Automatic Inground Pool Cleaners
Swimming Pool Maintenance Guide

Automatic inground pool cleaners make pool ownership a whole lot easier as they automatically move across the bottom and sides of your pool picking up debris and leaves. 

Polaris Automatic Inground Pool Cleaners

We've owned and used a Polaris automatic inground pool cleaner for many years.  It travels across the bottom and sides of the pool picking up leaves and small debris and doing the pool cleaning for us.

automatic inground pool cleaners

It is a pressure-side pool cleaner for all in-ground pools and vacuums, sweeps and scrubs the floor and walls.  Connected to a dedicated pressure line this model comes with 31 feet of hose.

automatic inground pool cleaners

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We like the large filter bag to capture leaves, acorns, pebbles, and occasional golf balls before that stuff reaches the pump basket or filter, prolonging the life of your filtration system.

The Polaris 280 model has two jet nozzles while the 380 has three. Also the 280 is driven by gears while the 380 is belt driven making the 280 model in our opinion a superior choice as it will outlast the 380.

Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

Polaris pool cleaner

The Polaris Pool cleaner bag needs to be replaced periodically.  It's an easy replacement when you order it from Amazon. We prefer the zipper bag over the velcro as eventually the velcro has trouble sticking.  It's a few dollars more to get the Polaris brand, but it's worth it. This one fits the Polaris model 280 pool cleaner.

Polaris K13 Vac-Sweep Zipper Pool Cleaner Replacement Bag for 280

Polaris pool cleaner tires should be replaced routinely.  It's a small investment, takes just a few minutes to take off and put on the new ones and your pool liner will reap great rewards.

Polaris Pool Cleaner Tires

Protect your pool liner and provide your Polaris with stronger traction with new smooth tires. 

Polaris Pool Cleaner Tire Replacements

Swimming Pool Booster Pump

swimming pool booster pump

Pressure side automatic pool cleaners require a booster pump to provide pressure to your cleaner and to propel the cleaner to move all across the bottom and sides of your swimming pool.  Most cleaners require a 3/4 hp  pump. Be sure the pump is compatible with your automatic pool cleaner. 

A Polaris booster pump provides the needed power so your Polaris automatic pool cleaner can pick up  debris, while circulating clean water throughout all areas of the pool.

The booster pump is sold separately. 

Zodiac PB4-60 Polaris Booster Pump with 60-Hertz Motor

Kreepy Krauly Pool Cleaner

automatic inground pool cleaners

Kreepy crawly pool cleaner cleans pools made of gunite, vinyl and fiberglass.  The large 15" path allows this inground automatic pool cleaner to get the job done fast.  A unique turning mechanism prevents it from getting stuck and not doing its job. It will climb walls and scour the deep end sucking up whatever it finds.

Unlike other cleaners, the Great White cleaner scrubs and vacuums away the toughest dirt. Its bristle-drive mechanism has the strength to knock loose the most stubborn dirt, while the powerful vacuum action whisks away small and large debris.

Pentair GW9500 Kreepy Krauly Great White Inground Pool Cleaner

Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners are self-contained units that run on electricity. They have their own motors and filtration systems, which means they don't rely on your pool's circulation system.

cordless robotic pool cleaner

Robotic pool cleaners are highly efficient and can clean the pool floor, walls, and sometimes even the waterline.

filter basket of cordless robotic pool cleaner

They also have the benefit of not putting additional strain on your pool's equipment.  The Dolphin Liberty 300 Cordless Magnetic Charge Robotic Pool Cleaner features:

  • Auto self-parking and battery indicators for easy maintenance. 
  • Simple charging with Magnetic-Connect, non-corrosive inductive charging, easy magnetic connection for walk-away charging. 
  • Powerful lithium-ion battery for 90 min cleaning

Pool Skimmer Basket

Be sure to regularly check your pool skimmer baskets for debris and clean them out to reduce strain on your pool filters and to keep your pool looking it's best. 

blue pool skimmer basket

If you have lots of trees and landscaping it's best to check them daily. A pool skimmer basket will eventually deteriorate from the pool chemicals and the plastic will split. We have to replace ours every couple of years. 

You can get them with our without handles.  

When choosing an automatic inground pool cleaner, consider factors like the size and shape of your pool, the type and amount of debris it typically accumulates, your budget, and your existing pool equipment setup. Also get recommendations from other pool owner friends or family to find a cleaner that suits your specific needs and preferences.

Spend more time in the pool rather than cleaning your pool with an automatic inground pool cleaner. 

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