Robotic Pool Cleaner Vs Suction Pool Cleaner

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All pool owners understand the importance of maintaining a clean, healthy, and inviting space for swimming and entertaining. In Darwin, we’re often lucky enough to enjoy weather perfect for swimming all year round, so maintaining your swimming pool can sometimes feel like a full-time job! At Darwin Fibreglass Pools & Spas, we want to take some of the load off so you can enjoy your pool without all the hassle, which is why we offer a range of high-quality products to suit all pool types and lifestyles.

Two products we highly recommend to pool owners are our robotic pool cleaners and suction pool cleaners. Both have their own unique advantages, features and drawbacks, so the choice will ultimately depend on your specific needs and preferences. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at both products to help you decide which will be the best fit for your swimming pool.

A Robotic Pool Cleaner

What is a Robotic Pool Cleaner?

A robotic pool cleaner is a self-contained, electric-powered cleaning system that uses advanced technology to independently navigate and clean the floor and walls of your swimming pool. These cleaners use a combination of filters, brushes and powerful motors to effectively remove dirt, debris and other contaminants from your pool.

Pros & Cons of a Robotic Pool Cleaner

Robotic pool cleaners are a fantastic cleaning solution for your pool, but like every product, they come with both advantages and drawbacks, including:


  • High level of cleaning efficiency—scrubs your pool floor, walls and waterline
  • Independent navigation, which allows for thorough cleaning of the entire pool
  • Advanced filtration systems that capture even the smallest particles
  • Low energy consumption
  • Easy to operate & maintain
  • Mid & high tier models come with a self-lift function for easy storage
  • Can be left in the pool (although this is not recommended as unbalanced PH and chlorine can damage the unit)
  • Reduced chemical costs
  • Spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning it!

With minimal effort required on your part, these little robots make maintaining your pool that much easier!


  • Requires some (minimal) maintenance—the basket should be emptied of debris after use
  • More expensive than a suction cleaner

What is a Suction Pool Cleaner?

A suction pool cleaner is a simple, cost-effective cleaning solution that attaches to your pool’s skimmer or dedicated suction line, using the pool’s pump and filter system to create suction and pull debris into the cleaner. These cleaners are typically less expensive than robotic cleaners, but they do require more frequent maintenance.

Pros & Cons of a Suction Pool Cleaner

Now that we know what they are, a few pros and cons of suction pool cleaners are:


  • Cost-effective
  • Simple to operate & maintain
  • Smaller & lighter than robotic cleaners
  • Works well with most debris
  • Can be left in the pool (although pool owners should be aware that anything left in the water will degrade quickly if pH levels aren’t balanced)


  • Lower cleaning efficiency compared to robotic cleaners
  • Lower chemical efficiency as a backwash and rinse is required after use

Which Pool Cleaner Should I Choose?

If you’re looking for a high-performance cleaning solution that can effectively remove dirt and debris from your pool, then a robotic pool cleaner is the way to go. However, if you’re more drawn to a simple, cost-effective cleaning solution that requires less maintenance, a suction pool cleaner may be the better choice. Ultimately, the best pool cleaner for you will depend on your budget, pool size, and cleaning needs.

Our friendly team at Darwin Fibreglass Pools & Spas will be happy to help you figure out which of our products will best suit your needs. Give us a call today on (08) 8947 1192.