If you own a pool, you know that regular cleaning, in addition to pool filters, is a part of maintenance. Robotic pool cleaners have helped to automate cleaning and maintenance for pool owners. Here is some information on a variety of different aquabot pool cleaner models to meet your own swimming pool's needs.

What are aquabots?

The term "aquabot" refers generally to any aquatic robot that's designed to perform tasks underwater or in wet environments. The most common type of aquatic robot on the consumer market is a robotic pool cleaner designed to automate pool maintenance.

What types of pools do aquabots clean?

The first criteria to consider before purchasing an aquatic robot is the type and size of pool that you have. Aquatic robots are designed to handle various surfaces for in-ground and below ground models, but certain cleaner models are better for fiberglass while others are better for tile or cement.

The size of your pool will also dictate which aquatic robots you can choose from because of the length of their cables. If the cable isn't long enough, the robotic pool cleaner won't be able to reach the entire area. The power supply used by an aquabot must be 12 feet from the pool's edge for safety reasons, so this should be taken into account when calculating how long of a cable you will need for your pool cleaner.

What types of cleaning tasks can aquabots perform?

This depends on the brand and model of aquatic robot. Here's a list of the general maintenance work you can expect to get done with an aquabot:

  • Pool floor vacuuming: A basic feature of most cleaner models is the ability to vacuum debris from a pool’s floor. In addition to a pump, some have fixed brushes, while others use rotating brushes.
  • Vacuuming of floor, cove, and lower wall: Aquabots often have the ability to climb walls and use rotating brushes to clean both vertical and horizontal surfaces.
  • Cleaning the swimming pool's waterline: More advanced robotic pool cleaners are able to travel on the surface of a pool's water and remove floating debris.
  • Robotic scrubbing of pool surfaces: Advanced models of robotic pool cleaners come with the ability to scrub pool surfaces in addition to vacuuming.
What kinds of aquabot features should you consider?

There are a host of features that can be found on the many models of aquabots that are on the market today, but here are some that you may want to consider when planning a purchase:

  • Suction power: This is usually expressed as how many gallons per minute the pool pump on the robot can move when vacuuming. This affects the time it takes to clean your pool.
  • Cable tangling prevention: Tangled cables is a long-standing problem that aquabot designers handle differently and to varying degrees of success. Some aquabots make anti-tangle cables.
  • Filtration: The filters used by an aquabot affect how much it can remove from dirty pool water.
  • Power wash jets: This feature can make an aquatic robot much more effective at cleaning pool surfaces.
  • Size of filter basket: This dictates how often you need to empty the storage for your filtration system when using your pool cleaner.