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    Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

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    I have this type of pool with fairly steep inclines. My budget is around $500, but if $1000 gets me something much better, I am open to it.

    Any suggestions to a robot or cleaner that can handles those 60 deg inclines in the deep end?
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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Quote Originally Posted by Poolipop View Post
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    I have this type of pool with fairly steep inclines. My budget is around $500, but if $1000 gets me something much better, I am open to it.

    Any suggestions to a robot or cleaner that can handles those 60 deg inclines in the deep end?
    I would check out the dolphin S300 or s300i




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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Is this comparable to the S100 or S200:
    Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with CleverClean | 99993116-US

    Is it worth the extra $$ to get the S300 type if I just care about cleanliness
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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Based on this chart - The Truth About Pool Cleaners: What Your Pool Store Isn’t Telling You | Sunplay

    Dolphin Nautilus (2017 and Later) = Dolphin Cayman = Dolphin Active 20 = Dolphin S200 = Pentair Prowler 920
    Basically with robots, you have to figure which features you absolutely need and then find out what the suppliers in your area are stocking. Maytronics pretty much supplies the entire robot industry with various models and platforms creating their own product line as well as manufacturing the brand name labels for major pool equipment suppliers (i.e., Pentair's robot is actually made by Maytronics). So there's often not much difference in the name...

    Also, I would suggest you buy local from a brick & mortar shop so that you have a local repair option. Many people will sometimes try to save a hundred bucks or so buying online and then have to ship their robots out when trouble strikes. I recently went with an S300i for the options and because the shop I bought it from is an authorized Dolphin repair shop and is 3 miles from my home.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    I think you would be happy with the S100 or the Doheny's Saturn.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    I think you would be happy with the S100 or the Doheny's Saturn.
    This would be my first pool cleaner and due to the complexity of the structure of my pool, I want to make sure the robot can clean most of the complex surface area. There is not much flat area in the deep end, so I need something that can understand lots of inclines.

    Does the S100 understand the layout of your pool or does it just run a pre-programmed pattern?
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    Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    The S100 (same as Dolphin Cayman) does have intelligence. See the following link. http://www.caymanrobotic.com/

    Note regarding the above model listing, there are some inaccuracies in it. Dolphin Nautilus/Nautilus Plus 2017 models are not twins to the S100 or S200. Dolphin Cayman = S100= Dolphin E10= Doheny Saturn. S200=Active 20, Doheny Discovery=Dolphin Triton Plus. Among others.

    S100 has one brush and one year warranty, S200 has two brushes and two year warranty. Not much else is different.
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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Have you called around to local stores and asked about a demo model? At least two of the shops I talked with local to me were willing to let me demo the unit I was interested in for a week to see if I liked it at no cost. It might help you decide.


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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    I will take some action and report back. It could be a couple weeks at this point. Thanks for the help.
    26,000 Gallon IG (in ground) Vinyl Pool
    Filter: Hayword S220T Sand
    Pump: Hayword (1 hp)
    CircuPool Si-45 Plus SWG (Installed myself)
    TF-100 Kit w/ magnetic stirrer

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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    OK, with all the advice here I ordered the Active S20 (S200)!! So excited. Thanks again.
    26,000 Gallon IG (in ground) Vinyl Pool
    Filter: Hayword S220T Sand
    Pump: Hayword (1 hp)
    CircuPool Si-45 Plus SWG (Installed myself)
    TF-100 Kit w/ magnetic stirrer

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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Woohoo!
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    Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    You're going to love the robot. Congrats on the purchase.


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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Welcome to the club!
    18'x38' Rectangle (3'-8 1/2' deep w/ diving board) - 27K gal. w/ gray plaster
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    Re: Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

    Great feedback on this tread just purchased the s300 and Absolutely love the product!!! You



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