Pool open for winter but not covered.
Now that I have three cleaners to choose from for winter use I'd like some input from those who have experience comparing cleaner operation in cold water, i.e., upper 30's to 40s F. The last three winters I let the pool become a swamp (partially closed and leaf net, only, first swamp winter, so didn't use any cleaners after the water became very cold. This year I'm going to keep the pool totally open, and pretty, so do need one cleaner running. The Vero 300 (like Aquabot Turbo T-Jet) hasn't been used in cold water, just cool, although I've had it three years. The Tracker 4X (vacuum side) is new this summer so haven't used it in very cold water. I've had Polaris 280 for many years and it does get sluggish and is hampered a bit by cold, hardened hoses but I've used them for years in cold water. I'm trying to remember..... it seems that at one point, starting in Jan, Polaris loses most of it's use because of hardened hoses but can't really remember. (After my fifth concussion some of my memory capabilities were disrupted. We don't think it is "old timers" yet. I'm like a beat up old warrior from my lifelong activities with horses, mules, and giant dogs, and other out door activities. Interestingly, the fifth, worst, and last one was the only one not activity related; not too awfully bad whiplash from a not too severe rear-end hit from a truck while I was driving my big truck - seat belt on and head rest too )
Which one will be less affected by very cold water? I'm not asking for guesses; experience preferred. And maybe this discussion might be helpful for others in the market for cleaners.
We've had some freezing nights already and I've been using the Polaris which is doing okay in 50 F water. I have the Tracker (least effective for leaves but best for fine sand and silt) inside with hoses taken apart but no trouble to reassemble. Vero (medium for leaves - medium for sand/silt) is drained and sitting outside for now but no trouble to throw back in.
I will still be having lots of blowing leaves until the end of Dec so, for now, the Polaris, that does the best with leaves is my choice. Will have blowing sand and silt all winter.