This is a great solution for small to medium swimming pools and it's very popular among users. Also, it's very easy to use and quite efficient for a robotic pool cleaner.
Preserving your pool clean is no easy feat, especially if it is situated in an area prone to quickly dirt-up. However, an automatic cleaner can easily solve your problem, as it will do the job instead, allowing you more time to enjoy the pool instead of cleaning it. If your basin is on a smaller scale and doesn’t require too much power from the robot to clean it, Aquabot Junior is an excellent choice. It has a simple operation, therefore it is also beginner-friendly, and it functions independently from any other pool systems – filters or pumps.
It shares the same solid construction as the Aquabot Classic, with a sturdy case that protects the inner components from external damage, as well as diverse water temperature. Thus, it can easily accustom heated water, regardless if the process is achieved through sun rays or natural gas. Although it might appear a bit intimidating at first sight, it measures only 17” by 14.5” by 18”, therefore it won’t pose a problem when storing it. Additionally, it is also part of the more lightweight units, with only 16.5 lbs, so it won’t be difficult to maneuver around.
The uninterrupted rubberized tracks offer several benefits, including the ability to adapt to all surfaces, with no exception. It will never leave marks, nor will it damage the texture of the floor, so it is highly compatible with a variety of basin styles. Even more, the tracks present small indentations, which assure the unit has a solid grip as it glides.
For a thorough clean, it employs uniquely shaped brushes, situated at both ends of the unit, guaranteeing it will successfully dislodge glued-to-the-floor particles. The brushes are rubberized and present a row of long, single bristles, which act not only as an enforcer when dealing with more stubborn dirt but also as a means of slightly lifting the unit above the floor, to swiftly pass over drains. Thus, you won’t have to manually brush or sweep the floor prior to vacuum utilization.
Underneath it presents two large intakes, which can be easily exchanged with the other pair included in the box, in case the unit has to deal with larger-scale debris like acorns, pebbles, or even bugs. Once the debris has been captured, it will be guided through the vents right into the filter bag. Although it is not a cartridge type, but a more traditional bag, it offers medium capacity, and it can keep particles as little as 2 microns.
It operates through a pre-programmed setting which ensures the unit won’t mindlessly spin around in the pool. It also moves a bit slower compared to other units in its class, but this is an advantage, as it won’t stir up the foliage, nor will it cloud the water as it collects the debris. If left to complete an entire cleaning cycle it will take 4 hours whole, the unit automatically turning itself off when the time is up. However, it usually finishes its job in 2 or 3, situations in which you can easily shut it off manually. Keep in mind that it’s not compatible with covers, as they will impede its operation.
Although it mainly covers the floor, it can also reach the coves, as well as climb on the lower half of the walls, cleaning deposits from there. However, it doesn’t have enough force to reach the waterline. But to make up for it, this unit will never get stuck on stairs, as it incorporates the Never-Get-Stuck Aquabot system. This acts as a safety-mechanism that moves the unit back if it encounters an obstacle over which it can’t pass. So, regardless if floats or water toys were left on the water surface, the robot will know to avoid them.
Even more, it offers an economical advantage, as it also filters the water when moving. Through its 80 gallons per minute, it will help disperse the chemicals present in the water all around the pool, evening the concentration. This, in turn, will make for more efficient chemical use, increased water circulation as well as enhanced water balance. Also, thanks to its 50’ power cable, it can easily reach up to a 40’ length, so it will also take care of hot and cold spots. However, the cable doesn’t swivel, so you’ll have to remove any outdoor equipment or yard toys from its path, so it won’t get tangled.
This unit doesn’t require long-run upkeep, as it was created to provide its users peace of mind. The only elements you should keep an eye on are the tracks and brushes, as the rubber will get worn out in time. But fear not, as they are easily replaceable. Additionally, it is recommended to always clean the filter bag with a strong water jet after every utilization, to prevent mold and bacteria growth. To give you a helping hand, the manufacturer warrantees it for the first two years, and also provides a customer service to address your inquiries. Water chemistry is also an element that shouldn’t be overlooked, as an odd color or a cloudy aspect can result in faulty operation. High chlorine concentration as well as heightened pH levels will attack the casing, whereas high alkalinity will create calcium deposits on the inner filters. Therefore you should always test the water prior to the vacuum’s utilization.
Overall, Aquabot Junior is a great unit for first-time users, as it includes all the necessary functions to maintain the pool clear. It has a plug-and-play operation, therefore it requires no additional connections to pool systems. It dutifully cleans and scrubs the basin’s floor, filtering the water in the process and trapping any kind of debris.