A robotic pool cleaner is a self-contained unit that operates independently from your existing pool equipment. Robotic pool cleaners are powered by electricity and usually come with a power cord between 50 and 60 feet in length. Robotic cleaners contain software that drive the unit and are moved by an internal motor.
There are many brands of robotic cleaners that can differ greatly in both features and quality. One brand that we recommend is Hayward, which carries the high-end Aquavac 500 DS. The Aquavac 500 DS has two scrub pads on the bottom of the unit, which clean your liner as the unit vacuums and filters your water through internal cartridge filters.
By sucking water in through the bottom and exhausting it out through the top, the cleaner is able to climb the pool walls, scrubbing your liner up to slightly above the waterline.
Being self-contained means that robotic cleaners allow your existing pump and filter system to run as normal, instead of interrupting the system like suction-based cleaners. Though they come in at a higher price-point, the constantly-improving functionality and thorough cleaning capacity that robotic cleaners provide has led to an increase in their popularity over the past decade.
It is worth keeping an eye out for the Aquavac 500 DS next time you’re shopping for a new pool cleaner.