Types of Pool Cleaners and How to Use Them

Pool owners have the responsibility to keep their pools clean at all costs. However, with the various types of pool cleaners available today, some of you might be confused about which one is right for your pool.

Today, let’s get to know more about the types of pool cleaners and how they are used.

Manual Cleaners


These are the most basic cleaners available. They could be handheld pool vacuums, standard brushes, skimmers, and scrub brushes.

They work by first being attached a telescoping pole to access the deepest parts of a pool. Second, they are operated by the user to scrape the bottom of the pool as well as its sides. These cleaners sweep away all the dirt, including the yellow and green algae.

Handheld vacuums are the most common type of manual cleaners. They have no mechanical parts, and they’re great for improving the pool’s filtration system. The cleaning time, however, depends on how big your pool is. The larger it is, the longer time you’ll need to scrape off the dirt manually with your vacuum.

In a nutshell, manual cleaners are affordable, but they are time-consuming. They are difficult to use, especially if the ones who will use them aren’t physically fit. However, using them is an excellent workout for the upper body.

Recommended for: old-fashioned people, muscular people, and penny-pinchers.

Suction Pool Cleaners

BARACUDA G3 W03000Also called suction-side cleaners, these pool cleaners are attached to your filtration system’s water intake. It uses the suction power of your pool pump to gather debris.

These cleaners only work with a pool pump, so be sure you have a functional pump before you purchase this cleaner. To use them, you have to connect them to your pump and place them inside the pool. Note that your pump will be running as you use a suction pool cleaner, which means this cleaner will use up more electricity compared to other pool cleaners. Their DE filter should also be cleaned and replaced frequently. Because of the abovementioned reasons, they’re not ideal for those who want to save money.

They are, however, recommended for pool owners with existing filters and pumps that are in excellent condition.

Pressure Pool Cleaners

Pool-cleanerAlso referred to as pressure-side cleaners, these need the power of your pool pump to speed up their movement along your pool’s surfaces. They work on their own, independent of the pool’s circulation system. You just have to attach them to your pool pump, and they’re good to go.

These cleaners are equipped with wheels that allow them to move around with ease. However, they do not scrub the surfaces of the pool as efficiently as contact-type cleaners do.

What you’ll love about this type is that it doesn’t stress out your pool filter because it comes with its own filter bag. With a booster pump, a pressure pool cleaner can be more powerful.

These cleaners are perfect for pools which contain large pieces of dirt and debris.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

These cleaners are the most in-demand types of automatic pool vacuums that work without needing to be connected to your pool circulation system, just like the pressure pool cleaners.

Dolphin Premier Robotic

These are considered the most energy-efficient pool cleaners and are well loved because of their features. These units come with a built-in filter and motor, allowing them to move from one part of the pool to another while collecting tiny particles of dirt regardless of the kind of pool surface. These cleaners can come with remote controls and four-wheel drives too. Although they come with a higher price compared to other types, robotic cleaners are recommended for pools because they are efficient. They’re also easy to use because you can just turn them on and leave them be. They’re even ideal for above-ground pools that do not have a skimmer basket since these cleaners clean the pool automatically.

In-Floor Cleaning Systems

Lastly, in-floor automatic vacuum systems are installed in in-ground swimming pools during the construction process. These can be seen in the latest and most luxurious in-ground pools today.

These cleaners have jets that are built into the bottom of swimming pools and are connected to the pool’s return line. To use these cleaners, you just have to turn them on. After they’re switched on, heads will pop up, and a booster pump will produce and force a high-pressure whirl of pool water.

An intense current is then generated as the water moves along the floor of the pool, and the debris and dirt will be sent toward the main drains. Then, the main pump will do its job by siphoning the collected debris out of your pool and transfer it to the filtering system.

These cleaners are recommended for those in-ground pool owners that can afford them. Regarding efficiency, you don’t have to worry because they are so comfortable to use and effective in removing dirt from the pool.


If you’re looking for a pool cleaner that won’t require you to do some babysitting, opt for the in-floor cleaning system. However, note that this system should be installed while your in-ground pool is being constructed. If your pool already exists, this is not the pool cleaner for you. Robotic pool cleaners don’t need you to take care of them as they clean, so they’re perfect for those who are busy. If, however, you can’t afford a robotic pool cleaner, then purchase a pressure pool or a suction pool cleaner instead. Use the power of your existing pump as the basis for your decision. If you really want to save money, and you know you can handle the time and effort required by manual cleaners, then it’s best to buy a handheld vacuum for your pool.