Professional Review #1:
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Dani: … on your pool, [Con 00:00:01], I know first hand how tough they are to keep clean, and the maintenance that’s involved. Today, we’ve got our hands on the world’s number one pool cleaner, and we’re going to put it to the test.
Walt: Dani, how beautiful is this pool? Even on a rainy day, today. Did you know that Australia actually has one of the highest pool ownerships per capita, than anywhere in the world?
Dani: You know, I did know that. Apparently, there’s around 30,000 pools installed across Australia every year. Now, that is a lot of pools.
Walt: That is a lot of pools. It’s also a lot of maintenance and cleaning, as well, which got me thinking. If you do own a pool, and you don’t have the riches to a pool boy, how do you actually keep all of this clean? I’m sure you’ve got a pool at home, and I’ve seen the way you look at me. I can probably see myself as your pool boy, to be honest.
Dani: No, I’m not sure about that.
Walt: Thank you, charming.
Dani: I don’t have a pool, but I do have a challenge for you today, Walt.
Walt: Oh, God. Not one of your challenges. Here we go.
Dani: Get ready. You’re going to be needing this, and these.
Walt: Whoa. They’re a little bit small on a cold day like today, Dani.
Dani: I’m sure you’ll be fine. I’m going to be parked on that sun lounger over there, and this pool needs to be spotless by the time Con gets home.
Walt: That’s not like you, giving out orders, is it? Fine.
Dani: You’ll be fine.
Walt: Now, in the past, when it came to cleaning swimming pools, you had to rely on scrubbing brushes, skimmers, and filters to keep it all clean. Then, they invented the automated pool cleaning systems. There are so many different types out there. We have tracked down one today, which we think is probably the best in the world. Don’t you just love how it starts to rain, when we’re outdoors filming around a pool? Here it is, this is the Dolphin from Maytronics, and they say it’s the world’s number one, so we’re going to be giving it a good run for its money today. I’ve got my goggles, I’ve got my little GoPro, and I’m going swimming with Dolphins.
It’s actually very intelligently designed. This is the hose, which doesn’t connect to your pump in your pool at all. It’s like a vacuum cleaner for your pool. This actually lifts off, and there it is. That’s what goes into the water, and this is your base unit. It looks a bit like a Mars Rover, I thought. This connects to this, and then this connects to the power, and that’s it. The actual filter is inside the head unit, which is pretty amazing, because all the grime, the particles, and all the bits and pieces get caught in here. It really is like a vacuum cleaner that goes underwater, and that’s instead of it going up a tube and into your pump’s filter. With it working this way, it’s actually a whole lot more energy efficient.
Another really cool thing, this actually comes with a remote control, which you can drive it from the pool edge. If you’ve got a problem area which captures a lot of sunlight, and you’ve got a lot of green slime growing in your pool over winter, why you can just use this and tell it which way to go. We’re going to put it into the water, and give it a run for its money.
Dani: We’ll see how well its scrubbing goes, when we come back.
Walt: Here it is, this is the Dolphin from Maytronics. They say it’s the world’s number one, so we’re going to be giving it a good run for its money today. I’ve got my goggles, I’ve got my little GoPro, and I’m going swimming with Dolphins.
One of the big challenges for pool cleaners is not actually me keeping up with it, but it’s seeing how it goes up a vertical wall, because a lot of pool cleaners don’t carry their suction when they go uphill. We’re going to put it to the test, and we’re going to have a vertical challenge.
There you go, Dani. No messy hoses going into your filters. It’s actually really good, and is probably the best pool cleaner we’ve tested, I think. Happy smiles, all around.
Dani: Yeah, I’m very impressed, Walt, but I should’ve known that you’d find a gadget to help you out on this one.
Walt: I did.
Dani: In all seriousness, though, anything that reduces the number of chemicals in your pool has to be a good thing, right?
