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Thread: Suction pump with booster vs electric pump

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    Suction pump with booster vs electric pump

    We are putting in a new pool (18K gallon, natural form, gunnite with pebbletech, SWG) and trying to decide if we want the pool company to put in the polaris with a pump or to buy our own electric robotic cleaner.
    We live in North texas, with 1 tree in the backyard, small leaves and young plants - so not a lot of leaves to worry about.

    Long term, what will be the most effective cleaner using the least amount of energy (cost savings) and taking into acount repairs that will be needed?
    20K gallon, 99' perimeter, IG Quartzscapes, Pentair FNS 60 SF DE filter, Pentair Intelliflo Variable Speed 3 HP pump, 400k BTU Pentair (NG) heater, Pentair IntelliChlor and SWG, Pentair Legends platinum cleaner with booster pump, Spa with rock spillway, 3' grotto waterfall, 12' weeping wall with Pentair 3HP WF pump, IntelliColor Pentair LED lights

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    Re: Suction pump with booster vs electric pump

    There is no one choice that is right for everyone. A robotic cleaner will use far less electricity, but it will probably end up costing more in the long run anyway because of the large up front costs and shorter average lifespan. As a general rule the robotic cleaner will also do a better job at cleaning, though people seem to be more consistent about using a polaris and less consistent about using a robot, which possibly cancels out that advantage.
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    Re: Suction pump with booster vs electric pump

    do people not use the robot as much because of the weight? Are there a lot more mechanical problems with the robot cleaners?
    20K gallon, 99' perimeter, IG Quartzscapes, Pentair FNS 60 SF DE filter, Pentair Intelliflo Variable Speed 3 HP pump, 400k BTU Pentair (NG) heater, Pentair IntelliChlor and SWG, Pentair Legends platinum cleaner with booster pump, Spa with rock spillway, 3' grotto waterfall, 12' weeping wall with Pentair 3HP WF pump, IntelliColor Pentair LED lights

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    Re: Suction pump with booster vs electric pump

    Robotic cleaners tends to break less often, but be far more difficult/expensive to repair. A booster pump based cleaner often needs minor tuneups/part replacements every couple of years, lasting for a very long time given those regular minor repairs, while a robotic cleaner typically works for 3 to 5 years and then fails such that it needs to be replaced.

    The larger difference is that robotic cleaners are designed to be used once a week and must be removed from the pool between uses, while booster pump driven cleaners are typically run daily and left in the pool all of the time (except when you are swimming).
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Re: Suction pump with booster vs electric pump

    Good information, thank you
    20K gallon, 99' perimeter, IG Quartzscapes, Pentair FNS 60 SF DE filter, Pentair Intelliflo Variable Speed 3 HP pump, 400k BTU Pentair (NG) heater, Pentair IntelliChlor and SWG, Pentair Legends platinum cleaner with booster pump, Spa with rock spillway, 3' grotto waterfall, 12' weeping wall with Pentair 3HP WF pump, IntelliColor Pentair LED lights

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