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The process of every pool maintenance consists of several steps: Overall filtration system with a pump. Pool cleaner (manual, automatic or robotic) for ...
In this buying guide, we want to find out how to choose pool pump in 2023. We will also discuss several important aspects that should be on your fingertips ...
The hot tub is one of the water entertainment that is not only for fun but also for therapeutic purposes. That is why they became popular during the ...
Today more and more residential owners install swimming pools in their backgrounds. They would like to see crystal clear water without significant maintenance ...
The proper choice of equipment for pool maintenance is not easy when the market is full of different types of pool cleaners – manual, automatic, and robotic. ...
The reason why Black Friday sales have become so loved by millions of people is the fact that it provides us with excellent discounts for all categories of ...
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Maytronics has produced products for pool maintenance for about 40 years. They have distributors in more than 50 countries and provide technical support ...
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Hi, Susan! Great question, thank you for your interest! Zodiac MX6 is a less powerful cleaner that is developed for smaller pools. Though it features only 1 power turbine, 32 in. hose, and a shorter cleaning path, we note the same traction, very close cleaning technology and navigation. That’s why we think it is an up-to-date pool cleaner. It uses simpler technologies but is equal to other Zodiac devices.
Hi, Christy! Thank you for your question! Hayward Wanda 900 works quite efficiently. Regardless of the appearance, it’s not a toy and should last at least 1 year. So, it definitely should survive hits against the pool walls during common cleaning. Unfortunately, the manufacturer uses too many plastic and rubber components, which make it not as durable as we wish.
Hi, Mark! Excellent question, thanks a lot! WiFi connection and app control don’t directly influence performance, but they will greatly contribute to the ease and comfort of cleaner usage. Polaris 9650IQ works as efficient as Polaris F9550 with remote control. However, with the IQ device, you can set a schedule, start and control cleaning from any place in the world (at work, for example). Besides, only Polaris 9650IQ will notify you of necessary replacements and maintenance. If you don’t need these options, grab the F9550.
Hello, Ethan! Thank you for your question, it’s a truly important moment for all customers. Unfortunately, inflatable products are not as durable as their vinyl, plastic or acrylic brothers. However, with proper grounding, maintenance, and winterization, manufacturers guarantee us at least 3 years of usage. Please pay attention to the warranty your brand provides for the product as well as to the presence of repair kits. These will help you ensure your investment and prolong the hot tub’s life.
Hello, Mason! Thank you for your question! The answer is yes, definitely. Since Pentair SuperFlo is a variable speed pump, you just need to figure out how much flow you need to turn your water over. The model is powerful enough for pools over 30 000 gallons. Real users’ reviews prove it works great.
Hello, Patrick! Thank you for helping us making our review more detailed and informing other readers of new models! Zodiac MX8 Elite is a truly worthy option. And you’re absolutely right; the main difference between the MX8 and the MX8 Elite pool cleaners is the scrubbing brushes and the turbines. It’s the first suction pool cleaner with Cyclonic Scrubbing Brushes that continually spin, scrub, and stay in constant contact with pool surfaces to agitate and remove stuck-on debris.
However, when choosing the model, you should consider your debris type and current needs.
Hi, Lila! A transport caddy is a pretty simple accessory, so there is no need to overpay for “special” or “brand” models. You can pick up any that fits you in size, functionality and price. On average, a transport caddy for a pool cleaner costs about $70-$120. Dolphin has its universal caddy that currently costs $145.
Hello Patrica! I am glad that you found helpful information. The cord size of the Hayward W3SP1580X15 is 6”.
Both the Dolphin Nautilus CC Supreme and Polaris 9650iQ Sport Robotic are great pool cleaning robots, but the Polaris may be better for your needs due to its ability to handle larger debris.
Hello Wang! Thank you for your interest in pool pumps. Energy Star Certificate is a well-known mark of high efficiency in homes, buildings, or other industrial facilities. The pumps certified with Energy Star are better than standard products, use less energy, and are environmentally friendly. To earn this certificate, all pumps should pass strict criteria from the US Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Energy. Top certified pumps can save up to 90% of energy compared to non-certified pumps.
Hello Jenny! Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, all types of filters in pool cleaners require cleaning after each cleaning cycle. Whether you have a cartridge, bag, ultra-fine, or fine filter, all collected debris and dirt should be removed. Otherwise, the efficiency of pool cleaners will significantly decrease. I suggest top-load filters because of their easy removal (Nautilus, Triton models). All dirt and debris are removed only with a garden hose without chemicals or pressure.
Hello Lori! Thank you for your interest in water treatment. Sand filters with regular water recirculation and proper maintenance can remove suspended solids, improve water color and odor, and remove up to 99% of pathogens, including bacteria. But still, you need to constantly check the water pH and balance it at levels 7-7.6 (sand filters change water pH) and add chemicals to remove residues of bacteria and viruses. Also, it is recommended to organize chemical water treatment at the beginning of the swimming season. If you perform all steps correctly, the chemicals will be balanced and never harm you.
Thank you very much for your question! Both brands – Polaris and Dolphin – are concerned about their robots’ weight. They try to produce as light and compact products as possible, because lots of users have similar doubts like yours. In fact, Dolphin wins this battle. Its Nautilus CC and CC Plus are the smallest, while the Nautilus CC and Dolphin Escape are also the lightest with their 14 pound bodies. Polaris offers robots the weight of which starts from 22 pounds.
Thank you very much for your question! Bestway Steel Pro and Bestway Steel Pro MAX do not offer pool covers in their kits. However, you can purchase this accessory separately on Amazon or directly from the manufacturers’ official website. Besides, both models come with water-sanitizer accessory ChemConnect which protects water from possible harmful particles.
Hello Owenn! Thank you for your question. Maytronics is a global company producing pool cleaners. It has a headquarters in Israel and operates in over 50 countries worldwide with professional service centers.
Thank you very much for your question! A lot of above ground pools come with a salt water system in the kit (for example Intex Ultra XTR). You can also purchase a salt water chlorine generator separately and install it on any pool you like.
Hi Bev! The best way to level the ground for a 15×48 round pool is to combine all methods. First, level the area by removing soil from high spots and filling low spots. Then, add a 1-2 inch layer of sand for cushioning and further leveling. Using sand provides extra protection for the pool liner and ensures a more comfortable surface for swimmers. Finally, install a ground cover or tarp to safeguard the pool liner from punctures and abrasions, and to prevent weeds from growing through. This combination provides an even, well-protected base for your pool.
Hello Marian! Thank you for your interest in Polaris 9550. The fine canister of Polaris 9550 can be cleaned in any place with the pressure water jet to remove all particles stuck in the filter. You may clean it in any place in your backyard or use tap water in your kitchen or bathroom.
Hello Patrick! Thank you for your interest in pool pumps. Variable speed drive on pumps allows you to adjust the speed based on your needs. At low speed, you increase the durability of pool equipment, make energy and cost savings, and perform water treatment procedures to improve water quality. Conversely, you can increase the flow and enhance the performance of water equipment at high speed. Quiet operation mode is helpful while you are swimming without any disturbance. Three speeds of Pentair SuperFlo are sufficient for convenient pump operation.
Thank you very much for your question! As we’ve mentioned, the 380 cleaner runs with a separate booster pump. Thus, this model takes a bit more energy in comparison with Polaris 360.
Thank you very much for your question! Definitely, Dolphin Proteus DX3 is a nice choice for medium-sized pools with plain architecture. The robot is one of the most affordable among robotic cleaners because of the simple navigation, chaotic movement and no wall/waterline cleaning. However, it picks up all dirt much better than pressure-side or manual equipment.
Hello Angela! Thank you for your interest in Intex vacuums! Both vacuums work from your existing filter pump with a 1500-3500 rpm flow rate. Although 28001 is an old model, it was slightly upgraded to 28001E in terms of materials and maneuverability of four non-powered wheels, but in general, they are the same.
