Suction Cleaners

Suction cleaners attach via a hose to your skimmer box and use the suction created by your filtration system to clean up grime.

Most pool cleaners you'll come across are suction models.

There are two kinds of suction cleaners:

  • Inertia driven suction cleaners clean in a random pattern. While they will cover every inch of your pool, it may take some time. They work well in pools with curved walls and no sharp corners. The popular Zodiac and Kreepy Krawly models are this type of cleaner.
  • Geared suction cleaners, such as The Pool Cleaner model, move in a pre-determined pattern and will clean your pool surface in the shortest time possible. They can easily get into tight corners which makes them suitable for smaller pools with lots of steps and sharp ledges. Geared cleaners have more moving parts than the random pattern models, so they will probably need more maintenance.


  • Cheaper than other types of pool cleaners.
  • Easy to install.


  • If you leave the cleaner permanently in the pool, it may fill up the skimmer box. This means extra effort for the pump which could potentially cause damage.
  • When they are attached, the skimmer box isn't taking in anything from the surface of the pool.  This means everything goes to the bottom, making more work for the suction cleaner.

image of a suction pool cleaner in a pool

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