After 1.5 years of cleaning the pool ourselves at our new house, we are so ready to buy a machine to help us! We are considering the Polaris 280/380 vs. Aquabots or any other robot, really. Since we're starting from scratch (there is a rusted Polaris booster pump that is not connected to our filter anymore) it seems that purchase price points are almost equal in round numbers. For ex., medium range Aquabot or Polaris + booster pump both are almost $1000. (At the pool store anyway.) So that leaves us with maintenance costs over the years, and which type of cleaner would be best for our pool.
Can anyone help us predict maintenance costs for a robot vs. a Polaris over 5 years?
How about opinions on robot vs. Polaris for us? We have a fairly large pool, surrounded by oak trees and flower beds. Spring and Fall are constant battles with pollen, dirt, leaves, acorns, etc.