Last Updated: March 28, 2020
If you have an outdoor pool, you know it needs to be frequently cleaned. If don’t want to spend all of your time scrubbing or all of your money on a pool cleaning service, you’re probably looking for a sturdy, effective robotic pool cleaner.
Dolphin is a well-known, well-respected brand, so you know you’ll find a great model. But how do you pick among the company’s many offerings?
To help you shop, we’ve put together this list of the 10 best pool cleaners from Dolphin, complete with detailed reviews that compare price, durability, smart features, overall design, and warranty. We hope that our reviews speed up your shopping experience and get you to a sparkling clean pool in no time.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Dolphin Pool Cleaners – 2021
1. Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner – Best Overall
Our top pick is the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus 99996403-PC Robotic Pool Cleaner. This machine, which is well-priced and lightweight, has a great range of features and does a good job even on larger pools.
At 19 pounds, the Nautilus Plus is fairly lightweight, with a simple one-button interface. It has an adjustable weekly schedule, as well as dual scrubbing brushes and easy to refill top-load cartridge filters. The cleaning cycle takes a reasonable two hours to complete, and the machine works well on pools up to 50 feet long. It has a convenient anti-tangle swivel cable, plus a smart CleverClean program that efficiently maps out the shape of your pool. The filters work well on larger debris, and the blue plastic design is reasonably good-looking.
Though this model is energy-efficient, the swivel power cord tends to leak or corrode, and the filters aren’t as effective on sand and smaller debris. The Nautilus comes with a 2.5-year warranty, though you’ll have to pay shipping fees.
2. Dolphin E10 Auto Robotic Pool Cleaner – Best Value
If you’re looking to save money, you may be interested in the Dolphin E10 Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner, which we found to be the best Dolphin pool cleaner for the money.
With a minimalist white plastic body and an unbeatable price, this light 13.8-pound pool cleaner is a great option. The cleaning cycle, operated by a simple one-button interface, completes in a short 1.5 hours. This model comes equipped with CleverClean smart scanning and a convenient top-loading filter, plus good energy efficiency.
This model has fewer features, including no scheduling or remote control options. The cord is non-swivel, so it tangles fairly easily. It’s only designed to work on pools up to 30 feet long, so it’s not a great choice if you have a large pool. The included filter works fine on large debris, but for a more thorough cleaning, you may want to purchase an ultra-fine filter. Dolphin offers a two-year warranty for this model, though you’ll have to pay shipping fees.
3. Dolphin Sigma Robotic Pool Cleaner – Premium Choice
If you’re shopping for a high-end model, the Dolphin Sigma Robotic Pool Cleaner could be for you. This high-cost model comes with lots of features, including remote control and better stability, though it’s also very heavy.
The Sigma weighs a hefty 35 pounds, though it has a sleek white and blue plastic body with a large handle for easy carrying. It has convenient top-loading cartridge filters, dual scrubbing brushes, and three motors, plus a three-axis gyroscope designed to improve stability. The cleaning cycle takes a longer 2.5 hours and is designed to cover pools up to 50 feet long. There’s an anti-tangle swivel cord, a weekly scheduler, and waterline cleaning features. Best of all, this model can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to remotely control it using Dolphin’s free app.
The Sigma is also energy-efficient, powerful, and comes with two sets of filters. In testing, we found the app difficult to use and the overall machine less durable than its sizeable price. Despite its smart navigation, this model doesn’t work as well in large pools. Dolphin backs this machine up with a lengthy three-year warranty.
4. Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner
With quite a few useful features, the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner could be another good option, though it’s also pricey and heavy.
At 37.2 pounds, this is one of the heaviest models we tested. It has a conveniently large handle but a clunky plastic body and more difficult to refill bottom-loading filters. The package includes a fine filter cartridge, a microfilter cartridge, and a leaf bag, and you can purchase disposable leaf bags through the company’s website. Designed for large 50-foot pools, this machine has dual scrubbers, an anti-tangle swivel cable, CleverClean smart programming, and a weekly scheduler. We liked the full filter indicator, which takes the guesswork out of replacing filters.
