I have been researching and debating on whether to purchase an automatic in-ground cleaner since last pool season. At this point, I am not even too concerned with the type of cleaner (suction, pressure, or robotic), rather is it truly worth it considering the up front cost, maintenance, as well as the time it takes for the cleaner to do its thing. My thinking is that I can clean the pool more thoroughly and in less time than an automatic cleaner. Notwithstanding, I also can't seem to find the "perfect" cleaner as each type of cleaner has its drawbacks.

I would love to see members' opinions if they think owning an automatic cleaner is really worth it.