Robotic Pool Cleaners 101

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic swimming pool cleaners are the fastest growing segment in the swimming pool industry. Companies such as Maytronics, AquaProducts, Polaris, Hayward, Pentair, and SmartPool are offering a variety of cleaners for above ground pools and in ground pools, both vinyl and gunite.

Each company offers a variety of different features, warranties, and prices. Prices for robotic cleaners can start as low as $349.00 and range upward to $1999.00.

There are many advantages to owning a robotic pool cleaner.

Firstly, the low operating cost is anywhere from .02 cents to .05 cents per hour.

Secondly, a robotic cleaner is literally a roving filter which will process between 25-45 gallons of water per minute depending on the manufacturer. This is what a typical swimming pool pump will move for water.

Thirdly, a robotic cleaner will contain their own dirt and debris inside a bag or a cartridge which translates to less dirt and debris for the pool filter to process. If the filter has less dirt and debris then homeowner’s can backwash the filter less – ultimately saving water. If the pool water is heated, more money is saved because there is less heated pool water going down the drain.

Lastly and most importantly, a robotic cleaner will allow you to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time maintaining the pool. Relaxation, isn’t this the main reason the pool was purchased in the first place?

There are 3 types of Pool Cleaners, Suction Side Cleaners, Battery Powered Cleaners and Automated Robotic Pool Cleaners.  This blog is focusing on Robotic Pool Cleaners that have self contained filters which use a cartridge or bag depending on the model.

There are two types of filter configurations. They look something like this:

Pool Cleaner Filter Styles Cartridge vs Bag

Bag Filtration — With its large surface area of specially constructed fabric, the filter bag is highly efficient at catching a large amount of debris, dirt and dust without becoming clogged. This enables efficient cleaning throughout the cycle.

Cartridge Filtration — Four large filter cartridges trap dirt and dust. The lightweight construction makes it easy to insert/remove and clean the cartridges.

Both styles provide efficient cleaning and can capture debris as small as 2 microns.

If you are shopping for a robotic pool cleaner, you will find that most newer models are using cartridge filters mainly due to the convenience of easy removal and cleaning. A popular model that we sell and is related to this post is the Dolphin M500.

Dolphin M500 Supreme $1399 for sale

Dolphin M500 Supreme by Maytronics
Price: $1399 with Free Shipping
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