Walt: Yeah, 100% agree. Actually, we contacted the manufacturers of this thing, because we’re all about putting those claims of the big companies to the test, and said, “You know what? Put your money where your mouth is, and let our viewers try this at home, for free.” They actually said yes, couldn’t believe it.
Dani: That’s fabulous.
Walt: We’ve arranged for our Healthy Homes viewers to, if you’ve got a pool, have a free demo of one of the Dolphins. Just head over to MyDolphin.com today, to see if you qualify for a free demo, anywhere in Australia, and they’ll come and let you have a crack at it at home. How good’s that?
Dani: That is really awesome. Now, if you missed anything today, or want to learn more about anything that you’ve seen, you can head to the website, HealthyHomesAustralia.com.au, and you’ll also find links to our social media. We’d love to connect with you. Now, Walt, you didn’t want to try this little number out today?
Walt: Yeah, it was a bit cold today, I thought, Dani. I’m very busy doing stuff, and it’s just been a big … No.
Professional Review #2:
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Hello, YouTube. I just wanted to do a quick review today on my Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner. I’ve had this unit for about a month and a half, just about going on two months. I purchased it just about the end of May, and now it’s July 20th, and I’ve been very happy with it. I wanted to give you some insights on what you’ll be getting if you purchase this unit. I use it in an inground pool. It’s a vinyl lined pool, about twenty thousand gallons, here in Colorado Springs, and I’ve been absolutely happy with it. Let’s take a look and see what we got here.
I keep my unit locked up here in this cabinet. It’s something that I made just for the robot. I figure it’s outside. The thing cost nearly thirteen hundred dollars, so I’m not going to leave it out where somebody can just walk away with it. The instructions say that you should keep it out of the sun when it’s not in use, so I didn’t want it to be exposed. You don’t want the power supply to get wet or to get rained on or anything like that.
I pretty much purchased all the options with it. I got this caddie and the remote control. I’ll go over those a little bit later. I definitely would recommend the caddie. The remote control probably a little less useful, but I’ll show you that toward the end. The caddie for you, it’s going to handle your cable, and it’s built specifically for the unit, and I think it keeps some of the pressure off the foam pads, so it’s not just resting on it when it’s not in use.
A couple of the features that I really like, and some of the reasons that I purchased this unit. First of all, it’s made by Maytronics. They have a pretty decent reputation in the pool cleaner industry. It comes with a three year warranty. A lot of the other pool cleaners out there, they usually have a one or two year warranty maybe, and a lot of them are prorated. They actually indicate the number of cycles that you can use it per season, and if you exceed that, you violate the warranty. There isn’t anything like that with the Maytronics unit.
The Dolphin Premier, a believe it’s sold exclusively by Pool Express.com, but I place it somewhere in between the Dolphin Supreme M4 and the M5. The M4 doesn’t have quite the same feature set that this unit does. The power supply doesn’t have timers, whereas the M5 does, but the M5, also, has a third brush on the bottom that this unit does not. Again, I’m really happy with this unit. One of the other items that is, I believe it’s pretty exclusive to your Dolphin line, is this swivel. This allows the cord to twist in the pool. In the almost two months I’ve been using it, I’ve never had a cord tangle up, like I’ve seen a lot of the units out there.
Let’s take a look at a few more of the features on this unit. Starting here at the top, you’ve got a dual float system. The instructions indicate for this model and for this pool type, only one of them should be deployed. I believe what that does is it lets the unit tilt a little bit when it’s at the surface of the pool. In this way, it kind of skips along and moves along the edges when it’s cleaning the top.
Up here at the top, you can see you’ve got the top impeller, and what this unit does is it sucks the water up from the bottom through the filters and out the top, providing a downward force. This helps keep it on the bottom, and it, also, helps keep it up against the sides when it’s climbing vertically.