Hello Paulina! Thank you for your question about Polaris Pool cleaners. One of the differences between these models is the zip-lock debris bag that only is available for Polaris 380. Also, from the operational point of view, Polaris 360 can work from a water circulation pool pump, while 380 works only with a separate Polaris booster pump. So, you can check the debris bag overview and the booster pump availability to find out which one you have.
Thank you very much for your question! Zodiac MX8 is a semi-automatic pool cleaner that’s connected to the filtration system of the pool and works exactly with large above-ground pools. However, the original Intex 16.5ft x 48in prism frame pool comes with a bit weak filtration system. So, we can say that the Zodiac MX8 will work with this pool but you’ll need to install a more powerful filtration elements.
Hello Keri! Thank you for your interest in Polaris vacuums. Each system consists of 2 rubber brushes with different orientations of bristles located in lines. Bristles in solid-blade brush occupy the whole width of the brush in one line and are firmer, while on a pleated brush, there are five to six bristles on each line. Solid-blade brush systems are more effective for dirt scrubbing and removal on tiles; they also will last longer without changing the brushes.
Thank you very much for your question! Summer Waves pool – as well as the Bestway and the Intex models discussed in the review, – is not suitable for pets because they come with soft liner made of UV polymer fabric. This material is lasting, but it cannot stand damages caused by teeth or sharp claws. That’s why we do not recommend these frame models for pets. The pools are not harmful for pets in any other ways. If you’re looking for a pool for your dog, we’d recommend you a prism pool. For more information please check our Intex Metal Frame Pool vs Prism Frame Pool vs Ultra Frame Pool review.
Thank you very much for your question! As far as we know, the manufacturer does not ask to clean ActivMotion sensor elements on purpose. Your robot’s navigation is supposed to work correctly on its on. However, if you face some problems, we can recommend you checking brush/roller elements (the problems are more frequent caused by them). Please also contact the user’s support service.
Hello Hebert! Thank you for your question! It is always recommended for all types of swimming pools to have a cleaner with tangle-free swivel cable. However, you may use non-swivel cables only for small pools. That is why in this comparison, look closely at models with swivel cables.
The compatibility of the Coleman Saluspa Miami pump with the Coleman Saluspa Havana tub can vary, but in general, it is best to use the pump that is specifically designed for the tub you have. It is recommended to consult the manufacturer or check the product specifications for your specific models to determine compatibility.
The compatibility of Summer Waves and Intex pool liners depends on the specific models of the pools. Both Summer Waves and Intex make a range of above-ground pools with different sizes and shapes, so it is important to make sure that the liner you choose is the right size and shape for your pool.
In general, pool liners are not interchangeable between different brands or models of pools, so it is best to consult the manufacturer’s specifications or contact the customer service of the respective brand to ensure compatibility before purchasing a replacement liner.
The cost of running a variable speed pool pump per month can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as the size of your pool, the climate in your area, the pump’s speed and usage, and local electricity rates.
As a rough estimate, it is possible to calculate the monthly cost by multiplying the pump’s wattage by the number of hours used per day and the cost of electricity per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
For example, if a variable speed pool pump uses 200 watts, runs 8 hours per day, and the cost of electricity is $0.15 per kWh, the monthly cost would be approximately:
200 Watts * 8 hours/day * 30 days/month * $0.15/kWh = $96
Keep in mind that this is just an estimate and your actual monthly cost may differ. It’s always a good idea to check your local electricity rates to get a more accurate estimate.
Hi, Charly! Thank you so much for your kind words) We’re happy to hear that our reviews really help people choose a useful assistants.
Hi, Marisa! Thank you very much for kind words and your question! Frankly speaking, hot tubs are not recommended for pets as well as for small kids since high water temperatures may badly influence their health. Moreover, inflatable models will not last long under the impact of claws. That’s why we’d recommend you to enjoy your hot tub alone. Sorry)
Hi, Fred! Thank you very much for your question! Advanced Twist Lock Long hose is a hose that consists of several parts connected together with special locks. The construction allows altering the hose legth and ensures safe connection.
Hi, James! Thank you very much for your question! If you own a residental pool, we’d recommend choosing a 1.5-HP pump, such as the Hayward Power-Flo and the Pentair SuperFlo. They’re better suited to the pipe size, water volume, and filter design of an average inground pool.
Hi, Arnold! Thank you very much for your question! Intex Deluxe ladder consists of plastic and metal parts with anti-slip cover.
Hi, Olga! Thank you very much for your question! Sand filters ensure better water filtration which is a key moment for parents, lasts longer and are more affordable in service.
Hi, Csaba! Thank you very much for your question! Both pumps will do this job perfectly. Still, you may find the IntelliFlo model a bit more convenient, powerful yet energy-saving.
Hi, RiKi! Thank you very much for your question! Main deals of Black Friday 2022 have not been revealed yet, but we expect seeing the same deals (of 2021) with even more significant discounts due to the release of new models. Please follow our updates and special Black Friday 2022 posts which are coming soon!
Hi, Anasty! Thank you very much for your comment! Indeed, cleaners with simpler control are more affordable which is a huge plus. But in some cases remote control is blessing (for very busy owners or people with health problems who cannot lean or remove their robots for scheduling, etc.). Choose according to your needs)
Hi, Nico T! Thank you very much for your question! The level of optimal HP depends on your needs and consumption of water on each floor. 1 HP should be sufficient, however we’d recommend making detailed calculations beforehead.
Hi, Gala Rock! Thank you very much for your question! Nautilus CC is a very nice yet affordable option for medium-sized inground pools.
Hi, LilaCru! Thank you very much for your question! Indeed, the toilets are that solid) However, we’d also be very glad to hear other users’ experience.
Hi, Ramal! Thank you very much for your question! On average, the month cost of robot cleaners for pools varies between 15$-30$. However, as we repeatedly mention, the final sum will depend on your model, its power, the size of pool and frequence of bot use.
Hi, TonyAntony! Thank you very much for your comment! The point is corrected)
Hi, Daniar! Thank you very much for your question! Energy Star Certification (or ESC) is a program aimed at improving standards of energy consumption and energy efficiency of electrical devices. The program was initiated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE). If your product has ESC label, that means it meets new standards of safety and efficiency.
Hi, EugeneSimon! Thank you very much for your question! pH is the basic water indicator that’s why absolutely all kits test it. Try any of our digital kits.
Hi, Frank! Thank you very much for your question! Dolphin Nautilus offers only one cleaning cycle for 2 hours. However, if you need some local cleaning, you can interrupt operation once the dirt is removed. However, more expensive models offer special fast-cleaning cycle.
Hi, Jafar! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, you can keep your pool cleaner in water. However, we still consider it better for service life to remove a cleaner.
Hi, BridgRidg! Thank you so much for your question! It will depend on the size of your pool and types of exercises you need to do. But on average, a frame pool is big enough for exercises (excluding long-distance swimming of course).
Hi, Sarah G! Thank you very much for your question! The hose is designed to prevent clogging and let large debris to pass into the bin.
Hi, Anastasia! Thank you very much for your question! Each of four models discussed in this review has its dimensions (check in comparison table). That’s why we’d recommend choosing an electronic bidet seat that strictly meets your toilet dimensions.
Hi, NikoDakhan! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, Prime Day 2022 is great opportunity to find a pool cleaner. Sales are expected on lots of models including those examined in our review. Check our updates and monitor Amazon offers.
Hi, Daren! Thank you very much for your question! Stairs and stools are not included in the kit. Though you can find lots of nice models to supplement your tub on Amazon. By the way, please mind the Prime Day 2022 sales!
Hi, Riaya! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! We’re sure our readers will find it useful in choosing their perfect model.
Hi, Al! Thank you very much for your question! Wheels are made of pastic with special rubber anti-slip and climb-easy covering. They are rigid.
