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Welcome to our big pool cleaner test 2021. Here we present all the pool cleaners we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best pool cleaner for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a pool cleaner.




Summary

  • There are three types of pool cleaners: pool vacuums, nets and liquid cleaners. These are each used for different purposes.
  • Pool vacuums are also divided into manual, automatic and fully automatic models.
  • If you winterise your pool properly, you won't have to deal with algae or other stubborn dirt when you start it up again.

The Best Pool Cleaner: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying pool cleaners

What are pool cleaners?

Pool cleaners are tools that help you keep your pool clean. While a pool is a lot of fun and a great way to cool off, it also comes with a certain responsibility.

Pool cleaners ensure a hygienic and relaxed swimming experience in summer. (Image source: pixabay.com / Free-Photos)

In addition to the water quality, the cleanliness of the pool must also be checked again and again to ensure a hygienic pool experience.

Who are pool cleaners suitable for?

Pool cleaners are suitable for every pool owner. Whether it's an above ground pool, a tile pool or a concrete pool, keeping the pool clean should be a top priority.

Every pool owner should have a good quality range of pool cleaners at home.

However, there are different types of pool cleaners, which serve different purposes and are suitable for different pools. For basic cleaning of the walls and floor, a liquid pool cleaner is recommended. These remove any limescale and dirt deposits. Therefore, they are primarily intended for the first pool cleaning of the year.

During the pool season, you can then either use a pool vacuum or a net. The landing net is a net that is attached to a long pole so that larger dirt particles can be fished out of the water.

The pool vacuum cleaner is especially suitable for cleaning the bottom of the pool. There are manual, semi-automatic and automatic models. Depending on your needs, it is worth investing in a decent model here.

How much do pool cleaners cost?

As mentioned a few paragraphs above, there are many different types of pool cleaners. They can do different things, are suitable for different purposes and therefore also differ in price. Depending on the type of pool cleaner you have to invest differently. We have created a small overview for you here.

Type Price range
Pool vacuum cleaner € 20 to € 1800
Landing net € 8 to € 20
Liquid pool cleaner € 4 to € 10 per litre

Further down we will go into the specifics of each pool cleaner and also clarify why the pool vacuum can range in price so widely.

What are the alternatives to pool cleaners?

Basically, this article lists all pool cleaners that are available on the market. You can choose between the three types, which we will discuss in more detail in the next section.

For a deep unclean pool you need a wide range of tools. You can also get help from a professional. (Image source: pixabay.com / rkit)

Alternatively, you can order a pool cleaning service from a company or hire a "pool boy". They will then take care of the cleanliness of your pool. Of course, these options are quite expensive, depending on the size of the pool and the frequency of cleaning. Most companies will provide you with a personal price quote upon request.

Decision: What types of pool cleaners are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, three different categories of pool cleaners can be distinguished. Depending on your needs, pool and individual preferences, you can choose between

  • Pool vacuum
  • Swimming pool net
  • Liquid pool cleaners

In the next sections we have summarised the characteristics, uses, advantages and disadvantages of each category so that you can find the best pool cleaner for you.

What are the characteristics of a pool vacuum cleaner and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Pool vacuums are the helping elves among pool cleaners. They not only improve the visual appearance of the pool, but also help to prevent cloudy water. There are several different types of pool vacuum cleaners, which function differently and can be found in different price categories. We would like to introduce the basic types below:

Pool vacuum cleaner with garden hose

A pool vacuum cleaner with a garden hose is the basic model among the pool vacuum cleaners and also the cheapest. The garden hose and the telescopic pole are connected to the pool vacuum head. The water tap is then turned on and the water that flows onto the floor swirls up all the dirt particles (Venturi principle).

These are then caught in a net in the acid pot. It should be noted here that adding water changes the water level in the pool on the one hand and can also affect the water quality on the other. It is therefore advisable to check the chemical parameters after a suction cycle.

Manual pool vacuum cleaner

With a manual pool vacuum cleaner, the suction head is also connected to a telescopic rod. The second hose then leads to the skimmer or filter pump. The dirt particles are sucked in by the filter power and removed from the bottom.

Here you must make sure that you have a powerful filter pump so that every particle can really be sucked up. In addition, some suction heads are equipped with an extra net so that the skimmer and filter are relieved.

Automatic pool vacuum cleaner

The automatic pool vacuum cleaner is also connected to the skimmer or filter pump. However, it travels through the pool on its own. It also has its own integrated filter, so that the pool's own filters are spared.

Fully automatic pool vacuum cleaner

The fully automatic pool vacuum cleaners are the kings of the pool vacuum cleaners. These "pool robots" do not have to be connected to the skimmer or the filter pump, as they have their own integrated filter system.

They are simply connected to the electricity and then clean the pool all by themselves. In addition, fully automatic pool vacuums can also crawl up the walls to the water surface. They are particularly suitable for larger pools.

Pool vacuums come in a very wide price range. The cheapest are the vacuums with a garden hose or the manual pool vacuums, followed by the automatic and the fully automatic vacuums.

For the fully automatic pool vacuum cleaners, you can expect an investment starting at about € 1000. There is no upper limit here, as they are often equipped with the most modern technologies.

To give you an overview of pool vacuums, we have listed the advantages and disadvantages here. Please do not forget, however, that the topic of "pool vacuum cleaners" is a very extensive one and is above all characterised by individual wishes.

