Top 5 Robotic Pool Cleaners Compared

1. Polaris 9550
2. 2016 Dolphin Premier
3. Dolphin Nautilus Plus
4. Dolphin Quantum
5. Aquabot Elite
Polaris 9550 Sport Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner Image 2016 Dolphin Premier Image Dolphin 99996403-PC Dolphin Nautilus Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner Image Dolphin Quantum Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner Image Aquabot Elite Inground Robotic Pool Cleaner Image
THE BEST OUR CHOICE

Specifications

Type
In-ground
In-ground
In-ground
In-ground
In-ground
Size
16.9x18.9x10.6 in.
23.1x19.8x14.1 in.
20x24x20 in.
22x18x12.8 in.
20.8x20.5x18.5 in.
Weight
21 lbs
36.2 lbs
22 lbs
27.2 lbs
39.6 lbs
Drive System
4-wheel drive
HyperGrip Rubber Tracks
Rubber Tracks
HyperGrip Continous Tracks
EverGrip Rubber Tracks with Industrial Strength Drive Motor

Cleaning Performance

Cleaning Area
Floor, Walls, Steps, Waterline
Doors, Steps, Walls, Water Line
Floor, Walls, Waterline
Doors, Steps, Walls, Water Line
Floor, Walls, Waterline, Coves, Stairs
Pool Size
60 ft.
50 ft.
50 ft.
60 ft.
60 ft.
Brush Type
Solid-Blade Scrubbing Brush
Dual Power Scrubbing Brushes
PVC Bristle Brushes
HyperBrush Dual Scrubbing
TripleClean Scrubbing Brushes
Cable Length
70 ft.
60 ft.
60 ft.
60 ft.
60 ft.
Cleaning Cicle
1.5 to 2.5 hours
2.5 hours
2.5 hours
2.5 hours
1-2 hours
Filter Type
?
Cartdrige
Cartdrige
Cartdrige
Dual Filter Cartridge
Filtration Capacity (Microns)
2
2
2
2
2
Filtration Rate (gallons/minute)
75
75
75
75
70

Functionality

Transportation Caddy
Yes
Optional
No
No
Yes
Easy Clean Filter
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Programmable
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Full Filter Indicator
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Remote Control
Yes
Optional
No
No
Optional
Bi-directional
No
No
No
Yes
No
Unique Features
Easy Lift System
Multi-media filtration system
IntelliScan Technology
SmartNav 2.0
AquaSmart 2.0 Microprocessor Control
Vortex Vacuum Technology SmartNav Robotic Scanning Full Pool Scanning SnapLoc Filtration 360° Anti-Tangle Swivel
ActivMotion Sensor Swivel Cables Swivel Cables Variable Micron Filters JetForce Filter with QuickDraw
Waterline Only Cleaning Cycle
PowerJet 3D™ Mobility

Warranty&Support

Warranty&Support
2-year limited warranty
3-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
3-year limited warranty
User's Manual
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

What You Should Know about Automatic Pool Cleaners

  • They have the ability to mimic human cleaning. When the computer is programmed to start at certain intervals, the machine knows to clean the pool without visiting the same areas that have already been cleaned, as usually do the traditional cleaners. Therefore, just like the human cleaning, they know exactly which areas are clean and which are not, making them more efficient.
  • They are the most effective when it comes to eliminating small dirt, debris, and sand. At the same time they have the ability to clean the tile lines and scrub the walls while they help improve the water circulation.
  • Most of them have filters which are capable of removing small particle, such as those of 2 microns, which most residential pool filters aren't capable of removing, thus helping the filter and increasing its lifetime.
  • They feature a self-monitoring diagnostic system that allows them to detect any problems, thus noticing you whenever there is a certain malfunction.
  • They use high volume pumps when they vacuum, some of the models being capable of removing up to 4,000 or 5,000 gallons of water per hour. The result is that the water temperatures are more even because the entire water is recirculated. At the same time, this helps to thoroughly mix the chemicals that may lie on the floor.

The Robotic Pool Cleaner Reviews

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Polaris 9550

Polaris 9550 Review

Polaris 9550 is one of the most advanced cleaners and its aquadynamic design and great features makes it our first choice. The model is made for in-ground pools of maximum 60 feet and besides the fact that it's light weighted it also has a compact design. The 4-wheel drive system and the Aqua-Trax tires offer this product great climbing performance on all types of surfaces. Polaris 9550 is able to climb steps and walls, and it cleans the waterline with the help of a solid-blade scrubbing brush. When it comes to efficiency, we can surely say that this unit is among the best due to the fact that it removes all the debris, dirt and sand very easily due to its highly efficient filtration system. At the same time, the large capacity canister will eliminate the need for all sorts of bags while the full filter indicator will announce you every time you need to change the filter. The device has a 7-day programmable timer, pre-programmed cleaning patterns, and some truly impressive features such as Easy Lift System, ActivMotion Sensor and Waterline Only Cleaning Cycle. At the same time, the Vortex Vacuum Technology provides more vacuum power with up to 25% when compared to other cleaners. The cleaner also comes with a transportation caddy for easy storage and transport and a remote control that will allow you to operate the machine from a distance.
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2016 Dolphin Premier

