I've been investigating the various models of in-floor cleaning systems and having trouble figuring out what differentiates them. According to Paramount each dealer only installs one of the product lines which isn't exactly useful when one is trying to figure out which is "best" or at least what sets each line apart. This is what I have been find out so far.
Pool Valet is their oldest design. Other than noting the heads employ a weighted system they wouldn't say anything else and my impression was it is not a preferred choice.
Cyclean is the newest system. It uses a cam sprung nozzle and they have a set cleaning pattern.
PV3 uses a retracted weight nozzle and they use a random cleaning pattern.
What the advantages or disadvantages are of each is not at all clear. One would think that the newer would be an improvement (or why bother) but they wouldn't say. I'm thinking that a pattern cleaning head might do a better job or work faster but it just a guess. I have no idea what the tradeoffs are between a cam sprung vs retracted weight head but since they used the latter on their first system I'm venturing that a cam spring might be give a more deliberate push.
Both systems are agitation systems. They use a large number of small heads. For example an 18 x 36 would use about 35 total on about 4 zones more or less.
In contrast PCC 2000 is a collection system. It uses about a third the number of heads but the flows are much higher. There are also two fixed heads near the drain. Best as I can tell this system by virtue of its higher flow rates (not clear if the pressure is higher also) moves the dirt directly rather than just lifting it up off the floor.
Again it wasn't possible to get a clear sense of how these three systems perform in relation to each other and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each design. I can't find any information contrasting agitation vs collection as a technique.
All cost about the same. Dealers are generally allowed to carry only one system and push that so it is very difficult to get impartial answers.
Any advice would be most welcome.