I got a Hayward Phantom when my pool was built in 2008. I had some problems with it while it was under warranty and twice Hayward sent me new or refurbished Phantom Turbo units and didn't ask for the old unit back. Over the years, I've been able to scavenge parts to repair my Phantom. The Phantom has always been a little quirky and I currently can't seem to get it to automatically alternate between skimming the top and cleaning the bottom. I have always found a way to fix or deal with the quirks. Hayward discontinued the Phantom a few years ago and parts are getting harder to find.
Hayward announced a new line of pressure side cleaners, TriVac 500 and TriVac 700. The 500 apparently only does the bottom and walls, the 700 does the bottom, walls and also skims the top like my Phantom is supposed to do. The 500 is available online and the 700 was supposed to be available starting in April 2016 only in brick and mortar pool stores and from pool professionals.
Has anyone looked into these cleaners, particularly the 700? I've seen a couple reviews on the 500 on Amazon but no word on the 700 other than a press release from Hayward. Is it available yet and if so, what is the cost?
Is there a better pressure side cleaner out there that I can replace my Phantom with and still utilize my 3/4hp booster pump and connect to the outlet on the side of my pool? I don't want a suction cleaner and I really don't want a "robot".