Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus Review

The Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus is a robotic pool cleaner designed for inground pools of up to 50 feet in length. It's great for scrubbing and vacuuming dirt from the pool's surface and it can help you keep a clean pool at minimum costs, starting with the average price of $599. Easy to handle, efficient in operating, and affordable, this robot cleaner is all you need for a clean home swimming pool, so it's worth your attention.               Cleaning Performance Regardless your pool material, this robotic pool cleaner does an amazing job in removing dirt…

Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus Ratings

Cleaning - 88%
Ease of Use - 84%
Energy Savings - 88%
Warranty - 80%

85%

VERY GOOD

We liked the convenience of this robotic pool cleaner and the fact that it does such a great job in cleaning pools made of any material. Although the Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus has some minor issues, it can be a great choice for your inground pool.

User Rating: 5 ( 7 votes)

The Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus is a robotic pool cleaner designed for inground pools of up to 50 feet in length. It’s great for scrubbing and vacuuming dirt from the pool’s surface and it can help you keep a clean pool at minimum costs, starting with the average price of $599. Easy to handle, efficient in operating, and affordable, this robot cleaner is all you need for a clean home swimming pool, so it’s worth your attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Performance

Regardless your pool material, this robotic pool cleaner does an amazing job in removing dirt and debris. The cleaning cycle lasts 3 hours and the powerful 24-volt dual-drive motor ensures a high suction and scrubbing power. Thanks to its tracks, it can go up the walls up to the waterline so it will remove the film that usually forms on the waterline. However, if the walls and floor are united by a right angle and not a curved angle, it could encounter some difficulties in climbing the walls. Still, it will never get stuck on obstacles and it can handle small steps as well.
It’s a self-programmed unit that performs a pool scan before starting a cleaning cycle so it will detect the dirty areas and create the best cleaning path. The brush located at the front scrubs off dirt from the pool surface and the motor sucks it in and traps it in the fine porosity filter. A drawback would be the fact that large debris like acorns or twigs get stuck in the filter and keep the unit from operating properly.

Design and accessories

The design of the Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus is compact although it’s not a very small or lightweight unit. It measures 20 x 24 x 20 inches and weighs 21 lbs and doesn’t come with a transportation caddy. The patented 60-feet long swivel cable guarantees the unit will not get stuck in its own cord while operating. One huge design flaw are the uncomfortable side handles that make it hard for you to grab and pull the unit out of the water. The manufacturer has solved this issue in the future models they designed.

Ease of use

There is no pre-installation needed with the Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus and it doesn’t need to be connected to the pool’s filtration system in order to operate. It basically plugs into a power supply and it’s ready to start cleaning the pool immediately. When it’s done, you simply turn it off, pull it by the cord and when it’s close the water surface, you grab and pull it out. However, it’s a bit heavy, so make sure you get a good grip.
There is no filter indicator available so you will have to check it yourself to see how full it is so you will know when to clean it. The filters are located at the bottom so you will have to flip the Dolphin Nautilus over to reach the filters that can be easily cleaned with a water hose before putting them back in.
This robot pool cleaner doesn’t come with a transportation caddy that would have been useful in transporting and storing this device. The worst part is that you can’t even buy one separately, so you will have to look for another Dolphin model if you really want one with a caddy.

Operating costs

A great advantage of the 99996323 Nautilus is that it costs around 15 cents to operate so you can peacefully use it without any concerns regarding the costs. The 30-volt power supply with an integrated circuitry ensures a low consumption during every cleaning cycle and the adherent tracks guarantee the device will walk around smoothly in order to save energy.
Thanks to the programmed steering pattern, the pool cleaning is performed with maximum rapidity and efficiency so the entire pool will be clean at a low energy usage.

Warranty and Support

The warranty of the Dolphin 99996323 Nautilus robot pool cleaner is not the most generous one, compared to other models available that cover the unit for a longer time. This one is only covered by a warranty of 1 year on parts and labor and in case you need further assistance, the manufacturer offers customer service via phone and email that you can find on their official website.

Pros

  • Easy access to the filter
  • Extremely quiet operation
  • Scans the pool to find the perfect cleaning path
  • It costs 15 cents per cleaning cycle to operate
  • It comes at an affordable price
  • Backed up by a 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Doesn’t handle large debris well
  • Not optimal for cleaning steps and climbing walls
  • Inconvenient side handles
  • It lacks a transport caddy

Final Thoughts

The 99996323 Nautilus might not be the best robotic pool cleaner on the market, but it’s definitely an option worth taking into consideration as it comes at an affordable price and because it does a more than decent job at clearing the pool of all types of debris and gunk. The low energy consumption that it boasts is an added bonus, making it ideal for those who want to enjoy an effortless yet cheap cleaning of their home pools. It offers a decent 3-hour duration of the cleaning cycle, so you won’t have to wait around too long for the robotic device to be done with its chore. It comes with a 24V dual-drive motor that sets it apart from most of its competitors as it not only delivers a high suction but a superior scrubbing power as well.

Due to the fact that it scans the pool prior to cleaning it in order to find the shortest and most optimal path to clean it, you don’t have to worry about efficiency with this device. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to this product, the one that stands out the most being the fact that the side handles it features are quite uncomfortable, so you won’t like putting it into the pool and taking it out that much. Also, it doesn’t come with a transport caddy that would have made it a lot more convenient to move the robot from the storage space to the pool. Nonetheless, it’s one of the best performing units on the market, by far, so it’s an excellent choice to go with despite the minor drawbacks.

7 Comments

  1. Jasmine says:

    Can it clean the walls and steps of the pool?

  2. Samantha says:

    I love this robotic pool cleaner, but there’s just one thing that throws me off, more precisely the operating cost. Can you recommend another model that is similar in performance, but that doesn’t cost so much to run?

  3. Timmy says:

    For what types of pools is this item recommended?

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