Quick question on suction side pool cleaners.
I have an in-ground pool, ~10k gallons, pebbletec liner. No spa. Stairs at one end, and a bench at the other end.
The plumbing setup is 2 skimmers. No booster pump, no dedicated suction line.
I've lived in this house for 2 years, and always manually vacuumed the pool. It doesn't take that long (about 30 min), considering the pool isn't too big, but its become a hassle I would like to avoid on a weekly/biweekly basis. I don't plan to leave the cleaner in the pool all the time, but rather drop it in before I start my yard work and pull it out a few hours later.
I casually mentioned to my Dad at Thanksgiving that I was considering getting an automatic cleaner, and was given a Pentair Kreepy Krauly cleaner for Christmas. See link to exact model on amazon (link).
After doing some research, it seems there are some mixed reviews on this model. Additionally, I was given the model with the pleated seal versus the flat seal. It seems based on the item description that the flat seal is the one designed for concrete/gunnite pools. The item was ordered and fullfilled from Amazon, but actually sold by another company (Backyard Pool Superstore). After calling both Amazon and the original vendor, it seems that there is no way around a 20% restocking fee, even though the item has been unopened. Based on a purchase price of ~$275, the restocking fee would be about $55, with return shipping costing another $20.
Based on all the facts, my questions are:
1) Does anybody have experience with this model? Does it do a good job?
2) Does it matter if I have the pleated vs. flat seal for a pebbletec liner?
3) Would it be worth paying the $75 shipping/restocking fee to send it back and get something else. I was originally looking at the Pool Cleaner, 2 wheel drive model (link)
Thanks for any help anyone is able to provide,