How to Choose a Pool Filtration System

One of the most commonly asked questions that we come across is: what pool filtration system is right for me? Before anyone can make a proper recommendation, you need to answer a few simple questions to determine which cleaner will suit your needs best. In this article, we have taken a closer look at some of the different products on the market, as well as what questions you need to ask yourself.

Common Filtration Systems


This cleaner attaches to the suction line of your pool’s plumbing system and uses suction power to pull debris from around the shell. The debris then passes through to the skimmer and filtration systems.

Pros – It is the cheapest of the three types we have discussed here, it is ideal for smaller to medium size shells, and there are less moving parts.

Cons – It can cause additional wear and tear on the pump, the pump is continuously in use, and it is more taxing on your filtration system.



This cleaner use water pressure from a dedicated booster pump or pool pump to drive itself around the shell, forcing debris into a filter bag where it can be collected and easily removed.

Pros – There will be less filter and pump maintenance, it is ideal for medium to large shells, and replacement parts are easily available.

Cons – It often requires a second pump or booster pump.



This cleaner has a self-contained pool filtration system that doesn’t put any additional wear on your pool systems. To use, simply plug the unit into an outlet, press the power button and submerge it.

Pros – It provides better cleaning and filtration, it is energy efficient, it offers quieter operation, and it often has a longer warranty period.

Cons – It is the most expensive of the three types, you have to remove and insert the unit, and it might be excessive for the size of your shell.

So now that you’re aware of the basic types of pool cleaner available, it’s time to make your choice. Some of the questions you should ask yourself prior to purchase include: are you looking to upgrade or replace your current unit, what do you dislike about your current cleaner, what do you like about it, what is your budget, and are you looking for a more energy efficient solution?

The answers to these questions will help to point you in the right direction. If you’re still having trouble telling one pool filtration system from another, it may be time to speak with the experts – contact the team who will be building your new pool. They can suggest an appropriate option for your shell size and maintenance schedule. If you haven’t already, a partnership with Eco Pools & Spas is a must! With over 25 years’ experience, you can be confident we can direct you toward the right choice.