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Cost and Frequency of Pool Cleaning

The frequency and duration for a cleaning cycle depends on several factors -- including pool size and location, the surrounding landscaping, weather factors such as wind and the type of cleaner. Some general guidelines:

• Robotic cleaners typically run 2 or 3 days per week, for up to 6 hours at a time.

• Pressure-side cleaners are set to run when the pool's filtration system is not in use. They normally need to run for 2-3 hours.

• Suction-side cleaners operate 6 to 8 hours a day, whenever the filtration system turns on. But the cleaner can be removed from the pool after just a few hours or used part-time to extend its lifespan.

• In-floor systems generally operate whenever the pump is running and can clean an entire pool in approximately 1 hour.

No matter what type of cleaner you purchase, some manual labor will always be required, including brushing pool steps and walls, periodically scrubbing the tile and coping and emptying debris from the cleaner's bag or pool's pump basket. But here's what you can expect from different types of cleaners, depending on your budget.

Save, Spend, or Splurge?

Manual pool cleaners
-Help save money while you brush, sweep and clean your pool to sparkling perfection.
-Battery-powered, handheld units are ideal for spot cleaning and hard-to-reach areas.
-Price range: $100 - $200

Pressure-side pool cleaners

-For areas with large debris, including the Northeast and Northwest
-Work wonders with little installation or maintenance worries, saving you 3 - 5 hours per week over manual models.
-Price range: $300 - $500

Suction-side pool cleaners

-For areas with small, sandy debris, including Florida and the Southwest
-Little installation or maintenance, also saves 3 - 5 hrs over manual pool cleaners
-Price range: $200 - $400

Robotic pool cleaners

-For existing pools
-Just set them and forget them. You'll enjoy a hassle-free ease and sparkling pool.
-Price range: $600 - $1,200

In-floor pool cleaners

-For new pool construction
-Once installed, simply program each cleaning cycle via timer
-Price range: $3,000+