Pool Cleaner that climbs steep inclines

Poolipop

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Sep 18, 2014
33
Fayetteville, NC
#1
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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?
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
14,689
Tucson, AZ
#4
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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Poolipop

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Sep 18, 2014
33
Fayetteville, NC
#6
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?
 

bmoreswim

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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.
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
#8
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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