Hi, DonnaMarie Baldwin! Thank you very much for your comment! If you’re speaking about hot tubs, we can recommend Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa Green & White model. It provides enough space for exercises and therapeutic massage effect. However, please mind that all inflatable constructions cannot ensure completely safe entering and exiting. Besides, you kindly ask you to consult your doctor before purchasing a hot tub since high temperatures may harm your daughter. That’s why we suggest getting a regular frame pool. These models are solid, safe, not too deep but big enough for activities. Please take a look at our Intex Metal Frame Pool vs Prism Frame Pool vs Ultra Frame Pool review.
Hi, Petro! Thank you so much for your great comment! It’s really nice to face such detailed user’s experience. We all appreciate it! And you’re absolutely right – pool is one of the best and the healthiest family activities.
Hi, Theo! Sorry for the delay in responding and thank you for your question! The manufacturer doesn’t approve any part replacements since they can damage your cleaner and even your pool. Anyway, if you’d like to change any part, please consult the user’s support service beforehand.
Hi, Linda Calvo! Sorry for the delay in responding and thank you for your question! Polaris VRX iQ is a deal for larger pools as it provides longer cable and faster cleaning cycle (while losing nothing in the quality). Dolphin Sigma is more available at the moment for almost identical performance (except for slightly slower cleaning and smaller dirtbin). That’s why at the moment we’d recommend choosing the Sigma or waiting for a couple of months for the VRX iQ price to drop.
Hi, David! Sorry for the delay in responding and thank you for your question! If money was no object, we’d recommend choosing Polaris ALPHA iQ+ model since its intelligent operation is beyond comparison. However, money doesn’t always talk. Pool size and shape is also significant factor, so if you have a medium or small pool, you may find Polaris 3900 a better option despite less “brains”. As for repairing, you didn’t manage to find any real users’ reviews on more often breakage of the 3900.
Hi, Dory! Thank you very much for your question! Dolphin robotic pool cleaners are equipped with quite wide and rigid tracks+rollers to overcome a two-inch obstacle. That’s why you can consider any Dolphin that supports waterline cleaning (like Sigma or Triton). Splash pad may become a more substantial issue. Dolphin Sigma with triple motor system is a nice option in such a case. Hope you’ll find this info helpful. We will also be pleased to hear other readers’ experience if anyone has some.
Hi, Lou! Thank you very much for your question! Frankly speaking, we stick to the idea that replacement liners are not the best thing since there are too many chances of it turning out to be too small/big for the frame or showing unsatisfactory quality. However, the product you mentioned should fit your frame concerning dimensions. We will also be pleased to hear other readers’ experience if anyone has some.
Hi, Tanya Isak! Thank you very much for your question! Polaris Vac Sweep 65 model is better used for above ground pools. However, you can try it for a small inground construction.
Hi, Max! Thank you very much for your question! This will depends on how often you use your cleaner. On average, the bag can serve for a couple of months.
Hi, Laila! Thank you very much for your question! No, Dolphin Escape model cleans only bottom.
Hi, Ganesh! Thank you very much for your question! For me it always seemed that Hayward heaters last a little bit longer and provide nice assambling. Frankly speaking, we do not have any reliable info on Hayward FDN service life at the moment, so I can only be guided by the previous Hayward usage experience which was quite pleasing. However, our team will be really grateful if our readers can share their own experience.
As for cupro nickel heat, it seems as a very worthy investment, especially if you have to use lots of pool chemistry for healthy water. I think the price difference between the simple and cupro nickel options is not that dramatic while the service life is a weighty argument.
Hi, Leroy! Thank you very much for your question! There are no restrictions from using bath care and relax cosmetics from the point of view of hot tubs materials. However, we still recommend you consulting with the manufacturer regarding the tub parts operation (like heater and jets) as well as consulting with your doctor regarding the pros and cons of the effect of oils in combination with hot water on your body and skin.
Hi, Maida! Thank you very much for your question! Zodiac G3 Barracuda diaphragm is made of flexibale yet durable plastic. The manufacturer doesn’t provide info on the exact materials however they state it’s safe and efficient in cleaning.
Hi, Albert H! Thank you very much for your question! Hayward and Intex brands offer lots of great sand filters suitable for ingound and above ground frame pools. By the way, cartirdge filters may also become a great option for your pool. In our Sand Filters vs Cartridge Filters – Best Pool Filters Review we’ve compared the best products available. Hope this review will help you pick up the optimal model.
Hi, Mary! Thank so much for your kind words!) Our team really appreciates it. In fact, our experience proves that Dolphin offers the best balance between price, performance and innovations in its cleaners. If you’re looking for something intelligent, easy-to-control and fast but thorough, they are really ahead of the most other brands. By the way, Polaris and Hayward also have something to offer. If you’d like, you may read more about their leading products and find our comparisons with Dolphins in Polaris 9350 vs 9450 vs 9550 vs 9650iQ Comparison Review, Hayward Aquanaut 200 Cleaner Swimming Pools Review, Dolphin vs Polaris – Total Comparison of Best-Selling Brands. Hope you’ll find it helpful for yourself!
Hi, Kathie! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, Hayward cleaners work in warmed water. However, we recommend keeping the manufacturer’s recommendations on min and max water temperature.
Hi, Ted! Thank you very much for your question! Dolphin robot pool cleaners have 2 year warranty. However, on average, these products last for 5-10 years.
Hi, Ron! Thank you very much for your question! All Pentair pumps stand various weather conditions including rains. That’s why users don’t have to cover them. However, low temperatures and freezy weather can harm your pump. That’s why the manufacturer recommends installing them in specially equipped locations.
Hi, Arthur! Thank you very much for your question! With Raypak 266,000 BTU heater users can have both options by simply switching between left and right-side outtake and intake positions.
Hi, Pat! Thank you very much for your question! I still consider Dolphin E10 a bit better model due to its price. This robot offers the same performance as its more expensive Escape brother.
Hi, James! Thank you very much for your question! Dolphin pool cleaners do not support individual zone cleaning and process all areas one by one. However, if you’re looking for options to make cleaning more spot-like and faster, please consider buying pool cleaners with the fast cleaning mode.
Hi, Lynd! Thank you very much for sharing your experiece with us! You comment will really help our readers make the more balanced choice. And we hope your cleaner will become a great assistant for you.
Hi, Martin! Thank you very much for your comment! Our team monitor all price changes and add special price rating tables to most comparisons. However, the prices noted in this review were correct for 2021 since the review was written for Black Friday Deals 2021. We do not change prices here on purpose for our readers to have an opportunity to compare price changes next year during Black Friday 2022, 2023, etc.
Hi, Azat! Thank you very much for your question! A micron is a unit of size/length equal to one millionth of a meter or 10-6 m. One micron is 1/26,000 of a inch. Micron measure unit is often used in filter descriptions to indicate the size of particles they can trap. Thus, the models of our comparison can filter particles as small as 20-40 microns.
Hi, Mary! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! We really appreciate it)
Hi, Nikita! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, the weight is an important factor when it comes to the pump installation, its location and further usage. So please decide where and how you’re going to install your pump and mind it before purchasing.
Hi, Anthony! Thank you very much for your question! At the moment we’re working over the new Polaris comparisons and hope that we’ll be able to provide you with thorough Polaris Alpha vs Epic comparison in the near future. However, here is our brief opinion on these models.
The robots you’re interested in are very resembling as they occupy the top niche. The life proves that all high-tech gadgets of the latest generations usually share the same innovations. Anyway, Polaris Alpha IQ boasts Smart cycle navigation and exclusively adjusts to your pool features. This is a top personal addition if you have any “inconvenient” elements inside the pool (like lights or spa) or non-standard shape. Also, we like its huge canister (the hugest).
Polaris Epic IQ mostly offers the same functionality except for better brushes and Cyclonic debris suction. This model is a choice if you often face massive debris (leaves, aggressive algae, insects). But please mind a smaller canister.
With Dolphin Premium you’ll save about $200. It also has the same functions (WiFi/App control, big canister, waterline cleaning, schedule, etc.) but there is no extra innovative navigation or scrubbing or anything else.