Though it can’t connect to your smartphone, you can purchase a separate remote control. The cleaning cycle takes a very long three hours to complete, though it does cover the floor, walls, and waterline. Overall, we didn’t find this machine to have enough features to compensate for its high price. Dolphin offers a good three-year warranty.
5. DOLPHIN Oasis Z5i Robotic Pool Cleaner
The Dolphin Oasis Z5i Robotic Pool Cleaner is another pricey model that is lightweight and offers quite a few features. It’s also harder to use and less effective at cleaning.
This 24-pound machine isn’t too bulky and has a decent 2.5-hour runtime, plus a dual-drive motor and dual scrub brushes. It’s designed for pools up to 50 feet long and has a weekly scheduler and the ability to connect to your smartphone. We liked the oversized top-load filters and the anti-tangle swivel cable.
This model has a hard time staying connected via Bluetooth, making controlling it remotely through the app difficult. The programming can be harder to set up, and the machine frequently gets stuck on drains. Dolphin offers a lengthy three-year warranty.
6. Dolphin Triton PS Auto Robotic Pool Cleaner
The Dolphin Triton PS 99996207-US Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner is reasonably-priced and very lightweight but has few features and doesn’t work on small debris.
This 16.5-pound pool cleaner features a minimal black and yellow plastic design and a shorter two-hour cleaning cycle that covers the walls, floor, and waterline of your pool. It has a large top-loading filter basket and an anti-tangle swivel cable, plus a weekly scheduler, and works on pools up to 50 feet long.
The Triton doesn’t have any Bluetooth capabilities or remote control options. It does have smart scanning features, but in testing, we found that they didn’t work well, and the machine was easily fooled by shadows. The filters also don’t work well on silt or small debris. Dolphin offers a two-year warranty.
7. Dolphin Escape Robo Above Ground Pool Cleaner
Dolphin’s Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner is inexpensive and lightweight but isn’t very powerful or durable and has few smart features.
This 17-pound pool cleaner has two energy-efficient but not very powerful 180-watt motors. It features a large top-loading debris basket, a smart scanning feature, and a short 1.5-hour cleaning cycle. The machine comes with only one fine filter, which doesn’t pick up sand or other small debris.
This model is designed for smaller pools of up to 30 feet, so it won’t work as well if you have a larger pool. In testing, we found that it wasn’t very durable and often shut off partway through the cleaning cycle. There aren’t any remote control or Bluetooth features, and you can’t schedule it ahead. Dolphin offers a shorter one-year warranty.
8. DOLPHIN H50 Industrial Robotic Pool Cleaner
The Dolphin H50 Industrial Grade Robotic Pool Cleaner is a commercial-quality machine that’s not as well suited to home use. Heavy and expensive, it has few smart features and a long runtime.
At 47 pounds, this machine is the heaviest model we reviewed, though it does come with a caddy. It’s designed for pools up to 50 feet long and is equipped with a swivel cable, dual scrubbing brushes, a dual-drive motor, and a large filter bag. It has CleverClean smart scanning capabilities and does a good job on leaves and other large debris.
The three-hour cleaning cycle is quite lengthy, and the heavy weight and high price make this machine less appealing. It doesn’t have weekly scheduling options or Bluetooth capabilities and comes with only one filter option. Dolphin offers a shorter one-year warranty for this model.
9. Dolphin Quantum Robo Inground Pool Cleaner
The Dolphin Quantum Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner is a high-tech and high-end option with some useful features but an unappealing price.
This somewhat heavy 27.2-pound pool cleaner has a reasonable two-hour cleaning cycle. The rubber tracks can easily climb your pool’s walls, and the built-in water jets lend the machine added mobility. It’s designed for pools up to 50 feet long and offers weekly programming, a large top-loading cartridge, and SmartNav smart scanning. The package includes fine and ultra-fine filters.
This machine won’t work with your smartphone and doesn’t come with any remote control options. It doesn’t clean up sand or gravel and doesn’t have enough useful features to justify its high price. Dolphin does offer a decent two-year warranty.
