There is this dream vision of the ideal future where subservient robots engage in some of the most menial jobs out there while we stretch by the poolside drinking ice-cold soda. Believe it or not, this future is not that far from becoming reality – it is, in fact, something you might be able to afford even today. If you are eager to throw away the old pool net and buy a robotic pool cleaner, here is how to make the right choice.
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Apart from basic variants, some of these little machines come with a variety of surprising additional features. The last thing you need is a robotic pool cleaner that is connected to your house’s central grid via a cable that tangles easily. You will be able to find more expensive models that feature cables that resist this particular complication.
Additionally, if you are in the mood to spend a few extra bucks, some advanced models, usually self-contained, will come with a remote control, which allows you to direct your pool cleaner to specific areas of the pool when automatic programming fails to drive it over a patch.
One of the most important parts of a robotic pool cleaner is a good filter. Their job is to trap dirt and prevent residue from getting into the hard-working mechanism of the cleaner.
These need to be cleaned regularly and eventually replaced if you do not want to end up with a malfunctioning pool cleaner. This is why you need to do a bit of online research and see which of these cleaners come with the most efficient, high-quality filters.
Pay close attention to the factor of granularity which determines whether your pool cleaner will eat up the tiniest particles of dirt. These filters have a grade and you will probably be able to find very fine nylon variants that can filter down to a whopping two microns, which is comparable to a pool sand filter.
There are many similarities that your average robot pool cleaner shares with the good old household vacuum. One of those is the importance of suction power. This is the feature that you need to pay extra attention to when you browse for this particular piece of machinery since more suction usually equates better cleaning results with greater speed.
However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, robots with the best suction struggle with the smallest hints of residue (algae or dirt) whereas the weaker ones – which are usually the larger models – deal with it effortlessly. This is when you will have to add the factor of “widely recommended model” to the equation.
Just like your AC unit or any other important appliance, maintenance is an integral part of keeping your robotic pool cleaner at the top of its game. In order to keep it efficient at all times, you need to be on a lookout for any performance dips. The least you can do is check if the water flow is stuck due to the collected residue which is something you can solve yourself.
However, with more complicated circuit related problems, you will have to call a repairman and maintenance professional. You also need to know a trusted vendor for the essential pools supplies that will add to the longevity of both your robotic cleaner and your pool.
Furthermore, some of them even come with a four-wheel drive which is perfect if you have pools with deep ends and floors with steep angles. These, of course, are all additional features that you do not necessarily need.
With the surprisingly mundane-looking robotic pool cleaner plunged into your pool, you will no longer have to spend hours cleaning your own patch of blue. This little household helper, which looks like a far cry from sci-fi glass and chrome humanoids, will replace your unreliable neighbor’s kid easily and do an excellent job to boot.
By Lillian Connors