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    New pool owner, can check out my (mis)adventures in the other forum. I've got a roughly kindey-shaped 40k gallon SWG pool, and am looking to pick up a robotic cleaner to help clean this up and then maintain the pool. Looked around online, and am immediately confused. Million different names for very similar products, no two units are the same, ugh. Seems Maytronics/Dolphin is the consensus brand to go with, but looking for help narrowing things down.

    In no particular order, a couple I had been looking at on Amazon were:

    Dolphin Deluxe 4 ($750)
    Dolphin Nautilus Plus ($695)
    Dolphin Triton ($820)

    Million other similar names, and i don't think any of those even show up on the Dolphin website. What a mess! Also looks like there are variable reports on whether warranties for stuff bought on Amazon are any good/honored. Thoughts on any other models (or brands) I'm not listing? Worth it to go to the pool store and likely overpay?

    Lost on this one...
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Dolphin likes to play it both ways with their warranted products / model names with some being exclusive to traditional pool stores, some sold over the internet, and some exclusives for the big mail order pool suppliers. A lot of the times these are similar models, just with a small item changed up, like longer cord, or variable timer, ...
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    There is a thread that was created that compares all the different models of robots. And points out which ones are the same. It has a link to sunplay article.
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Any better buying through somewhere like epicpoolsupply vice Amazon? They appear to have a couple similar models. Don't know that I can talk myself into the $1200 range, but seem to be some in the 700-800 range that should be decent choices, right?

    Don't really care about timers and schedules, don't intend to leave it in the pool longer than it takes to clean it. Seems like a questionable choice for the long term health of electronics.
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Thanks, was able to dig that thread out. Should consider pinning it in this forum!

    Entertainingly, checked out sunplay after reading that. Right after the article telling us that several models are identical/same unit with different paint, you click to shop and see that they have those identical units all priced differently

    They've got the Triton for under $800, seeming like it could be a good play.
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Everyone has lots of opinions on this topic, but the most difficult question is: what are you going to name it/him/her?!?
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    I don't know yet. It depends on how good your recommendations are; I don't know if we'll be best friends or adversaries!
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    No votes? Too expensive to buy blind...
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scout101 View Post
    No votes? Too expensive to buy blind...
    Sorry... no experience w/ vinyl.
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Any better buying through somewhere like epicpoolsupply vice Amazon? They appear to have a couple similar models.
    I think if it was me I'd rather buy from somewhere like epic instead of Amazon. I was on an online chat with them a while back asking about cleaner warranties and the gal essentially said they only list cleaners on their site that have a valid warranty because otherwise they'd have to stand behind it and warranty it themselves. Not sure if thats true with amazon or ebay or those kinds of places because there's so many different sellers listing stuff.

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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Hmm, that's definitely a risk. If the price is about the same anyway, probably smarter to go with someone like Epic I guess.

    So, out of the models they sell... ?

    Back to my original 3 choices, I guess: Nautilus Plus, DX4, Triton...
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Still leaning towards the Triton, any opinions or reviews from happy (or unhappy) users?
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    I can't help you much, I have the Z5 and it doesn't appear on your list. Make sure you get one with top loading filter cartridges rather than a bag, it makes all the difference in the world in my experience, I've had both. The bags are a pain.

    I bought mine from Epic, and validated with Maytronics that they will warranty the Z5 when purchased from Epic.

    Probably not original, but my friends named mine "the angry dolphin"
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Any thoughts on EpicPoolSupply vs. Sunplay? Still kinda focused on the Triton, looks like Sunplay has it for about $60 cheaper. Know Epic will match, but just wondering if it's worth going through that or just buying from Sunplay, and if there's really much difference.

    Thanks!
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    I placed my order with Epic online and received my box. I have not interacted with them since then.
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    Annoyingly, was about to buy one through Epic, but asked about their price match policy since Sunplay sells the same one for $789 vice the $849 Epic wants. ($820 seems to be the standard number everywhere else). They said it was below their cost and wouldn't match, so looking like I'll go with Sunplay. Just have a check in to make sure that the unit will have the warranty honored by Maytronics as an accepted vendor or model that's ok to sell online or whatever.

    But I keep staring at the Neptune Plus for $685 while I'm looking at the Triton. For the extra $100, seems like Triton should be better plus has a caddy, but any thoughts on that?
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    I'll say it again, just make sure you get one with top loading cartridges and not the bottom loading bag.
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    It looks like both have cartridges, with the Triton having the option for a bag as well. Near as I can tell, Nautilus Plus is top loading, triton appears to bottom load. Deal breaker?
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    Re: Help me select my new robotic slave!

    I'll have to defer to someone that's tried a bottom cart model, but the top loaders are a breeze to clean.
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    Don't ask me, I have option #3, top-load basket. Easiest of all.
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