We live in the friggin’ future! There are robots everywhere, and they’re programmed to do all kinds of useful things. Did you know you’ve got your very own app-powered robot right inside your pocket? It’s true, and you can use it to make lots of pool and spa related chores much easier. Of course, I’m talking about your smartphone!
Here are five awesome apps to get your robot thinking smart about your pool or spa:
Leslie’s Pool Care (FREE):
Leslie’s Pool Care App makes it incredibly easy to balance your pool water. This app allows pool owners to quickly run a water test at home and immediately receive a detailed treatment plan, specific for your personal swimming pool, for free! You can also track your water test history, including their in-store 9-Point Free Water Test results. Check out this industry-leading app today!
Swim University (FREE):
Swim University should be your go-to interweb guide for all things pool and spa. The app (available for iPhone and Android smartphones), like the website, is arranged into five easy to navigate categories—swimming pools, hot tubs & spas, a buying guide, how-to videos, and a blog section. In this excellent app you’ll find helpful content on a range of pool and spa related subjects, from filter cleaning and maintenance tutorials, to missives on the dangers of drinking and tubbing, and even a few delicious poolside recipes for the gastronomically inclined. The best part, folks, IT’S 100% FREE! Yes, please.
Pool Calculator ($4.99):
Math is hard—why not let your robot do it for you? Enter the Pool Calculator, your new water chemistry-balancing mega app. . .just add numbers. Seriously, that’s it, just plug in the values for a given pool chemical and let old smarty-pants do the rest. This helpful app tells you exactly how much of each chemical to add to your water to keep your pool perfectly balanced and oh so blue. At just $4.99 on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, this one is a must have. Check it out!
Pool Genius ($.99):
Pool Genius is an incredible app for every pool owner, but is designed with new owners in mind. Thinking of switching to a salt chlorination system? Pool Genius will help you weigh the pros and cons. Need some info for a DIY pool or spa maintenance project? Pool Genius has you covered. It even has a nifty pool volume calculator! Pool Genius’ elegant, thoughtful design is ultra clean and wonderfully simple, making it a real pleasure to use. Navigating this app is incredibly intuitive, with the information presented very clearly. The minimalist design aesthetic, my favorite feature of the app, is tastefully realized—it doesn’t put too much of itself between you and the information presented. You’ll want to download this one immediately. It’s steal at just $.99 on the iTunes App Store—give it a try!
Pool Doctor (FREE):
Get your chlorine, bromine, salt, pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and cyanuric acid levels adjusted and under control with Pool Doctor for your iPhone or Android smartphone. Pool Doctor is both versatile and easy to use. Its unobtrusive interface does not overwhelm, making the information you need easy to access. Pool Doctor only shows readings that apply to your pool type, and even saves all of your basic pool readings and treatment records. You can also customize Pool Doctor to return results in pounds, ounces, grams, kilograms, liters, and gallons. So when your pool is in need of a check-up, this isn’t the only doctor in town, but it’s certainly a great go-to app if you can swing the $9.99 price tag. Have a go at it.
That wraps up this installment of know your robot. Stay tuned, folks. Next time we’ll talk about turning your smartphone into a multi-tasking pool and spa automation control using Pentair’s IntelliTouch system, along with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Onward, to the future!
*Did I miss anything? If you’ve got an app that’ll get my robot thinking geek about pool and spa ownership, I’d love to hear about it. Drop some knowledge in the comment section, my Johnny Five is always hungry for input.