Moving along here to the bottom, you’ve got the filter access door. Here are the ports. This is where everything gets sucked up into the unit. It’s very simple to take this off, and then you have access to your filters. I’m running the fine filters. These are an additional purchase to the unit. I’ll show you the other filters that come with the unit, but to get access to these filters, it’s very easy. You just pop the clips at the top. The filters come right out. It only takes a few minutes to clean and reassemble. As I mentioned, water comes in through the access doors, up through the filters, and it fills this cavity, and then out the top. Put the door back on. It’s just a matter of sliding it in, and attaching these yellow clips.
Now we’ll take a look at the power supply. The power supply is very basic. You’ve got your power button here. You’ve got a clogged filter indicator on this model, so if it’s sensing that there’s a reduced suction, it will show you that the filter is clogged, and may indicate that you need to clean it. Down here you have a reset button to reset the clogged filter indicator, and then you’ve got on this model, three different timers, one, two or three hours. There’s different features that each one runs. I typically run mine at three hours, and you’ve got a select button down here to select which mode you use. When you turn it on, if you don’t select a mode, it will just default to the three hour mode. This unit does have a timer, and, depending on which of the modes you set here, it will run every day for a week, every other day, or twice a week, again, depending on your selection.
Over here, you’ve got the cable cover. The cable simply plugs in the keyed port, so you just line up the key hole here, and then screw it in. I typically will, once I have connected … Or before I connect this up, I’ll walk my cable out, and make sure that it doesn’t have any twist in it before I connect it. It’s just a connection there. You’ve got your power port on the other side, and away you go.
Let’s take a look at some of the accessories that I purchased with this unit. We’ll start with the bag system. If you have large debris in the pool, you can purchase this bag system. It replaces the bottom plate. It may be a little bit larger than what’s on the unit right now, but it comes with this whole system here, so that you can put this in the bottom of the unit, and then you have this large cavity here to fill up with large debris. I’ve never had to use it. Hopefully I don’t. This pool stays pretty clean. This system, the bag system and the fine filters that are in the unit right now, those were an additional fifty-nine dollars. Your typical filters, these are the filters that are going to come with the unit. You can see they’re not near as fine. It is a very fine mesh, but not like the filters that are in there now. I think these are great for everyday pick up and picking up your small debris, but I will typically run these a few days a week. After I add chemicals to the pool, I usually switch over the fine filters. Like I said, I think those work really well for getting some of that undissolved pool chemical out, and they really help clarify the pool.
Finally, the wireless remote. This guy here adds sixty-nine dollars to the price. I’ve used it a few times, but I typically haven’t found that much use for it, so your mileage may vary.
The price of the caddie, I forget to mention, that is eighty-four dollars. I highly recommend that. It’s great to have a good place to store it, keep the cord managed, and I think it helps prevent damage to the bottom of the unit. That’s eighty-four dollars, and I think it probably adds a little bit to your shipping, because it adds fifteen pounds to the weight.
Let’s get ready to put this sucker in the water. The deployment of the unit is pretty simple. All you got to do is throw it in the water and let it sink, and then turn the power on. Your unit is not going to come with a GoPro, but I wanted to give you a Dolphin sight view of what it’s like when the unit is cleaning. That’s recording, so here we go. Just drop it in the water, and the unit is going to fill, and it will sink. One thing I will mention, if you’ve got a thermometer in your pool, like I do, it’s really smart to take this thing out. One day I came by and I found it had tangled itself up on this string here as it was climbing the wall, so don’t forget to do that.
Let’s go turn on the power, and let’s let this thing rock and roll. Powering the unit up. Very simple. Simply plug it in. Hit the button and turn it on. Like I said, if you don’t do anything it’s going to default to the three hour mode, and the robot’s going to start running.
