Top 5 Robotic Pool Cleaners Compared

1. Polaris 9550
2. Dolphin Premier
3. Dolphin Nautilus Plus
4. Dolphin Quantum
5. Aquabot Elite
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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.

PROS

CONS

The addition of the Vortex Vacuum technology makes it superior to other cleaners in terms of debris picking Does not offer bi-directional cleaning, so it won’t be able to clean when it goes in reverse
Cleaning cycle lasts a maximum of two and a half hours, so not a lot of time will pass until you will be able to use the pool once again
Full filter indicator feature lets you know what time is due to empty the bag of debris
Features a sensor which enables it to detect and avoid obstacles that might have otherwise caused hang-ups
Waterline only selection mode enables it to solely handle the tile line, thus not wasting time uselessly on the pool if you are not interest in cleaning it

VERDICT

Boasting a 4-wheel drive technology which ensures its stability, alongside the ActivSensor feature even enabling it to effortlessly cover cleaning all the surfaces of the pool without encountering any mishaps, this is your go-to pool cleaning robot if you are not willing to sacrifice quality.


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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.

PROS

CONS

SmartNav scanning optimizes cleaning efficiency so that you will enjoy top results Remote control which would make using it a lot more convenient must be purchased separately
Programmable profile allows you to select exactly when it should proceed to clean the pool as well as select other cleaning settings to your liking
Takes a maximum of two and half hours for it to provide a complete and thorough cleaning of the pool
Can remove debris and contaminants as small as 2 microns to ensure a clean and safe water to swim in
60-foot long cable allows it to clean pools measuring up to 50 feet in size

VERDICT

Pleasing to the eye as well as highly effective in its track to leave the body of water free of any debris or impurities which might make the experience of swimming dangerous or displeasing, this Dolphin selection is one of our top recommendations to pool owners. Not only is it feature rich and quite accessible considering its capabilities, but it has received massive positive feedback from customers.


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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 and 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.

PROS

CONS

Has the capability of filtering approximately 75 gallons of water per minute Does not come with a remote control that would have made operating it more convenient
IntelliScan feature ensures the cleaning device will tend to every inch of the pool
Comes at a reasonable price compared to other entries – good price to quality ratio
Scans the pool before it commences with cleaning it so that it will do so as efficiently as possible
Product is backed by the manufacturing company with a lengthy 2-year warranty

VERDICT

One of the more reasonably priced entries in our top, this cleaner is the ideal solution for those who want to spend more time swimming rather than waiting for the pool to be cleaned up. It takes a maximum of 2 and a half hours for it to be done with the procedure, which is more than reasonable, and it effortlessly tackles pools up to 50 feet in size.


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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-around 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.

PROS

CONS

The easy clean profile of the filter ensures a hassle-free cleaning when the time comes for this procedure Does not come with a transportation caddy, and accessory which would have made it more convenient to handle the cleaning robot
Full filter indicator announces you when maintenance work is due so that guesswork is out of the question
It utilizes no less than 3 jets to deliver a wide and complete range of motion
It allows you to choose the micron rating in terms of filtering due to the variable size filters it comes with
Bi-directional capability enables it to clean even when it goes in reverse

VERDICT

Although there are many aspects to praise when it comes to this cleaning device, we must admit that the feature which drew our attention the most and will definitely impress you as well is the bi-directional profile which enables it to clean the pool even when it goes in reverse. Thus, regardless of the situation, you can rely on it to thoroughly clean the pool.


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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.

PROS

CONS

Transportation caddy offers a convenient, hassle-free manner of handling it and storing it/getting it out of storage Does not provide the capability of cleaning the pool when it goes in reverse
The 60 feet total length of the cable enables it to clean large pools To obtain the convenient remote control, you have to pay separately
Anti-tangle design of the cord ensures it won’t get caught up in its own cable when cleaning the pool
Uses a pool mapping system which makes it highly efficient and effective in its task, not only reducing cleaning times but ensuring no inch of the pool will be left untended
Backed by a 3-year warranty by the manufacturing company

VERDICT

If a reasonable price is your main concern when making this purchase, but you do not want to end up with a poor performing robotic cleaner either, this is your best option, by far. It can tackle large pools of up to 60 feet in length, and the smart mapping technology it features ensures speed and accuracy in debris removal, so there are only benefits to be enjoyed if you use it.


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iRobot Mirra 530

iRobot Mirra 530

Regardless of the shape of your pool, as long as it does not exceed 50 feet in length, the Mirra 530 is a robotic cleaner you can confidently use. There are countless factors which weigh in making it a desirable option, but we must admit the spec we consider to be most important is the fact that it handles pumping and filtering up to 70 gallons of water per minute, more than what most high-end similar products are capable of delivering. It is capable of ridding the pool of debris as small as 2 microns, and the PVA wheels give it a hefty traction on the surfaces of the pool. A big highlight of this product, one which we must take into discussion due to its importance is the iAdapt Nautiq Responsive Cleaning technology which helps the robot find the most optimal path when cleaning the pool. Thus, you are guaranteed it will take as little time as possible for it to be done with its operation. This does not only weigh a lot when it comes to convenience in use, but it ensures that not a lot of energy will be consumed either. Furthermore, its independency from the filtration system on the pool ensures a prolonged life for this part, as well as granting extra efficiency in terms of consumption for the robotic device.

PROS

CONS

iAdapt Nautiq Responsive technology ensures it will find the quickest, most optimal path to cleaning your pool On the expensive side – not the cheapest product of its kind
Low power consumption during operation ensures using it won’t add too much to the electricity bills
Due to the 4 PVA wheels it utilizes, it ensures a superior traction which helps it clean the pool body quicker
Can handle pools of all shapes as long as they don’t exceed 50 feet in length
As opposed to other cleaners, it can tackle the steps of the pool as well

VERDICT

With a clean, modern design, wonderfully low power consumption during use, and a high efficiency in picking up even the smallest debris it encounters, the Mirra 530 is an investment definitely worth making for any pool owner looking to simplify pool maintenance. Sure, it might cost a pretty penny, but in the end, it is understandable why you have to pay so much for it.


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