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    Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    I am new to the forum but have been trying to do as much reading as possible to learn on my own but I was hoping to get some suggestions on a new pool cleaner.

    I purchased a new to me house last summer with a roughly 17x25 free form pool and the pool cleaner has seen better days so I would like to replace it with something newer and better. Its looks like a old kreepy crawly suction side pool cleaner but I have no idea on its age. I was looking at getting another suction side cleaner (Hayward Navigator and MX8 have been recommended by Leslie's) since it seems that is what my pool was built for but I am not sure that's my best option. Leslie's also said I could get a Polaris 360 but I have three returns into my pool and have heard that I might need to close off some of the returns to get the Polaris to work the best. Lastly I have been looking at robotic cleaners since they are well recommended here but I want to make sure that the best and correct decision for pool. I don't have a lot of trees around my pool so there usually isn't many leaves that need to be cleaned.

    What are you recommendations for a new pool cleaner. I was hoping to stay around 700.

    Thanks for your help
    Craig

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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    Many of us have bought Doheny's Discovery. It is a Maytronics Dolphin branded under a different name. Not a lot of bells and whistles, not super expensive but a GREAT cleaner!

    more here: First Robotic Cleaner, Doheny's Discovery
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    What is the estimated life span on the Dohenys Discovery?

    Thanks

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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by cbaum View Post
    What is the estimated life span on the Dohenys Discovery?

    Thanks
    The length of the warranty and I'm not trying to be funny.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    Thats what I was concerned about. So they really only last 2 years?

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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    You could get lucky. But in my experience. They tend to break to the point of not repairing shortly after warranty ends.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    My Dolphin is 2 years old, and I don't see deterioration, or really anything except scratches from when my pool had a lot of calcium deposits.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    I have a Dolphin Nautilus and I run it literally every day from open to close. This is the beginning of season 4 and I have not seen any signs of it slowing down. (Now I've done it)

    The latest trend is a top sided basket for easier access. Most people don't recommend remote control or "smart" features although I do wish I had a remote sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robl45 View Post
    You could get lucky. But in my experience. They tend to break to the point of not repairing shortly after warranty ends.
    My 16-year-old Dolphin Diagnostic clearly did not get that memo. Power supply has been replaced but the robot still works like the day it was born. If it didn't have the awful bottom-mount filter bag it would still be my primary cleaner.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    I have the Dolphin Nautilus Plus which has been a fantastic addition to my family. I cannot comment on its longevity since I just bought it this year. Here is a link to another members review of his purchase:

    https://www.troublefreepool.com/thre...erClean-REVIEW
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    What are the differences between the Dolphin Nautilus Plus and Dohenys Discovery

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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    This is a timely thread for me. My POlaris 9300 I bought 3 years ago for about 1000 has stopped working. Beginning in year one I have replaced tires a few times, wheels twice, filter cannister twice and the power cord. I have also had it in for repair the first year but no longer remember what that was for.
    So yesterday it stopped working and has alternating flashing lights. Dont think it is the cord since it is less than 6 months old. tried to run it without cannister...still wont run. Plugged in correctly with no gap at connections....

    Any one have any more ideas before I take it to Leslies for a good hosing? Financially...
    Any suggestions on a replacement? I am not real satisfied with Polaris due to the repairs required nor the longevity if the next step is a new motor or processor...
    location: Round Rock Texas
    20,000 in ground, plaster, 18 years old
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    Hayward pump - relatively new
    Disconnected old gas heater

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinPynes View Post
    This is a timely thread for me. My POlaris 9300 I bought 3 years ago for about 1000 has stopped working. Beginning in year one I have replaced tires a few times, wheels twice, filter cannister twice and the power cord. I have also had it in for repair the first year but no longer remember what that was for.
    So yesterday it stopped working and has alternating flashing lights. Dont think it is the cord since it is less than 6 months old. tried to run it without cannister...still wont run. Plugged in correctly with no gap at connections....

    Any one have any more ideas before I take it to Leslies for a good hosing? Financially...
    Any suggestions on a replacement? I am not real satisfied with Polaris due to the repairs required nor the longevity if the next step is a new motor or processor...
    Did you buy it with a credit card that extends the warranty?
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    nope. no extension...how long have you had the S300? Still like it?
    location: Round Rock Texas
    20,000 in ground, plaster, 18 years old
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    Disconnected old gas heater

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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by AustinPynes View Post
    nope. no extension...how long have you had the S300? Still like it?
    This will be my second season and it's my second robot. I also have an old diagnostic with a bottom bag filter. The S300 is infinitely easier to clean and, therefore, much more usable. I've only used it for one season so far, not long enough to opine on longevity.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Geebot View Post
    This will be my second season and it's my second robot. I also have an old diagnostic with a bottom bag filter. The S300 is infinitely easier to clean and, therefore, much more usable. I've only used it for one season so far, not long enough to opine on longevity.
    I will need to decide soon...pretty sure the Polaris is toast and I woulnt want to spend much more money on it.

    So perhaps the Discovery or S300

    dont see any sales right now and no one locally to Central Texas selling it..
    location: Round Rock Texas
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    The OP started out looking for a suction side cleaner. Very different price point from a robot.

    If you are still interested in a suction side cleaner Hayward has bought out The Pool Cleaner, that many rave about, improved version is rereleased as the Hayward Aquanaut 200 (2 wheel) or 400 (4 wheel). Cost about $400 (less $100 rebate now avail) and I added a $25 leaf cannister to avoid clogging my suction lines. So my total cost $325 with the canister.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    My best advice is Try to stay around 600 because if it breaks after two year. You aren't out that much.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by robl45 View Post
    My best advice is Try to stay around 600 because if it breaks after two year. You aren't out that much.
    How do you like the Smart Pool...how long have you had it...I am always looking for others experience.
    location: Round Rock Texas
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    Re: Pool Cleaner Suggestions

    Orginally was looking at a suction side but after finding this site was looking at robotic but want to make sure its going to last more than 2 years. Was hoping to stay under 700.

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefwej View Post
    The OP started out looking for a suction side cleaner. Very different price point from a robot.

    If you are still interested in a suction side cleaner Hayward has bought out The Pool Cleaner, that many rave about, improved version is rereleased as the Hayward Aquanaut 200 (2 wheel) or 400 (4 wheel). Cost about $400 (less $100 rebate now avail) and I added a $25 leaf cannister to avoid clogging my suction lines. So my total cost $325 with the canister.

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