Thus, we can offer the following “choose guide”: 1) choose the Alpha if you have non-standard pool shape/construction and need faster cleaning; 2) choose the Epic if you need more thorough cleaning; 3) choose the Premium if you need neither super-speed nor super-thoroughness but would like to get almost the same performance for better money. Hope you’ll find this info useful!
P.S. All robots suit you pool size and I think there is nothing bad in keeping your pool cleaner in the water (the manufacturers also allow for such storage).
Hi, Russell Burnett! Thank you very much for your kind words and question! We’re glad to inform you that our team prepared a thorough comparison review on the major Polaris and Dolphin smart pool cleaners including Dolphin Premier and Polaris 9650IQ. You can learn more about these two models and compare them in the Dolphin vs Polaris – Total Comparison of Best-Selling Brands review. And we can also recommend our Dolphin Premier vs. Sigma vs. Nautilus CC Plus vs. Triton PS Plus vs. Triton PS article if you’re interested in Dolphin Sigma model as well. Hope you’ll find this info useful.
Hi, Mohammad! Thank you very much for your question! Concerning Dolphin E10 and Nautilus CC models we discussed in the review we should note that these models do not possess “smart” control through phones. But Dolphin company has designed more up-to-date cleaners that support app schedule and control. If you’d like to consider such products, we’d recommend you learning more about Dolphin Sigma or Dolphin Triton PS Plus. Besides, Dolphin’s closest competitor Polaris has also released Polaris 9650IQ model with app control.
Hi, Grizelda! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, Hayward W3HP21004T pool heater has the function of automatic temperature support. When the pool cools off the heater cycles on and brings the water right back up to the temperature level you set.
Hi, Joseph! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! You comment will really help our readers make the more balanced choice. And we hope your new cleaner will become a great assistant for you.
Hi, Barney! Thank you very much for your question! These Dolphin models clean bottom, walls and waterline (in some modifications). Unfortuately, the surface debris cleaning is not provided here. However, you can additionally purchase a skimmer that will help you collect large debris within several minutes.
Hi, Lana! Thank you very much for your question! Please try to start cleaning manually. If there is no problem in operation in that case, app connection will be the reason for errors. Then we’d recommend you reseting phone-WiFi-app connection. Hope you’ll find this helpful!
Hi, Linus! Thank you very much for your question! These Dometic toilet models compared in the review belong to standard gravity toilets. They do not offer macerators. That’s why if you’d like a system with macerators only for your RV, Dometic 310 and 320 will not suit you. Please try other Dometic toilet models like MasterFlush series.
Hi, Lana! Thank you very much for your kind words and question! TOTO bidet seats are completely hygienic. Seats and sticks are adjustable so you can install them in the most convenient position for you and your family members. Family use is allowed.
Hi, Kos! Thank you very much for your question! No, users don’t have to help Polaris cleaners manually during the cleaning cycle. Robots do all work, navigate and reach all pool zones automatically.
Hi, Alec! Thank you very much for your question! In fact, these models belong to the same niche and offer very similar performance. Let us mention that they both suit inground pools with any covering. However, Polaris Alpha features a bit faster cleaning and boasts exclusive smart and adaptive cleaning through the app. If you have a large pool and some additional objects (like lights, spa points) we’d recommend choosing the Alpha IQ+. Dolphin M600 wins by its more attractive price for almost the same perfromance. Besides, its filter basket is a bit larger. So if you like smart app control, top level cleaning even with large debris but in the plain pool, Dolphin M600 is a more preferable option. And it’s your choice if you’d like to stay within strict budget. Hope you’ll find this information useful!
Hi, Damian! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, the connections between hose elements are safe enough to allow numerous disconnection, joining and length altering. All joints are waterproof.
Hi, Nina! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! You really help our followers make the right decision for their conditions.
Hi, Niki! Thank you very much for your kind words and question. TEFC stands for totally enclosed fan cooled motor construction. Such design is considered one of the most up-to-date. TEFC means your pump motor is more resistant to overloading and overheating. Additional cooling and load protection results in much longer service life. Besides, TEFC pumps requires less energy. As a rule, these models offer several speeds (often with automatic ajustment) and consume from 30% to 80% less energy compared with standard single speed pumps.
Hi, Paul! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with our audience.
Hi, Nazar! Thank you very much for your question! According to our examination of real users’ reviews and our own tests with available pump models Pentairs are designed to provide troubleproof operation in non-stop conditions and during long period of time. That’s why these pumps are resistant to overheating and overloading.
Hi, Latisha! Thank you very much for your kind words and question! In your case we’d recommend HTH Pool Test Kit 6-Way Test Kit. It works great in salt pools and salt water, tests all main water components and agents. Besides, the kit is quite pocket-friendly if we can call it this way)
Hi, Maleek! Thank you very much for your kind words and comment! As far as prices change regularly we consider it more fair to provide readers with general information on price range and price niche of the products. We also compare cleaners and indicate which option is budget and which one is more expensive. And all our readers can always check the current price with one press on the “Check price” button in the comparison table and near the description of each item.
Hi, Colin! Thank you very much for your question! Polaris Vac Sweep 65 is a pool cleaner designed specially for above ground pools. Manufacturers recommend choosing cleaner models that are specially designed to fit exact pool type due to unique performance characteristics and difference in compatibility with certain pumps, filtration system, hose and cable length, etc. That’s why you can purchase the Vac Sweep 65 for your inground pool, but it wouldn’t be as efficient as its inground robot colleagues and you may lose your money.
Hi, Lily! Thank you very much for your kind words and question! Polaris brand has no strict recommendations on water temperature in the pool and mentions no prohibitions against water heaters. That’s why you can hardly harm your cleaner if run in warm water, though we’d prefer refraining from temperatures over 88F or 30C.
Hi, Rob! Thank you very much for your question! You’re right, owners of pools with many obstacles like stairs, niches, underwater light systems, spa and massage zones should pay special attention to navigation system offered by the cleaner. In our review, we’d like to highlight Dolphin Escape and Quantum with SmartNav 2.0 systems as well as Nautilus and Proteus models with CleverClean technology.
Hi, Liam! Thank you very much for your kind words and question! According to real users’ reviews hot tubs cannot be called too electrically demanding units. However, daily use of tubs or their use in cold season will increase your bills. For example, Dolphin robot cleaners cost about $0.005 per hour. Hot tubs are more expensive to run but the final cost will depend on your usage habbits.
Hi, Simon! Thank you very much for your question! Manufacturers recommend choosing cleaner models that are specially designed to fit exact pool type. It’s important since power/performance, compatibility with certain pumps, filtration system, hose and cable length of the cleaner may differ significantly.
Hi, Sophy! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, TOTO seats are waterproof, which means you can wash them. However, we do not recommend immersing your seat in water completely. As for detergents, all types of safe and gentle solutions are allowed.
Hi, Mira! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us!)
Hi, Antony! Thank you very much for our kind words and question! As far as the real users’ reviews state side wings usually do not interrupt/disturb cleaning process. However, if you feel worried about this detail, cleaner design allows you to remove the wings and use your cleaner without them.
Hi, Vik! Thank you very much for your question! Water state may directly influence performance and service life of your cleaner but, first of all, it can harm your health. That’s why we recommend monitor the amount of chlorine, saltiness, lead in your water and avoid exceeding the allowable content norm.
Hi, Eve! Thank you very much for your kind words and question! To test your pool water, you don’t need to add chemicals to the pool. Usually, you take a small amount of sample (into a glass for example) and test it. So, all chemical kits are safe, though you must follow all safety recommendations and keep testing kits out of the reach of children and pets!
Hi, Nicolas! Thank you very much for your question! In our opinion, sand filters are the most universal yet efficient option for Pentair pumps. You can pick up the best model in our Sand Filters vs Cartridge Filters – Best Pool Filters Review.
Hi, Ben! Thank you very much for your question! Both models’ performance allows heaters to increase water temperature by 1-2 degrees per hour. So the time will depend on the primary gallons and water temperature. If you switch on your heater for the first time, we’d recommend waiting for about 12 hours.
