I just had a new pool installed and am investigating cleaners. The pool is under a screen room. I have a dedicated 2" suction port on the side of the pool in the deep end.
There is only 1 tree on my entire property, a sycamore, in the front of the house. Neighbors don't have any trees on their property. The blooms from the Sycamore make it through the screen, but they all float on the surface of the water. The pool is only 2 weeks so I don't have a debris reference. Thus far there is only been some dirt/sand debris, most of it from construction phase. I suspect most of the debris will be this style debris, from built-up of dust/pollen on the screen getting washed through during rainstorms.
Seems like I should pick between suction or robot.
I like that suction cleaners have much lower cost of entry and ability to be able to leave it in the pool 24x7 and kind of forget about it as a whole.
Robotic cleaners are pretty sweet from a technology and true scrubbing aspect, and my power isn't super expensive (13.7c/kwh) but the question is, is a robotic cleaner necessary on a pool of my size with my environment conditions? The need to take them in/out of the pool only when you want to clean doesn't sound appealing compared to a suction cleaner I can just leave in there. And the buy-in cost being at least 2x isn't as appealing. Those are my only 2 thoughts on it at the moment. Hoping to get some opinions from others.