Indispensable for ensuring
maintenance of your pool
maintenance robotic cleaners not only suck up dirt and grime, but also clean the bottom and sides of the pool using integrated brushes.

Today, there are so many models on the market that it can be hard to find your way around. Electric pool cleaner, Zodiac pool robot or even Dolphin pool robot… How do I know which one to choose?

To help you make sense of it all, Aboral takes a look at the different types of pool robots available.


Why use a pool cleaner?

To keep your pool water healthy and clean, a shell pool requires regular maintenance. And while the pool broom is one of the least expensive pieces of maintenance equipment, it’s no less tedious if you have a large pool.

Unlike the pool broom, the pool vacuum cleaners clean the bottom and sides of your pool, without any effort on your part! After manually programming the unit, it takes care of cleaning the impurities in your pond, completely autonomously.

And rightly so, it’s the ideal accessory for pool owners who don’t have the time or inclination to to maintain their pool. No matter what type of pool you have. Above-ground poolEach pool has its own type of robot, depending on the shape and volume of your pool and your budget!


What are the different types of pool cleaner?

Anyone who wants to get rid of the drudgery of pool cleaning needs to find a low-cost, high-quality pool cleaner. To make the right choice, you need to know about the different models available. Among the various devices you will find on the market, there are several types:

The hydraulic robot

Considered the most widespread model today, the hydraulic robot is ideal for small or infrequently used ponds.

Connected directly to the pool’s skimmer or brush intake via a connecting hose, the hydraulic model operates on suction or discharge. Thanks to the flow of water from the hydraulic circuit that passes through the unit, a series of mechanisms are set in motion, enabling the unit to move and clean the bottom and walls of the pool.

Its particularly attractive cost explains its success with pool owners. But beware: this maintenance device is not suitable for all ponds! Since movement is random and rather slow, it’s best to avoid this model if you have a large pool. What’s more, unlike other robot modelsthe hydraulic robot is not able to clean the water line or stairs in your pool.

Last but not least, a filtration pump is essential for the pond to function properly.


The pulverizer robot

The pool cleaner (also known as a pressure cleaner) uses water pressure to loosen impurities, sending them back to the skimmers for filtering.

To operate, this pool cleaning robot should be connected either to your pool’s discharge nozzle, or to a booster installed outside, usually in the pool enclosure. In certain cases, it is possible to equip your pulverizing robot with its own filter to retain impurities.

More powerful than the hydraulic robot, the pulverizing robot is capable of cleaning the bottom, sides and even the stairs of your pool! No matter what your pond liner. And whether your pool is round, rectangular, sloped or flat, the supresseur model will stop at nothing.

The only drawback is that installation is more complex. A professional is required to install the booster in the pool enclosure.

More economical than electric pool cleanerRobotic pulverizers offer excellent value for money. Whether you choose a Zodiac or Dolphin model, make sure you select your maintenance equipment according to the technical characteristics of your pool.


The electric robot

Connected to an electrical outlet in your home or pool enclosure, the electric cleaner appears to be the most versatile device. Not only do they move around autonomously, but the electric models are also capable of cleaning the entire pool very efficiently. Zodiac robot or Dolphin robotThis type of device not only sucks up impurities, but also brushes the pool lining.

Both fast and independent, the electric robot moves into every nook and cranny of your pool: from the bottom to the sides, via stairs and water lines. Particularly recommended for free-form poolsThis maintenance equipment will also delight owners of large pools. What’s more, some electric robots have the advantage of a programmable programmable cleaning cycle. Ideal if you’re going away from home for a while!

Among the most powerful devices, electric pool cleaners are, unsurprisingly, the most expensive robot models.

However, to the question: can you leave an electric cleaner in the pool? The answer is no. As with other robotic models (hydraulic and compressor), leaving your device inside the pool can be dangerous, especially when swimming!

In fact, you could get tangled up in the robot’s cable, or be caught out by the brushes climbing up the sides of your pool. In addition, the waves generated by swimming could interfere with the proper operation of the device.

As you can imagine, for safety and convenience reasons, Aboral advises against leaving the electric robot in the pool in the presence of bathers.

Now that you know a little more about pool robots, discover our valuable tips for choosing the right pool robot!


What should you consider when comparing pool robots?

Contrary to what you might think, choosing the best pool robot is no mean feat. With so many different models on the market, it’s hard to know which equipment is best suited to your budget and, above all, your pool. That’s why, Aboral recommends that you compare existing models in order to choose the best performing and most suitable robotic pool cleaner for your pool.

To make this comparison, you’ll need to take several criteria into account.

Cleaning requirements

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself before investing in any maintenance equipment concerns your needs.

If you only want to vacuum the dirt that resides at the bottom of the pool, a hydraulic or pulsator model may suffice. On the other hand, if you want a optimal maintenance of your poolyou’ll need to turn to an electric model.


Lining your pool

Depending on the type of liner of your pool (painted concrete, hull, liner or tiles), you’ll need to choose a pool cleaner with the right features.

For example, the gelcoat finish on shell pools offers medium grip. In practical terms, this means that the surface is less slippery than a tiled floor, but more slippery than a painted concrete wall.

If you opt for a hydraulic pool cleaner or pulseurIf you’re looking for a pool cleaner, there’s no need to ask; this maintenance equipment is mainly used to vacuum the bottom of the pool. On the other hand, if you opt for an electric pool cleaner, choose one with combined brushes. PVC slats with foam rings for extra grip and optimal brushing. The unit will clean the corners, walls and waterline of your shell pool.

For your information, the Dolphin range often offers models with combined brushes.


The shape, bottom and dimensions of your pond

To ensure that your device is as effective as possible, it is important to take into account the following factors shape the shape (rectangular, round, square or free-form), the background (flat bottom or sloping bottom) and dimensions of your pool (mini pool or large pool).

Generally speaking, if you have a pool with a classic classic shape (round, square, rectangular, oval), you don’t need to take any special precautions when choosing your maintenance device. All you need to do is check that it is compatible with the various elements in the water with which it could be blocked (ladder, filter, etc.).

On the other hand, if you have a free-form poolIf you’re looking for a small pool cleaner. This makes it easier to squeeze into right-angled, rounded or other tight corners.


Your budget

Comfort and tranquility come at a price! Depending on the model chosen, the purchase of a robot cleaner can be a real luxury… Here’s an estimate of prices for the various models available:


Price of a hydraulic pool cleaner

– Approximately €110 for a hydraulic suction model;

– Around €300 for a hydraulic pressure model.


Price of an electric pool cleaner

– Between €500 and €800 for an entry-level model;

– From €900 to €1,200 for a mid-range model;

– Around €2,000 for a top model.


Price of a robotic pool cleaner

– Between €500 and €1,200 ;

– Please note that if you choose a robotic blower, you must not forget to take into account the price of the booster, which is around €200, as well as the cost of installation.


Thanks to this comprehensive guide, you now have all the keys you need to choose the right model for your pool, and enjoy clean, healthy water all summer long. Hydraulics, pulser or electricIt’s up to you to define your pond’s needs and choose the best maintenance system.

Not sure which model to choose, or just need some advice? Our team of experts Aboral can provide their expertise to guide you towards the best product. Don’t hesitate to ask!

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