Hi, Gram! Thank you very much for your question! Obstacle Escape System is a part of many Dolphins’ navigation kits that allows the cleaner to successfully avoid all obstacles like stairs still capturing dirt. It means that, when in the pool, the bot automatically activates its sensors to scan the environment. Obstacle Escape System notices dangerous elements like walls, stairs, steps, etc. to avoid hitting. Please mind that the cleaner does not see dirt. It builds the cleaning route taking into account obstacles and collect all debris it faces. You may learn more about Obstacle Escape and other navigation systems offered by Dolphin in our reviews – Dolphin E10 vs Escape Face to Face Comparison, Dolphin E10 vs. Nautilus CC Comprehensive Comparison, Dolphin Proteus DX3 vs DX4 vs Nautilus CC: Make the Right Choice and many others.
Hi, Andy! Thank you very much for your kind words and comment! Manufacturers claim pedal constructions stand as much flushing as conventional toilets. But they have an advantage of being more hygienic since you don’t have to touch it with hands.
Hi, Amelia! Thank you very much for your question! Waterline cleaning is an extremely useful function for every pool cleaner, but it is not a compulsory option. From our point of view, wall cleaning is a more desirable cleaning cycle that should be included in all robots. Still, if you own a large/deep pool, waterline cleaning will help you keep it fresh and neat much longer.
Hi, Aar! Thank you very much for your question! PSI stands for Pound per Square Inch. It’s a unit of measurement of pressure, especially for pumps.
Hi, Russel! Thank you very much for your question! No, you don’t have to do anything manually here. Dolphin pool cleaners with wall and waterline cleaning function climb vertical surfaces easily without any help. Just start the cleaning and enjoy result.
Hi, Den! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, all Zodiacs in this review are compatible with skimmers. You only should mind the connection size to ensure correct fit.
Hi, R! Thank you very much for your question. Skimmer is not a compulsory but very useful addition to any pool. It collects large debris like leaves and bugs which ensures longer cleanliness of the pool and releases load on the filtration. You can purchase a separate skimmer and install it in any pool.
Hi, Natali! Thank you very much for your question! IntelliTouch and EasyTouch pool control systems allow users for setting schedule and heating temperature, automatically start and stop cleaning and filtration cycles. In a word, the systems monitor all pool equipment without your attention. IntelliTouch can even analyze how much energy your equipment consumes and evaluate its efficency.
SunTouch is also an automatic pump control and schedule tool. It lacks some of the previous models’ functions and is simpler. But at the same time the tool is easier in use and more affordable which is a plus for owners of small and medium pools.
Hi, Jo! Thank you very much for your question! Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not offer such an option of cable length change.
Hi, Peter! Thank you very much for your kind words and comment. Unfortunately, you’re right about the prices. The market is changing. So, if you’d like to stay within strict budget, sand filters are the best, “golden” option that balances between price and perfect performance. However, DE models still offer ultimate filtration quality. That’s why owners of super large pools, people with allergies and those not limited in budget will not feel sorry for this purchase.
Hi, Karen! Thank you very much for your question. If you’d like to remove your ladder for safety measures, we’d recommend choosing a solid but light model such as Confer Economy 635-52X or Intex Deluxe Pool Ladder.
Hi, Gran! Thank you very much for your comment and sharing your experience with us! Indeed, Hayward also offers a slightly improved modification called MaxFlo. Our readers can find more detailed information on this and some other pumps in our Best Variable Speed Pool Pump in 2022.
Hi, Lynne! We’re very happy that you found useful information and user’s experience provided by our reader)
Hi, Nelson! Thank you very much for your comment, you really help us become better! Indeed, some information (especially price ranges) can change. That’s why our team regularly search for updates and reflect them in the reviews.
Hi, Arthur! Thank you very much for your question! The manufacturer and user manuals provide no special information on the required pool depth or any restrictions. That’s why Dolphin cleaners can be applied in pools of any depth, although each model has limits of pool size/cleaning area.
Hi, Jonathan! Thank you very much for your question! For big families and small pool parties we’d recommend choosing frame pools not smaller than 14 feet x 2.75 feet x 33 inches. However, the bigger, the better, that’s why such size options as 15 feet x 3.5 feet x 42 inches and 15 feet x 4 feet x 48 inches are perfect.
Hi, Laura! Thank you very much for your question. Inflatable hot tubs allow manual cleaning only and are not compatible with automatic pool cleaners.
Hi, Jesse! Thank you very much for your question! Dolphin E10 and Nautilus series offer the same filter baskets with removable and washable screens. These elements are very long-term. So in fact, all you need is to empty the basket and rinse it after every cleaning cycle. However, if some of them are out of order (demage or wearout) you can purchase a new solid basket only.
Hi, Sam! Thank you very much for your question! As far as we’re speaking about these two models, the manufacturer provides us only with a touch screen in the E10 modification. However, if you’re looking for a more sophisticated remote control, we’d recommend you considering other Dolphin models with app mobile control. You can find some products in our Polaris 9350 vs 9450 vs 9550 vs 9650iQ Comparison Review.
Hi, Diane! Thank you very much for your question! Unfortunately, the models do not offer special child protection. However we recommend installing electric pool heaters out of the reach of children and set separate control panels higher to ensure no access for kids/accidental activation.
Hi, Vince! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Indeed, though the construction is simple enough for everybody, we still recommend professional installation as some details may be too large and inconvenient.
Hi, Bryan! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! You really help our followers and us to choose the optional vacuum 🙂
Hi, Ree! Thank you very much for your question. Fiberglass features significant stability to physical impacts as well as chemical/temperature/ray resistance. That’s why all of our cleaners will suit you (among those designed for finerglass). We can offer you Zodiac, XtremepowerUS and Kreepy models as the most gentle yet efficient.
Hi, M.X.! Thank you very much for your question. Unfortunately, we cannot regulate the cleaning cycle by changing modes. However, you can adjust the cleaning time manually by switching off the cleaner when you need it to stop. We can also recommend choosing these models for smaller pools – in such a case your bot will cover the whole pool surface faster, so you’ll be able to stop cleaning.
Hi, Nancy! Thank you very much for your question. Yes, Polaris 9650iQ cleaner is compatible with all phone models. The Polaris app is available on all platforms including popular Appstore and Google Play.
Hi, Natali! Thank you very much for sharing your real-user experience with us! We really appreciate it as it helps our readers to prolong the lives of their bots. And it also helps our team to provide more definite and true information.
Hi, May! Thank you very much for your question! Dolphins’ scrubbers are all made of soft rubber-style material. It’s soft and extremely gentle to the pool surface, but its malleable structure allows for catching all dirt pieces. Brushes will not leave scratches or damage your pool in any other ways.
Hi, Greg! Thank you very much for your question. Bestway original water pumps are designed to manage exactly those loads offered by the capacity of the pools. However, many experienced users may find it insufficient (especially if you use additional equipment, etc.). That’s why we like the original pumps but recommend set more powerful analogues. You can read more about popular water pumps in our Best Variable Speed Pool Pump in 2022 comparison.
Hi, Max! Thank you very much for your kind words and opinion! Indeed, we also noticed a kind of deficit, but market is recovering. Many companies offer pre-orders, so we’d recommend you calling and getting in line perhaps. Usually the problem is solved very quickly. We’re speaking about several days or a week. Besides, the season is just gaining momentum, so we’ll notice no deficit closer to May we guess. Let’s hope for the best and stay healthy 🙂
Hi, Rob! Thank you very much for you question! In our opinion Intex and Pentair are the most suitable options of big above ground pools. By the way, if you’re still in search of a frame pool, you may be interested in our Intex Metal Frame Pool vs Prism Frame Pool vs Ultra Frame Pool comparison. Here we examine the best models in detail))
Hi, Jessy! Thank you very much for your comment! You’re absolutely right, there may be difficulties with cleanliness when it comes to small pools. But large pools are not always suitable for families, especially if you have small kids. At the same time, the problem of bacteria and algae can be easily solved if you complement you pool with solid filtration system like cartridge filters. We recomment you take a look at our filter comparison reviews like Sand Filters vs Cartridge Filters Best Pool Filters Review.
