Robotic Cleaner Update

Jul 18, 2016
8
Maryland
#1
Good morning all,

I've been a long time lurker and have read multiple reviews on various cleaners. I think I've decided on a robotic cleaner.

I don't mean to beat a dead horse but I would like an update on those who have used the same robotic cleaner for 3-5 years and their overall experience with them. Maintenance, common issues, reliability, etc.

I'm in the market for something around $800. I have a 40ft long/8ft deep (kidney bean shaped) concrete pool with steps, so the cleaner must be able to climb walls and steps.



On a side note: The original pool pump motor (22 years old) is still in use. It currently works fine, but I have the opportunity to have it replaced by my home warranty until this August.
Do I replace it with who knows what they decide to put in there or keep the old one till it dies?

Thanks all
 

Killer95Stang

Well-known member
Aug 17, 2012
758
Sunny SoCal
#2
Might be best to replace it... check with your city on requirements. A lot of them will no longer allow single speed pumps to be installed, since they are so inefficient. So you might get a good savings in monthly energy bills if they install a 2 speed or VS pump. I think where I live you can repair an old pump with a new single speed motor, but any replacement of the pump, or new installations/ pool builds require a 2 speed or VS pump.

Also, right now their is a good deal on my favorite robot the Doheny Discovery at $719. I'm only one year in with mine, but it works great so far. Also, steps are an issue with any cleaner, pressure side, suction side or robot. My suggestion, buy the best robot that will clean 95% of the pool and just take a couple minutes and brush the steps.
 
Jul 18, 2016
8
Maryland
#3
thanks for the quick reply! From what I was told, it would be replaced with something similar to what I have now, so unfortunately, a VS would be out of the question.
 
Jul 18, 2016
8
Maryland
#4
I have the eye on the following. Anyone have a recommendation on any of these?

- Polaris 9450/9550

- Pantair Prowler 820/830

- Dolphin Nautilus Plus Clever Clean
 

dirtworm_ato

Active member
Dec 26, 2016
40
Little Rock, AR
#5
I have the Dolphin Triton with PowerStream and am impressed with it. Has 60' cord and climbs walls/scrubs tile line. It also has top loading filters and comes with two sets. It is in the sub-$800 price range. Bought mine from Sunplay.


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Jul 18, 2016
8
Maryland
#6
I have the Dolphin Triton with PowerStream and am impressed with it. Has 60' cord and climbs walls/scrubs tile line. It also has top loading filters and comes with two sets. It is in the sub-$800 price range. Bought mine from Sunplay.


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Dolphin seems to be a pretty solid brand. I have my eye on the Prowler 830 right now. Anyone own or have info on these?
 

utmom

Bronze Supporter
Jan 2, 2017
38
Utah
#7
I've been evaluating and looking for a couple of months too! My pool is brand new--just filled it last week. So I went against the popular vote of the Discovery, and I ordered the Smartpool Bigfoot. It's for sure not a popular option--and it's new. I decided on this one because it's quite large (my theory is more coverage with less frequent cleaning of the filters)--and it's quite heavy (I know that's not desirable but I thought it may clean better). It's got the top mounted filters, the cord that wont tangle, dual direct drive motors, it comes with a caddy, it's got a 4 year warranty (though limited) and it has some decent reviews--although only a couple because it's newer. I don't care for the color much--it looks a bit old--but the technology is there. I liked the part that goes along the surface better than the Discovery. Those little "tab things" that stick out DO fall off (I've read that from several people). So I cant tell you, yet, how it works and if I like it--but that's what I chose. I got it for $675. I'll update once I can get it up and running.
 

pooldv

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
Platinum Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
Aug 10, 2012
24,993
DFW, TX
#8
Well, with a name like Bigfoot I just had to Google that! :) That looks like an interesting cleaner. It'll be good to learn more about how it works.
 
Jul 18, 2016
8
Maryland
#9
I imagine just like most products, there's a warranty card inside the box...

So it looks like I'm down to two cleaners. Dolphin Nautilus Plus or the Pentair Prowler 830.

What would you pick?
 

bigevilgrape

Well-known member
Mar 5, 2016
96
Central CT
#10
thanks for the quick reply! From what I was told, it would be replaced with something similar to what I have now, so unfortunately, a VS would be out of the question.
Have you checked that they will actually replace it? When I bought my house it looked like they all had some kind of "beyond useful life" language that would have excluded my pool pump and furnace. Depending on your pool a dual speed pump might be a good option over variable speed anyway.
 

robl45

Well-known member
Oct 27, 2007
786
Parkland, FL
#11
I've been evaluating and looking for a couple of months too! My pool is brand new--just filled it last week. So I went against the popular vote of the Discovery, and I ordered the Smartpool Bigfoot. It's for sure not a popular option--and it's new. I decided on this one because it's quite large (my theory is more coverage with less frequent cleaning of the filters)--and it's quite heavy (I know that's not desirable but I thought it may clean better). It's got the top mounted filters, the cord that wont tangle, dual direct drive motors, it comes with a caddy, it's got a 4 year warranty (though limited) and it has some decent reviews--although only a couple because it's newer. I don't care for the color much--it looks a bit old--but the technology is there. I liked the part that goes along the surface better than the Discovery. Those little "tab things" that stick out DO fall off (I've read that from several people). So I cant tell you, yet, how it works and if I like it--but that's what I chose. I got it for $675. I'll update once I can get it up and running.
Where the heck you find it for 675. I would have bought it over the smartpool 74 I bought for 600 but every place was like 900 for those.
 

utmom

Bronze Supporter
Jan 2, 2017
38
Utah
#12
I got mine from Pool Supply Unlimited. There is also a $50 rebate I get and since I signed up for their email--I got $10 off as well. I had to pay for shipping, but that was about $35 so I paid $645 total.
Price is still the same now. ;-)
Where the heck you find it for 675. I would have bought it over the smartpool 74 I bought for 600 but every place was like 900 for those.
 

robl45

Well-known member
Oct 27, 2007
786
Parkland, FL
#14
I got mine from Pool Supply Unlimited. There is also a $50 rebate I get and since I signed up for their email--I got $10 off as well. I had to pay for shipping, but that was about $35 so I paid $645 total.
Price is still the same now. ;-)
Very good deal. Wonder how the filters are. I love the bag because it holds tons of leaves. Make sure you write a review
 

utmom

Bronze Supporter
Jan 2, 2017
38
Utah
#15