It’s off. Three hours. It’s going to clean the pool. It kind of has a mind of its own. It will do whatever it thinks is necessary. According to the manufacturer, it will actually learn the pool, so it gets smarter as it runs. But there you can see, it has no problems climbing the wall. It will climb stairs. In my pool, it usually only gets to the first step, because the second step, once it gets to that point, the top will come out of the water, and it will lose section. But it does a really good job. You can see there, it is at the water line, and it will reverse, and does a great job. I didn’t run this thing yesterday, so it’s been about a day since the pool was cleaned, but it’s a fairly clean pool, so I don’t expect we’ll see too much. We’ll take a look at the cleaning process in about three hours.
It’s been about three hours now. The robot’s done. The pool looks great, but before we pull it out, we’re going to take a look here at the remote control, and show you how manual operation works. Turn it on, and then it will flash indicating that it’s in manual control mode. Put it in reverse. The robot will go in reverse. There it goes. The site that the cord comes out on, with respect to the handle, that’s the back. The other side is the front. Go forward. Now, make a right hand turn. The robot is currently facing that direct. That’s forward. To make a right hand turn, the robot actually goes in reverse, and then starts to make the turn. If I want to make a left hand turn, the robot actually goes forward, and it makes the left hand turn. Now it’s trying. Sometimes it doesn’t make contact with the ground. That doesn’t look very left to me. You can see the remote control is a little bit finicky. That’s one of my cons with the unit. And we’ll come back here, and get back in the screen.
That’s just a basic idea of how the robot works under manual robot control. I figured when I bought it I’m spending twelve hundred dollars on the robot. I’d hate for it to miss a spot, and then I couldn’t do anything about it, so I figured I’ll pop for spending a couple extra bucks. I’ll get the remote control. It, also, lets you drive it to the shallow end so that you can extract the robot. You do use the cord to pull the robot out of the water. You never want to use it, the cord, to pull it all the way out. That will put too much tension on it. You just lift it to the surface, until you can get ahold of the handle, and then lift her out. That’s what we’re going to do now. Let’s take it out of the water, and clean it up and see what we got.
It’s time to pull the robot out of the water. Like I mentioned previously, you can pull the robot out of the water using the cord. That’s how the instructions tell you to do it. Obviously, you want to take this kind of slow, so you’re not putting too much stress on the connection there between the cord and the robot. I did contact the manufacturer. I was asking if it’s okay to leave the robot in the pool all the time. They said it was. However, they do recommend that you pull it out daily to clean it. The manual doesn’t specify, but, obviously, since this model, the power supply has that timer function where you can clean every day or every other day, if you leave it on, it will do that, but, obviously, if you take it out of the water, it’s going to try and run without the water.
When extracting the unit, you just pull it by the cord until it gets up to the top, and you can grab it by the handle, then use the handle to pull it out of the water. A couple tips that I’ve come up with in using it, if you pull it out really slowly, that can help. Sometimes you’ll see a little bit of debris come out of one of the ports on the side. There’s not a whole lot in here today, so it’s not going to be that big of a deal. Otherwise, you can just do a clean and jerk, and that will minimize the amount of debris that goes back into the pool.
Let’s go clean it out and see how it did. Now, as I’ve shown you before, opening the unit up is just a matter of flipping those two yellow catches there. Pulling out the base. Just pop the filters out, and you can see not as white as they were earlier. Got a lot of dirt, and I’ve got a lot of pill bugs and a second dead spider in there. Cleaning it, I just spray it off with the garden hose. You can see that the water coming off is a little bit milky. That’s some of those undissolved chemicals that I’ll find. Got some grass and dead bugs there. We’ll give the base a quick spray down, and then, finally, I spray out the inside of the unit. That’s about all there is to it.
Reassembly is quick, painless. Pop those in. Snap the catches, and get that on the right side. It works a lot better. Get that in there. Just go ahead and pop that back in, and it’s ready for tomorrow. I tend to take mine out every day just so I can lock it up. Go ahead and put it away.
