Hello! I am a new pool owner and I have a 20k gallon pool plaster pool. My current equipment is 3/4HP single speed pump, 3/4HP booster pump, DE filter, and a polaris pressure cleaner. I also have a solar cover and a tension safety net (like katchakid) that's always on when there is nobody in the pool.
I want to get a variable speed pump for energy efficiency. The guy at Leslie's suggested getting rid of the booster pump too because that's really inefficient also. Given our electricity rates here ($0.40/kwh and climbing) I think that's worth considering. That means robot or suction cleaners.
Ideally I want a cleaner that I can leave in the pool all the time and only get it out when we swim. It's a pain to undo the safety net so I just want to leave the cleaner in the pool. The guy at Leslie's then suggested against robots. That leaves the suction cleaners and he recommended the Zodia Baracuda MX-8.
I am looking for more options here. Is it really not okay to just leave the robots in the pool? Are there better suction cleaners than the MX-8? I am very flexible on cost to a certain extent. I want the best pool cleaner that I can leave in the pool and does not require a booster pump. Thoughts?