I'm looking for a new pool cleaner. I previously had an Aquabot solo that lasted a few seasons before the main pump stopped working. I had to replace the tracks several times and treads once in the time span I had it. But since the pump was fairly pricey to get working, I ended up going back to manually vacuuming for a few seasons. Which brings us to this season.
I ordered the Hayward Aquanaut (totally different type of cleaner)...I was thinking it had less parts to break and would last longer. But after getting it, it wouldn't climb out of my deep end (20x40x8deep pool). So I sent that back and in the mean time decided a robotic cleaner makes sense because I could run that and save some $$ running the pool pump as often.
Last week I purchased an Aquabot Jr. It showed up without a bottom assembly and filter bag in the box. But I had the bottom and bag from the old Aquabot and was able to try it out. It ran for two cleaning cycles and on the second day, it would no longer move (pump worked, but tracks wouldn't move). I think it was doing a decent job for the day it worked...although I was reminded that I always felt the Aquabot spent more time on the walls than it needed to. Anyways, it stopped working on day 2 and I sent it back.
So...I'm back to researching. I don't want to spend more than I have to in order to get a reliable pool cleaner. Hence I'm looking at lower end price points. I think the fancier it is, the more likely to break. My feeling is the life span of any of these is about 3 years. (I live in Michigan....so that equates to about 9 months of service life ).
I'm considering giving the Aquabot Jr. another try. Or possibly if the feeling is Dolphins have a better life span, then maybe giving the Nautilus a try.
I'm interested in hearing opinions about these two cleaners (companies) or suggest other cleaners that I haven't considered but should.