Spring is coming to a close which means the arrival of sunshine and all water related activities. This includes opening the pool and lounging around it daily. Some of the less exciting aspects of pool ownership goes along with the convenience of constantly having a place to take a dip. If you want to make maintenance around your pool as simple and carefree as possible, check out our list of the top 5 robotic pool cleaners as recommended by our experts here at Sunplay!
If you’re looking for the cleaner that does everything, the Polaris 9550 Sport is the proverbial holy grail. Not only does it have every bell and whistle under the sun, but it is well-reviewed by owners which is possibly the single most important thing when looking for a reliable cleaner.
This thing is loaded with features. It tackles all kinds of terrain, climbing over obstacles along the floor, sides, and steps without getting stuck. It boasts vortex vacuum technology that doesn’t lose suction even when it gets full with debris. Its canister has four times the capacity of other similarly sized cleaners which means it requires fewer filter cleanings.
The Polaris 9550 machine has a canister indicator that will let you know when the filter is full and needs cleaning, taking the guess work out of the process. It also has a highly useful lift system—when the unit is finished, it will surface to a desired location and waits for you to grab it. It then evacuates the water that was inside of it to make for light and easy removal.
- 7 day programmable timer with customizable cleaning cycles
- Cleans pools up to 30’ X 60’
- Weighs 16 pounds (without its caddy)
- 4-Wheel drive capabilities
- Comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
The Dolphin Triton is another great, little machine. It’s self-programming, easy to clean, and comes with a caddy for quick and simple portability. Once you set it, it scrubs, vacuums, and filters the water in pools up to 50 feet long in just three hours.
The Dolphin is also a more affordable option as compared to the Polaris 9550 although it is missing some of the latter’s technology. It is remote control ready but that’s a feature that is sold separately.
- 2 year warranty
- 60-foot swivel cable that prevents itself from getting tangled
- Weighs 18.75 pounds
Our third option is the Dolphin Nautilus pool cleaner. This will take care of any in ground swimming pool up to 50 feet long, easily navigating the walls, floor, and cove areas. The Dolphin Nautilus is lightweight (weights 18.75 pounds like the Triton) and comes with an easy to clean cartridge and filter. It’s also very affordable in the world of robotic pool cleaners.
- Scrubs, vacuums, and filters all pool surfaces in three hours
- Costs less than 15 centers to clean the pool each time, making it remarkably efficient
- 12 month warranty
The Polaris 9450 is similar to the Polaris 9550 in scope and features. It comes with the ever-impressive vortex vacuum technology and doesn’t get inhibited by loss of suction like so many other pool cleaners do. It scrubs pool floors, walls, and tile with a pleated scrubbing brush that will keep everything spotless and always ready for use.
Debris can be easily emptied from the canister with a simple shake and a spray with makes everything more pleasant for the operator. It also comes with that same fully customizable cleaning cycle option as well as the easy lift system.
- Cleans pools up to 20’ x 50’
- 4-wheel drive capabilities
- Weighs 16 pounds
- Has an ActivMotion Sensor which senses position and adapts paths for optimal cleaning. This also keeps the cord from getting tangled.
- Two year manufacturer’s warranty
- Cleans pools in 1.5 hours
This nifty little cleaner goes to work on all kinds of pool surfaces including concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liners. It has a duel direct-drive motor that helps it have great traction and is able to turn on a dime. It also includes a brush to port suction system that helps it thoroughly clean out acorns, leaves, and other fine debris that may be floating around the chlorinated water. It, too, has a quick drain system that makes it light weight for removal from the pool.
- XL filter bag capacity
- Cleans pools 20’ x 40’
- 3-hour auto shut off
Click on the name of any of these cleaners to learn more. Happy cleaning!