Self Cleaning Pools in Melbourne: Types, Prices and FAQs

How a built-in self-cleaning pool system works.

Having a pizzazz and hygienic swimming pool in their residence for fantastic moments alongside the cool water is, no doubt, the desire of any pool lover, but it is how to keep it that way that causes them some apprehensions about getting one.

Lots of pool owners would make a call to the pool service and call it a day, though some want to handle the matter themselves as well. But what is the best way to DIY this issue? Is it going to be so time-consuming and labour-costing? What are the best tools for the job?

Enter today’s writing from Blue Pools and Spas about self-cleaning pools, where we will introduce ways for you to have the most suitable swimming pool self-cleaning system for your situation. Besides, we will also provide worth-to-notice information in purchasing and using one to clear out your doubts and worries about the subject.

Let’s “clear” this thing up and get to the business, shall we?

Common self-cleaning pools types in Australia and their reference prices

If you search online, there are many gadgets and equipment necessary for a self-cleaning pool. But overall, you can categorize them into two main approaches: either build a large self-cleaning pool system or have an extension via an automatic self-cleaning pool cleaner.

In that spirit, here are some quick details about them.

Build-in self-cleaning pool system

Although there are various in-ground self-cleaning pool system designs from swimming pool brands, each design is slightly different from the rest, but they all work on the same method.

A typical pop-up cleaning jet in a self-cleaning pool system

A typical pop-up cleaning jet in a self-cleaning pool system build in-ground.

Several pop-up cleaning jets (1st main component) installed on pool floors, walls and such will use their nozzles to push the water in sequence to the pool’s debris drain (2nd main component) at the pool’s deep end. From there, debris will run to the debris containment canister (3rd main component), which is inserted at the pool deck for easy removal. Simply empty the canister once done cleaning, rinse it and place it back again, and the cleansing process is completed.

How a built-in self-cleaning pool system works.

How a built-in self-cleaning pool system works.

Besides being 99% effective in cleaning and excelling in time-saving, a system like so could also help save about 30% chemicals and heat energy through the cleaning jets’ nozzle design, thus, saving your money in the long run.

But on the other hand, a self-cleaning pool system’s cost is usually not cheap (reference price around $1000 to $2500 for all pieces of required equipment), and only pairs well with newly constructed pools, for tons of renovation work must be done to place it in old swimming pools.

Extension / Automatic pool cleaner

If you are more of the pool cleaning kit type, then an automatic pool cleaner is a must-own product to have a well-handled pool. In addition, it’s common used in smart pools.

There are three main types of pool cleaners in the market: suction side, pressure side, and robotic.

  • The suction type uses suction generated by the pool pump to push debris into the pool filter.
  • The pressure kind operates through the pressure side water flow from the pool’s return line to suck debris to an affixed filter bag.
  • The robotic variety runs by a motor plugged with a power source to pick up debris and store them in a filter canister.

an automatic pool cleaner

This is what an automatic pool cleaner usually looks like.

All three types have the same primary benefits, such as cheaper purchase costs than the in-ground style (reference price from $100 to $1100), easy maintenance, and can work with virtually any pool. Plus, many models can also help circulate heat throughout the bath too.

About the drawbacks, the bag/canister included types need you to empty them periodically, some variant’s material can also be affected by the temperature or the chemicals in the pool, and additionally, large debris, namely rocks, could potentially damage the product.

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Having a clean swimming pool without any stains or algae is the key to an exquisite pool experience. Therefore, keeping it that way is incredibly essential.

So, dear future pool owners, if you find yourself using a pool often, but you lack in strength and time to cleanse it, please make sure to contact us at Blue Pools and Spas right during the planning process!

We will provide a marvellous self-cleaning system from a trusted label and install it for you during the swimming pool construction/renovation procedure, which is another thing that we have been widely known for. With more than a decade of experience and expertise, our team will guarantee to ensure your beautiful lounging and playing occasions at the pool.

For current pool proprietors, we can also give suggestions about what types of automatic pool cleaners would be the most appropriate for your pool and provide you with some of the best pool cleaners in Australia, as well as other necessary pool equipment.

As an alternative suggestion, we also accommodate a pool cleaning and maintaining service for people who do not use their pool often and prefer a more assured approach.

Give us a call now at 0459 77 99 42 or send an email to us at for your pool cleaning needs, or answers to any questions you have about swimming pools.

FAQs about self-cleaning pools 

What is a self-cleaning pool?

In short, a self-cleaning pool is a pool where automatic systems/tools will handle all the cleaning issues, and the only thing you need to do is empty the filter canister.

Does a self-cleaning pool cost much money?

The purchase and/or installation price of a well-function automatic pool cleaner or an in-ground cleaning system could vary from a few hundred dollars to even more than $2000.

But, it will be worth it in the long run if lounging in fresh blue water in a pool is an indispensable part of your life.

How to maintain your self-cleaning pool?

By emptying the debris canister/filter regularly and giving maintenance to cleaning equipment often.

Are automatic pool cleaners/self-cleaning systems worth it?

The answer is and will always be yes, whether you use your pool every day or once in a while!

How many hours should I run my pool cleaner/cleaning system?

You should check the product description for a more precise answer, but people often leave them running for about one to four hours per time.

How often should I use my pool cleaner/cleaning system?

If you are not using your pool much, then it is safe to use a pool cleaner/pool cleaning system twice a month, even once a month if you have a pool cover. If you jump into your pool every week, you may need to clean your pool more often, about once or twice a week.

Can you swim while an automatic pool cleaner is running?

The answer is yes, but it is not recommended, as swimming can churn the water, causing problems for the water-pushing process of the product.

Is it safe to leave an automatic pool cleaner in the pool all day?

Although you can technically leave the cleaner for a long time in the pool, it is not ideal to do so for more than a couple of hours, as chemicals that are pumped into the pool can affect the device.