Beneath the tranquil waters of your swimming pool lurks a roving beast, looking for things to eat. No, it's not a shark. It's an automated pool cleaner. And if you don't have one in your pool already, you might want to give the Smartpool SmartKleen a try. The manufacturer claims that its filter bag holds twice as much debris as other pool cleaners, which might be subject to fact-checking, but sounds like a good selling point. It can handle 90 degree angles, so once it's done cleaning the floor of your pool, it can climb up the sides and clean them too. Admittedly this isn't a unique feature in automated pool cleaners, but it's a good one to have, especially if you're getting sick of the clinging algae that seems to think you put the pool there for its benefit.
It can even handle curved pool coves and is smart enough to turn around when it reaches the edge of the pool without having to bump up against it first to get the hint. It automatically avoids obstacles in the pool, like filter pumps or your feet. It runs off a cable connecting it to house current, so you don't have to worry about it running out of battery life in its eternal quest to keep your pool as clean as the day you had it put into the yard. It has a pool-cleaning cycle of two hours, though, so its eternal quest really isn't that long. The power supply, which sits at pool side, will tell you when the cycle is over, so you can unplug it and pull it back out. You can clean out the filter bag with a garden hose or even put it in the washing machine on delicate cycle, to get rid of any scum it may have picked up during its cleaning crusade.
Sound like your kind of pool cleaner? If not, take a look at the Aquabot Turbo T2 or the Water Tech Pool Blaster Speed Jet. Or for something completely different, try the Solar Pool Technologies Solar Breeze, which only skims the surface of the water but runs entirely on solar power.
The device manages to cover all of the area of the pool where debris accumulates.
The vacuum does a good job of removing fine sand from the pool bottom along with larger debris and the bag does a good job of capturing this.
I've been running it every 2 or 3 days and it has been working great! It gets all the leaves and dirt that falls into my pool from the nearby trees.
Internally, the cleaner is sealed more than I prefer to do repair. I wish more parts were accessible, but easier to have Smartpool do the fixing.
Use it right out of the box.
Hands down the best purchase of the summer. Just working the way you want it to work. Leave it in the pool and when you come back, it's clean.
I have a 20 x 40 pool and it did a nice job. My only issues were that after 2 hours it stops and needs to be restarted.