I have a Great White pool cleaner that came with the pool and the house when we bought it. The cleaning (and manual pole vacuum, of course) has been done with two sections of hose. After plugging a few leaks (there were three), I was happy to find that one skimmer produced very little air, yet dismayed to find that I suddenly had spa-worthy aeration when plugging in the hoses.
I figured out which hose was causing the issue and I'll be throwing that hose out and buying some that is more conducive to air-free cleaning.
Which leads me to one of my many questions about this:
1. Any particular type of hose that I should look for? I bought the last set at Wal-Mart and we see how that worked out. In the hose's defense, I have stepped on it a time or two and I have no doubt that my 7 year old has done the same from time to time, no doubt contributing to its lack of performance on the job.
2. Would it be better to use multiple segments of hose or just go for one or two long ones? I ask because the Great White has had issues with staying attached to the pool surface as it cleans, particularly when transitioning up to the shallow end. Actually, the Great White rarely made it to the shallow end at all, mainly because it would detach, lift up and then slide back down into the deep end where it would *eventually* re-engage and resume cleaning.
3. What cleaner would be best for a vinyl liner pool like mine? Here's a pic or two for reference:
The Great White is a decent cleaner, but I don't think it was ever designed for a vinyl liner. I say this because the bar that runs along the front of the cleaner has actually created a ledge of sorts along the bottom of the deep end, causing it to get stuck. The cleaner stops at the start of the wall and then sits there, vibrating and beating the bar against the liner as it waits to turn around or just continues to sit there.
A pic of the Great White, for those that are unfamiliar:
So, I've been looking at The Pool Cleaner. It doesn't have a bunch of moving parts and gets decent reviews here and abroad. That being said......
4. Is The Pool Cleaner compatible with vinyl liners? The tires look somewhat sharp, but I can't tell what they're made of. Rubber? Plastic? Magic?
5. Would the 2x suction be sufficient for my size pool, or should I go with the 4x? I've read that the 2x doesn't do well with the amount of hose required for pools over 20k or more than 6ft deep.
Thanks in advance for being a part of this epic adventure.