Indispensable for cleaning your pool, the pool robot comes in different models. So that it is far from being just a simple gadget, this device must be chosen with care in order to be adapted to the swimming pool and to be highly efficient. Let’s take stock of the categories of pool robots that we find today, the factors to take into account before choosing as well as the budget to devote to this purchase.
Usefulness of the pool robot
This pool maintenance device works more or less autonomously, some do not require human intervention to clean the bottom of the pool, the walls, the stairs and the water line. You can therefore take advantage of this time to enjoy a tanning session on the terrace and let the pool robot go about its business. Bad weather having no impact on it, it can be turned on when it rains, for example.
Thanks to a pool robot, the pond cleaning so turns out much less tedious than with a vacuum cleaner! It is also faster and you can get a great result. And we know that when cleaning your pool is no longer really a time-consuming chore, you generally put more heart into adopting regularity without complaining. That’s all it takes to qualify for a healthy aquatic spacepleasant and which invites the pleasure of bathing.
The pool robot therefore appeals to all those who ensure thewater hygiene from their pool. To be able to evolve in a clean water is essential for the skin, the hair and more generally for the bather healthbut it also allows preserve all equipment of the swimming pool. We can therefore safely say that this is the solution. sine qua non to evenly distribute the treatment products, to scour from top to bottom and therefore to extend the life of the pool. It is still necessary to choose the ideal model of pool robot.
Pool robot: the different models
We can find ourselves faced with a difficult choice because the shelves devoted to swimming pool maintenance robots put different models in competition. In fact, there are:
The hydraulic pool robot
It is a swimming pool cleaning device which must be connected either to the broom socket, or the skimmer, or to the return of the swimming pool filtration device if you do not have a booster. There are two categories of hydraulic robots:
- The model suction which sucks up impurities. These are then routed to the pool filtration device.
- The model pressure which takes off the impurities thanks to the pressure of the water, then they are evacuated via repression. This hydraulic robot moves faster than the suction model.
Son range of action is reduced, compared to that of other categories of robots since it does not clean the pool stairs or the water line. On the other hand, it is effective on the walls and the bottom of the swimming poolprovided that it is small size and that the number of users be limited – just like the frequency of bathing.
The autonomous electric pool robot
This is a automatic deviceby far the most popular because it works in all autonomy and enjoys a advanced technology. In other words, you don’t have to make any effort to have a clean swimming pool. At most, the appropriate brush should be put in place, namely with pins for the liner or the foam brush if the swimming pool coating is made of polyester, tile, concrete or the like. And of course, you must regularly empty and clean your filter, your filter bag or change your cartridge. But it’s very little compared to the scrubbing of the pool because it comes up quite often.
All models in this category are independent. Some of them must be plugged into a power outlet during the cleaning session, others operate using a battery that is recharged afterwards, and still others are equipped with a solar battery.
An electric pool robot guarantees a optimal efficiency. It is capable of cleaning the steps of the swimming pool stairs, the water line, the walls and the bottom of the pool as well as the beach or the swimming pool terrace. You can even now find some automatic electric swimming pool robots and programmable. This allows for example to program a cleaning cycle (start time, duration), the type of cleaning (deep, classic, light) according to the state of the pool for example…
The electric pool robot does not require any specific layout and does not require the intervention of a professional either.
Its only flaw is that it cannot be used as soon as the water drops below 10°C.
The pulser pool robot, a specific high-pressure cleaner
This model requires the intervention of a professional because his installation has a certain level of complexity. It is indeed a pool robot that uses water pressure to operate. It must imperatively be connected to a booster (hence the fact that it is also called pool robot with booster) whose installation must be entrusted to a specialist. It is certainly possible, failing that, to connect it directly to the discharge nozzle.
In terms of efficiency levelhe is judged superior to the hydraulic pool robot. It’s finally a kind of high pressure device for swimming pool. Thanks to the pressure of the water, it loosens the grime and the accumulated impurities. The dirt is then filtered either by the skimmers, or by the dirt bag with which the robot is fitted, or by its own filter.
The pulser swimming pool robot easily cleans the walls and bottom of the pool as well as the stairs. It is suitable for all coatings and all types of swimming pools.
Criteria for choosing a pool robot
This is the type of device that we do not choose at random or at most based only on its price. To have the most suitable model for its installation, it is necessary to take into account many factors, namely:
- The natural environment in which the pool is located: the more plants there are in the immediate vicinity of the pool, the more the water can be contaminated by debris such as leaves, flowers, twigs and impurities.
- Risks of pollution: a swimming pool built on land in an urban environment, not far from a road, risks being more polluted than if it were in the countryside.
- The type of layout around the swimming pool: a sandy beach leads to frequent soiling of the bottom of the pool due to the accumulation of grains of sand, unlike a duckboard terrace.
- The area of the swimming pool.
- The shape of the pool because the robot must be able to access all corners,
- The coating of the swimming pool since the robot must be compatible with this element,
- The flow of the pump: a large flow makes it possible to obtain greater cleaning efficiency if one opts for example for a hydraulic robot.
Buying an entry-level or hydraulic robot model may be sufficient for a small pool that is only used occasionally. When you have to clean a large, busy swimming pool often, it is better to opt for a pulser robot or have fun with a high-end programmable electric model.
Pool robot: how much does it cost?
Depending on the model chosen, a pool robot may represent a small luxury, but the comfort and tranquility are well worth spending a certain budget on. Here is an indication of the prices recorded in 2020 for the different categories of pool robots.
Price of a hydraulic pool robot
- From 90 to 120 € for a hydraulic suction model,
- Around €300 for a pressure hydraulic model.
Price of an autonomous electric pool robot
- Between 500 and 800 € for an entry-level model,
- From 900 to 1,200 € for a mid-range electric robot,
- Around €2,000 for a top-of-the-range model with many features.
Price of a pulser pool robot
If you opt for a pulser robot, you must add the price of the additional booster which is approximately 200 € as well as the setup cost by a swimming pool specialist. This can be obtained quotation thanks to our free comparator.