Hi, B.R.Q.! Thank you very much for your opinion! Indeed, the market is full of less known but more affordable models. However you should clearly understand that when you save on one thing, you’ll inevitably have to sacrifice something else. These brands are usually less powerful (which is a minus for large pool owners), sometimes have less attachements, and users may face difficulties with connection to pools as well as difficulties to find comsumables, etc. The models we examined above are more multifunctional and powerful. However, you’re absolutely right, the final choice completely depends on your needs and there can’t be one “perfect” answer for everybody)
Hi, Ben! Thank you very much for your question! Walls of our models are made of a high quality steel frames and super-tough laminated material liner (most feature three layers). Materials are always tested to stand greater loads than they are going to face in use. That’s why they’ll definitely stand water load and adults’ weight.
Hello, Melanie! Thank you very much for your question! In our opinion, Intex Krystal Clear series would be an optimal option for a pool of your configuration and size. The 12-inch Sand Filter Pump will offer the best performance (not too great for the 33ft pool) for an affordable price.
Hello, Archy! Thank you very much for your question! If you don’t like A ladders, we’d recommend you Confer Staircase Style STEP-1-X. This model is more stable, has nice and safe railings and wide steps. Besides, the height is perfect for your pool.
Hello, Marta! Thank you very much for your question! Pool heaters do help keep water warm, especially in internal pools and small to medium pools (like your size). However, please mind that, concerning your climate, the operation may cost you a lot.
Hello, Greg! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, robotic pool cleaners with multiple cleaning cycles or energy-saving modes will cost you as much as an ordinary vacuum cleaner or a fridge – i.e., you’ll hardly notice it in the bills.
Hello, Liza! Thank you very much for your question! Indeed, original filter pumps that come with above ground pools are not always powerful and durable enough. So, you can easily replace yours with a better sand filter model. We’d only recommend you choosing a pump of the same brand presented in your pool for an optimal match.
Hello, Ben! Thank you very much for your question! Most Dolphins are developed for inground pools. However, you may try Dolphin E10? which is suitable for rigid above ground pools.
Hello, Rachel! Zodiac MX series cleaners are compatible with various pool filter pumps. However, please mind that some models (like the MX6) require no pumps at all.
Hello, Din! Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! Practice shows that the best way to get perfectly fitable products is to get them from one manufacturer. So, perhaps, you’ve got such a case.
Hello, Dee! Thank you very much for your question! As a rule, prism pools come with a much thicker and tougher liner. Besides, we note greater dimensions. There is a too small chance of getting a perfectly fittable frame for your old liner and vice versa. That’s why manufacturers do not recommend such replacements (neither do we).
Hello, NC! Thanks for your comment. You’re the first to notice) We’re glad this tribute cheered you up. Hope she would enjoy it too.
Hello, Ashton! Thank you very much for your question! On average, a good water pressure booster pumps lasts for 5-8 years.
Hello, Mike! Thank you very much for your question! The models presented in this review cannot automatically turn off their pumps to avoid short circuit. However, we can recommend you Intex FBA_28211EH 12 ft x 30 in frame pool that offers such a smart filter pump with the inbuilt Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.
Hello, Nancy! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, Polaris sells its TialSweep Pro unit separately for initial installation or replacement of all elements.
Hello, Irena! Thank you very much for your question! Pentair WhisperFlo 011512 Single Speed Pool Pump is one of our favorites when it comes to pumps for above-ground pools. It’s affordable, universal, reasonably powerful (which is especially important for small above-ground pools).
Hello, Rorry! Thank you very much for your question! If choosing a pump for an above-ground pool, we’d recommend trying a quieter Whisper series by Pentair. These pumps are not the most powerful, but we don’t need it in above-ground pools. An optimal combination of silent work and decent power may please you a lot.
Hello, Max! Thank you very much for your question! Polaris cleaners we’ve discussed in this review are designed for inground pools. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend using them with above-ground pools. You can find lots of decent alternatives in our other comparisons.
Hello, Conni! Thank you very much for your question! The manufacturer does not recommend using other brands’ product parts for repair and replacement. Please, try to contact the Coleman user’s support service or get a new Coleman portable hot tub (the same model you own).
Hello, Greg! Thank you very much for your question! The only thing we can say for sure is that your pump and vacuum do not match each other. The problem can be solved in both ways you mentioned – you’ll need to change either the pump or the vac. For us, it seems more beneficial to replace the pump since the original Krystal Clear cartridge devices included in the Intex pool kits offer basic-level water processing. That’s why they are not very powerful and durable, and you’ll need to get a new one pretty soon. So why not do it now?
Hello, Scott! Thank you very much for your comment! We are sure you purchased a worthy pool. Though many manufacturers don’t recommend using inground pool accessories on above ground pools, some of them are applicable if you have a large above ground pool. You can check this good section and get acquainted with other customers’ experience. We wish you good luck!
Hello, Phil! Thank you very much for your question! We mean that with Polaris 360, you don’t need to connect your cleaner with a pump for its proper work. Both the pump and the cleaner can work simultaneously but independent from each other. Other Pentair models require connection.
Hello, Rachel! Thank you very much for your question! Suction pool cleaners combine powerful automatic performance and affordable price. It does not include app control. This function is typical for the top-level (and expensive) robotic pool cleaners. If you’re looking for a model with app control, try Dolphin or Hayward TigerShark devices.
Hello, Eugene! Thank you very much for your question! If you’re looking for a quiet pump, we’d recommend you trying Pentair WhisperFlo series. This is the latest Pentair pump line that features super-silent performance.
Hello, Ann! Thank you very much for your question! Hot tubs are not very deep, so they are suitable for teenagers and kids over 8 years old. However, please mind that high temperatures may destructively affect a child’s health. So, please never leave your kids unattended when in the hot tub, and don’t allow them to stay in for longer than 10 minutes. Also, pay attention that hot tubs are strictly prohibited for babies and toddlers.
Hello, Tom! Thank you very much for your question! Pentair produces very powerful pumps; that’s why they suit large inground pools mostly. But if you’d like to try Pentair pumps only for your above ground pool, we can recommend you Pentair WhisperFlo 011512 model.
Hello, Greg! Thank you very much for your question!
1. Each liner is made especially for a definite pool model. That’s why (unfortunately) the manufacturer nor we can guarantee that a Bestways 16ft x 48inch liner will fit an Intex pool.
2. Bestway and Intex above ground pools come with filter pumps included in the kit, and you cannot delete them from your order. However, ladders are optional accessories.
Hello, Tom! Thank you very much for your comment and kind words! Your experience will greatly help our readers!
Hello, Cynthia! Thank you very much for your question! Pool cleaners are made to stay in water for hours, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Still, water condition and chemicals in it may damage your cleaner after long-term contact. That’s why manufacturers and experts recommend removing pool cleaners from the water after use.
Hello, Bob! Thank you very much for your question! Dolphin robots described in this review work independently from pool pump systems. According to users’ reviews, a robotic cleaner costs several bucks per month, so it shouldn’t significantly increase your electricity bills.
Hello, Mila! Thank you very much for your question! Pentair pumps by the SuperFlo series are designed for swimming pools. The manufacturer doesn’t recommend using for other purposes.
Hello, Jan! Thank you very much for your kind words and such an interesting question! I should say your pool has a pretty complex shape with lots of slopes and steps. Indeed, Polaris 3900 will deal with most dirt inside, but some particles will be left since it has no special navigation. We’d recommend you trying robotic pool cleaners with navigation like Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus. The price is the same as in Polaris 3900. But here you get the CleverClean route planning, floor/walls/steps processing, ability to set schedule, and some other handy tips. You can find more information about Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus in our review. Hope our team will make a choice easier for you.
