Pressure Driven Vacuums
The biggest part of buying any pool vacuum is choosing the best one for your pool’s specific needs. Many people who have existing vacuums may not realize that there are different vacuum types available. One of the most popular vacuums is the Polaris. They have a pump, which pushes water out of the back of the vacuum and into a chamber, both propelling and pushing debris into a collective bag or net. These are typically the most expensive, requiring a separate pump to be added or used. These are best for pools with large debris: acorns, twigs, and leaves are the main debris that this vacuum is best at picking up. The bag that the Polaris has does not hold on to dirt in many cases, and many people find themselves disappointed if there is dirt still in their pool. There is normally one speed for the Polaris as well, so there is little control on how fast he speeds through the pool.
Many other people choose a Hayward automatic robot. These typically are the second most expensive. These pool vacuums are known for their programmed patterns on the bottom of the pools. Instead of water pushing or pulling them randomly, they have patterns that are supposed to help them hit all areas of the pool, more specifically the hard to reach areas. The water is sucked through the bottom and is normally deposited into a canister or basket. These are best at picking up medium sized debris. Acorns and big leaves may become stuck or clogged, but smaller leaves and dirt will be sucked up easily. Many people find that their robots might not be consistently moving on the bottom, this may be because something is jammed in the vacuum. In this case, the jam will have to be manually cleared from the vacuum. Suction can be a positive and negative aspect of the Hayward. If your water flow is too fast he may climb up walls and linger at the top causing your pump to pull in air. If the water flow is too slow your vacuum won’t move fast enough to pick up debris or reach all of the pool.
Suction Driven Vacuums:
The third kind of pool vacuum is a suction vacuum, and a popular one being the Baracuda G3 and a cheaper alternative the XtremePower suction vacuum. These pick up dirt the best, along with small debris. They are based on suction and many prefer them since the cling to walls and pool bottoms. These also have fewer moving parts, and are normally the least expensive in both price and repair. A Diaphragm inside the vacuum pumps the vacuum around the pool. These run off suction and their performance is based of how fast the water flow is. As a personal preference I find the single chamber suction vacuums are best, but others may prefer the dual chamber option. My preference is based of the single chamber being easy to take apart, easier to repair, and in my own experience seem to clean faster.
While any vacuum is better than none, choosing the best one for you can help avoid a lot of headache and frustration. Not sure which vacuum is right for you? Contact us and we can easily let you know.