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    A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the differences between the pool cleaners Maytronics has to offer this year, with their website not offering much help. Hopefully this thread will clear somethings up.

    Active/S Series (These two are effectively identical series other than color)

    Active 10/S50 (Designated as Above Ground Cleaners)
    - 40 foot non-swivel cable
    - 1.5 hour cycle, non-adjustable
    - 2 Year limited warranty. First year motor, cable and power supply are covered. Second year only the plastic shell is covered.
    - Mesh filter basket with non-removable panels
    - Will clean floor

    Active 20/S200
    - 60 foot non-swivel cable **2018+ MODELS HAVE SWIVEL**
    - 2 hour cycle, non-adjustable
    - 2 year limited warranty (only motor, cable and power supply covered)
    - Filter basket with 2 sets of filter panels, one set of removable fine pleated panels and one set of removable mesh panels (4 panels total in each set)
    - Will clean floor, walls, waterline
    - No caddy (Available separately)
    - Weekly timer (Can set unit to go every day, every 2 days, or every 3 days)

    Active 30/S300
    - 60 foot non-swivel cable **2018+ MODELS HAVE SWIVEL**
    - 1 hour "quick clean" cycle or 2 hour regular cycle, adjustable through MyDolphin app or on power supply
    - 2 year limited warranty (first year bumper to bumper, second year only motor, cable and power supply)
    - Filter basket with one set of removable fine pleated filter panels, optional mesh basket inner liner
    - Will clean floor, walls, waterline.
    - Caddy included
    - Weekly timer (Can set unit to go every day, every 2 days, or every 3 days)
    - Directional remote, accessible in MyDolphin app

    Active 30i/S300i
    - 60 foot non-swivel cable **2018+ MODELS HAVE SWIVEL**
    - 1 hour "quick clean" cycle, 1.5 hour short cycle, 2 hour regular cycle, 2.5 hour extended cycle, adjustable through MyDolphin app or on power supply
    - 2 year full warranty (bumper to bumper)
    - Filter basket with one set of removable fine pleated filter panels, optional mesh basket inner liner
    - Will clean floor, walls, waterline.
    - Caddy included
    - Weekly timer (Can set unit to go every day, every 2 days, or every 3 days)
    - Directional remote, accessible in MyDolphin app
    - Cycle parameters adjustable through MyDolphin app (tell unit to just clean floor, just waterline, etc.)

    M Series

    M200
    - 60 foot swivel cable
    - 2 hour regular cycle, non-adjustable
    - 2 year full warranty
    - 2 dual panel filter cartridges with one set of mesh removable filter panels and one set of removable fine pleated filter panels (4 panels total in each set)
    - Will clean floor and basin (will not go to waterline)
    - No caddy (available separately)
    - Weekly timer
    - Single drive motor

    M400
    - 60 foot swivel cable
    - 1 hour "quick clean" cycle, 2.5 hour regular cycle, adjustable through MyDolphin app
    - 3 year full warranty
    - 2 dual panel filter cartridges with one set of mesh removable filter panels and one set of removable fine pleated filter panels (4 panels total in each set)
    - Will clean floor, walls, waterline
    - Caddy included
    - Weekly timer
    - Dual drive motor (can make 90 degree turns)
    - Third active brush on bottom (aids navigation over main drains as well as adds scrubbing power)
    - Directional remote through MyDolphin app

    M500
    - 60 foot swivel cable
    - 1.5 hour "quick clean" cycle, 2.5 hour regular cycle, 3.5 hour extended cycle, adjustable through MyDolphin app
    - 3 year full warranty
    - 2 dual panel filter cartridges with one set of mesh removable filter panels and one set of removable fine pleated filter panels (4 panels total in each set)
    - Will clean floor, walls, waterline
    - Caddy included
    - Weekly timer
    - Dual drive motor (can make 90 degree turns)
    - Third active brush on bottom (aids navigation over main drains as well as adds scrubbing power)
    - Directional remote through MyDolphin app
    - Cycle parameters adjustable through MyDolphin app (tell unit to just clean floor, just waterline, etc.)