At the end of each day, I like to pull the cleaner out and put it away for the night. A couple of tips that I’ve come across. First of all, when you’re facing the unit, if you put the power cord to the left, that will allow the floats to swing down to the front, and not pinch the cable. If you put it in the other way, it’s going to hold this down, and it just puts unnecessary stress on the cable. At the end of the day, I disconnect the power cord right here, and just like in the morning when I hook it up, I like to walk the cable out. That gets all the twists out of it, and then makes coiling it that much easier.
After I’ve walked out the cord, it’s just a matter of throwing it up here. Like I said, I really like having the caddie to store everything. It keeps the cord nice and tangle free. As I coil it on here, I give it a little bit of a twisting motion. That just helps the cord sit nicely. The swivel works really well in the water to keep the cord from twisting, but once you’re on land and you’re coiling it up, you don’t have that benefit, and you can see here how easy it is for the cord to get twisted. That’s why I like to walk it out. It’s really a bear if you try and do this without getting as much of the twist out of the cord before you throw it back here onto the caddie.
All in all, I would say I probably spend about five minutes, maybe, in the morning or whenever I choose to put it in the water for the first time. It takes about five minutes to get it out and throw it in and start it up, and probably less than ten minutes in the afternoon or evening pulling it out of the water. Really just getting it back on the caddie is one of the more time consuming aspects, but ten minutes is not bad at all, considering the alternatives to vacuuming and brushing down the pool. That’s it. That’s basically putting it away in a nutshell. Back to the home, and lock it up.
In conclusion, I’m very happy with my purchase, with the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner. I’ll go over some of the pros and cons. No review would be complete without it. The pros, the unit works really well. I couldn’t be happier with the way that it cleans the pool. It goes all the way up the side, and it just takes care of everything for me. The unit itself is really easy to clean. I don’t have to do any scrubbing. This is a rental house. The owner told me that he and his wife usually spent about an hour a day coming out here, using the brush to scrub down the sides of the pool to prevent algae growth, and then, of course, they have the vacuum that they’d by hand have to put in the pool and run on a daily basis. I don’t have to do any of that. They were spending an hour a day. I spend about fifteen minutes total getting everything done.
Then although this is the first year I’ve been in this house, I don’t have anything to compare it to, pretty universally people will tell you that because the pool robot does filtering of the water, besides the pool system itself, you usually save about fifty percent in chemical costs. In these two months, I have had no algae growth whatsoever on this pool. I just check my chemicals once a week, and add as necessary.
Some of the cons, I would say the price. Thirteen hundred dollars is no small amount of money. However, that’s pretty average for what you’re going to look at in a pool cleaner, especially something with a three year warranty. It’s a lot of money, but to get into the pool robot arena, you’re going to spend some money. The other con I have is that remote control. It’s a little bit finicky to use. I don’t use it near as much as I thought I would, so you may want to pass on that, depending on your budget and your different needs, and maybe if you have a tricky spot in the pool that it doesn’t hit, you would wish that you have it.
Otherwise, that’s pretty much it. I know this is a rather lengthy review, but I wanted to make it, because I didn’t see a whole lot out there when I was trying to make my purchase decision. Hope you enjoyed, and take care.
|Features||Dolphin Nautilus||Dolphin Triton|
|Amazon Sale Price||$619.99||$718.22|
|Weight||18.75 lbs.||18.75 lbs.|
|Cycle Time||3 Hours||3 Hours|
|Cable Length||60 ft.||60 ft.|
|Filter||Fine Porosity||Fine Porosity|
|Suction Rate||4,233 gal (USA) per hour||4,233 gal (USA) per hour|
|Warranty Length||12 Months||12 Months|
|Est. Cost to Clean Pool||$0.15||$0.15|
|Functions||Scrubs, Vacuums, Filters||Scrubs, Vacuums, Filters|
|Surfaces Cleaned||Pool Floors, Coves, Walls||Pool Floors, Coves, Walls|
|Micron Amazon Rating||70 Microns||70 Microns|
|Amazon Rating||4.4 out of 5||4.2 out of 5|