2016 Dolphin Premier Review

Some say that this is the best Dolphin Pool cleaner and for good reason. This in-ground cleaner comes with a full package of features that will help you have a clean swimming pool at all times. The modern design combined with the HyperGrip rubber track along with the SmartNav software is a truly impressive combination that sets new standards. The multi-media filtration system allows you to pick the right media from the four media types available every time you have to remove the algae, debris, leaves, and so on. Also, the device features the ability to clean the waterline, the doors and to climb the steps and walls with the help of the Dual Power scrubbing brushes walls in a pool of maximum 50 feet. The swivel cable feature is a great discovery in this industry because it allows the unit to clean the entire surface without tangling the cable and destroying it. Another great thing about Dolphin Premium is the fact that it's programmable and it has a full filter indicator for more convenience. Unfortunately, this model doesn't come with a transportation caddy or a remote control, but you have the option to buy them separately.
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Dolphin Nautilus Plus

Dolphin Nautilus Plus Review

The Dolphin Nautilus is one of those cleaners that offer great performance and efficiency at an affordable price. The model is recommended for in-ground pools with no more than 50 feet in length, being very light weighted and very easy to use. The rubber tracks offer great traction on all types of surfaces, helping it to easily climb the walls and clean the floor and the waterline in a very efficient way. This is possible due to the PVC bristle brushes and the IntelliScan Technology that will leave the entire surface sparkling clean. The built-in software delivers a full pool scanning, cleaning it from top to bottom while learning its size and shape. Moreover, the cartridge is easy to clean ad the spring clean filter is designed for all sorts of debris, small or large. Due to the swivel cable feature, the cord doesn't tangle when the device performs its job and the extra-large filter capacity will need fewer filter cleanings over time. Still, some people may consider as disadvantages the fact that the device isn't programmable and it doesn't have a remote control, but this will not influence the performance of the cleaner. At the same time, the Dolphin Nautilus doesn't feature a transportation caddy or a full filter indicator, but will surely help you save time and money because it conserves energy.
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Dolphin Quantum

Dolphin Quantum Review

This long lasting cleaner is one of the most popular robots because it uses the latest Dolphin technology, thus delivering great performance during all weather conditions. The Dolphin Quantum is designed for in-ground pools of up to 60 feet, providing an excellent underwater mobility with the help of the HyperGrip continuous tracks. Moreover, it can climb the walls and steps and it can brush the doors and the waterline with absolutely no inconvenience because it features HyperBrush dual scrubbing that delivers great all-round surface cleaning. The device is programmable, making your entire task much simpler while the bi-directional feature will give it the ability to vacuum in reverse, making it much stronger. The SmartNav 2.0 makes sure that the entire surface of the swimming pool is cleaned and the mapping system is able to recognize the places where it has been before. A great feature is the PowerJet 3D™ Mobility that expels the water in three directions through the jet nozzles. Also, the SnapLoc filtration will allow you to remove all the sides of the filter for a simpler cleaning process, having the possibility to choose the micron rating of your filter media. However, the only disadvantages of the Dolphin Quantum are the lack of a transportation caddy and a remote control.
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Aquabot Elite

Aquabot Elite Review

The Aquabot Elite comes with a modern and sleek design and a highly advanced technology. This combination is what every robot needs in order to deliver great performance every time you want to remove the dirt and contaminants from your water. The model is suitable for in-ground pools and the increased traction offered by the EverGrip rubber tracks makes it a perfect choice for the residential swimming pool of maximum 60 feet. The AquaSmart 2.0 Microprocessor Control maps the size and surface of the pool and avoids any possible obstacles for offering the best cleaning performance for the floor, walls, waterline, coves, and even stairs while using less energy. This is possible with the help of the TripleClean scrubbing brushes which work together to eliminate all the impurities from the water. The dual high-capacity filter cartridges are large enough to collect all the debris and the Quickdraw cartridges enable you to quickly remove and return them while the machine is still in the water. Moreover, the model features the 360° Anti-Tangle Swivel so the cable is safe and free of tangle while the unit is in function. Furthermore, the model can be pre-programmed, it comes with a transportation caddy and upon request you can receive a remote control.
September 4, 2017

Dolphin 99996403-PC Nautilus Review

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July 27, 2017

Water Tech Pool Blaster Power Rated 4000 Review

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June 16, 2017

Aquabot ABT Turbo Review

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June 4, 2017

Smartpool NC52 Wall Climber Review

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June 2, 2017

Zodiac MX8 Suction-Side Cleaner Review

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May 12, 2017

Aquabot ABREEZ4WD Review

The Aquabot ABREEZ4WD is an incredible device that cleans, vacuum and scrubs all pool surfaces. It is very easy to use and maintain and it can be found on the market today, at an affordable price.