(smart) Robotic Pool Cleaner are an absolute pleasure for any person who loves spending those warm afternoons by the pool but hates the chores of keeping the pool in running order. These machines can do all the hard work for you, but you do need to make sure that you pick the right one.
Imagine that you dump the machine in the water, and for the first twenty minutes its off like a Trojan gathering everything that gets in its way. Then all of a sudden it starts running out of steam. Next it’s just pushing twigs and leaves out of the way instead of scooping them up. Some robotic cleaners can drop their vacuum pressure when the filter bag gets full; make sure that the one that you buy keeps its vacuum pressure up for the whole process.
That sleek and skinny robotic pool cleaner looks fantastic and you marvel at it as it glides smoothly around the bottom of the pool. Its done about half of the pool when you all of sudden realize that the filter is full and you need to lug it out the pool and clean it out. This is not the convenience you paid all that money for. Before you invest in a robotic pool cleaner that looks good, make sure that the filter size is big enough to clean your whole pool in one go.
Wall and step ability
If the bottom of your pool is spotless but the steps and the sides of the walls are still green you are not going to be happy. Some robotic pool cleaners have a great ability to glide around the depths of the pool but when it comes to the step, its just one to far – they can’t get there. The same thing with the walls, these machines are designed to get up to the waterline in order to scrub algae off the sides of the walls. If they don’t have the power or the grip to get to the top of the wall then you need to find one that does.
Robotic pool cleaners either come with an internal computer which tries to learn the layout of the pool and then map the most efficient path to cleaning it or an systematic process which cleans the pool by steps and sense where there are objects in front of it. Although the initial way is probably where the technology will head, currently you would want to be choosing the latter as the process by which you pool is mapped invariably leads to a spot that is missed.