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Aquamatic Continues To Set The Bar For Automatic Pool Covers

Dec 27, 2023Dec 27, 2023




When it comes to automatic pool covers, Aquamatic Cover Systems has been a leader for over four decades and is dedicated to serving customers all over the world. Founded in 1978, the company has spent the last 43 years perfecting their craft and creating some of the most innovative and reliable pool covers on the market. With a focus on durability and simplicity, Aquamatic's patented dual-motor hydraulic design is unmatched when it comes to reliability.

Aquamatic's commitment to innovation has allowed designers and builders worldwide to custom install covers on nearly any type of swimming pool application. They have developed some of the most durable automatic pool covers on the market while keeping true to their mission of making products that are elegantly simple with the least amount of moving parts. A thought leader and innovator, Aquamatic holds more patents relative to automatic and manual swimming pool safety covers than all other cover companies combined, proving their dedication to quality and innovation.

To get a better understanding of their product line and why the firm remains a preferred brand with consumers, we spoke with Tom Dankel, VP of Aquamatic Cover Systems. We started off with one simple question, we wanted to know what differentiates Aquamatic from other pool covers on the market.

"That's a great question. If you look at a photograph of two pool covers side-by-side, the photographs for all intents purposes look the same, almost like certain automobiles. Styles are also the same. But what makes our system different is the heart and soul," said Dankel.

"While we started with electric covers in the late seventies, in the eighties, we began to experiment with hydraulic drives. We wanted to remove electric motors away from the poolside. By the late 80s, we did our first prototype units, and by 1994, we were exclusively hydraulic," said Dankel.

"What makes our system different is the drive unit. That's the durable good and lasts the longest out of all other components," explained Dankel, "it's an all-fluid hydraulic drive with no mechanical linkage. There are no service requirements on the mechanism and no lubrication points. It's a closed-loop dual motor system and there's no mechanical linkage of any kind, meaning no clutch. Every other domestically produced automatic cover has some kind of a clutch system because they have a single motor drive, we developed the dual motor system."

Aquamatic is widely considered by industry experts to be on the bleeding cutting edge of technology for automatic pool covers, it's also backed by a superior warranty. "We didn't invent hydraulics, but we invented the hydraulic pool cover. What we did is we looked at how we could build this as robust and as simple as possible at the same time. The brushes in a car wash are driven by hydraulic orbital torque motors. Well, we use that same motor on our automatic pool cover system," said Dankel.

"The wear a typical car wash might see in one day could very well be the entire service life of one of our covers. That's why we could back this up with a 20-year warranty, because the components we use are over-engineered for use in our application, and they just don't wear out. If for some reason the motor were to fail, we’ll happily give you a new one, no questions asked," said Dankel.

While Aquamatic Cover Systems has several lines, Hydramatic is the flagship product they hang their hat on. "That is our fully automatic system that is also an ASTM-approved safety cover, then we have the accessories to the Hydramatic," said Dankel.

Versatility and ease of use are the hallmarks of the EZ Cover, another top seller for Aquamatic. "That's our entry-level cover and it's a single-user manual cover that looks and installs just like an automatic system but without the automatic component," explained Dankel, "it's the only manual cover that can be operated by one person in one comfortable standing position without ropes to pull or cranks."

The Hydralux provides a high level of customization to allow for more custom applications. The unique design eliminates the need for a traditional automatic pool cover's rope/track/leading edge bar interface and can automate pools that previously couldn't accommodate an automatic pool cover

"Every automatic safety cover has tracks. Even though the pool may be freeform, the cover is always rectangular in shape. The Hydralux utilizes extruded PVC or polycarbonate slats that we can cut to any converging shape. We can start it wide and go narrow. It's not telescopic, so you can't go wide again, but we can do converging shapes. We did one recently that has a 30-foot radius vanishing edge, and the cover is cut to the shape of that vanishing edge pool," said Dankel.

Aquamatic is also known throughout the industry for their highly sustainable solar cover solutions. "One actually was right here in our backyard, and it was a local community college where the pool has two sections to it," said Dankel.

"The main body of the pool is 60’x95′ on the east side and 45’x65′ on the west side. They were using traditional insulating blankets with multiple rollers and multiple people to deploy. They have quite a wind problem there," explained Dankel, "the wind would just take these covers and bundle them up. It was quite labor intensive."

