I'm shipping back my Pool Rover. We gave it a week and it never picked up the dirt. I chose the pool rover based upon the glowing reviews at other forums. For whatever reason, mine never worked properly. It's possible that I may have just gotten a bad unit with an under performing pump.
So I'm back in the market for a cleaner for my 15X30 AG Pool. I'm in Arizona, lots of dirt and dust gets in the pool. There are no trees in the area so leaves are not a problem. There are a few vines planted along the block wall that surrounds the backyard, as they mature I can see some flowers and/or pollen getting into the pool.
Here are the candidates..
Hayward Aquabug - This is what I was originally planning on buying, but I bought the rover instead. Most people seem to like them but I've read reviews that state they work well if the bottom of your pool is smooth but will go in circles if the bottom is not smooth. The bottom of my pool is very dimpled, so I'm concerned about the bug getting stuck.
Barracuda Ranger - Is this a better option than the Aquabug? How does it perform if the bottom of the pool is bumpy?
Polaris 65 - Works on return inlet instead of suction. I like that the pool can skim and vacuum at the same time, but will it pick up the fine sand and dirt at the bottom? Lots of reports of problems with this cleaner, but apparently there was a recall in the past. Have those issues been resolved?
Pool Rover Plus - Yes, I'm actually considering spending even more on the Plus version even though the original failed to perform. My wife thinks I'm nuts; she's probably right. The plus version has water jets on the bottom. The theory is the water jets help stir up the dirt so the vacuum can pick it up. I still have concerns about the robotics covering the ends of the ovals. The original never picked up enough dirt for me to judge whether this is an issue or not.
Robocleen - Originally chose the pool rover over this because reports of robocleens not lasting as long as the pool rovers. Are they less dependable? Same concerns about robotics covering the ends of the oval apply here.
So what say ye? Which cleaner do you think would work best given my situation? If you have any insight to any of the above cleaners I'd love to hear your experience.