So I picked up a Z5 from Epic Pool Supply about two weeks ago. After reading all the reviews it sounded like the Dolphin Z5 was the way to go. Unfortunately, I'm feeling really underwhelmed and I'm wondering if I have too high of expectations or if I genuinely received a dud unit.
First, let me say that it's serious pollen season here in South Florida and I've been dealing with water clarity for a few weeks. The stuff that settles is fine and you have to vacuum really slowly when done manually.
The Z5 makes a path in the pool where the only clean trails are where the foam rollers contact the surface. It does pickup more via multiple passes but does not leave a full clean streak on the bottom. The water becomes extremely cloudy after it runs.
The robot completely misses two corners of the pool. Large areas, one 10x5' the other probably 7x3'. Even after multiple runs.
The cord gets so twisted it's like a cruel joke. The unit seems to turn only one direction, counter clockwise, probably 90% of the time.
It never makes it up on my stairs.
The filters are cleaned and they do get dirty after the unit runs. It is "cleaning" some of the stuff out of the pool. Am i expecting too much out of this robot?
Edit: I have not called Maytronics yet.