The sturdy design makes the Aquabot Pool Rover Junior robotic pool cleaner look very solid and durable, being a sign that it will do a great job. What you won't like is the limited area it reaches, which makes it less reliable than other models. If you take that out, you will discover an efficient device with many features.
From the wide range of robotic pool cleaners offered by Aquabot, the Aquabot Pool Rover Junior is one of the most durable and reliable models designed for above-ground pools. The large and solid wheels help it get over any obstacle it may encounter in the pool and the high power suction can absorb large amounts of water that go through a quality filter designed to retain even the smallest debris. However, it only manages to clean the floor of the pool only, so if you consider the $400 price tag and compare it to other models that reach up on the walls, you will not find it co convenient.
This automatic pool cleaner is the perfect device for cleaning flat bottom floors of large pools up to 24′ in diameter in less than an hour thanks to the powerful 24-volt pump that ensures a high suction power that can remove anything from the smallest dirt to large leaves and algae. It can work on any type of pool surface from vinyl to tile to fiberglass and it includes a 2-hour cleaning cycle at the end of which your pool will be clean and shiny. It has a 4,200 GPH, meaning it can filter up to 4,200 gallons of water every hour with the help of the high-quality fine bag filter that retains impurities as small as 2 microns.
This pool robot doesn’t come with an intelligent navigation system, instead, it has an adjustable pin that you have to change with each cleaning cycle so that the device will modify its path in order to assure complete coverage of the pool floor. Make sure you drop it in the pool and not on the steps as it doesn’t go on steps but only on flat surfaces and it can sometimes get stuck in corners as it doesn’t come with a deflector that would help it. The programmable timer is of great help when you want to set it and leave it as it will automatically shut off the device once the time interval yo set will be over. It doesn’t come with a remote control or other convenience features, so you will have to settle with what you get.
The first impression you get when you look at this model is that it can run over anything, due to its large wheels placed on a sturdy chassis. It’s a very tall and bulky model that measures 21 x 18 x 19 inches and weighs around 10 pounds because of the internal pump it is equipped with. The blue plastic housing matches the color of the water and the USA flag drawn on it reveals that it is an item designed and manufactured in America. The large 4 wheels it comes with help it pass over obstacles in the pool and the non-marring coating keeps it from scratching the surface of the pool. You will get rid of the hassle of long and heavy hoses with the help of the 40-inch swivel cable that gets out of its way. There is even a handle on the side of the device so that you can easily get it out of the water.
This automatic cleaner is not noisy, so you can use it at night without worrying about disturbing the neighbors. The 2-hour automatic shut-off timer of this device helps you reduce the energy consumption as it will stop as soon as it finishes the cleaning cycle. It only requires 180 watts of power, which means around 5 cents per hour, so you can be sure that your pool cleaner will not add to your regular electricity bill. The non-marring wheels help it adhere better to the pool’s floor so it won’t slip, which would increase the time of the cleaning process, therefore, the costs.
The best part about using a robotic pool cleaner is that you get to relax or do anything else while this intelligent device cleans the pool for you. With this product, you don’t have to worry about anything, as you simply have to plug it in, push the start button and let the powerful pump do its job. Remember to clean the filter once every couple of uses so that it can perform at its maximum capacity. What is annoying about this device is that there is a pin that must be placed in one of the 4 holes near the end of the axles and you must change it before every use in order to change the cleaning pattern. However, the reviews of the customers are mixed regarding the durability and performance of this robotic pool cleaner and some are not satisfied with how it works and with the limited 1-year warranty it comes with.
First, you must unplug the robot’s cable from the power supply. Afterward, unscrew the screws that hold the valve propulsion ports onto the propulsion valve, and simply remove the port. Next, push the center guidance flap in the valve housing. With the help of a screwdriver, open it and look for debris such as hair or any small object that might be obstructing the propeller and not allowing it to rotate freely. Now you must take a paper clip, bend it into a hook, and use it to pull out the debris.
|Specs||Aquabot Pool Rover Junior|
|Dimensions||21” x 18” x 19”|
|Pool Type||Above-Ground Pool|
|Cleaning Cycles||2-hour cleaning cycle|
|Input Electrical Requirements||120 VAC/60Hz|
|GPH||4200 gallons per hour|
|Automatic shut-off timer|
|Water Mixing Capability||70 Gallons per Minute|
|Pool shape||Rectangle, Lap, Kidney, L-Shape, Round, Oval|
|Pool surface||Vinyl, Gunite/Concrete Fiberglass, Tile|
After reviewing this pool robot and balancing both the good and the bad sides of this model, we conclude that it’s worth the investment. The low price tag is actually what saves this robot pool cleaner and what convinces us to recommend it, being a bargain when compared to most models on the market. But don’t think that the low price is the only thing that the unit can pride itself on because there are some interesting features that it comes with as well. The most important features that really make a difference in the robot’s performance are the programmable timer, the fine bag filter, and the 4200 GPH filtration rate. All in all, it’s not a bad choice to go with because it’s good enough performance-wise to ensure that it will leave the pool clean and safe to swim in, and it doesn’t cost much either.
|It provides excellent performance||Poor design for cord. It gets twisted|
|No need to attach bulky hoses||Above ground pools only|
|It takes only a 2-hour cycle time||It does not do walls|
|Easy to set up|