We recently purchased a home with a pool and the cleaner, a Polaris 380, that has just stopped working. Took it to a shop for repairs and their assessment is it is in pretty poor condition - $300 to repair now, and will need to have hoses replaced within the next 6 months for an additional $250. The unit appears to be pretty old so I am thinking it's better to replace it than invest in it.
Our pool has a lot of vegetation around it, so im constantly vacuuming up leaves off the floor of the pool. The Polaris was pretty proficient at picking leaves up, so it's an important feature to have in whatever we replace our current cleaner with.
So looking for advice- since I have a booster pump and line in place for a pressure cleaner, does it make sense to replace with another pressure cleaner, or should I upgrade to a robot? I keep reading great things about robots, ease of use, lower electric bills but wonder if they are as good at picking up leaves and worth the added cost (assuming the motor has to be replaced every few years). I have had my eye on the Doheny Discovery vs a new Polaris 380 FWIW.