Dolphin 99996323 Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Swivel Cable, 60-Feet
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- Cleans pool floor, cove and walls
- Recommended for in-ground residential pools up to 50 ft. in length
- The Dolphin Nautilus is lightweight and easy-to-use, with exceptional performance at an affordable price
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Dolphin Features: Scrubs, vacuums and filters all pool surfaces in just 3 hours. Easy-to-clean cartridge filter with spring clean up filter included. Patented swivel cable helps prevent tangling Incredibly efficient - costs less than 15 cents to clean the pool. Plug-n-play. No pre-installation needed, no connections to pool system. Self-programmed for optimal pool scanning. 12 month warranty - spare parts and labor.
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Its nice to be able to just plug this thing in, drop it in, turn it on, and walk away. It really was that simple out of the box. It came with a set of filters already installed as well as an extra set for the smaller particles. There werent very many directions in the box as I was looking to read them first instead of just doing what I usually do and play with the new item and potentially break it. But it was easy enough to figure out.
So you turn it on when its in the pool. The fan at the top starts to blow out water and the bot takes off. (pretty fast robot) It then goes about 3ft and stops. At this point I am thinking, damn I broke another new thing. No, its just the robot "thinking"? Really not sure why it does the pause stop and go thing, but it does every time it goes in a new direction. Anyways it bounces all around the pool, sometimes up the wall, and picks up most of what it runs over through two rectangular holes on the bottom that feed into the filter areas. Now again my pool was filthy so I am not surprised that it didnt leave a sparkly pool floor behind it, but there were a few things it missed. However when I took the bot out after about an hour (because I was worried the filter was too full and would strain the motor) the filters were jammed packed with stuff.
Getting the robot out of the pool really isnt a hassle as many make it seem to be in reviews. You can pull the robot up from the bottom of the pool (gently) with the cord. Once it is close enough to the edge reach in and FLIP IT OVER, this way the dirt wont come out when you pull it out. Some people complained about dirt coming out as they removed it from the water, flipping it over is a simple fix. Once you do that you just grab it by the side handles and lift it out. Put it on the edge of the patio and let it drain out of water. (not much) Would a top handle be nice, sure, but that wouldnt eliminate the dirt coming out of the bot when removing it. By the way it does this because the filter area is full and the trap doors are slightly open still. If they were closed, it wouldnt leak dirt.
So now to the filters. Which by the way are the single most best thing about this robot. It has 4 rectangular grid filters, each about 9in x 5in. Two of them together make one filter collection area above one of the two holes in the bottom of the robot that I mentioned before. This thing had everything in it. Sticks, leaves, worms, dirt. You name it, it was in there. The filter area pops out of the bottom of the robot really easy with just two levers holding it in. The grids themselves pop off the whole assembly for a nice easy clean up with the hose. Spray the hose over both sides of the grids and wa-la, clean and ready to go again. I read a lot of reviews on other cleaners and the "bag collector" as opposed to the grids. Most people were not happy with that specific, so another reason I chose this one.
Some random things I like about it. The swivel cord is great and doesnt tangle. The robot is strong enough to get over the main drain. It holds a lot of crap in the filters. Its very fast. Filters are super easy to clean, change, or check.
Some random things I dont like about it. It doesnt seem to "learn" the pool. It just bounces around down there until you take it out. It doesnt really scrub the pool. Its just a vacuum running over garbage. So it could use a dedicated brush feature of some sort. The ability to climb walls is cool, but not effective, getting back to the scrub lacking ability.
I havent let it run a full cycle yet which i think is three hours. However it does a pretty good job in an hour or so. I will update this review at the end of the season.
Other than that, I recommend this to fellow pool owners.
UPDATE: July 5th 2014, So halfway through the season and its still working just fine. Picks up a ton of stuff I dont even see from the pool side. Had an algae problem for a little while and this thing helped suck up all the nasty green stuff. I am more convinced that this doesnt learn the pool dimensions. Instead it just bounces around for 3 hours. I let it run the full cycle now. Because of the randomness from the route it sometimes doesnt hit every spot on the pool floor. Not a big deal if the pool is mostly clean. After the cycle is done, for some reason it wont let you push off and on real quick to let it go another round. It just stays shut down. It seems you have to pull it out and clean it to reset it or just unplug the power cord. Grid system is still a great feature. Other than that I am happy with the purchase.
- I don't have to stand there vacuuming the pool - saves me 2-3 hours a week.
- Dolphin does not hook up to my pool pump and filter - it is self-contained - so no clogging my filter and backwashing.
- The filters are easy to remove and clean.
- It's cheaper than other brands of robotic pool vacuums.
- It's silent.
- It actually climbs up the walls and comes part way out of the pool while cleaning to get the edges.
- Doesn't suck up the kids' diving sticks.
- Cannot clean steps.
- Sometimes misses a spot.
- Has trouble with cleaning the angles - the 135 degree angles where the pool slope meets the rising wall of the pool are hard to get at. I usually brush these just prior to starting the vacuum.
- Large leaves tend to get stuck in the intake slots on the bottom of the unit - cannot handle our large oak leaves.
- Is heavy to lift out of the pool - around 17 lbs.
Overall, a great purchase. No regrets.