"Now we have this cover that doesn't get affected in that regard. Also with these commercial pools, you can't have an obstruction around the pool. For that, we adopted solar to power our hydraulic drive unit because these superstructures actually move. This particular pool moves 10ft away to allow the operator to put in starting blocks in for competitions. It was a very cool project," said Dankel.

It's clear why Aquamatic Cover Systems has remained a top choice among pool owners for over four decades. Exceptional quality, versatile customization options, commitment to customer service, and innovative technologies are the hallmarks the firm is known for. Aquamatic Cover Systems’ has well earned its reputation for quality and reliability, making them the gold standard in the pool covering industry.

Want to learn more about Aquamatic Cover Systems and their line of products? Listen to our entire conversation with Tom Dankel on the Pool Magazine podcast.

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Get to know Aiper's 2023 Robotic Pool Cleaners




When it comes to pool maintenance, Aiper has been making waves in the industry with their line of robotic pool cleaners. Consumers have been impressed by the technology and quality, and let's face it, the price point. With a rapidly increasing base of customers, they have fast become a trusted brand with pool owners. We got to take a sneak peek of their new products earlier this year at the International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Las Vegas and then caught up again with them at CES. On both occasions, there was a line in front of their booth of folks waiting to see the latest products.

With their 2023 lineup of pool cleaners, Aiper continues to impress pool owners and professionals alike with cutting-edge technology and superior cleaning performance. We’ll take a look at what's new and delve into the exciting features of Aiper's 2023 products Seagull SE and Seagull Plus, as well as the Elite Pro and the Seagull Pro.

Let's start with the Seagull SE. This cleaner really is an above-ground pool owner's dream as it does quite a lot at a very attractive price point, consequently, it's become one of the best-selling above-ground cleaners on Amazon and is highly rated by consumers with 4/5 stars.

This cordless robotic pool cleaner eliminates the hassle of messy hoses and tangled cords. With a simple power-on and submerge, the Seagull SE automatically begins its cleaning process, giving you a hands-free experience. The increased battery life is a significant improvement, taking only 2.5 hours to fully charge and providing over 90 minutes of continuous cleaning.

The Seagull SE is ideal for above-ground pools or small in-ground with flat floors. Powerful dual-drive motors ensure a thorough cleaning by effortlessly tracking down and collecting various types of dirt and debris.

The self-parking feature brings an added touch of convenience as the cleaner automatically stops near the edge of your pool when the battery is low or the cleaning cycle is complete. With its LED indicator, you can easily keep track of the cleaner's status. The Seagull SE truly lets your robot do the dirty work, giving you back your weekends to enjoy your pool.

Next up, the Seagull Plus takes cleaning performance to the next level. This cordless pool vacuum boasts stronger power suction and an extended cleaning time of 110 minutes. Equipped with powerful dual-drive motors, the Seagull Plus effortlessly tackles all types of debris, from dirt to stones, providing you with a pristine pool.

The cordless design ensures easy setup with one-click activation, making it a hassle-free experience. With its longer battery life, the Seagull Plus is perfect for larger round above-ground pools or in-ground flat-floored pools.

Additionally, the sophisticated water release system drains the cleaner in seconds, allowing for easy retrieval and portability. The LED indicator keeps you informed about the cleaner's status, ensuring a worry-free cleaning experience. Let the Seagull Plus do the dirty work while you enjoy your free time.

For those looking to venture into the wall climber market, Aiper introduces the Elite Pro. This cordless robotic pool cleaner is designed to tackle not only the pool floor but also the pool walls, making it suitable for all pool types, including above ground and in-ground pools of any shape. With its dual motor system and large inlet, the Elite Pro excels in collecting and filtering more dirt and debris, saving you time and leaving you with a crystal-clear pool.

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When the battery is low, the Elite Pro's self-parking ability automatically brings it near the pool's edge for easy retrieval. Coupled with a 2-year warranty and worry-free customer service, the Elite Pro is a great addition to Aiper's lineup.