Hello, Diane! Thank you very much for your trust and questions! This is an interesting comparison. We’ll do our best to purchase these cleaner models and review them in one of our future articles.
Hello, Brittney! Thank you very much for your appreciation!)
Hello, Sophia! Thank you very much for your question! Intex Automatic pool cleaner produces about 75-80 dB. We can say it works pretty loud when you’re near the pool, but the unit should not disturb you or your neighbors during night cleanings.
Hello, Philip! Thank you very much for your question! Scrubbers in Polaris Sport pool cleaners are durable enough to serve you for years. As far as we know, the manufacturer doesn’t require any replacements here.
Hello, Rico! Thank you very much for your question! Bestway and Intex manufacturers strictly recommend preparing the ground before the pool installation regardless of the pool type, model, and size.
Hello, Chris! Thank you very much for your question! We’d recommend making a slightly bigger grounding for your pool for your comfort. A 15 x 33/35 ft grounding will be enough for a 12 x 30 pool.
Hello, Jack! Thank you very much for your question! Chemical dispensers and floating systems are quite efficient for small and medium-sized pools as well as hot tubs. Water flow disperses chemicals all over the reservoir. The main thing is to change chemical tablets regularly.
Hello, Kimberly! Thank you very much for your question! There is no official information on Dolphin pool cleaners’ noise level. However, many users state they work pretty quietly. You will not hear it working or be disturbed by the bot.
Hello, Fredy! Thank you very much for your question! Polaris Sport F9450 and F9550 pool cleaners have the best navigation technologies available in Polaris robotic cleaners. Thus, they will easily bypass most pool obstacles like stairs, built-in lights, spa jets, etc. Your special pool zones will not disturb the cleaning, and both models will perform their work as thoroughly as possible.
Hello, Amanda! Thank you very much for your question! Indeed, Intex Krystal Clear series filter pumps are perfectly compatible with saltwater systems, especially those by the Intex brand. The best-selling models include Krystal Clear 12-inch, 14-inch, and 16-inch. You may learn everything about them in our Best Intex Pool Pumps for Above-Ground Pools review. The 14-inch model is a golden mean in terms of performance and price, which will suit your needs.
Hello, Mike! Thank you very much for your comment! We’ll certainly check the current information.
Hello, Beth! Thank you very much for your high appreciation and kind words!)
Hello, Danny! Thank you for your question! Yes, Polaris 380 will definitely cope with your type of pool. Please, only mind the hose length and adjust it if you need a longer or a shorter option.
Hello, Robert! Thank you very much for your question! As far as we know, the manufacturer didn’t state any changes in hose sizes included in Polaris 380 pool cleaner. However, in case of any uncertainty, please contact the nearest retailer or Polaris Help Center.
Hello, Zoey! Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your user experience with our readers!
Hello, Michael! Thank you very much for your question! Manufacturers and experts highly recommend preparing the ground for your pool regardless of its construction type. Even inflatable models need a flat, safe, clean surface. Thus, you’ll avoid punctures, leaning, and injuries.
Hello, Paul! Thank you very much for your comment. Indeed, some robot pool cleaners cost under $1000, which makes them a more affordable purchase compared to Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900. Still, there are lots of pool owners who prefer pressure side cleaners only or whose pool systems are better compatible with pressure side devices. Also, this is the most powerful pressure side cleaner by Polaris. That’s why the 3900 model stays relevant. Besides, during sales seasons, its price drops to $750, so you can make a more beneficial purchase then.
Hello, Landon! Thank you very much for your comment and true user experience! Reductions in the energy economy are sometimes possible if you run a pump longer than it’s needed. Anyway, it’s great you shared your opinion with us to help other customers.
Hello, Anthony! Thank you so much for your comment! It’s great that you could share your experience with our readers. This will help everyone get a more detailed picture, and this will also help us in our future reviews.
Hello, Tom! Thank you for your question! On average, a cartridge filter costs about $10. Prices start from $7 and reach $30 if you purchase a pack. Manufacturers recommend changing a cartridge filter in your pump every 2 weeks. So, the maintenance will cost you about $20 per month.
Hello, Kitty! Thank you so much for your comment! Your experience will be definitely valuable for our readers and greatly help us. Polaris 3900 models may face more significant problems with leaning and getting stuck because of the full bag. The 3900 series cleaners come with bigger bags compared to the 280 model. Once it’s full, it outweighs the body. Anyway, your comfort is the main goal. So, we believe you’re absolutely right in choosing the model that will suit your requirements better.
Hello, Bella! Thank you for your question! All suction pool cleaners presented in the review work equally well in pools of all shapes. So, you can safely get Hayward 2025ADV PoolVac XL Suction Pool Vacuum for your oval pool.
Hello, Rita! Thank you very much for your question! Indeed, all inflatable products need to be inflated from time to time. The frequency depends on how often you use the tub and whether it has punctures or not. We’d recommend inflating a hot tub at least once per week for rare use and every three days for frequent use.
Hello, Yvonne! Thank you very much for your question! The manufacturer strictly recommends using only original liners and frames to make sure they fit each other and provide you with a safe, solid, and comfortable pool. The liner that comes with your pool frame is the best match. Other options will not fit.
Hello, Edward! Thank you for your question! Over time, tires wear out, so it’s better to change them to support proper driving and climbing results. The frequency of replacement depends on the frequency of your cleaner use. On average, the tire lasts for 1-2 years. You can look for an extra set here.
Hello, Dean! Thank you very much for your question! As far as we know, these Pentair and Hayward pumps allow one way of installation with a fixed position. But with Hayward, the manual contains instructions for reorienting the discharge for those who’d like to rearrange the pump.
Hello, Ashton! Thank you for your question! Maytronics does not recommend using extension cords for its powered Dolphin products. The proximity of water can cause a short circuit, cleaner breakage, and even fire.
Hello, Frito! Thank you very much for your question! Polaris 360 pool cleaner doesn’t require a booster pump for its operation because it works with lower pressures. A booster pump may cause damage to your cleaner. However, you can still purchase Polaris 360 and use it for your pool cleaning. Please only don’t forget to turn the pump off during the cleaner’s operation. We’d also recommend consulting with Polaris customers’ support service before making the final decision.
Hello, Charly! Thank you very much for your question! Yes, 80 psi is considered to be the top pressure level in booster pumps. Experts recommend choosing pumps with a 30-70 psi rate for domestic application (in apartments). If you have really poor pressure in your water supply, the most powerful models will suit you. However, please make sure to calculate the pump performance and your supply pressure properly to avoid overloading and breakages.
Hello, Liz! Thank you very much for your question! As far as we know, pool manufacturers do not sell extra pool liners as a replacement kit. However, they offer lots of various tire repair methods to prolong your original liner’s life. You can try patches, epoxy and other adhesives. Look for more options and products here.
Hello, Marta! Thank you for your question! These Polaris cleaners are developed for inground pools. However, their main requirement is a high-pressure filter pump (which is usually used in inground pools). If your pump meets the cleaners’ needs, you can pick up any model. In our opinion, Polaris 380 will be a better option for big pools due to stronger suction.
Hello, Ann! Thank you very much for your question! Unfortunately, just like manufacturers prohibit the usage of inground pool cleaners for above ground pools, it is not recommended to install an above ground device in inground reservoirs. Firstly, the reason is poor cleaning efficiency. Secondly, they will not fit each other during installation. And thirdly, this will lead warranty cancellation. In this case, you’d better try multifunctional pool cleaners that are made to fit both types of pools like Zodiac MX series models.
Hello, Nina! Thank you for your question! Polaris itself recommends using Zodiac PB4-60 Polaris. This is an original and quite affordable booster pump that perfectly fits Polaris 280, 360, 380, and 3900 pool cleaners. You can learn more about the product in our review.
Hello, Andrew! Thank you for your question! It is absolutely safe to run your pump 24 hours per day as they are specially constructed for non-stop operation. They can deal with overloading and overheating themselves by changing the speed of operation from time to time. That’s why you can turn it on and forget about it.
