I have a sand filter so backwashing is easy and I dont lose enough media to matter.Suction side pool cleaners can accumulate larger debris with an inline filter but fine materials like dirt, pollen or dust will be trapped in the pool filter. A robot with fine filters will trap both large and fine debris. You are correct that unless removed from the pool trapped material remains in the pool water. Removing the robot and cleaning the filters is a much simpler process than cleaning my pool filter. I can backwash my pool filter and that helps but requires adding DE and is not a full cleaning.
Following also!I am considering a robot, maybe a Dolphin Nautilus CC. Am I to understand from this thread that the control panel for a robot cleaner is NOT expected to be Rain/Weatherproof ? Seems to me that is a deal breaker for me. IP67 rating seems required for this product.
From what I read the "Pentair" Kreepy Krauly 820 has those Maytronics parts/build (aka Dolphin)I have a suction side cleaner, a Pentair Great White. I have demo'ed two different Maytronics robotic cleaners, and I can say neither one of them worked as well as my Great White. I have an "L" shaped pool, and both of the robots would not go into the short side of the "L".
Rain/weather resistant but not proof. It's pretty durable and you where the cord connects to the machine is even screwed on/sealed. You definitely wouldn't want it directly in the rain or in the pool but I'm definitely comfortable outside in covered area like under an awning where it won't get a lot of direct rain/sun. You can even put in inside a tupperware container but would want to have it int eh shade.I am considering a robot, maybe a Dolphin Nautilus CC. Am I to understand from this thread that the control panel for a robot cleaner is NOT expected to be Rain/Weatherproof ? Seems to me that is a deal breaker for me. IP67 rating seems required for this product.
I would do things SO differently if buiding. Location of pool, main drains, etc. but the pool came w/ my house. What's the conseuss on the auto in-floor cleaning sytems? They seem incredible but I could see them working not as well as advertised and I'm betting you'd still have to brush and skim? What's the consensus on (I'm not sure of the temr) but I've seen above grounds pools that are basically buried deep w/ only a foot or so sticking out, then you build a footish tall deck around them. Seems like the best of pool worlds, close to an IG, a nice deck, but access to the lines for closing/repairs and maybe cheaper?The 'robot getting stuck on the main drain' issue is one to solve at the building stage, by using an A&A Chanel Drain instead of regular round drains. I try to recommend them as often as I remember. It's the only way to ensure that no robot will get stuck on the main drain. Otherwise an M400/M500 is the only sure-fire way. Many S-series get slowed down on drains, but many seem to separate in a short period of time. It's not a suction issue, just a drain geometry issue.
And I can't fathom why anyone would leave a vac in the pool all the time. They're an eyesore, and surely you dont actually swim with it in? But, we all have our opinions and since there our own, they cant be wrong.I love my Baracuda G3 also. I can't fathom why everyone here wants to take a robot in/out of a pool everytime they want to clean. This seems profoundly odd to me when I can ignore my cleaner for weeks/months at a time. My pool is essentially spotless so I also don't understand the exuberance over how "clean" everyone's pools are with a robot. This reminds me of the argument against sand filters for not filtering as well as DE or cartridge, when the difference is virtually insignificant.
"Eyesore" is in the eye of the beholder. I find pressure-side vacs and hoses to be more of an eyesore than my robot. As for swimming with a robot, they're low-voltage devices.And I can't fathom why anyone would leave a vac in the pool all the time. They're an eyesore, and surely you dont actually swim with it in? But, we all have our opinions and since there our own, they cant be wrong.
Agree geebot, I was referring to a pressure side vac, not a robot, which I have and love. I only need to use mine twice a week, so see no need to leave it in the pool when it's not actively cleaning. I dont find it a chore to put in or remove."Eyesore" is in the eye of the beholder. I find pressure-side vacs and hoses to be more of an eyesore than my robot. As for swimming with a robot, they're low-voltage devices.