There’s nothing like the allure of taking a dip in the pool on a hot day, not to mention the distinction of being the coolest house on the block with your ability to host poolside hangs. Even if you’re keeping this summertime luxury to yourself, that water is just an invitation to good times all through the season. You know what’s not a good time? Cleaning the pool.
Okay, show of hands—when was the last time you give your pool a thorough clean? Unless you want to spend time blowing up an inflatable pool (no judgement, we have our favorites), or just swim in dirty, algae-filled water (not recommended), you’ll have to invest at least a little time in proper pool maintenance. But keeping your pool sparkling clean is simple with the right tools in hand.
The best pool cleaning supplies help you wipe out common contaminants like dirt, debris, and algae from your water, as well as stop mold from building up on your pool walls. You’ll need to hit your pool from a couple different angles: first off, using sanitizing chemicals like chlorine to help keep your water, walls, and floor clean. Skimming the top of your pool also stops leaves and bugs from sinking to the bottom. Brushing the walls and floor regularly keeps algae and dirty buildup at bay.
That may sound like a lot already, but one way to alleviate the cleaning pressure is by investing in a good pool vacuum and robotic pool cleaner for heavy-duty maintenance. Look, you can’t just hose down a pool, but with the proper equipment, you can get back in the water and back to enjoying the summer in no time. Here are the best tools for brushing, skimming, vacuuming, and everything in between to get a squeaky-clean pool.
1. Robotic Pool Cleaner
Like a Roomba for your pool, these kinds of robots (also called robotic pool cleaners) are devices that drive around underwater vacuuming up debris hands-free while you lounge poolside. For their price tag, they save you a lot of time and effort. Even though some might not cover both the pool floor and your walls, it still beats the hassle of having to scoop up leaves yourself. Some even come with similar vacuum smart features like customized cleaning modes and cleaning schedules, too.
The Blue Diamond RC is an absolute workhorse of a pool cleaner—unlike traditional pressure and suction cleaners, Water Tech says this model does the job twenty times faster, thanks to a smart guidance system that targets the areas of your pool most in need of a good cleaning. The Blue Diamond RC easily cleans most inground pools in just an hour. With its specialized obstacle sensor, you won’t have to worry about it getting stuck on ladders or other obstructions either (bonus: it can’t accidentally climb out of the pool).
What stands out is the Blue Diamond RC’s own filtration system—sure, the scrubbing brushes can catch all the regular debris like bugs, leaves, etc, but it’s the finer filter that will vacuum smaller dust particles you can’t even see. An easy-access hatch also makes switching out the reusable micro-filter bag a breeze. It might not have the most smart features, but you’ll relax a little bit more during your swim in your clear, clean pool knowing that the Blue Diamond RC has got your back.
2. Chlorine Tablets