How to select your Dolphin
By far the number one question we handle at Pool Partz is "What Dolphin should I buy? There are so many choices out there and I don't know which one is best for me". Many of our customers have suffered from this "analysis paralysis" where there are an overwhelming number of Dolphin pool cleaners available for purchase and they simply can't decide which unit they want. We want you to know we hear you loud and clear! Because of this, we have spent great time and energy developing a web site that is easy to use to find the model that meets your needs. We implemented product filters when you are navigating our site so you can select the features of your pool and select the features of the pool robot that are important to you. Additionally, we developed a product comparison feature so that you can see the difference between two models. So, how do I know which one is best for me? We'll tell you...
The type of pool that you have (above ground or in ground) will dictate the different models that you can select from. Some of the Dolphin models have been designed exclusively for use in smaller above ground pools where minimum number of robot features are required - you drop it in the pool and remove it once the robotic pool cleaner has completed its cycle. For irregular shape pools, however, more features are usually needed and it is recommended that you select a higher end unit as they have better maneuverability around the shape of the pool.
The pool size is a factor in the selection of the pool cleaner as the larger the pool, the more surface area the unit needs to cover so you want to select one that has a longer cycle time (ideally, one with multiple cycle times so that you can control the amount of time you unit spends cleaning).
Robot cleaning surfaces
While all Dolphin pool robots can clean the floor, some models can also clean the walls and the higher end models will even scrub the waterline. Do you get algae at the top of the waterline that you have to periodically scrub to keep your pool clean? If that’s the case, choose a unit that scrubs the waterline so that your pool maintenance is minimized.
After you have narrowed down your choices based on your pool type, the pool size and the cleaning surfaces that you would like to cover, you should be left with a few choices. In some cases (like choosing between and S50 and Active 10), the only difference may be the robot chassis or color. Pick the color you like and proceed with the purchase. In other cases, you can use our Product Compare tool that highlights the difference between selected models. The comparison tool will show you what features are available on a specific model.
While over the years the Dolphin pool cleaners have a delivered a variety of features on their pool robots, there are several features that people are generally interested in:
Fast clean mode - having a pool party in an hour? The fast clean mode will clean the floor only for those models that also have the ability to clean walls and the waterline.
Remote control - this feature allows you to use a remote to steer the unit in a precise location for a spot cleaning, for instance, if there were leaves in the a specific area of the pool. While some models use a physical remote that is delivered with the unit, the new models use Bluetooth technology to allow you to use your smartphone (iPhone or Android) to be used as the remote.
Bluetooth app - A Bluetooth application available for your smartphone that can be used to remotely set and control the operation of your robotic pool cleaner.
Weekly timer - this feature allows the robot to come on during a specific time for up to a week in advance. This feature is useful when you go away on vacation for a week and you want the cleaner to still clean the pool while you are away. While the manufacturer does not recommend a pool cleaner remain in the pool for 365 days a year, the unit can stay in the pool for a period of time without any concerns.
Delayed start - this feature allows the unit to start up after a period of time, allowing any dirt to settle to the floor before the cleaning cycle begins.
Enhanced cleaning cycles - while many models have one cleaning cycle where the robot will stop after the cleaning cycle has completed, some units have enhanced cleaning cycles where you can specify the amount of time you want the robot to spend cleaning.
Full filter indicator - this feature provides an indicator that the robot filter is full of debris and should be cleaned off so that another cleaning cycle can begin.
Swivel cable - The swivel cable, a patented feature of the Dolphins, prevents the cable from being tangled as the pool cleaner is being used.
New or certified pre-owned
At this point, you have made a decision and now you are ready to purchase! One decision remains... do I purchase a brand new one or do I purchase a factory-direct certified pre-owned? Over the years, we have sold customers certified pre-owned due to the savings that we have been able to pass onto them. These units go through a strict 12 point process prior to resale.
For more information about our factory-direct certified pre-owned units, please click here.
Why Dolphin and Pool Partz?
Since 2011, Pool Partz has specialized in the Dolphin line of robotic pool cleaners by Maytronics. When you buy from Pool Partz, you are buying from a company that has a great relationship with the manufacturer due to volume of pool cleaners that we sell. We do not sell any other brand of robotic pool cleaner because the Dolphin line is simply the best robotic cleaner on the market. We hope you enjoy the video that demonstrates the quality of the product that you will be purchasing.
Still have questions? Call us or leave a comment and we'll get right back to you - that's the commitment we have to our customers.