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    Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    I am reading all these past posts in this forum and I can't find a solid model to fit my needs. It seems everyone has a different one and theirs is the best lol. I have been reading the past 2 days and getting alot of opinions from different directions. Maybe you guys can help me with my pool shape/size to determine the best robot for my needs?

    I have a 27k gallon pool, 3.5 ft shallow and 7ft deep end. Kidney shaped. Sand Filter with 1 skimmer. Suction valve on the side, but don't want a kreepy krauly just wasn't very happy with it. Roughly 14x36 it's been a while since I measured. Has a pretty steep drop off from 3.5ft to 7 feet.

    My biggest concern is I have no screen enclosure and neighbors with some oak trees. Not hanging into my yard, but still blow all their **** into my lovely pool.

    I am getting my pool remodeled next week. I am underbudget by about 1200 dollars. I want to use this money on a ROBOT! Could you guys suggest a good one? I am getting so many people having success with a dolphin, then the next guy is like my autobot runs circles around my old dolphin! Yeah well my tigershark runs circles around my old Autobot!

    So any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    I'm in the same boat as Lelandapple... I have been researching for weeks and I'm just flat out confused. I've originally was looking at the Dolphin Premier and the Polaris p955 (white). Any / all recommendations would be appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    I ended up with an Aquabot Breeze 4WD. It'll be here Monday.

    I hope it's a good choice, my pool is only 13K gallons, though.
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    Ah. Yeah my pool is quite large. I think it's actually more like 23k gallons. I haven't measured it in a while. Anyways, its large either way. Hopefully someone can provide some good information. I have been trolling Amazon reviews and TBP forum. It's something I want to make sure I'm well versed, I have over 30 days to make a decision so not a huge rush, just want to make sure I make the right choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNova View Post
    I'm in the same boat as Lelandapple... I have been researching for weeks and I'm just flat out confused. I've originally was looking at the Dolphin Premier and the Polaris p955 (white). Any / all recommendations would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
    Dolphin looks pretty decent. I am leaning to either that one or the Tigershark currently. I also like the option for remotes... I know my past pool cleaners have never been able to get all my corners, so having an optional remote would be nice. Maybe it's gimmicky I don't know but it sounds like a nice feature!!
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    I can only speak from personal experience. I have a dolphin and love it. Its a great cleaner and enjoys a good reputation.
    easy to clean the filters too.

    Regarding leaves, I dont think any of the robots will do a great job picking up Large leaves. The holes in the bottom where the leaves will get sucked up through
    is too small for a large leaf like a Oak or Maple. Mine picks up medium Elm leaves and smaller just fine though.
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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    The big concern I would have with any robot and oak trees are acorns, as they have a bad habit of getting caught in the mechanism for tracks or wheels
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    Do you happen to have the model? The one thing that I have found very confusing with all the robotic cleaners in the models and only certain models being sold at certain stores. It's like the mattress industry... same model can have 4 different names. I found this link that tries to show the different comparisons but I'm not totally convinced how accurate it is. Anyway, if it can help:
    The Truth About Pool Cleaners: What Your Pool Store Isn’t Telling You | Sunplay

    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave View Post
    I can only speak from personal experience. I have a dolphin and love it. Its a great cleaner and enjoys a good reputation.
    easy to clean the filters too.

    Regarding leaves, I dont think any of the robots will do a great job picking up Large leaves. The holes in the bottom where the leaves will get sucked up through
    is too small for a large leaf like a Oak or Maple. Mine picks up medium Elm leaves and smaller just fine though.
    26,000 gallons w/ spa (in-ground) | Gunite Kidney shape pool | DE Filter

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    Yeah the oak tree next door really only blows oak leaves to my pool. No acorns ever actually, guess they're too heavy to fly over. I think I might end up with the dolphin. seems to have alot of positive reviews.
    16x32 27k gal oval gunite pool, 24-inch Hayward sand filter, 1HP pump