Hello, Becky! Thank you so much for your question and trust! Indeed, many real users state Tritons sometimes miss leaves and other dirt on the bottom, especially in big pools. The possible reasons are too large pool construction and complicated floor shape. Also, activation of waterline cleaning takes time from other surfaces’ processing, so please mind it. Anyway, you can deal with the missed dirt if you refuse the waterline cleaning or run your cleaner one more time specially for floor scrubbing. Otherwise, it’s a greal option for large pools subject to heavy pollutions. Hope we were of assistance to you!
Hello, Henry! Thank you for your high appreciation! The frequency of filter backwashing depends on how often you run your filter. If you’re an active swimmer and clean water daily, backwash the sand filter once per week. If you filter water less often, do it at least once per 2-3 weeks. Backwash the sand filter until you see that water runs clear from it.
Hello, Make! Thank you so much for your question! The filter choice will depend on the size and type of your pool. However, we can say that this pump has a recommended size for most sand filters. Hayward itself recommends complementing the Hayward Power-Flo LX pool pump with the ProSeries Systems sand filter. You can find a more detailed description and buy the product here.
Hello, Roy! Great question, thank you very much. Both suction and pressure side pool cleaners offer nice water and pool processing. The main difference lies in the principle of operation.
Suction cleaners use the filtration system of your pool. They attach to it and suck water with dirt and debris. Consequently, no additional equipment and cleaner emptying are needed.
Pressure side cleaners work independently from your pool systems but require a separate booster pump. They use your pool’s return water to create a suction vortex to lift dirt and collect it in their own bags.
Suction cleaners are more affordable and need no extra investments. However, they deal worse with large debris and may clog.
Pressure cleaners are better for massive pollutions and bigger pools. But please be ready to buy an additional pump and install it.
Hello, Charlotte! Thank you so much for your question! Though inflatable tubs are not as durable as stationary ones, they can work at temperatures below zero. Any model of those discussed in the review will suit you. However, you should keep water constantly heated inside it to ensure the tub’s proper operation.
Hello, Maria! Thank you for your question and trust! All three models would fit your pool size. Besides, the cleaner is connected to the pool’s filtration system through a special hose and doesn’t need anything else. Thus, there is no need for additional power sources and outlets.
However, we’d recommend you choosing Zodiac MX8 and MX8 Elite models as they offer longer 39″ hoses to reach any filtration system.
Hello, Rick! This is an excellent question; thank you so much! Indeed, the manufacturer states Polaris F Sport robotic cleaners work in inground pools only. This is connected with their drive systems that need hard surfaces and smooth slopes to climb walls and waterline. Polaris Sport series cannot be applied in the inflatable and simple frame above ground pools. However, our overview through the real users’ comments shows that the simplest F9350 and F9450 models that process the bottom and walls will do with more rigid prism frame pools. The main clue here is the presence of rigid walls in your pool and convenient floor-wall seams.
Hello, Mr. Harton! Thank you so much for your question!
Both models will suit your pool in terms of the size (as far as it’s inground one, of course, as Polaris 360 and 380 don’t work in above ground models). Here we see the same hose length, filter bag capacity, drive system, inlet size, number of jets.
Polaris 380 deals with more complicated surfaces and is more powerful. With this unit, you can process all surfaces, including steps. Polaris 360 cleans the floor and walls only. We’d recommend you the 380 if you need a more thorough cleaning and easier maintenance. Though both cleaners come with a 2L standard bag, and the 380 package includes a bag with a zip fastener.
However, it would help if you mind that the 380 requires an additional booster pump, which leads to more investments and higher electricity bills. Besides, it’s about $250 more expensive. Polaris 360 is our favorite here. It will become a more reasonable choice if you have no or simply don’t need cleaning on steps. It requires no pumps and consumes less energy. A zip bag can be purchased separately. And other differences between the 380 and 360 don’t seem sufficient enough to cost an extra $250.
Anyway, both devices have their pros and cons, which should be considered separately in each case. The final choice of the right pool cleaner is always up to you.
Hello, Triss! Thanks a lot for your question! A filter bag better deals with lots of dirt and large debris like fallen leaves. Use this filter when you need to remove massive pollutions. Cartridge filters are not so capacious, but they provide much more thorough filtration. Thus, we’d recommend installing this unit when you’d like to focus on water quality and eliminating the finest particles. You can apply filters for different cleaning cycles or use them one by one during one cycle for perfect cleanliness.
Hello, Jeff! Thank you for your question! Even if you have crystal clear water in your supply, a filter will prolong the service life of your pump. That’s why though manufacturers don’t provide us with built-in filters, we’d recommend you purchasing and installing your own unit.
Hello, Jocelyn! Thank you very much for your high appreciation of our work! You’re absolutely right; the pool frames are made of rigid material to last as long as possible. Currently, the manufacturers don’t provide us with any special protective accessories for kids. But we believe you can always use some home materials found like foam rubber, styrofoam, inflatable sleeves to cover the frame.
Hello, Colin! Excellent question, thank you very much! Polaris pool cleaners of this series can be left in the water after cleaning. Thus, there is no need to pull them out and then sink again.
Hello, Tom! Thank you for your question! Intex Automatic Pool Cleaner will work in pools up to 16ft and more. We recommend you pay special attention to the hose length and filter pump power. If these characteristics comply with your needs, the cleaner will fit the pool.
Hello, Jhonny! Thank you for your question! Indeed, the assembly was planned as simple as possible so that even inexperienced customers could try it. Still, it would be best if you minded that self-assembly will take much more time and can lead to accidental breaks or even warranty cancellation. The manufacturer highly recommends resorting to professional services in Intex pools assembly.
Hello, Jodi! Thank you so much for your comment! You really help us become better. The price is current at the time of this writing. Unfortunately, prices are changing, and in order to monitor the price history, we made a special system that displays current prices and their changes.
Hello, Liam! Excellent question, thank you! Yes, Polaris allows us to adjust the Vac-Sweep hose length to meet our pool depth perfectly. If the hose is too long for your pool, you can Separate the hose at the center swivel or cut it. Cut the leader hose from the end attached to the feed hose and then attach it to the feed hose and connect the hose to the pool wall. Please make sure you measure your pool depth correctly! This is essential for accurate cutting. Also, consult the user’s manual beforehand for more details and instructions.
If, on the contrary, your hose is too short, you can purchase an additional feed hose section, one swivel, and two hose nuts from an authorized dealer.
Hello, Sonia! Thank you so much for your high appreciation of our work! Zodiac MX series produces universal pool cleaners suitable for all pool types. Zodiac MX8 model will climb vinyl walls just as successfully as tile, fiberglass, concrete, and others. This is possible thanks to the excellent drive system mostly, not brushes.
Hello, Alex! Thank you for your question! Hayward and Pentair do have manufactures located in the USA, and many of their pool pumps are made in America.
Hello, Jack! Great question, thank you a lot! The pumps we discussed above have a variety of speeds, which are programmable or automatic. Depending on the speed chosen, your pump can run water with double or triple pressure within doubly or triply less time, respectively. For example, where regular pumps run full speed for 6 hours, these require 3-2 hours. Thus, the flow rate is directly proportional to speed, and the savings are a result of this.
Hello, Ann! Thank you for your question! Polaris has its own official shop on Amazon, so it’s absolutely safe to purchase bags and other accessories there. Besides, the platform guarantees 24-hour customer support on all stages of order and delivery processing. If you still feel uncomfortable, you can do your shopping on the Polaris official site in this section.
Hello, Oliver! Thank you for your high appreciation! It’s a fact that any pool needs some form of chemicals to keep the water safe regardless of the pool size and original water purity. The Intex model you’re interested in comes with a simple non-chemical filter. We’d recommend you complement the filter with simple water chemicals available in easy-to-apply forms (like pills). Check the Intex official website or Amazon to choose your perfect option.