Robotic pool cleaning technology is gaining a strong and growing following amongst pool owners – it is one of the fastest growing product categories in the pool industry.
It is worth asking why this is happening and what makes robots better than other cleaning products. The simple answer is value for money. Robots have a significant number of end user features compared to all other pool cleaners.
So what are these features and why are they superior to their rivals?
Superior cleaning ability
a. Systematic – Many robot cleaners are systematic. The ones that are systematic have in built electronics, with sensors, logic and controls to enable the robot to navigate the pool, the better ones actually map the pool each time they are installed. This means they provide superior coverage and they don’t get stuck. Check out the amazing scanning pattern of the Dolphin below.
b. Brushing, scrubbing – Robots are designed not simply to suck debris from your pool but they actually scrub the surface as well. Some even have extra brushes designed to work independently at high speed.
c. Independent filtration – Robots have on board their own independent filtering system. This removes debris from the water and filters as it goes. Comparison’s show this to be at a very high level compared to pressure cleaners.
d. Strong suction power – Robots have an extremely strong suction power –ranging up to 250 litres per minute – that’s as much as the main filter pump in many pools.
e. Wall climbing and waterline scrubbing – The enormous suction creates an additional benefit – it enables the robot to climb walls, benches and ledges and once at the surface they can be programmed to scrub the waterline as well.
Easy to use
a. Easy to use – Robots are extremely easy to use – simply place in the water and press on. No more hoses, floats and bumps, booster pumps. They are simple and ease to set up and simple and easy to use!
b. Reclaim your pool – Because robots have superior cleaning abilities, they are really only needed to be used once or twice a week for the majority of your pool can look like a pool again – not like hydraulic factories with pipes and hoses in all directions!
a. Save power – Robots operate and filter inside the pool. They are completely independent of the pools main filtration system. The great benefit of this is that water does not have to be pumped 20m of piping through bends, elbows, etc just to get filtered. The water is filtered in the pool. Independent studies by electrical companies have shown that annual savings can be around $300 per annum (even after the small running cost of a robot is taken into account). Note – pool filtration is still needed – just not to anywhere near the level required by other cleaners.
b. Save water – Because robots filter in the water, they remove the debris from the system. This in turn means that the main pool filter unit does not become clogged as quickly, which results in fewer backwashes. Estimates are that backwashing is reduced by up to 50% when using robots compared to all other cleaning methods.
c. Save chemicals – Robots help to reduce chemical requirements. Australia the vast majority of pools have suction cleaners that are permanently in the pool and connected. In this circumstance, the skimmer is completely ineffective – the result is that all debris landing on the surface must slowly go through the water, making the water cloudier but also requiring chemicals to control. When a robot is used – the pool’s skimmer starts working again! Also, by removing the debris rather than storing it in the pool’s main filter the chemical load is reduced.
So in summary, robotic pool cleaners should form as a key component of every hotel/motel/apartment pool. They provide a win-win on all fronts:
1. Cleaner pool for users
2. Less disruption so people can enjoy the pool
3. Strong economic savings
4. Strong environment benefits
Don’t be left behind – join the robot revolution!