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Thread: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

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    What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    Hello! I am thrilled to have found this forum! My husband and I purchased a house last year with an existing lap pool. We have many trees surrounding the yard including a black walnut tree, a mimosa and lots and lots of bamboo. (Never thought I would ever hate a tree, but the black walnut needs to either be pruned waaaaaay back or go away entirely).

    I have been researching robotic cleaners which is akin to buying a car! I'm so confused. After much research I thought I wanted a Dolphin Premier. Spoke directly with Maytronics who recommended the M4 or M5 and the locally recommended dealer says the new S300i (is the no-swivel cord a big deal?) is the best cleaner for picking up large and small debris. They are all fairly close in price. My husband, of course, keeps asking why a less expensive one wouldn't work just as well - such as the Dolphin Triton. An on-line "expert" told me to get the Aquabot Breeze. Help!!

    As 2/3 of our pool is basically wall surface, do any of you have any advice for us? Thank you!!




    12K Gallon IG Lap Pool (c. 2001)
    6.6 ft x 48 ft/White Plaster/Concrete
    Pentair Superflo VS Pump 2.0 HP/Sand Filter
    Dolphin S300i Robot/SolarBreeze Robot
    TFT-100 Test Kit

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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    Bump - wanting to either purchase one online tomorrow or at a local pool store here.


    12K Gallon IG Lap Pool (c. 2001)
    6.6 ft x 48 ft/White Plaster/Concrete
    Pentair Superflo VS Pump 2.0 HP/Sand Filter
    Dolphin S300i Robot/SolarBreeze Robot
    TFT-100 Test Kit

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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    I have the Dolphin DX5 + and have had zero problems! Love it!
    39YO 13K gallon former SWAMP/MONEY PIT, concrete bottom/Fiberglass Walls, Ecotech VS pump, Hayward Sand Filter, Dolphin DX5 Plus, Loop-Loc safety cover and YES, I have a TFT-100 test kit!

    Shock Level and Maintain - CL/CYA Chart

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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    Thank you! But how did you ever decide it was "the one?"


    12K Gallon IG Lap Pool (c. 2001)
    6.6 ft x 48 ft/White Plaster/Concrete
    Pentair Superflo VS Pump 2.0 HP/Sand Filter
    Dolphin S300i Robot/SolarBreeze Robot
    TFT-100 Test Kit

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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    The M5 and S300I are top of the line Dolphin cleaners. The S300I is a new design and hasn't had much time for reviews yet, but it should be like their other cleaners with great results. The M4 is a small step below the M5, and is priced a little less. The more you pay with the Dolphins, you get more cleaning power you get and you get better remotes to control it if desired.

    There are many people that are very happy with their Breezes and many people very happy with their lower end Dolphins. You can use the search function and try searching robot comparisons and spend all day reading. My feeling is that you will be happy with any of those robots you mentioned.
    16k gal plaster with raised spa, Jandy DEV60 filter, 2 HP 2-speed SHPF Jandy Stealth pump
    Hayward Aqua Rite T-15 SWCG, Jandy LXi 400k BTU NG heater, 350 sq.ft. of Sun Star solar panels, TF-100 Test Kit, Dolphin s300i Cleaner
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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    Thank you ping! We just got back from a locally owned store here in Atlanta and bought the Dolphin s300i! We were able to examine and work with it in their pool on site. Got a better deal than we've seen described online and superior customer service. Fingers crossed that we chose the correct one!


    12K Gallon IG Lap Pool (c. 2001)
    6.6 ft x 48 ft/White Plaster/Concrete
    Pentair Superflo VS Pump 2.0 HP/Sand Filter
    Dolphin S300i Robot/SolarBreeze Robot
    TFT-100 Test Kit

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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    Great, I look forwards to reading some reviews from you in the future if you think of it!
    16k gal plaster with raised spa, Jandy DEV60 filter, 2 HP 2-speed SHPF Jandy Stealth pump
    Hayward Aqua Rite T-15 SWCG, Jandy LXi 400k BTU NG heater, 350 sq.ft. of Sun Star solar panels, TF-100 Test Kit, Dolphin s300i Cleaner
    Test Kits . Pool Math . Chlorine/CYA Chart . The SLAM Process

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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    I will do my best! Stay tuned .......


    12K Gallon IG Lap Pool (c. 2001)
    6.6 ft x 48 ft/White Plaster/Concrete
    Pentair Superflo VS Pump 2.0 HP/Sand Filter
    Dolphin S300i Robot/SolarBreeze Robot
    TFT-100 Test Kit

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    Re: What cleaner do you recommend for lap pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by AmyJo View Post
    Thank you! But how did you ever decide it was "the one?"
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    Well a big factor was the price! It was on sale and had a 100.00 rebate! I think I paid 799.00...The most important factor was the mostly positive reviews of Maytronics products. At the time it was a top of the line consumer robot.
    39YO 13K gallon former SWAMP/MONEY PIT, concrete bottom/Fiberglass Walls, Ecotech VS pump, Hayward Sand Filter, Dolphin DX5 Plus, Loop-Loc safety cover and YES, I have a TFT-100 test kit!

    Shock Level and Maintain - CL/CYA Chart

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