When the time comes to invest in a new automatic pool cleaner, it’s inevitable that your customers will seek your expert opinion on the best choice. Each pool owner has their unique preferences and needs, making the decision-making process quite diverse.
Some clients are after top-ofthe- line models, equipped with all the latest features and functions, regardless of the cost. Others are more budget conscious and simply require a cleaner that efficiently handles basic debris between maintenance visits. Then there are those discerning customers who seek a balance between quality and price.
As a small business, you aim to offer not only a great pool cleaner but also one that is not readily available on the internet, avoiding the dreaded comparisons to online prices on online platforms like Amazon.
The fundamental decision lies between three main types of automatic pool cleaners: suction side, pressure side, and robots. Many professionals now firmly advocate for robotic pool cleaners, citing significant advancements in technology. Some come with WiFi connectivity and specialized apps, allowing convenient control through smartphones. These robots excel at tackling both large and fine debris, boasting exceptional scrubbing capabilities and the ability to clean walls and tile lines.
However, some service experts still lean towards tried-and-true suctionand pressure-side cleaners. These models tend to be more frequently used because some pool owners tend to forget or underutilize their robotic counterparts, leaving them idle on the deck or in the garage most of the time. Pressure- and suction-side cleaners, on the other hand, remain submerged in the pool, vacuuming and directing debris to the filter — a preferred choice for certain professionals.
Regional factors also play a role in the selection process. Pools located in areas with heavy leaf or nut debris may find pressure-side cleaners more suitable, as their robotic counterparts might struggle to handle such organic loads, despite their debris bag sizes. Additionally, some service professionals have experienced issues with robotic pool cleaners’ motors failing, leading them to prefer their reliable pressure-side cleaners, which they can easily repair.
For pools enclosed by screens or those with minimal plant debris, suction-side cleaners can prove to be a reasonable choice, even if a high-end robot could potentially deliver superior results.
In this edition of Service Industry News, weexploreserviceprofessionals’ opinions and recommendations on various automatic pool cleaners. Many industry experts frequently seek advice from one another on social media platforms like “Aquatic Artisans Pool Lounge,” “14psi Pool Industry Lounge,” “Swimming Pool Industry Workers,” and “Talking Pools,” where a common question revolves around their favorite automatic pool cleaner.
By delving into their valuable insights, we highlight the top picks among robot, pressure-side, and suction-side automatic pool cleaners.