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    Cleaner recommendation

    I may be due for a new pool cleaner and wonder what the options are. I have a Polaris 360 (pressure side) which is 10+ years old. I bought it then to replace a Jandy Ray Vac that was here when I moved in 15 years ago.

    I have a single pump, but it is a two speed and the cleaner really only works when the pump is on high. I did a complete overhaul of the Polaris a couple of years ago, Now the Polaris is kind of sluggish and works sort of intermittently. I plan to take it apart to see if there is anything blocking the water flow, but I want to know what my replacement options are if It comes down to that.

    So what are the best options for a single pump, pressure side pool cleaner and why.

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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    Welcome to TFP!

    Do you have a budget in mind?

    A robot that doesn't depend on the pump at all has a lot going for it.
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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT View Post
    Welcome to TFP!

    Do you have a budget in mind?

    A robot that doesn't depend on the pump at all has a lot going for it.
    Thanks, John, but I had a Dolphin for awhile and it didn't do a great job. I spent more time cleaning the cleaner bag than the cleaner did cleaning the pool. It lasted one season and then didn't work when I tried the next spring, so I'm leaning towards another pressure side cleaner.

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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    From what I've read on TFP... not direct experience, mind you... the Polaris 360 and The Pool Cleaner get good reviews. Do a forum search for "pressure side cleaner" and you'll see quite a few discussions.
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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    Howdy Wasben,

    I am VERY happy with my Dolphin M500. There is no bag to mess with and the filter cartridges that pop out of the top are very easy to get to and clean. I would definitely buy this model again.

    Oh yeah, and it cleans really good too.
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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    I love my Dolphin Nautilus too. I'm not sure I could ever use a pressure side cleaner with the big hose, having to run the pump, etc. I can run my Dolphin on the bottom and sides while my pump skims the top. I think it cleans good too, and like Chris said it's easy to clean the cartridges
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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    Every time I fix an item on my Pentair Legend II I would have something else pop up that required attention shortly after....I limped to the end of last season with it but have decided that this year will be the time to go robotic...I will be picking up my M400 this weekend

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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    I give a huge plus to "the pool cleaner" mine is a suction side so I am not sure of the pressure side... Mine has been running the second year, has cleaned my pool and my friends marsh with no issues
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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    Personally I've had several issues with the Hayward Aquanaut 400 (The Pool Cleaner) doesn't seem to cover pool well, had issues tipping on side etc. I've worked with Hayward and haven't had much success.

    Here's a post where I list a video of what my pool looks like after six hours of running the cleaner - Am I expecting too much from my Hayward Aquanaut 400 - VIDEO
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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris19D View Post
    Howdy Wasben,

    I am VERY happy with my Dolphin M500. There is no bag to mess with and the filter cartridges that pop out of the top are very easy to get to and clean. I would definitely buy this model again.

    Oh yeah, and it cleans really good too.
    Chris.. tell me about this M500 you have, I've been looking at it and a couple others. How well does it do steps and such? I have steps and a "toe ledge" all the way round my pool, need something that will climb over them. Does it have hard or soft tracks?

    Thanks

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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    I now have my M400 home and ready to go...Pool opening scheduled for 4 weeks from now...if this crazy Michigan weather will cooperate?!?! Enough with the snow already!! lol

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    Re: Cleaner recommendation

    Update to the original post. Dodged a bullet for now. Replaced a bad bearing and the 360 is working pretty well. Hopefully I'm good for the season.

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