Advantages
  • Cleans the pool of large and small dirt particles
  • Large selection of models
  • Quick cleaning
Disadvantages
  • May be quite expensive
  • Manual pool vacuums often need to be replaced
  • Chemical cleaning is still required

What distinguishes a landing net and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A landing net is actually just a telescopic pole with a net at one end. It is mainly used to clean the water surface. With a little skill, however, larger dirt particles can also be stirred up from the bottom and removed.

Did you know that a landing net is also perfect for rescuing animals?

In summer, insects often end up in the pool and are in danger of drowning. You should especially rescue bees, as they are threatened with extinction.

Pool nets are certainly the cheapest pool cleaners you can find on the market. They are part of the basic equipment of every pool owner.

Advantages
  • Quick cleaning
  • Can be used to save bees (insects)
  • Very inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • Does not catch fine dirt
  • Net can break quickly
  • Requires manual labour

What are the advantages and disadvantages of liquid pool cleaners?

Liquid pool cleaners are mostly chemical substances used to clean the pool walls precisely at the beginning of the pool season. It is important that the pool is completely drained so that the chemical compound cannot affect the water quality.

These cleaning agents should be used with caution, as they can cause severe irritation on the skin and attack the respiratory tract.

However, there are now liquid pool cleaners that are more environmentally friendly and less irritating. You may have to pay a little more for these.

Advantages
  • Cleans the pool chemically
  • Even dangerous bacteria are destroyed
  • Prepares the pool optimally for the bathing season
Disadvantages
  • May irritate respiratory tract
  • Often harsh chemicals
  • Does not clean a pool of larger dirt particles

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate pool cleaners

The different types of pool cleaners are very difficult to compare given the wide range of products available. Ultimately, it always depends on your individual requirements. Nevertheless, in the following sections we have compiled a list of criteria that you can use to compare and evaluate pool cleaners. For this purpose, we have determined the following criteria:

  • Processing
  • Quantity
  • Packing

Workmanship (for nets and vacuum cleaners)

Especially with the manual vacuums and the garden hose vacuums, it is important to pay attention to the workmanship. The individual parts should fit into each other without any problems and the telescopic rod should also be able to be extended and retracted without any problems.

With automatic pool vacuums, you should pay attention to proper welding seams. The connection of the hoses should also be well made so that you do not lose any pumping power.

Quantity (for pool cleaners)

Liquid pool cleaners are often sold in larger canisters, usually 3l or 5l. We recommend that you always convert the price to one litre so that you really know which one is the cheapest. It also helps to find out how much you need for the area of your pool so that you don't buy too much or too little.

Packaging

With liquid pool cleaners, it is important that the packaging contains all the warnings that are obligatory for chemical products. Otherwise, the product is not trustworthy and may be very harmful to your health.

The pool vacuum cleaners should be packed well protected so that they can survive transport undamaged. The same applies to landing nets.

Trivia: Interesting facts about pool cleaners

What should I pay attention to when cleaning the pool before winter?

A common superstition is that the water must be completely drained before winter. It is only important that complete icing is prevented. The best way to do this is to use ice pressure pads. It is important that all pipes and pumps are cleared of water.

Ice has more volume than water, so the pipes can break down. In addition, the water needs a little chemical support, which is why shock chlorination should be carried out up to a pH value of 7.2.

The tidier you are during winterisation, the less algae and dirt you will have when you start the pool in spring.

What do I have to look out for when cleaning the pool after the winter?

After a long winter, algae stains may appear. However, these are easy to remove or can be prevented by proper cleaning before the winter.

The pool walls should be thoroughly cleaned of all lime and dirt deposits with a liquid cleaner. In the course of cleaning, it also makes sense to check the pool liner for any cracks or bubbles.

When fresh water is added to the pool, you should first check all filters and replace them if necessary. The chemical condition of the water should be tested and corrected (if necessary).

What should I pay attention to when cleaning the pool after algae infestation?

In principle, algae infestation can be prevented very effectively. Therefore, it is worthwhile to clean the pool properly before winter and to invest time and money. If the pool is very heavily soiled by algae or dead animals, only special cleaning agents will help.

These are available in specialised shops. However, it is important to note that not all of these products are suitable for every surface.

Did you know that the German Botanical Society elects an alga of the year every year?

In 2017 it was the genus Chroococcidiopsis (blue-green rock ball).

When cleaning, please refrain from using wire brushes, high-pressure cleaners and pool cleaners with copper. These destroy the surface.

For very stubborn dirt, only a professional can help. They have all the necessary equipment to clean your pool gently.

What should I look for in a pool cleaner for an above-ground pool?

Basically, all pool cleaners are also suitable for above ground pools. You should pay particular attention to the pump capacity of the filter pump when buying a pool cleaner. There are also pool cleaners for above ground pools on the market. These are usually smaller and lighter than others.

Are there pool cleaners for a swimming pond?

There are pool robots specialised for swimming ponds. It is definitely worth investing in these, as both the nature of the water and the environment are different from a normal pool.

A swimming pond not only creates a new habitat for animals, but is also very relaxing for people. (Image source: pixabay.com / fietzfotos)

Pool cleaning as a service

Pool cleaning as a service is usually offered by cleaning companies or property management companies. Especially in the case of heavy soiling, it is worth calling a professional. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give a general estimate of how much pool cleaning costs.

It depends on the degree of soiling, the size and the material of the pool. However, most companies will be happy to provide a non-binding quote.

Image source: pixabay.com / Soundmixschmiede-Berlin

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