Suction cleaners attach with a hose to your skimmer box and work by using the suction from your pump to clean up debris. There are two types of suction cleaners:
- Inertia driven suction cleaners
Intertia cleaners clean in random pattern which work incredibly well for pools with curved walls and no sharp corners
- Geared driven suction cleaners
Geared cleaners clean in a predetermined pattern and have the ability to fit into tight corners, making them perfect for smaller pools with steps, sharp ledges and sharp corners.
- Benefits: They are cheaper, easy to install and because they are so popular, parts are more accessible and affordable.
- Downfalls: Because they attach to the skimmer box, the box cannot take any debris from the surface of the pool They are also less effective in filtering oils, sunscreen and cosmetics, making a progressively more contaminated pool. Suction cleaners are generally quite noisy, making them unsuitable for night operation.