    DX Series

    DX 3
    - 50 foot swivel cable
    - 3 hour cycle time, non-adjustable
    - 18 month full warranty
    - Bottom loading filter bag
    - Will clean floor, wall
    - No Caddy
    - Weekly timer
    - Single Drive motor

    DX 4
    - 50 foot swivel cable
    - 1 hour "quick clean" cycle, 3 hour regular cycle, adjustable on power supply
    - 2 year full warranty
    - Bottom loading filter bag
    - Will clean floor, wall, waterline
    - No caddy
    - Weekly Timer
    - Dual Drive motor (can make 90 degree turns)

    DX 6
    - 50 foot swivel cable
    - 1 hour "quick clean" cycle, 3 hour regular cycle, 4 hour extended cycle, adjustable on power supply
    - 3 year full warranty
    - Bottom loading filter bag
    - Will clean floor, wall, waterline
    - Caddy included
    - Weekly Timer
    - Dual Drive motor (can make 90 degree turns)

    Apollo Series

    Atlantis
    - 50 foot swivel cable
    - 3 hour cycle time, non-adjustable
    - 2 year full warranty
    - Bottom loading small filter cartridges
    - Will clean floor, wall
    - No Caddy
    - Weekly timer
    - Single Drive motor

    Apollo
    - 50 foot swivel cable
    - 3 hour regular cycle
    - 2 year full warranty
    - Bottom loading large cartridges
    - Will clean floor, wall, waterline
    - Caddy included
    - Weekly Timer
    - Dual Drive motor (can make 90 degree turns)
    - Directional Remote available separately

    Apollo Plus
    - 50 foot swivel cable
    - 2 hour "quick clean" cycle, 3 hour regular cycle, 4 hour extended cycle, adjustable through remote
    - 3 year full warranty
    - Bottom loading large cartridges
    - Will clean floor, wall, waterline
    - Caddy included
    - Weekly Timer
    - Dual Drive motor (can make 90 degree turns)
    - Remote included
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Thanks for this!!!

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    A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    An excellent post! This will be referenced.

    Of course, the way Dolphin works, you'll be updating it every year as they seem to not be able to not adjust their product line every season 🤣
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Eh, it usually doesn't change too much. The real hassle would be an Aquabot breakdown. Though in all reality it would be something like "None of these are reliable enough to be worth buying."
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Fantastic summary. Thanks for this!

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    Excellent job. Now which one to buy. 30,000 gallon in ground pool - re plastered in March 2017 - all new filler, heater THE WORKS !!!!! never owner a robot before always the zodiac sweeper type. Willing to spend good money for the right one. I get a lot of maple leaves in the pool in the fall here in Southern Cali. Any advice. Thanks.
    My in-ground pool was recently re-plastered in March 2017. All new pentair pumps and heater. My pool is 40' x 20' approximately. Living in Souther California it's year round cleaning.

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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Something with at least a 2.5 hour cycle.
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Where does the Dolphin Nautilus and Nautilus Plus fit into this summary?
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinoteck View Post
    Excellent job. Now which one to buy. 30,000 gallon in ground pool - re plastered in March 2017 - all new filler, heater THE WORKS !!!!! never owner a robot before always the zodiac sweeper type. Willing to spend good money for the right one. I get a lot of maple leaves in the pool in the fall here in Southern Cali. Any advice. Thanks.
    Do you have any shallow ledges? With that size pool I'd lean towards the M400/M500. If you're a geek/nerd and want to use the app all the time to tweak things get the M500. If you're not then get the M400.

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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    For the 30i, and 300i, you list:
    1 hour "quick clean" cycle, 2 hour regular cycle, 2.5 hour extended cycle, adjustable through MyDolphin app or on power supply
    Don't the specs list 1.5 hour, 2 hour, 2.5 hour? I like the idea of a 1 hour quick clean mode, but I'm confused by what the specs say.
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    It's actually 1, 1.5, 2, and 2.5 hours.

    The Nautilus is more or less a single drive motor DX-6 without a handle. The Nautilus Plus is mechanically the same as as an M200. Warranties vary.
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Just to confuse things a little .............

