Hi there --
New pool, all the details should be in the footer. It's only 4-5 feet deep, Pebblefina. I didn't really think about cleaning (well, ok, I imagined by friends doing it) but here we are in month two and I need a plan. I walk with crutches so I can't do the brushing thing or manual vacuuming. It's a small pool so I could really just swim around with a brush, but I'd still need to vacuum at some point. There are no leaves and few debris because it's under a roof and has a cover, but the pavers are set in sand and it's dusty in Tucson, so dirt builds up in an unfortunate low spot by the steps.
I like taking care of the pool myself so don't want to be paying $25 a week for someone who knows less than me to show up and brush and throw in unknown amounts of god knows what.
So -- what kind of pool cleaner would work for me? Are the robots all the same? If I'm going to pay for one, I'd rather pay more for a decent one. But I have to be able to lift it and move it around, so it can't be enormous. And I want it to do the walls and the steps and the bench and make my coffee. Is an electric robot always superior to one that hooks up to that port in the side of the pool, which I suppose runs off suction from the pump (the pool guys neglected to explain anything)? If I were willing to pay $900 or $1000, could I get something super reliable and trouble-free? Because if it doesn't work and I end up having to hire someone to clean anyway, I'm going to be unhappy.