5 Types Of Pool Cleaners

Keeping your pool clean is necessary for various health and economic reasons. Aside from being a breeding ground for bacteria and other nasty germs, a dirty pool may also end up eating a hole in your pocket in terms of repairs and maintenance. This is where a pool cleaner can come in handy. But with the different pool cleaner types available in the market nowadays, choosing which among them to purchase and use can be quite confusing.

Thus, we have here a list of the different types of pool cleaners (as well as the pros and cons of each) to help you out. By being familiar with each of them, you should be able to make a more informed decision as to which is the best pool cleaner for your needs.

1. Manual Pool Cleaners

These are the most basic types of pool cleaners available. Handheld pool vacuums, scrub brushes, and skimmers attached to a telescoping pole all fall under this category.

As the name suggests, these are operated manually which means that you’ll be doing most of the work. Using these pool cleaners, you’ll have to manually scrub the pool’s surface and collect any debris floating on the pool’s surface and its floor.


  • These are the most affordable of all types of pool cleaners available.
  • Minimal mechanical parts mean you don’t have to worry about breaking them and paying for repairs and replacement.
  • Can be effective in cleaning all dirt, debris, and algae in the pool if used properly.


  • Can be challenging to use especially for those who are not physically fit.
  • Cleaning will take more time and effort, especially if you have a large pool.

2. Suction Pool Cleaners

Suction pool cleaners use the suction power of your pool pump to gather dirt and debris. They are attached to the suction port in your pool like a pool skimmer, a dedicated vacuum in the wall, or your filtration system’s water intake. If you have existing filters and pumps in good working condition, this type of pool cleaner is recommended for you.


  • Inexpensive compared to other types of automatic pool cleaners.
  • Easy to install. The whole set up can be completed in a matter of minutes.
  • Has fewer parts and components compared to other types of automatic pool cleaners?


  • Large leaves and sticks will cause this pool cleaner to clog often.
  • The cleaning process can take a few hours to complete.
  • Must be connected and disconnected from the surface skimmer to allow for surface skimming.
  • The filter needs to be cleaned and replaced frequently.
  • Because the pump will be running while using this device, suction pool cleaners will use a significant amount of electricity.

3. Pressure Pool Cleaners

These are also called pressure-side cleaners and work best for pools that contain large pieces of dirt and debris. There are two types of pressure pool cleaners: booster pump powered cleaners and pump powered cleaners.

Booster pump powered cleaners are faster tracking, which means that it can clean most pool in less than two hours. They can also be run on a time clock and can shut themselves off after a pre-set cleaning run. A pump powered cleaners are connected to a wall return fitting or dedicated cleaner line. They are not as powerful as booster pump is driven models and must be manually connected and disconnected to make them work and shut them off.


  • Powerful and cleans faster than other types of pool cleaners.
  • Capable of handling large leaves and sticks, making them perfect for pools with overhanging trees.
  • Reduces stress out of your pool filter because it comes with its own filter bag.


  • Installation can be expensive since you’ll need a booster pump, a dedicated cleaner line, and a time clock.
  • Repairs may be more frequent as more parts can wear out and be damaged.
  • Booster pump usage may increase your electricity bills.
  • Doesn’t clean the pool surfaces as effectively as other contact-type pool cleaners do.

4. Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners are the only pool cleaner types that are truly independent of the pool pump and does not attach to the pool’s circulation system. These pool cleaners come with a built-in filter and motor which allows them to move across the pool and collect dirt and debris.

Older robotic pool cleaners have onboard motors, a pump motor to do the vacuuming, and a drive motor for movement, whereas the newer models are jet-propelled and use a single motor for movement and cleaning. Some models come with a remote control to allow you to guide it to those hard to clean spots and some models can climb the pool’s walls and scrub the waterline.


  • Convenient and easy to use. Just turn them on and place them in the pool.
  • No assembly is required since they can be used straight out of the box.
  • Ideal for above-ground pools that don’t have skimmer baskets.


  • Possibly the most expensive of automatic pool cleaner types, though prices have started coming down in recent years.
  • Repairs can be expensive.
  • Clogs easily with large leaves, sticks, and other debris.
  • The cleaner’s internal filter bag or cartridge requires emptying and cleaning.
  • The cleaner’s cable needs to be wound up and stored correctly after each operation

5. In-floor Pool Cleaners


In-floor pool cleaners are installed in in-ground swimming pools. Most high-end and luxurious inground pools nowadays use this kind of pool cleaner. This pool cleaning system has jets that are built into the bottom of the pool and are connected to the pool’s return line. Once the system’s turned on, an intense current is generated as the water moves along the floor of the pool, sending the dirt and debris toward the main drains after which the main pump siphons and collects them.


  • Versatile because they can be used in oddly shaped pools and standard lap pools.
  • Capable of handling high amounts of dirt and debris.
  • Easy to use with a press of a button.
  • Frees up the skimmer box and enable leaves to be skimmed from the surface of the pool.
  • Helps to circulate water through the pool, resulting in fewer algae growth.


  • Very expensive.
  • Must be installed during construction. If you already have a pool, this pool cleaner type is not for you.
  • Doesn’t clean the walls of the pool.
  • Requires electricity to run which can increase your electricity bills.

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To have a pool that you, your family, or your guests will love using, it is important that you keep it clean and in good condition. This makes your pool safer and healthier, and at the same time saves you from having to spend on expensive pool repairs down the road. And with the many different pool cleaner types available, you should have no trouble finding the best one that will meet your budget and cleaning needs.

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