What we like about the Smartpool NC22 SmartKleen robotic pool cleaner is that it is an energy efficient unit. What we do not like is the fact that it cannot clean the steps of your pool, although it provides an excellent result when it comes to the floor and walls.
Created to give a helping hand to pool owners, Smartpool’s NC22 SmartKleen offers quality and precision in its task of ridding your basin of unwanted dirt. Although it was created to better suit above-ground units, it is also compatible with small inground types, therefore it’s highly versatile. It works independently from your pool’s filtration system or pump, so it requires no additional hoses to set it up. Simply take it out of the box, plug it into an outlet and let it do its job.
Although it might appear bulkier than other units, its dimension is, in fact, quite compact, measuring 13.25” by 17” by 17.5”. Therefore, it will never clutter the equipment storage. Additionally, its weight is less than 20 lbs, which ensures you’ll need no caddy to transport it to the deck. Its monochrome color pallet makes it easy to spot underwater, as well as giving it an elegant look.
Atop its casing, situated at the back, is the fixed handle. It is large enough to allow you a secure grip over the unit, playing a major role whenever you wish to set the unit into the water or lift it from the pool. It is also strategically situated so it won’t become an impediment to the unit’s power cord. With a length of 40’, it offers the robot enough reach to accommodate any type of above-ground pools, as well as small inground models that do not exceed 28’ in length, 6’ in-depth and 14’ in width. However, the cord includes no swivel, so you’ll have to be careful to remove any outdoor equipment or floats from the pool, so it won’t get tangled in them.
To navigate underwater it employs a peculiar mechanism, which combines the functionality of wheels, with the performance of a brush. Unlike other units which have the brush at the front, or exhibit dual rolls, one at the back and one at the front, NC22 SmartKleen has the brush situated at its back. It is large enough to fit the unit’s entire width, and besides the sweeping function it regularly has, it also acts as the unit’s back wheels. Therefore, you won’t have to priorly brush or sweep the pool. The two front-place wheels are equipped with durable tires, which can accommodate all kinds of surface textures without damaging them or leaving marks.
The intakes situated underneath the unit redirect the collected debris right into the traditional filter bag, preventing the particles from returning into the water. The filter bag is quite generous, sporting an extra-large capacity of storing various types of debris, indifferent to its size. Therefore, you’ll never have to interrupt the cleaning to dispose of the collected media. The bag is also washable with strong-pressure water jets, or with detergent if you wish to machine-wash it.
Unlike other sophisticated units, it doesn’t have programmable functions or remote control, but instead, it compensates for it through its intelligent navigation system. It easily creates a cleaning path, so it won’t randomly move through your pool, whereas its inner built obstacle-protocol ensures the unit will recognize obstacles in time and will avoid them. Therefore, it will never get stuck in tight angles or drains. But it shouldn’t be utilized when a solar cover is in use.
Moreover, while other units might require to use the pool’s wall to redirect their vacuuming, NC22 SmartKleen can do so on its own, with no dependence on extra help. It will rise on the brush and spin around until it resets to a new position. It can do so in any part of the pool, be it in the middle or near one of the sides, so it will never miss a spot. However, as it is capable of underwater movements, it is recommended to remove any pool alarms you might have, as otherwise they will get triggered by the waves.
Propelled by its direct-drive motor, the unit offers fast performance, with its cleaning cycle lasting only 2 hours. Additionally, it is also an economic choice, as it won’t require too much electricity to perform exemplary. It offers one of the fastest water-drains available, completely getting rid of the water in just a few moments as soon as you hold it by the handle. Even more, due to its large action area, it will evenly spread the chemicals around, ensuring the water’s clarity, while improving the overall water circulation and balance. This, in turn, will ensure bacteria and pathogens are kept away from the pool.
The only element you should be concerned about is the filter bag. It requires regular washing, if possible after every utilization, to completely remove the fine particles that otherwise would harm it. When deterioration appears on it, you can easily find a replacement at an accessible price, to change it on your own. Also, to simplify the process as well as provide support in case you face issues with the unit, the manufacturer provides a full-coverage 2-year warranty as well as customer support. Additionally, keep in mind the water state before you plan on using the robot. Odd colors or cloudy aspect mean poor chemical balance, which in turn can lead to faulty operation and deposits appearing on the inner filters. High chlorine concentration or heightened pH levels will also damage the casing, so you should test the water prior to using the vacuum.
While it might be a bit difficult to employ its help if you own wide inground pools, Smartpool NC22 SmartKleen is an ideal choice for every above-ground pool owner. Thanks to its long cable it can reach all shapes of basins, whereas its wheels won’t damage the inner structure. Moreover, it requires no additional gear to function, nor does it connect to skimmer or pumps.