There is about as many opinions on which cleaners are best as there are cleaners on the market. However, I do have a few questions on various cleaners.
I am planning on purchasing a new cleaner for my pool this spring and just curious which route is the best. I have a simple 16x32 IG, vinyl lined pool, with deep end. I have two returns and just one skimmer (no main drain). The pool is plumbed with a separate suction port already. I have many trees around the pool and I get a fair amount of leaves, pollen, small sticks, etc in my pool. My current method of filtration/manual vacuuming is adequate, but my pool is never really sparkling clean. The water is clear, but usually after I vacuum I have some pollen or silt settle usually the following day because it was stirred up and settled again or it is going through the sand filter. I once thought this was some sort of algae, but after living with it for a year with no impacts on chlorine usage I realize it is just some fine particles that disappear in a puff and resettle later.
What do you think my best option is? BTW money is always a consideration as I don't have unlimited funds, but I want to make a good choice. It seems like I should be able to get something in the $300-$600 range. I have looked at suction side cleaners becuase they are the cheapest, and my pool is already plumped for that, but I worry that they will not pick up the high leaf load or filter some fine silt. A Suction side model that did look interesting is ThePoolCleaner. I also considerred the Pool Rover Plus as this would not involve any replumbing. A don't mind adding a pressure side cleaner if they are a drastic improvement over the suction side and have looked at the tried and true Polaris 280.