We like the fact that the Maytronics 99996113-US Dolphin Nautilus robotic pool cleaner is one of those energy efficient units, which operate on low costs. We do not like that it doesn't come with a remote control.
The slim and sleek design is not only for fashion, as the unit’s concept allows it to nimbly navigate through the water, finishing its task promptly. Its elegant colors – blue and shiny black – add to its charm, whereas the durable casing ensures the inner components are safe from external damage. Not even variable water temperature will damage it, therefore it can easily accustom both cold water basins as well as heated ones, regardless if it’s achieved through solar rays or natural gas. To ensure it provides the mobility and maneuverability you’re looking for, it sports a 14 lbs weight. The back-placed handle is incorporated into its design, thus it is fixed, offering a secure, tight grip. This comes in handy whenever you wish to place it into and out of the basin. Due to its size, it will never clutter your equipment enclosure, ensuring you’ll always have enough storage space for all pool equipment as well as water toys.
To swiftly reach the targeted area, it employs uninterrupted rubberized tracks. This will provide the robot with the balance it needs to get as high as possible on vertical walls, as well as keeping it from slipping and falling before it finishes its task. They are soft enough not to damage the texture of the pool, regardless of what material it is made from.
To ensure all dirt is removed from the surfaces, the front roll brush actively spins, dislodging even the most stubborn liter. This ensures that through its double speed and plated bristles, all the goo, slime, kelp, and algae will quickly leave the pool’s water. Therefore, there will be no need for you to manually brush or sweep the pool previously. The rear-situated intake will collect several types of debris, from smaller-scale to larger clumps of leaves, ensuring the unit consistently takes care of even the most unexpected invaders.
The collected media is carefully kept into the inner basket, therefore it won’t burden the pool’s system. The basket is lined with fine, cartridge-type filters, which will prevent the microscopic organisms from returning into the water. The filter is easily accessible through the top of the unit, with just a push of a button, and it is completely washable, which means convenient maintenance.
To gift the unit with the required leeway to reach pools up to 40’, the 50’ power cable is equipped with a swivel attribute. This not only permits the unit to tackle all zones, but also prevent the cord from tangling as the unit moves around. Therefore, the cord will never get stuck in outdoor chaises, nor will it stay fixed in floats or other water toys. To offer increased convenience, an optional caddy can be purchased separately from the unit, as well as other types of filters, in case you with an even finer filtration process.
The CleverClean system guides the unit around the pool, active as its main navigational map. The system systematically scans the size and shape of the basin, remembering the shape and the possible obstacles that might impede the robot from finalizing its target. It can actively recognize and distinguish between underwater objects and drains, assuring the latter will be carefully cleaned and brushed.
The cleaning cycle is swift, 2 hours being more than enough for the unit to cover the entire place. Even more, it will do so as many times per week as you wish, thanks to its programmable weekly timer. Therefore, you’ll have no problem keeping the pool in top shape every day of the week, every two days or every three days, depending on your preferences and schedule. It requires no supervision, as it works independently, stopping its operation as soon as the cycle was finished. However, keep in mind that all pool alarms should be removed when you use the vacuum, otherwise they will be triggered by the water movement.
The control panel is easy to access, with self-explanatory settings, illuminated by blue LEDs, so you’ll be able to easily read them even in dim light. Although it incorporates no remote control, the robot can accustom remote utilization, if you decide to utilize this function. Its care extends to walls and waterline as well as coves and inclines, therefore making the unit a great choice for irregularly shaped basins, as it won’t get stuck, and will remove deposits regardless of location. It utilizes only 5 cents for an entire clean out, so it also makes an economic choice if you’re the owner of a wide, large basin.
Constructed so it won’t become a burden on its user, the vacuum requires minimum maintenance. The media basket should be cleaned after every utilization, as a clean water jet will remove any bacteria and dirt caught in the filter. Additionally, the tracks and the brush might get worn out in time, so you should also pay close attention to them, and replace them with new elements when the time arrives. Although the unit shouldn’t have functionality issues, in case you encounter a problem that you cannot resolve on your own the manufacturer provides a full-time warranty for the first year. This includes spare parts and labor, as well as responsive customer support. Another element you should pay attention to is the water balance. If the water is an odd color or has a milky color, you should refrain from using the vacuum, as the bacteria will deteriorate the unit prematurely. Additionally, increased chlorine concentration or heightened pH levels will diminish the vacuum’s performance.
All in all, Maytronics’ 99996113-US Dolphin Nautilus is a great choice if you wish to have your pool spotless in a matter of just two hours. Although it doesn’t have two brushes, the active-spinning one is fully capable of dislodging, removing, and sweeping all particles, algae, and microbes, so you won’t have to manually brush the pool beforehand. The continuous tracks offer the stability and grip the unit needs to reach vertical surfaces, all while ensuring the surface of the basin is safe from harm. The inner media basked provides an independent functionality, so it will never bother the pool skimmer or pump, whereas its programmable timer ensures you’ll have sparkling clean water whenever you wish.