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Pressure-Side Pool Cleaners: Everything You Need to Know

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If you’re looking for the best automatic pool cleaner for your pool, you’ve probably heard about the pressure-side pool cleaner. Along with suction-side pool cleaners and robotic pool cleaners, the pressure-side pool cleaner is one of three automatic pool cleaner designs on the market.

Let’s take a closer look at the pressure-side pool cleaner.

What is a Pressure-Side Pool Cleaner?

A pressure-side pool cleaner connects either directly to a dedicated pressure cleaner line or a return outlet in your pool. The dedicated pressure line or return outlet is the last part of your pool’s filtration system. After filtering, the pump releases clean water back into the pool via the return outlet.

Typically, a pressure-side pool cleaner uses water pressure from a dedicated booster pump to drive the cleaner around your pool. There are some models of pressure-side cleaners that, with some adjustments to pool equipment, will operate off of a standard return line. Whether it’s connected to a separate booster pump or to a standard return line, the pressure-side pool cleaner moves around the pool, using clean and treated water to create suction and collect debris into a filter bag attached to the cleaner.

In addition to capturing debris in its filter bag, pressure cleaners work by loosening other debris so that if it is not picked up by your cleaner, it enables these particles to flow out of your swimming pool into your pool’s natural filtration system.

Is a Pressure-Side Pool Cleaner Right for You?

There are pressure models for both above-ground and in-ground pools. Your pool’s finish and your debris needs will determine which automatic cleaner is best. A pool professional will be able to advise whether a pressure-side pool cleaner is right for you.

Most pressure-side pool cleaners feature a large inlet, ideal for collecting larger debris like leaves, acorns, twigs and pebbles. Polaris® pressure-side pool cleaner models offer different debris bags and canisters to collect different types of debris depending upon your pool’s needs, from tiny sediment to larger items.

Aside from cleaning the pool of debris, pressure cleaners help distribute heated, clean water throughout the entire pool, reducing cold spots. There are several benefits to Polaris pressure cleaners, including:

  • Easy to use
  • Covers the entire pool
  • Separate filter bags or canisters avoid clogs*
  • Long life span
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Long hoses for tangle-free movement
  • Protects your pool’s pump basket and filtration system
  • Multi-directional movement for comprehensive pool coverage*
  • Actively scrubs pool surface*
  • Can cover floors and walls up to the waterline*

*Feature available in select models

Not all pressure cleaners are created equal. Always make sure you’re using the proper model for your pool.

If you’re interested in the best pressure-side pool cleaners on the market, be sure to check out the Polaris® pressure-side pool cleaner line. From our newest Polaris Quattro Sport to the popular Polaris Vac-Sweep® 360 (also called the Polaris 360), you can’t go wrong with a Polaris pressure-side pool cleaner.

Deciding on the Right Pressure-Side Pool Cleaner

Automatic cleaners are a must-have for pool maintenance, and pressure-side pool cleaners are an excellent option for many pool owners. Take a look at Polaris’s full line of pressure cleaners and ask your pool pro for help deciding which one meets your unique needs.

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