Best pool products and tech of 2016

iStock_000014001512_XXXLargeTaking into account technological advancements, outside the box thinking and practical tools, here is our selection of the best pool products of 2016:

  1. Remote Control Skimmer.  This outside-the-box idea turns a routine chore into a fun and productive game.
  2. Floating Pool Speakers.  Swim and listen to your favorite tunes!  Even better, you can change the volume or song without having to dry off your hand.
  3. Variable-Speed, Energy Star Pool Pump.  These pool pumps offer efficiency with variable speeds and multiple programmable settings to make pool maintenance hassle-free and environmentally friendly.
  4. Skimmer Technology.  Skimmer technologies like the skimmer plug makes winterizing and servicing the skimmer very simple.  A skimmer arm helps remove debris from the water.
  5. Robotic, Solar-Powered Pool Cleaner. These fully automated and thorough cleaners are energy efficient and do all the work for you.
  6. Luxury Pool Features.  All luxury pools should have some elegant feature, whether it is a princess deck, a fire pit, a tanning ledge or a grotto. The top-rated pool feature for 2016 was vanishing edges or infinity edge, creating the illusion of the water vanishing into infinity.
  7. Clear Comfort.  A practical, sustainable, technologically-savvy sanitation system that saves you the hassle of dealing with chlorine and gives you the peace of mind that your pool is safe and sanitary while giving you pride in your crystal clear water.

What was your most frequently used or most favorite pool product this year?  Did you save time by having an automated pool cleaner?  Did you take our recommendation from last month and get LED lights for your pool parties?  If you have a favorite pool product, please share it in the comment section below!

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Claire McDaniel

Claire is a swimming and nutrition expert who loves to educate and motivate others to healthier living. She swam competitively for 18 years, is a five time All-American, a Division I National Champion, was co-captain of Team USA at the 2007 World University Games and was named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She also has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. After swimming, Claire started coaching and has coached all over the US and even in Switzerland! Her experience and expertise about both swimming and health fuel her passion for Clear Comfort’s mission – to make swimming a 100 percent healthy activity for swimmers, coaches, lifeguards and pool staff.