7 Disadvantages to Pool Cleaning Robots


We know that everyone is very busy and doing pool chores is just one more thing on your long to-do list.  Using a pool cleaning robot seems like a great solution – just set it up and watch your pool get cleaned up!

However, there can be problems with using a pool cleaning robot.  We will outline the disadvantages of using a robotic system and how a professional pool cleaning service may be the solution for you!

What is a Pool Cleaning Robot?

It is exactly what it sounds like – a robotic system that will clean your pool!  It is a pool vacuum that is directed using an electric motor and has its own pump and filter to collect debris from your pool.

A pool cleaning robot can collect large and small dirt particles, circulate the water for better efficiency, and filters the water.

There are some good reasons to use a pool cleaning robot.  They are:

  • easy to install
  • easy to use
  • eco-friendly

Many people choose a pool cleaning robot because it allows them to set it up, sit back and watch their pool get cleaned up.

However, before you go rushing to buy one, you are going to want to think about the whole picture.

Every pool is different, and every owner is different.  A pool cleaning robot is not necessarily the right answer for your specific situation.

If you do decide that you want to purchase a pool cleaning robot, you will want to make sure that you get the right one.  Speak to your local pool supply expert to find out what features you need, and which pool cleaning robot is best for you.

Disadvantages of a Pool Cleaning Robot

However, as with anything, there are limits to using a pool cleaning robot and it may not be the right solution for you.  Let’s look into what some of these disadvantages are and how a professional pool cleaner can work around them.

Reaching the Pool

The Problem

Your pool cleaning robot will be able to reach as far as its electrical cord allows.  So, depending on how far your outlet is from the swimming pool, your pool cleaning robot may not be to extend to all areas.

You may find you are faced with half of a clean pool and not be able to go any further.

The Solution

A professional pool cleaner will have the right equipment needed to reach every inch of your pool!  No matter the location of your outlet, the size and depth of your pool, a professional will have the right cords and other tools.

The Filters

The Problem

Some of the pool cleaning robots’ advantages can be a disadvantage.  Since they are generally small, you do not require a lot of space to store them.

Another advantage is that it is very efficient in picking up dirt and debris.  It picks up large and small dirt particles.

However, because it is so small, the filters are also smaller.  A pool cleaning robot’s filters will become dirty much quicker than other cleaning systems.

Because it is so efficient, it will pick up dirt more quickly.  Again, the filters will become dirty much quicker than other cleaning systems.

You will be spending more time than you may expect cleaning and replacing the filters. You may need to even stop it while it is cleaning your pool to clean the filter.

Depending on cleaning the pool cleaning robot model that you purchase, it can be difficult and expensive to clean and replace the pool filters.

That can be a real nuisance.  It also is creating more pool chores – specifically what you are trying to avoid by using a pool cleaning robot.

The Solution

A professional pool cleaner will use professional equipment.  This means that the vacuum that it uses will be designed to efficiently pick up large and small dirt particles.

Even when the filter does get dirty, the pool cleaner will be the one cleaning the filters, not you!

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The Problem

A pool cleaning robot can be expensive.  You will want to make sure you are getting a high-quality cleaning system – it is a large investment and you do not want to be replacing it often.

Getting a high-quality pool cleaning robot can be a significant cost.  While some pool cleaning robots can be relatively inexpensive (around $250), a high-quality one will cost at least $800.

The Solution

Talk to us today – you may be surprised with how affordable hiring a professional pool cleaner can be!  Making that investment into getting your time back is really money well spent.


The Problem

The more parts that a piece of equipment has, the more there is to possibly go wrong!  Pool cleaning robots are more complicated, especially since they have electrical and programming parts that a normal vacuum does not have.

There seems to be three components that most frequently go wrong: the power source, the motor, and the cable.  Repairing those items due to manufacturer malfunction, old age or other issues will be costly.

As well, you will be without a pool cleaner while it is being fixed!  It can be difficult to find someone to complete the repair and parts can take two weeks (or more) to be shipped!

The Solution

Using a simpler solution, ran by a professional pool cleaner will mean that fewer things will go wrong.  You can have confidence that your cleaning equipment will work well for many years.

As well, a pool cleaner will be well-equipped. Even if something is out for repairs, a professional pool cleaning service will still have everything they need to get the job done!

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When You Aren’t There

The Problem

Perhaps you are going on vacation and do not want to come home to a dirty pool.  Your robotic pool cleaner will not be able to help you!

A robotic system generally cannot be scheduled to run each day.  Some premium models have a short programming time, but that will cost you!

This is incredibly important.  Issues with a dirty pool can creep up quickly and once there, can be difficult to remove.

The Solution

A professional pool cleaner can come and clean your pool, whether you are away for a weekend or for a month.  You can be assured that your pool is being taken care of and will be ready to swim in when you return.

This is important – without proper care, your pool can quickly become home to algae and other grime. As well, you have invested a lot of money into your pool and want to be able to use it without interruption.

Having a sparkling clean pool to return to can also make the return from vacation a little brighter.

Floating Debris

The Problem

A pool cleaning robot is designed to clean IN your pool, meaning the bottom and walls.  It is not able to clean up the floating debris on top.

It is important to make sure that items floating on the top of your pool are removed.  If you leave it, it will sink to the bottom or could stain your walls.

The Solution

A professional pool cleaner has experience cleaning pool of all shapes and sizes.  No matter what you have, they will have the tools to clean it!

A professional pool cleaner will have the right equipment needed to reach every inch of your pool!  No matter how creatively you have designed your pool or the size and depth of your pool, a professional will have just what is required.

The Limitations

The Problem

A pool cleaning robot can only do one thing – clean your pool! There are many other maintenance tasks that you need to do each and every week to make sure that your pool is sparking clean.

For example, you need to check your water levels, your water quality, and do any shock treatments or algaecide.  You also need to make sure that your equipment is working properly and that there are no repairs needed.

The Solution

A pool cleaning company is not going to just come in and clean your pool. They will also be taking care of the other tasks needed to keep your pool maintained and make sure your equipment is working correctly.

They will also have the experience to avoid many common pool mainteanance mistakes.

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The Compromise

Do you need to stick to one form of pool cleaning? Is it either a pool cleaner or a pool cleaning robot?

Of course not – you can choose both!  A professional pool cleaner can make sure that your pool is sparkling clean, make sure your chemicals are at the right levels and making sure your machines are maintained.

A robotic pool cleaner can be used to fill in the gaps and maintain your pool in between when your pool cleaner comes in.

Of course, we are always happy to talk about what cleaning system will be best for you.  No matter what you use, we are happy to help you make sure that you do not have to spend too much time on your pool chores and can just enjoy your pool!

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