We have a 24' above ground pool. When we bought it (used) it came with a Manta suction-side cleaner. It does a moderately acceptable job. But it requires monitoring when it is running because at various times it has suctioned up the side of the pool to the top and started inhaling air, the tubing randomly collapses, and the flexible rubber plate-shape on the head occasionally falls off.
So I was thinking about getting a different kind of auto cleaner and even debating putting in a dedicated suction line instead of going through the skimmer.
I can't afford a lot here, but I want something I would be happy with. Anybody have any suggestions as to brands/type? Would a dedicated suction line help at all? Where is the best place for locating a new suction line?