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Automatic Pool Cleaners

Our extensive range of cleaners means we have a solution for every pool and pool owner.
There are hundreds of Pool Cleaners on the market in all different shapes and sizes but basically all pool cleaners can be divided into 3 categories:

Suction Cleaners: such as the Zodiac Baracuda T5, Zodiac Baracuda G2Zodiac Baracuda PacerZodiac Baracuda MX8, etc.

Pressure Cleaners: such as Polaris 3900 Sport, Polaris Vac-Sweep 280, etc.

Robotic Cleaners: such as Zodiac V4 4WD, Zodiac V3 4WD, Vortex-Pro V40, Vortex-Pro V50, Vortex-Pro V55

What is the difference between them?


Zodiac Baracuda MX8

These are the most common automatic pool cleaners.  They work in much the same way as a vacuum cleaner, operating when the pool pump is turned on, they suction of the filter pump drawing water through the skimmer box. The hose is attached to a vacuum plate within the skimmer box allowing the debris on the bottom of pool to be vacuumed up by cleaner and captured in the skimmer basket.

There is a lot of cleaners that fall into this category. They all have different means of moving around the pool with either, vibration from a rubber diaphragm such as in the Baracuda range of cleaners from Zodiac, or an oscillating rubber block as in the Kreepy Krauly. Alternatively there are weird and wonderful contraptions with wheels and gears such as in the Hayward, Aquanaut, Maxi Vac etc, etc. These cleaners are a little quieter but not necessarily as efficient.

It is dependent on what type of debris you are getting in your pool about what cleaner is best suited to your needs. The smaller and finer the debris such as thin leaves and dirt the wider the range available to choose from as most cleaners can cope with these. However should you have thick gum leaves, broad leaves, pine needles or nuts of any sort often falling in your pool then you will no doubt have had problems with the cleaner becoming blocked. This is due to the narrow throat that most of these cleaners have causing a bottleneck for debris, especially anything substantially thick. If this is your situation then consider investing in a pressure cleaner instead.

 Zodiac Baracuda T5Zodiac Baracuda G2Zodiac Baracuda PacerZodiac Baracuda MX8



Polaris VacSweep 280

These are the Mercedes Benz in the world of pool cleaners. With the most popular brand names of Polaris and Jet Vac these cleaners work not by occupying the skimmer box but by using the water returning to the pool via the filter. This frees up the skimmer box to do what it was intended for which is skim the leaves from the water surface. Whilst the pressure cleaner zooms around the bottom picking up debris, self-propelled by the water being fed to it via either the return from the pool filter or an independent pressure line allowed for by the pool builder which is common practice these days for any good pool builder.

Why is this so much better you may ask? Well it’s not only that it frees up the skimmer box to skim the water surface but more the fact that these cleaners work by shooting water up through a wide throat and into a bag. This throat opening varies in size between cleaners but will easily draw up all sizes of nuts and leaves. Plus the independent bag means that should you go away or accidentally forget to empty the bag for a couple of weeks it is not like the skimmer basket not being emptied for 2 weeks with a suction cleaner attached. The pool water will still get filtered.

Polaris 3900 SportPolaris Vac-Sweep 280



Zodiac V4

With advancement in technology, robotic cleaners are now an affordable and effective option for many pool owners.  Robotic cleaners work independently from the filter and pump and are driven by an electric motor inside the unit.  They are self-contained, collecting dirt and debris in a bag or cartridge within the cleaner.

They have built-in intelligence that ensures they don’t get stuck in corners and on steps, they also give a more thorough and complete clean than any other cleaner.

Zodiac V4 4WDZodiac V3 4WD, Vortex-Pro VX40, Vortex-Pro VX50, Vortex-Pro VX55





How do you choose the right one for your pool?


All three forms of pool cleaners will get the job done but we recommend you to call us on (02) 9402 9898 for advice about what pool cleaner is best for your situation and budget.

Let us know the type of pool surfacing you have. E.g. tiled, pebble Crete, Quartz on, Fiberglass, Painted and we can recommend & supply the best cleaner to suit your needs.

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