The Hayward 2025ADV Ultra XL is a robotic pool cleaner that will certainly help you clean the swimming pool in a faster and easier manner. At the same time, the unit is very affordable and very silent, being covered by a 2-year warranty.
Highly affordable, Hayward 2025ADV Ultra XL combines the practicality of a vacuum with the hassle-free utilization of a robot, to ensure the task of cleaning your pool is done stress-less. It requires little-to-none human supervision and interaction during its task, allowing you to relax as it does its job. Although not completely robotic, as it utilizes the skimmer’s power to move around, it will thoroughly clean the basin, ensuring its tidiness.
A bit bulkier to other units, as it measures 40” by 13” by 12”, it makes up with its feather-like weight, 18 lbs. Its overall installation won’t take longer than 10 minutes, and it offers a smooth, silent operation. The casing is donned in elegant tones of white, grey, and blue, whereas its plastic composition ensures the inner elements will be guarded against harmful factors. Even more, it is compatible with heated pools, regardless of the unit employed to supply the warmth. What is unique to this model is the lateral wings, which aid the unit in keeping the debris seated as it vacuums it up. Due to their help, the water won’t get cloudy.
Instead of a power cord, the unit connects through a hose directly to the pool’s skimmer and filtration system. The tube is 40’ meaning that as long as your inground basin doesn’t exceed 20’ by 40’, the unit is fully able to reach all corners. However, since it is solely situated underwater, you should remove any obstacles – floats, water toys, thermometers, alarms, or chlorinators – from its path, to prevent tangling. Although it incorporates no brushes, so you’ll have to manually scrub and sweep the pool, it has a wide and generous intake which enables it to remove large amounts of dirt, as well as clutters.
Additionally, this particular unit works better on vinyl lined pools. However, in case your pool does have another texture, you can simply change the unit legs to ones specific for the lining your basin has. Therefore it can easily suit concrete, tile, pebble tec and even fiberglass pools, without damaging the surface through its cleaning.
Despite its functions not being as high-tech as those of other models, 2025ADV Ultra XL is still an accessible and affordable choice. It guides itself through the AquaPilot system, a navigation technology that constantly calculates the best path to reach the goal. Thus the unit will not go in circles, but will actually reach all the corners and areas.
As it is connected to the filtration system is has constant suction power, so there will be no debris that can stand in its way. It moves around the pool by utilizing the turbine, and if enough suction is provided it can climb higher than the floor, reaching the floors and even the waterline. Although it might not have enough force to remove stubborn deposits, the fact that it covers the entire area proves highly beneficial for distributing the pool chemicals. This ensures proper water circulation, which in turn offers efficient water balancing.
Unfortunately, it has no debris bag, so all the collected particles will be transferred to the skimmer, so you’ll have to clean it more often. Additionally, the unit is comprised of several moving parts, which means that in time they are prone to faster deterioration, so you should keep a close eye on them.
Luckily all parts are replaceable, so you won’t have a hard time finding them. If constantly used every day for an entire year, the feet, intake, and cover do tend to wear down faster, resulting in the functionality of 2 to 3 years on end. The hose, however, is sturdier and might last up to 5 years before it needs to be replaced. Also, if it happens to break during the first year, the manufacturer has it warranted, so you’ll have no problem getting it repaired. If you wish to prolong its lifespan, a trick is to keep an eye on the water balance. Test the chlorine levels and don’t let it go too high. Also, keep the pH levels in check, and if the water turns an odd color, or has a milky-aspect, lower the alkalinity.
All in all, since it is programmed to follow a predetermined series of turns, it can clean the basin better than the units that utilize a random style. However, it does have a few drawbacks like the lack of its debris bag, or the fact that it can’t be programmed according to your preferences. But if these aspects are not a deal-breaker for you, then this unit is not only affordable but also makes for faster pool upkeep.