I thought I would dip my toes into the world of automatic cleaning gadgets. I don't mind manually vacuuming and actually find it a bit fun but there would be some satisfaction in looking out my window to find debris free water without me snorkeling around for an hour.
I got the generic Kreepy Krauly from Amazon and was a little annoyed with it right off the bat. The connections on the hose were a pain to stick together but I got it done. Stuck it in the water and noticed it sucking air at almost every connection of hose. I spent the next few hours messing with it only to look out and see a pump full of air again . It seemed to work okay for about 20 minutes before it filled with air again. I tried it on both high and low speed (high was much worse). I adjusted the weights and no matter what I did you would hear air sucking through any hose pieces not submerged. I also noticed it getting stuck behind my ladder. So back to Amazon it went. Five hours of my life I won't get back...and a pool bottom just as messy to show for it.
Is this a common problem with automatic cleaners? I sure hope not because I would love to try something else. Preferably something that doesn't have a bunch of small chunks of hose to put together. I don't know that I am ready to commit to a cleaner over $250 yet. Any thoughts?