    I just purchased an S300 this spring and here are some differences than whats in the breakdown above .

    The My Dolphin app / bluetooth feature can NOT select any cleaning cycles or weekly timer option on the 300. Those options are only changeable via the power supply. The ONLY thing you can use on the My Dolphin for the robot features, is the remote control option . The owners manual is also on the app , but as far as controlling anything on the S300 via the My Dolphin app , the remote control is it.

    Also, my 300 came with the removable pleated "fine" filter inserts , AND the drop in "coarse" filter basket . I think the S300i does as well . I am pretty sure the pleated fine filter inserts and mesh basket inner liner (coarse filter basket) is standard on the 300, 300i .

    Also, some models have the extra rotating brush (2 instead of 1) , where others dont. a10,10e, S50,S100 do not, and most of the others from 200 and up do .

    Just an FYI, from what I am seeing on my S300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterl0gged View Post
    Just to confuse things a little .............
    The My Dolphin app / bluetooth feature can NOT select any cleaning cycles or weekly timer option on the 300. Those options are only changeable via the power supply. The ONLY thing you can use on the My Dolphin for the robot features, is the remote control option . The owners manual is also on the app , but as far as controlling anything on the S300 via the My Dolphin app , the remote control is it.
    The original app for the S300/S300i did allow for remote on/off, selecting cleaning cycles and the timer on the S300 but Maytronics issued an update to eliminate those options and differentiate it from the S300i.
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by thebombardier View Post
    It's actually 1, 1.5, 2, and 2.5 hours.

    The Nautilus is more or less a single drive motor DX-6 without a handle. The Nautilus Plus is mechanically the same as as an M200. Warranties vary.
    Hmm... reading the descriptions above, I would say the Nautilus Plus is the M200 with the ability to clean the waterline. Very confusing for one company to have so many similar products.
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Looks like Maytronics / Dolphin has just further complicated things .
    Unless I missed it somehow, but I never remember seeing this new model ...........

    http://dolphinpoolrobot.com/en/resid...aners/z-series

    Now they have a "Z" series .
    Looks identical to the S, and active models, even looks to be about the same color combo as the Active .
    Models are
    Zfun
    Z1B
    Z2C
    Z3i

    Just one more model designation, exactly the same as the others , to confuse us even more !

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Geebot View Post
    The original app for the S300/S300i did allow for remote on/off, selecting cleaning cycles and the timer on the S300 but Maytronics issued an update to eliminate those options and differentiate it from the S300i.
    Well, that answers that then !
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    The Z models are the ones for online/internet sales. It's like going to a mattress store. They can say that they'll match prices but the manufacturer changes the model names for each sales channel so it's not the same model and so they don't have to match the price.

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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    They've officially outdone themselves! This version is smiling at you. I'm sure on the next iteration they will just go ahead and put full faces on them. CraZ.


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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by grywlfbg View Post
    The Z models are the ones for online/internet sales. It's like going to a mattress store. They can say that they'll match prices but the manufacturer changes the model names for each sales channel so it's not the same model and so they don't have to match the price.
    Pretty much hit the nail on the head. I can get both the Active and S series at my store, but I can only get the Active from one supplier and the S series from another. Neither carries both.
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by thebombardier View Post
    Pretty much hit the nail on the head. I can get both the Active and S series at my store, but I can only get the Active from one supplier and the S series from another. Neither carries both.
    Margaret of Marina Pool and Spa told me today that Active and S series are for different areas of the country. Since she is in Colorado, Marina Pool can buy from either distributor.
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    Re: A Breakdown of Dolphin's 2017 Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by ride525 View Post
    Margaret of Marina Pool and Spa told me today that Active and S series are for different areas of the country. Since she is in Colorado, Marina Pool can buy from either distributor.
    I'm in New York and can get both. Who I get the S series from is an international distributor, who I get the Active series from is only Eastern seaboard. I suspect the Active series is for smaller regional sellers while the S series is strictly for that one larger seller. Maytronics has made private label units for that distributor before (the Dolphin Pro comes to mind, basically a Diagnostic in white with a 2 hour cycle instead of 3).
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