We liked the interesting design of the Dolphin Deluxe 4 robotic pool cleaner that is helping it offer a great performance. It's compact, easy to use and comes with some useful features that make it a good choice for pool cleaning.
What grabs the attention immediately, is the color scheme the unit has for its design. The bright colors will not only lighten the mood but will also make the unit highly visible underwater, so you’ll be able to track it whenever it goes. Although it has no bumpers to protect it from possible impacts, the ABS casing will keep the contents secured, guarding the motor from possible intruders like leaves. It also is sturdy enough to protect the components from varying water temperatures, making it efficient in heated water as well as cold water.
Tiny, sporting a dimension of 23” by 18” by 40”, it won’t become a problem for your equipment storage, whereas its light weight 22 lbs will makes its maneuverability a stress-less process. To offer a means of easily remove it from water, it offers a top-placed handle, which has enough space for a tight and secure grip. The handle is foldable, so it can be flattened when the unit is not in use. Additionally, it has an optional caddy, which supports the unit, as well as maintains the long 65’ swivel power cord untangled. However, it doesn’t have an anti-tangle device, so you’ll have to carefully consider its path, eliminating anything that might stand in its way – floats, water toys, or chaise lounges.
For faster underwater mobility, it employs uninterrupted rubber tracks which offer a strong-enough grip to sustain the unit wherever it travels, even on vertical surfaces. They are linked with the brush rolls that ensure a clear, spotless performance. The rolls have plated bristles which means they won’t deteriorate the pool surface but are rough enough to dislodge stubborn particles that otherwise would remain stuck. The rolls move continuously, so wherever it goes the algae and film will be removed from the surface without a trace.
It can filter and stop large amounts of debris, all the collected particles remaining inside the inner bag. Although the bag is washable and fully able to filter even small-scale trash, it is a bit difficult to clean unless you have a strong water pressure hose. However, to compensate for this, the bag is easily reachable through the bottom of the unit. Even more, the robot offers an independent operation, its ability to work separately from the pool’s filter and pump, ensuring it will never overwork the system.
To orientate underwater it employs a smart navigation system that searches and scans the pool in real-time. It will seek to perfect its operation during and after its utilization, calculating the optimum path to cover the entire area. To help you personalize its activity it offers two cleaning modes, a standard one that lasts 3 hours and a quicker version that lasts only 1 hour. Through the standard type, it takes care of the floor, walls, and goes as high as the waterline. Through the quick cycle, it only removes the particles from the floor.
It will easily detect and overcome possible obstacles – drains, floats, stairs, water toys – but it shouldn’t be used with any type of cover, solar or safety, as this will impede its performance. Moreover, it is capable of filtering and equalizing the water, as it has a flow rate of 4000 gallons per hour. This will evenly disperse the chemicals, assuring they will cover the entire pool, enhancing their action as well as reducing the utilized quantity. It will promote healthy water circulation, ensuring the water balance is constantly maintained. Although it has no remote control, it offers a programmable timer to ease its functionality, as well as LED indicator lights that will alert you when the bag needs to be cleaned. If you plan on utilizing it during nighttime, take note of the pool alarms, as keeping them in water during the utilization of the vacuum, might trigger them.
Although the overall upkeep procedure won’t take long, it is required to go through it regularly if you wish to maintain your device in top shape. The main element you should always keep clean is the debris bag. It requires cleaning after every utilization to ensure it remains mold and bacteria-free.
A noteworthy aspect you should keep track of is the water balance. If at any given moment, the water turns an odd color or has a milky aspect, you shouldn’t let the vacuum near it. Contaminated with different algae types or due to unbalanced chemicals – high pH or high alkalinity, this type of water will deteriorate the robot. Deposits will form around its filters, and the casing might be affected from the corrosive-like nature of high chlorine amounts.
Another element that requires your attention is the top-plated motor grate. Although its intended design is to impede particles from getting into the rotor and damage the unit, smaller items like leaves or twigs might pass through it. Therefore, from time to time it is recommended to open it up and remove the intruding elements.
Last but not least, the unit has few moving parts, so not many of them will require replacement. However, the brushes and tracks might get worn out in time. So, to maintain the unit’s top-notch performance, you should keep an eye on them. To give you a helping hand in keeping the robot at its peak activity, and because the manufacturer cares for each of its products, Maytronics offers up to 3 years of coverage, as well as responsive and customer-friendly support.
Dolphin Deluxe 4 covers all the required essential functions a robotic vacuum should possess to help with the pool upkeep. It has a plug-and-play operation, a hassle-free utilization, and will reach the entire pool perimeter. It won’t damage the textures, indifferent to what the basin is lined with, and it tackles several shapes.