This Dolphin Proteus DX3 vs. Nautilus CC comparison is for anyone looking for an easy and relatively inexpensive way to clean small above-ground pools.
In this article, you will learn:
- The main differences between Dolphin Proteus DX3 vs. Nautilus CC
- What factors to consider when buying a robot pool cleaner
The Dolphin Nautilus CC does not deviate much from the Proteus DX3.
This model boasts of Clever Clean Technology and a few other upgrades, but it is still having a hard time with walls.
The robot struggles to rise on steep, extended vertical surfaces.
Regardless, you can still expect this amazing robot to take much of the hassle out of keeping your pool water crystal clear.Pros
- has a weekly scheduler
- has better grip against surfaces
- may sometimes tackle dirt along the waterline of short pools
- uses a single media filter
- you still have to go outside to start a cycle
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- The Proteus DX3 is larger than the Nautilus CC, although both nearly weigh the same.
- The Nautilus CC has better traction than the Proteus DX3, thereby this model can scale walls to a limited extent.
- The Nautilus CC boasts of Clever Clean Technology, a navigation software that the Proteus DX3 lacks
Design and Dimensions
Dolphin Nautilus CC
The Nautilus CC also highlights the signature design of Dolphin.
Dolphin, however, claims that this model has better traction than older models, such as the Proteus DX3 and there is some truth to it, as well. The Nautilus CC does have the ability to clean the lower portion of the pool walls as they can cling longer to the surface.
In addition, the Nautilus CC comes with a rubberized swivel cord that can rotate 360 degrees to prevent internal wires from breaking. Dolphin says the 50-foot power cable works for pools up to 33 feet but it may be short depending on where you are plugging in your power supply.
Lastly, this model weighs 14 pounds. You can pick the robot by the handle.
Design-wise, the difference between the Proteus DX3 and Nautilus CC are minimal, but the latter has the edge due to its better traction.
Navigation and Control
Dolphin Nautilus CC
The Dolphin Nautilus CC is also a plug-and-play model.
While the Nautilus CC has a standard two-hour cycle, you can program the robot to run daily or two to three times a week.
A more advanced model, the Nautilus CC features Clever Clean Technology. This software aims to help the robot avoid obstacles, such as stairs and drains.
Unfortunately, the robot’s route was not especially intuitive based on actual tests. While the software is meant to determine the robot’s most efficient route, it lingered in the deeper end of the pool longer than what was needed.
Thanks to Clever Clean Technology, Nautilus CC easily wins in terms of navigation and control. Wall coverage is mediocre, but the floor coverage is still excellent.
Suction Rate and Cleaning Performance
Dolphin Nautilus CC
The Dolphin Nautilus CC also uses the Hyperbrush, which actively spins at twice the speed of the unit itself. Similar to the Proteus DX3, it cycles approximately 4000 gallons of water.
Moreover, the Nautilus CC comes with Hypergrip tracks and these are more effective than the standard tracks. As the robot climbs, the Hyperbrush scrubs and feeds dirt and debris into the filtration system.
Thanks to the tracks, the robot does a good job at attaching itself to the surface so that it doesn’t easily lose traction.
Unfortunately, this model does not clean full walls and it seldom reaches the waterline where the gunk mostly lies. Without the waterline cleaning capabilities, you are still left to clean up after the Nautilus CC.
The Proteus DX3 is designed to clean both the pool floor and the lower parts of the walls.
Dolphin Nautilus CC
The Dolphin Nautilus CC has a top-loading filter basket complete with an oversize leaf bag and a standard cartridge.
The filter basket is spacious enough and it does a good job at catching twigs, leaves, grass clippings, and whatnot. But with just a single filter choice, you are limited in your cleanings.
Dolphin offers an ultra-fine basket for a price that will provide a deeper clean as it catches finer particles, such as algae and sand. However, the fact that it is an extra purchase is rather disappointing.
It’s a draw; both the Proteus DX3 and Nautilus CC use the same filtration system. Dolphin urges its consumers to purchase the ultra-fine cartridge, especially when algae, dander, pet hair, and sand are always a concern.
How to Choose the Best Robotic Pool Cleaner
The following are the basic features you need to consider when buying a robotic cleaner for an in-ground pool.
The most restraining factor on a robotic pool cleaner is the length and durability of its power cord.The shorter the cord, the smaller the coverage. Then again, length is not everything.
A power cable that lacks an anti-tangle swivel feature is prone to tangling and when it does, it hinders the robot’s mobility. The robot will fail to reach the full width of the pool.
When this happens, you will have to stretch the cord out and manually untangle it. Worst-case scenario, the internal wires break.
So when purchasing a robot pool cleaner, you also want the power cable to have the appropriate length and an anti-tangle feature of any kind.
Since you will have to pull the cleaner by its cord after each cycle, the internal wires must be enclosed with heavy-duty rubber that can withstand countless tugging.
Although not 100% anti-tangle, the power cord fitted for the Nautilus CC comes with a swivel feature so that it is a lot easier to untangle the wires when needed.
Fast cleanings are ideal for daily maintenance, while extended modes are more suitable for deeper in-between cleanings.
But the more cleaning cycles a pool cleaner has, it is guaranteed that it will carry a heftier price tag.
Both models have a limited two-hour cleaning cycle.
With this feature, your robot can clean more efficiently in a shorter amount of time.
The Nautilus CC boasts of Clever Clean Technology.
However, wall climbing and waterline cleaning are something that you can find on pricier units. If you can stretch your budget a bit more, I would recommend that you invest a little more to get this feature.
Without waterline cleaning, you will be forced to scrub away the filthiest parts of your pool. Don’t you think this defeats the purpose of purchasing a robotic pool cleaner?
You could not expect to see waterline cleaning around the price of the Nautilus CC and the Proteus DX3. However, the Nautilus CC can somewhat climb walls.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can you leave a robotic pool cleaner in the pool?
It is best to take your Dolphin out after each use so that you can empty and rinse the filters.
If you are to program your robot to clean a few times each week, you may keep it submerged in the pool water but you need to make sure the filter is cleaned.
Why is my Dolphin pool cleaner not moving?
How long is the warranty on a Dolphin?
Will you finally take the bullet and buy any of these incredible machines? If you are still confused about which unit to get, I recommend the Nautilus CC because it offers greater efficiency.
The Nautilus CC may still miss a large portion of the pool walls, but this is not a defect. Besides, this product has not been advertised to clean up the waterline.
Regardless, it is an incredible “starter” pool cleaner that provides easy cartridge access and an anti-tangle swivel cable.