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Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner
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|Item Weight||14 Pounds|
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- Delivers unmatched performance in an above-ground cleaner at an unthinkable cost.
- No messy bags! Large and in charge oversized debris cartridge holds up to 60% more debris.
- Hypergrip Continuous Tracks - leaves wheels cleaners in its wake!
- SmartNav 2.0 Robotic Scanning. Only 14 lbs. Energy Efficient 24 Volt DC motors. Two year warranty.
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The New Benchmark
Take whatever preconceived notions you may have about pool robots and throw them out. The all-new Escape is here with groundbreaking technology to ensure that your pool is cleaned to a whole new level.
Onboard DC Motors
Escape’s low voltage DC motors operate on nearly 90% less power than old fashioned cleaners. While other pool cleaners can expend a massive 1800 watts of power, the Escape robot requires just 180 watts which is just 5 cents per hour.
Active Scrubbing Brush
For most pools, vacuuming isn’t enough to remove algae and other stubborn build-ups attached to the pool’s floor. That’s why engineers equipped the Escape with the active scrubbing brush to deliver a new level of clean.
Water between the wheels & pool surface results in slippage and lost efficiency. Escape takes a radical departure from the conventional wheel with continuous rubber tracks. No more slipping. No more wasted energy.
Massive Top-Load Filter
For a complete clean, your robot needs filtration that can handle debris of all size. Escape’s massive filter cartridge is easily accessed from the top. Messy, cumbersome debris bags used by traditional pool cleaners are a thing of the past.
Gone are the days of watching your robot aimlessly wander. Smart navigation and scanning software uses advanced algorithms to efficiently clean your pool. Escape’s ability to sense walls, ladders and drains delivers uninterrupted cleaning.
|Dolphin Sigma||Dolphin Premier||Dolphin Quantum||Dolphin Escape|
|Filtration System||Fine & Ultra Fine||Multi-Media, Oversized Leaf Bag, Fine, Ultra-Fine Cartridge||Fine & Ultra Fine||Fine|
|Pool Type||Gunite/Plaster, Vinyl, Fiberglass||Gunite/Plaster, Vinyl, Fiberglass||Gunite/Plaster, Vinyl, Fiberglass||Gunite/Plaster, Vinyl, Fiberglass|
|Suction Rating||4500 GPH||4500 GPH||4000 GPH||4000 GPH|
|Pool Sizes||up to 50 ft||up to 50 ft||up to 50 ft||up to 30 ft|
|Weekly Smart Timer||✓||✓||✓|
|Number of Motors||Three||Two||Two||Two|
|Remote Control||Smartphone App||Remote Ready|
|Extended Coverage||3 year||3 year||2 year||2 year|
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Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
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I think the maker could have come up with a better product description. I just wish it was easier to find out basic facts about this cleaner before purchase. You really shouldn't have to be forced to read dozens of reviews to find out that :
(1) It stops working . Usually around 85 minutes but the power control unit doesn't shut off.
(1a) that the manufacturer suggest that you wait 30 minutes after you manually shut it off and clean the basket to restart it
(2). If you have a large pool it WILL skip areas. The "Mapping" touted by the manufacture seriously needs work
(2a) and you will need to turn off the power unit and manually move the pool cleaner to ensure your pool gets clean.
(3) It doesn't get up fine particles like sand. There's a very expensive add on that is suppose to do it.
(4)The Cleaner doesn't do steps.
(5) Unlike it's competition , that's half the price, it doesn't come with a remote.
So why did I buy it? Well most of the reviewers Raved about howl it and called it wonderful. I can't help but wonder how the majority of reviews would read if they updated them in 60 days. I'd really like to know how it works for those that live where you can swim year round. I would also like to know what happens when they store it after swim season. Is it still a five star rating?
The reviews for the Aquabot I pulled out started with negativity but then most of the reviews I read where a few months old and were talking about how the newer model did't hold up.
So it's early days for me and I guess that I still have to decide if I need to buy a different cleaner to compare it with or if I should return this Dolphin Cleaner.
So far I can state that, Yes, it "remaps" each time it's inserted into the pool but if you have a larger above ground pool it misses a lot. My pool is an Oval Above Ground that is about 16 X30 . My Pool either has 48” or 52" high steel walls. I don't remember as we buried it so only a couple of feet are above ground. It's a little over 4 feet deep. The Dolphin cleaner only climbs when first activated and then only about 6 inches at most. My pool has a "thru-wall "wide mouth skimmer. It filters a lot debris on the surface and I can maually vacuum it easily but if a robot could do it with a minimum of fuss why should I?
This pool cost a lot of money. I bought the cleaner mainly for the "off season" so that it would be easier to reopen the pool next year. So far I am not certain this was such a great investment.
We have put a lot of money into the pool. 2 summers ago we bought pool steps to make entry/exit easier. The Cleaner doesn't do steps and that's understandable I guess. It does seem to like to "pop wheelies " in the middle of the pool at which point sometimes the lid for the skimer basket inside of it opens . I then have to turn it off. Bring it to the side of the pool, reach down grab the handle pull it up( and that Dolphin is a lot heaver full of water than going in So Always use the handle) pull it up and close the lid and restart. Yes it has lost all of the material that was previously in the basket. So at this point it's starting over at square one.
Yes, I realize that this pool cleaner is like an indoor "Roomba" but at almost $700.00 American dollars if it decide to stop working it should go back to where it entered the pool and power off like the roomba. At this price point it SHOULD come with everything needed like a "fine particle basket". It would also be very nice if it came with a remote controller that way you could direct it to the areas it missed when you have to restart it.
It didn't arrive on time but I don't blame the seller or Amazon as I have horrific mail carriers. I have only had it about a week . I am less than trilled that I have to go out and move the cleaner to areas it missed and then restart it to get my pool clean,
When it does work it picks up large items. Yesterday an afternoon shower came along. Somehow my chlorine dispenser lost its lid and lost a 3" tablet. I ran the cleaner in the evening. It ran for 84 minutes exactly then stopped. However, I was happily surprised to see that when I picked the cleaner up by the handle and took it out of pool along with a few leaves, some grit, there was a chlorine tablet! I am so happy that it picked this up as it could have damaged my liner.
I am still not sure for this amount of money if I am going to keep it. I really feel that in the product description it should state that it stops and doesn't pick up fine particles. The Aquabot states "...propels through the water to automatically brush, vacuum and micro-filter dirt, debris and contaminants. " The Aquabot also clearly states that it shuts off after a certain time period. Some models even come with a remote! Seriously it's half the price of this one. I just don't know if the Dolphin cleaner is worth all the extra money.
I have't tried putting it on a timer yet so I can't speak to if or how that works. I have a couple of weeks to figure out if I am keeping it. I may bite the bullet and get another cleaner and do a side by side comparrison but I really can't afford two.
I don't know if I will keep it. . It started out as expected I was so excited when it arrived. I carefully read and followed the directions. Placed it gingerly in the pool.I plugged it in. I pushed the power button and the Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner started right up the wall. My son and I watched it for a bit. He remarked that it looked like a smaller version of the one our local Aquatic fitness center uses and that it's like a Roomba for pools. So as we have a house Roomba I didn't expect it always get everything. So far I have tried using the Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner three times. Each time it just stops working. The power is on it's going along great and then before it has cleaned half the pool it just stops. I have had to turn off the power and wait 30 minutes. I go back outside. I check the "trash basket:, which hasn't been clogged or full but I dump out the basket and replace anyway. I then reposition the Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner to the unclean areas in the pool . I press the power button and it starts back up and goes to work. It does Seriously for Over $600.00, which is twice what the competiton cost, why should I keep it?