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Suction Type

What do I need to make this work? Suction Side Pool Cleaner illustration
  • A dedicated Suction Line or a skimmer (see Diagram)
  • Main Pool Circulating pump HP or larger

What are the advantages of this type of Pool Cleaner?

1. This type cleaner does not require a booster pump so you save electricity by only operating one pump, the main circulating pump.

2. No timer is required to operate this cleaner.

3. Very few moving parts to break or be replaced.

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What disadvantages may exist with the suction cleaner?

1. Debris goes directly to the skimmer or pump basket, which must be carefully monitored and emptied to prevent damage to the pump. Leaf traps can be installed.

2. Water flow must be maintained at the proper level to keep this cleaner working properly. Filters must be kept clean.

3. Some suction cleaners have difficulty with obstacles like main drains, steps, etc. A few of them have optional parts to overcome this problem.

Suction Side Models

There are many brands and models of suction cleaner available for both inground and above ground pools


Since these cleaners are dependent on the suction pressure of the pump, their operation will be hindered by low flow.   For instance if the pump basket is clogged or the filter needs backwashing, the flow to the poolsweep will be lowered and it will not function as well.

If a pool has a dedicated pool cleaner line, that line can be converted to either a pressure or suction line, depending on the type of cleaner you prefer.  With a dedicated line, you always have the option to install a Polaris 280 or equivalent (requires installation of a time clock and booster pump as well).

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