Review of Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Swivel Cable

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Pool cleaning is a huge chore especially if you have a big, spacious one and no one else to clean but you. Of course, if you can afford building and maintaining such a pool, you wouldn’t clean it manually with a brush, would you? That’s why there are a lot of models of pool cleaners in the market that won’t really involve a hands-on treatment, such as the case of robotic cleaners.

If you’re on the lookout for a reliable pool cleaner, check out the Dolphin 99996323 Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner. These are robotic cleaners that work on its own and don’t need supervision.

PROS: Being a robotic cleaner, the Dolphin Nautilus won’t require your full attention while it does its job. All you have to do is set it up, lower it down the pool, and wait for it to finish.

It has two types of removable screens that trap the dirt from the pool so it wouldn’t require your pool’s filtration system, which is great in the long run as the maintenance for the pool system is much expensive. One of Nautilus’ screens is for heavy leaf and debris while the other one is for finer particles. These screens are easy to remove, clean, and reinstall.

CONS: This cleaner is a bit heavy. It’s somewhat difficult and awkward to remove it from the pool after it finished cleaning. When lifting it off the water, it also tends to shed a little bit of the debris it picked up earlier on so you have to be slow and careful when taking this machine out.

Lastly, some customers complained about the price of replacing the motor in case it breaks; one said repairs for this would cost a few hundred bucks, which is almost the price of a new cleaner.

What are the important aspects of the Dolphin 99996323 Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner?

Type: This is a robotic pool vacuum that doesn’t require supervision from the owner. Unlike other vacuums that need to be maneuvered and controlled, this one works and moves on its own. It has a self-filtration system and pump. It can scrub and clean floors and walls while being able to suck in dirt and debris in the water. Among all the other types of pool cleaners, the robotic ones are the most expensive.

The price of robotic pool cleaners averages $500 and above. But the price is worth it for the time and effort it will save you from having to go through the pool yourself. Owners actually said that their Dolphin Nautilus Pool Cleaner is cheaper than other brands yet functions better than advertised.

It’s also very quiet so it won’t disrupt relaxation time with your family while it cleans. You also don’t have to worry about the edges and the walls as the robotic cleaner climbs walls to brush and suck dirt.

Features: This robotic pool cleaner has its own pump and filtration system. The pros of not having to hook it up to your pool pump and filter (unlike other cleaners) is that it is considered self-contained and won’t cause your pool filter to clog, and won’t require backwashing and additional maintenance. Having to connect your cleaner to the pool filter may be expensive in the long run.

This machine doesn’t require any pre-installation and difficult assembly. It’s plug and play, meaning you can just plug it right out of the box and place it into your pool. It comes with a power cord that is a little longer than other robotic cleaners and it doesn’t twist up in knots. It is effective at cleaning the pool because of its built-in heavy-duty brushes and bristles. It is able to climb the walls of your pool to prevent dirt or algae buildup.

This pool cleaner comes with a power supply with built-in timer. It will automatically shut off after about three hours of non-stop cleaning.

Ease of Use: It takes about five minutes or less for you to set the machine up and fix all the chords and whatnot before placing it into the water. After the three-hour cleaning is done, come back to fish out the pool cleaner off the pool.

Clean up and storage will take about five to seven minutes. To compute all the work you’ve done after a sparkly clean swimming pool, you’ve only exerted about 10 minutes of light work while the machine did all the work for you.

It is not recommended to leave the machine in the pool after it finished its cycle. Make sure to time your waiting time to ensure that the machine won’t be stuck in the water.

What other things should you know about the Dolphin 99996323 Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner? 

The Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner moves in a random pattern all over your pool so forgive it if it misses some spots. It also has trouble with cleaning the angles of your pool. You can help it by brushing the corners of the swimming pool before beginning the cleaning cycle to loosen the debris for easy pick up.

It also can’t clean the steps of your pool and has problems with completely sucking large leaves; it tends to get stuck in the intake slots. Also if you have a larger pool, you might want to have it go through two cycles to ensure that every spot would be scrubbed clean.

This machine weighs about 17 pounds and has a 12-month warranty for labor and spare parts.

The Verdict

The Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner may be considered a big splurge because of its high cost. However, the perks and pros it takes with it justify this amount because of its heavy-duty and effective cleaning properties.

You don’t have to supervise its cleaning and the best of all, you don’t have to exert effort in brushing and vacuuming your pool because this robotic pool cleaner will do it all for you. Because it has its own pump and filter, it doesn’t need to connect to your pool’s pump, thereby lessening the cost and maintenance in the long run.