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One of the standout features of the Seagull Pro is its WavePath Navigation, which enables the pool vacuum to work under a fixed pattern, unlike traditional random patterns. This advanced navigation system maximizes pool coverage while minimizing energy consumption, making it 10 times more energy-efficient compared to other pool cleaners. The cordless design eliminates the hassle of tangled cords and complicated accessories. Simply drop the Seagull Pro into the pool, and it will take care of the cleaning while you enjoy your leisure time.

With an impressive runtime of up to 180 minutes, the Seagull Pro offers 60% longer battery life compared to other pool cleaners. Thanks to the improved battery system, the built-in 9000mAh battery powers the Seagull Pro for extended cleaning sessions. And with a shortened charging time of just 90 minutes, you can get back to enjoying your pool sooner.

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Yes, there's plenty to be excited about and with this fresh lineup of products. Aiper has underscored that they plan to continue to refine and improve upon their product line.

As you gear up for the summer season, we hope this look at Aiper's 2023 lineup of pool cleaners has helped better educate you about their latest products and has given you some insights into the exciting features and capabilities of these innovative products. Get ready to make the most of your pool and have an Aiper cleaner do the hard work for you.

HydraPure (AOP) is a cutting-edge system that effectively eliminates harmful bacteria and algae, leaving your pool clear and sparkling.




The future of pool sanitization is here and Hayward's HydraPure Advanced Oxidation System (AOP) is set to revolutionize the pool industry. The new system offers an all-in-one sanitization solution that keeps your pool sparkling clear and free from harmful bacteria and algae.

Pool owners know that keeping their pools clean and healthy is a top priority. However, traditional chlorine sanitization systems can be harsh on skin and hair, and often leave behind a chemical smell. The HydraPure system, on the other hand, uses an advanced oxidation process (AOP) that combines UV and ozone to form hydroxyl radicals, eliminating 99.9% of chlorine-resistant bacteria and viruses.

The benefits of the HydraPure system are numerous. First and foremost, it reduces the amount of chlorine required for effective sanitization, cutting chloramines by 50% to create softer, gentler water that is more pleasant to swim in. The system operates efficiently with low head loss at flow rates ranging from 10-120 GPM, making it a versatile option for pool owners. And, with an easy-to-use rotatable lid for access to the control panel, the system is simple to install and operate.

One of the key benefits of the HydraPure system is its eco-friendliness. By reducing the amount of chlorine required, the system helps to minimize the impact of pool chemicals on the environment. In addition, the system is easy to winterize, making it a low-maintenance option for pool owners.

The HydraPure system is also backed by a 3-year limited warranty and a 1-year limited warranty on UV and ozone lamps when purchased from a Totally Hayward Partner. This gives pool owners peace of mind knowing that their investment is protected.

But what sets the HydraPure system apart from other sanitization options on the market? The answer lies in its advanced oxidation process (AOP). The AOP technology used in the HydraPure system combines UV and ozone to form hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are incredibly effective at destroying bacteria and viruses, even those that are resistant to chlorine.

UV is a well-established technology for pool sanitization, as it is effective at killing bacteria and viruses that pass through the system. However, it has limitations, as it only kills organisms that are exposed to the UV light. Ozone, on the other hand, is a powerful oxidizer that is effective at destroying contaminants in the water. However, it can be difficult to control, and can be toxic in high concentrations.

The HydraPure system overcomes the limitations of both UV and ozone by combining them in a way that maximizes their effectiveness. The hydroxyl radicals that are formed by the combination of UV and ozone are incredibly reactive, and are able to destroy a wide range of contaminants in the water.

The HydraPure system also has the ability to reduce the amount of chlorine required for effective sanitization. This is because the hydroxyl radicals created by the system are able to destroy contaminants that would normally require higher levels of chlorine to eliminate. This not only makes the water more pleasant to swim in, but also reduces the impact of pool chemicals on the environment.

We’re excited about the HydraPure and it's a revolutionary advancement in pool sanitization. The system is easy to install and operate, and is eco-friendly, making it a great option for pool owners who want to keep their pools clean and healthy while minimizing their impact on the environment. With a 3-year limited warranty and a 1-year limited warranty on UV and ozone lamps when purchased from a Totally Hayward Partner, the HydraPure system is a smart investment for any pool owner looking for a better way to keep their pool clean and healthy.

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