner Cost

Some models may have a lower price point but could require more maintenance or have a shorter lifespan, costing more in the long run. Other models of pool cleaners can have a hefty price tag depending on their features. Higher-end models come with advanced features that may be optional for your needs. Ensure that the pool cleaner you choose fits your budget and requirements. 

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Type of Pool

What kind of pool do you have? In-ground, Above-Ground, Easy-Set-Up? Consider the type of pool you have before purchasing a pool cleaner. Some pool cleaners are designed specifically for in-ground pools, while others are meant solely for above-ground pools. In addition, some pool cleaners may not be suitable for certain surfaces, such as tile or vinyl.

Pool Cleaner Power Cord Length

The cable length is an important factor to consider, especially if you have a large pool. A longer cable can cover more ground but get tangled more easily. So ensure that the cable length is suitable for your pool size.

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Pool Cleaner Climbing Ability

Consider a pool cleaner that can climb walls and stairs if your pool has stairs or other elevated areas. Not all pool cleaners can navigate these areas, so ensure the cleaner you choose handles the unique features of your pool.

Choosing a pool cleaner shouldn't be daunting. However, remember it's essential to consider its cleaning capabilities, filtration system, energy efficiency, ease of use, noise level, durability, warranty, and customer support. The Outdoor Shops stands behind the products we sell. Still, we suggest contacting the manufacturer or us to determine the manufacturer's warranty available on any pool cleaners you purchase.

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