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    Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

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    Suctions cleaners like the Baracuda G2/G3 etc don't need electricity - and robotic cleaners do. However, I have read that robotic cleaners can save up to $300 a year - is this true? If so - how?
    I am tossing between Barccuda G2 and Zodiac V3 (Polaris 9300) for my Viron p320 variable speed pump setup.

    G2 is a lot cheaper to purchase initially...

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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    Vac cleaners are not always a good option.

    What size is you pool?
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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    The issue with suction cleaners is that you have to run the main pump fast enough so that they work properly and that usually requires a lot more power than a robot cleaner does. So running a robot saves a lot over running the main pump to clean the pool.
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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    Quote Originally Posted by Milan View Post
    Hi,

    Suctions cleaners like the Baracuda G2/G3 etc don't need electricity - and robotic cleaners do. However, I have read that robotic cleaners can save up to $300 a year - is this true? If so - how?
    I am tossing between Barccuda G2 and Zodiac V3 (Polaris 9300) for my Viron p320 variable speed pump setup.

    G2 is a lot cheaper to purchase initially...
    Suction cleaners do use electricity because the pump needs to be running to use them. With your variable speed pump, you'll have to run at a higher speed to use the cleaner.
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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    G2 is a lot cheaper to purchase initially...
    Generally (There is an article in Pool School), the cheaper the cleaner, the less cleaning power you get. The size of your pool should influence how much you pay.
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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    With a robot you cant be in the pool while it is. Suction or presure cleaners you can. Just throwing that out there as part of your decision making process
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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    Yes they do...
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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    I've found the robotic cleaners do a far better job, and faster, and use less power - I've a Zodiac V3, its brilliant.
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    Re: Do robotic cleaners save energy compated to suction cleaners?

    I'm going with one primarily to avoid having another pump for a pressure side cleaner in place.

    Less to break, less energy, and less noise.

    I took advice from the experienced to make the decision which also said, you get what you pay for. "More $$$=more cleaning power." So, I spent about the same as what a booster and cleaner would have cost me on a Robot. I'm looking forward to trying it out as everything else.
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