I’ve bought several pool vacuums now (and borrowed others to test them out). I’ve tried some lower-cost ones, and some as high as $1700, I’ve tried corded and cordless, and various disposal types (filter, basket, etc), so I feel like I am getting to learn the differences and benefits between the different ones.
The only concern I have with the battery ones is that they can only run for a couple of hours and then it takes forever to recharge before you can run them again, and it is much harder to get them out of the pool. They are also pretty low powered and don’t suck things up as well as cordless ones. They definitely did not clean as well corded ones because otherwise their power would die sooner. After trying some, I don’t think I’d go back to using a battery vacuum as my primary vacuum anymore. Though it would be AWESOME if corded vs cordless was an OPTION. That would be pretty cool.
The vacuums need a basket to hold everything in for easy disposal. I tried some without a basket and they are too much work. I have to carry the whole vacuum to my lawn and spray it out every time, then it leaves junk all over my lawn, and I have to manually pull out the filters each time. I can’t live like that. It’s nice to just remove the basket and dump it out, and then restart the vacuum. Real simple and convenient.
My wife keeps saying Wyze really needs to make one of these, because it’s ridiculous how expensive these things are. The most expensive one we tried was the most inconvenient one we liked the least.
There should be an option for different filter sizes. Finer grain for dirt and Algae cleaning, and less fine for bigger things that sink to the bottom for a quick clean. It’s nice to have bigger filter/baskets because it’s easier to just dump and go, whereas if you only use fine filter/basket then sometimes you have to spray it off before starting a new round.
I tried one vacuum with a cool remote control. This actually let me clean steps because I could just tell it to move along the stairs where I wanted it. This isn’t critical, but it was cool.
I like app access to alert me when it finishes, or start it remotely, etc.
Anyway, just some things to think about. Seriously though, the profit margins on these things are RIDICULOUSLY high. So ripe for Wyze to just come in and wipe the table with them. Seriously.
In addition to the floor and wall vacuums, there are skimmers. If Wyze does a skimmer, do one that has a solar panel on the top that recharges it automatically. And make sure it waits to restart until it has enough charge. There are some that will stutter start and stop repeatedly because they don’t plan it to build enough charge first.
I know most of this is probably on the back burner since only 8% of households have a swimming pool, and fewer use a robot vacuum…but it is a HUGE industry that is severely overpriced and ripe for disruption.