Have done copious amounts of research, both here and elsewhere, but still can't figure out what we should go with, what's best for our situation.
We are almost finished with our new pool, and the PB put in the pipe for a pressure side cleaner, but I believe they just capped it off, did not run it all the way to the equipment (though I could be wrong about this), as we weren't sure what we wanted to do in terms of a cleaner.
The patio deck is still yet to be done, so we could do whatever work is necessary for a pressure side cleaner before laying the patio, though I suspect there will be some cost associated with doing so. Our PB actually said a lot of people are just going with the robots nowadays, that they've gotten much better, but my GC, who has a pool, swears up and down that the only way to go is with a pressure side (specifically Polaris, the 280 is the one everyone around here has).
We are in New Orleans, so the pool will stay open pretty much all year (will put a solar cover on in fall and winter), and given our yard, I suspect we are going to get a fair bit of leaves and that sort of stuff in the pool, so trying to figure out what's best for our situation.
I like the idea that the robots use much less energy (at least that's my understanding), and don't require the extra pump and such. I don't love that I'd have to take it out every time (I think that's the case?), and seems that they are quite a bit more expensive generally (although with the cost to set up for the pressure side, might be a wash), and I also get the impression they don't last as long as pressure side cleaners?
Any thoughts, advice, input, etc. would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!
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