Pool owners essentially have the choice between 3 types of pool cleaners:




In Australia, suction and pressure cleaners were the two most common types found in residential pools, until advances in technology made robotic cleaners an affordable and effective option for many pool owners.

There are advantages and disadvantages of each form of cleaner, so which one is right for you?

To accurately distinguish the cleaner best suited to your pool and lifestyle, let me first give a brief run-down on all three:

Suction Cleaners

Suction cleaners work similarly to a vacuum cleaner. Operating when the pool pump is active, the cleaner attaches to the pool’s skimmer box and moves about the pool collecting dirt and debris by suctioning into the skimmer basket. A suction cleaner is ideal if:

• You do not have many trees or leaves

• Heavy debris rarely enters your pool

Suction cleaners are a solid option for those who are budget conscious as they are typically cheaper than other styles of cleaners. There are many types but most could be classified as either a disc or a wheeled style cleaner and examples are below

Pressure Cleaners

Pressure cleaners work from a dedicated return line and run by water pressure from the pump, either the main circulation pump or a dedicated booster pump. This water pressure drives the cleaner around the pool and forces debris into the bag, these are not as popular in Australia as suction and robotic cleaners.

Advantages of a pressure cleaner are:

• Capable of collecting large debris such as gumnuts, twigs and heavy leaf litter

• Ability to clean most pools in less than 3 hours

• Cleaner suctions leaves into a bag instead of your filter/pump basket, taking the load off your filtration system


Robotic Cleaners


Robotic cleaners work independently from the filter and pump and are driven by an electric motor inside the unit. They are a self-contained cleaner, collecting dirt and debris in a bag or cartridge within the cleaner. Robotic pool cleaners have built-in intelligence that ensures they don’t get stuck in corners or on steps. While they are slightly more expensive, they do provide a more thorough and complete clean than any other cleaner.

If you are still unsure about which cleaner will best suit your pool and lifestyle, you might want to come in store to our shop in Claremont where I have all the leading brands we sell on display so we can show you through the various options.