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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    In my experience having owned Dolphins and now an Aquabot, they can both be good products, but Aquabot is a lot more friendly towards the DIY repair crowd with better availability of repair parts, and also lower street prices on wear components like brushes, tracks, rollers, etc.
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    I've done a lot of research on these lately, and the 3 brands of auto pool cleaner to buy are:

    Dolphin/Maytronics
    Aquabot
    Blue Diamond

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    Yeah, i have the basick no bells and whistles Nautilus. Its in my sig


    Quote Originally Posted by TNova View Post
    Do you happen to have the model? The one thing that I have found very confusing with all the robotic cleaners in the models and only certain models being sold at certain stores. It's like the mattress industry... same model can have 4 different names. I found this link that tries to show the different comparisons but I'm not totally convinced how accurate it is. Anyway, if it can help:
    The Truth About Pool Cleaners: What Your Pool Store Isn’t Telling You | Sunplay
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IPvFletch View Post
    I've done a lot of research on these lately, and the 3 brands of auto pool cleaner to buy are:

    Dolphin/Maytronics
    Aquabot
    Blue Diamond
    Thanks for your input. I am highly favoring Dolphin so far. I think it would work best for my setup. Pool remodel is underway, I ought to take some photos and post them lol
    16x32 27k gal oval gunite pool, 24-inch Hayward sand filter, 1HP pump

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
    In my experience having owned Dolphins and now an Aquabot, they can both be good products, but Aquabot is a lot more friendly towards the DIY repair crowd with better availability of repair parts, and also lower street prices on wear components like brushes, tracks, rollers, etc.
    Hmm i am a DIY kinda guy. Maybe this would be a better option for me.
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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    Bought the Dolphin Nautilus Plus. Looks like a great machine. Thanks for the help guys!
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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    I've had a Dolphin Diagnostic since 2006. Never a problem. I got it because I have a bad back and vacuuming the pool is something that severely aggravates it. I have a lot of trees in my yard-Ash, Maple, Cherry and Oak and tall heavy shrubs and the Dolphin picks it all up. Cottonwood too(2 trees next door so I get A LOT). I have never found an acorn in my pool so I can not attest to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poolbee View Post
    I've had a Dolphin Diagnostic since 2006. Never a problem. I got it because I have a bad back and vacuuming the pool is something that severely aggravates it. I have a lot of trees in my yard-Ash, Maple, Cherry and Oak and tall heavy shrubs and the Dolphin picks it all up. Cottonwood too(2 trees next door so I get A LOT). I have never found an acorn in my pool so I can not attest to that.
    Yeah my neighbor has 2 huge oaks I get his leaves all the time, but no acorns. Too dense to float over into my yard I suppose.
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    Let us know how it works, out. This is the 1st year for the Nautilus Plus, so Im curious what folks think about them.

    Quote Originally Posted by lelandapple View Post
    Bought the Dolphin Nautilus Plus. Looks like a great machine. Thanks for the help guys!
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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    I agree, I have been reading all evening about robots and there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer. I am leaning toward the Dolphin Nautilus Plus. Don't really have a good answer as to why though.
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    Re: Hmmm robotic cleaner.... which one?

    Has anyone heard of the Water Tech Pool Blaster Power Rated 3000? I just got an e-mail from the company that this unit is being sold for 50% off until June 15th. It comes complete with caddy and it offers top loading for easy cleaning. I can find no reviews online but looking at other websites the list price is close to $1200. I think the same company also makes the Aquabot series of cleaners. Amazon has the Dolphin Nautilus on sale for $511. I am torn between the two and was looking for some suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave View Post
    Let us know how it works, out. This is the 1st year for the Nautilus Plus, so Im curious what folks think about them.
    It came in the mail today. It is really heavy, 35ish pounds. Looks and feels sturdy. Going to have to ask my pool builder when I'm able to actually drop it in the water though. I saw a prior post saying 30 days after the plaster is put on? So mine may be on the shelf for a little while. I'll confirm that when I talk to him.
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