Buying Pool Vacuum Cleaner – Manual or Auto?

Last week we discussed about the Pool vacuum in overview, this week we will be more focused on the types of pool vacuum that are available and which is more suitable for yourself.

I believe your biggest decision as you try to decide which of the pool vacuum cleaner styles is right for you will be to determine if the automated or manual style is a better choice for your budget and needs.

When you consider the manual styles, you will find that they largely are far more affordable, with many manual pool vacuum cleaner styles priced under $50. They absolutely make cleaning your outdoor oasis a breeze by cutting down on the scooping and scrubbing time that you would need to invest in your cleaning efforts if you use a scrub brush and net. Yet there is still some effort and time required on your part to use a manual vacuum, so this is a more affordable option, but it is not the fastest and easiest option available.

On the flip side, the automatic pool vacuum cleaner styles truly take the time commitment and legwork out of your cleaning efforts. Many of these automatic styles are priced on the higher end when compared to the manual operation styles. However, for the extra price, you generally can enjoy the benefit of hands-free operation. You simply have to hook up these automatic styles and watch them go to work. Or you don’t even have to watch them at all, but instead can walk away and go about your day while the vacuum does the hard work for you.

One downside to consider with at least some of these models is that they may miss spots of your pool with the first few go-rounds, so it can take hours of regular operation before your pool is truly clean and debris-free.


What is The Best Pool Vacuum Cleaner For You?

Everyone has the same general use in mind when they are searching for a pool vacuum cleaner, and that use is to find some help with the task of cleaning out the pool on a regular basis.

Beyond that general usage, however, most pool owners looking for some cleaning help will have different functions and features in mind, not to mention different budgetary considerations, too.

Here are some factors to consider as you try to decide if an automated or manual pool vacuum cleaner is right for you:

  • Time Commitment. Would you rather set the vacuum free in your pool to clean on its own and have to wait a few hours before the water is ready to jump in? Or would you rather take 10, 20, or 30 minutes right now to clean it manually and be done with the chore?
  • Physical Effort. Do you have a physical limitation that makes it difficult to use a manual style?
  • Enjoyment. Do you feel as though you spend more time maintaining your pool and keeping it clean than actually using it and enjoying it?
  • Are you strapped for cash just trying to keep the pool filled with water in the heat of the summer, or do you have some extra cash in the budget to buy a truly time-saving machine?
  • Size of Your Pool. Would you be able to manually clean your small pool with minimal effort with a manual machine, or do you have an extra large pool that would still take too much time to clean with a manual machine?

The fact is that any pool vacuum cleaner will help to make your cleaning chore faster and easier, but it will be up to you decide where the trade-off is between how much time and effort you are willing to devote to this chore, what your budget constraints are, if the size of your pool warrants a machine loaded with more features, and more.

You may decide that you want to spend some time shopping around for the best deal on your pool vacuum cleaner. If you are buying one of the more affordable manual machines that are priced at or under $50 or so, you may find that the savings you get for shopping around for these lesser priced machines isn’t worth the time required to do so.

However, with the more pricey options, taking a few minutes to do a price comparison online between the various online stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy can definitely be worth your time and effort. This is because some of the stores offering free shipping.

As you price shop, you will want to pay attention to information such as the warranty your pool vacuum cleaner comes with, replacement parts availability, as well as the pool vacuum overall customer reviews.

Another key factor to consider is shipping charges, and this should be considered regardless of the price of the cleaner you are looking at. Ideally, you will want to search for free shipping, but if you have to pay for shipping, try to avoid exorbitant shipping charges that can tack on a huge surcharge onto your purchase.