10. DOLPHIN Cayman Robo Inground Pool Cleaner
Our least favorite Dolphin pool cleaner is the Cayman Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner, a somewhat heavy, not very durable machine sold at a reasonable price.
This 23.8-pound model has effective rubber tracks and a convenient top-loading filter cartridge, plus SmartNav smart scanning. It does a good job climbing walls and has a decent runtime of two hours. This machine doesn’t offer weekly scheduling options, can’t connect to your smartphone, and doesn’t have any remote control capabilities.
In testing, we found that the filter basket wasn’t very durable and fell apart quickly. The motor isn’t strong enough for heavy cleaning and may burn out, and the machine gets stuck in corners and on drains. Dolphin offers a shorter one-year warranty for this pool cleaner.
Now that you’ve read all about the best pool cleaners Dolphin has to offer, it’s time to make your choice. But how do you know which features will matter the most to you? Keep reading for our detailed guide to your options, which will walk you through everything from smart features to filters.
The first thing you’ll probably want to consider is the size of your pool. Some pool cleaners are designed for larger pools, with lengths of up to 50 feet, while others can only handle 30-foot-long pools. For the best cleaning, you’ll want to pay attention to the size capabilities of each model.
If you’re not interested in monitoring your pool cleaner’s progress, swivel power cords can be very handy tools. These cords are designed to reduce the risk of tangles, leaving your pool cleaner free to move around your pool. If you choose a model without a swivel power cord, you may want to keep an eye on its progress and lend a hand if it gets stuck.
Another key feature is your machine’s filter. Top-loading filters are easier to access for cleaning, so you may want to look for that. Some models have debris bags instead of cartridge filters. The bags work well for large debris like leaves but aren’t as effective on smaller debris like sand and silt. If you have a lot of sand in your pool, you may want to look for a model that comes with fine or ultra-fine cartridge filters. With some models, you may be able to buy extra filters with finer mesh.
If you’re looking for extra capabilities, you may want to choose a model with smart features like Bluetooth connectivity and smart scanning. Keep in mind that these smart features are typically only available in more expensive models.
Bluetooth connectivity will allow you to connect your pool cleaner to your smartphone using a free app. Dolphin offers two apps, MyDolphin and MyDolphin Plus, through which you can schedule cleanings, turn your cleaner on, and navigate manually. This can be useful for spot cleaning, if you notice a particularly dirty corner of your pool, and can allow you to work on your pool maintenance from the comfort of your home. In testing, we did find issues with poor Bluetooth connections and difficulty using the apps.
If you don’t have a smartphone or prefer not to use one, another spot cleaning option is a dedicated remote control. Dolphin sells remote controls separately, though only a few models are compatible.
Dolphin also equips many of its models with smart scanning features. These automatic programs, called CleverClean and SmartNav, use algorithms and sensors to scan your pool and determine the most efficient cleaning path. We did find that these programs are not foolproof, and can be fooled by shadows or drains.
Length of Cycle
Dolphin’s pool cleaners have cycles ranging from 1.5 to three hours. You may want to consider how long you’re willing to wait, especially if you choose a manual model.
How long would you like your model’s warranty to last? Depending on the model, Dolphin offers one-, two-, or three-year warranties. Keep in mind that you may have to pay shipping fees even under warranty.
Our favorite pool cleaner is the fairly-priced, easy-to-use Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus 99996403-PC Robotic Pool Cleaner, which has a useful range of features and does a great job even on larger pools. If you’re on a tighter budget, the Dolphin E10 Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner could be your pick, offering great value in a streamlined machine. If you’re looking for a high-end model, you may prefer the well-designed, feature-heavy Dolphin Sigma Robotic Pool Cleaner.
If you’re shopping for a high-quality pool cleaner, Dolphin offers quite a few good models. So how do you pick the best one for your needs? We hope this list of our 10 favorite Dolphin pool cleaners, complete with detailed reviews covering everything from features to warranties, helps you shop more efficiently. Enjoy your sparkling pool!
By Kate MacDonnell
Featured image credit: Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner with Powerful Dual Scrubbing Brushes and Multiple Filter Options, Amazon
Table of Contents
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Dolphin Pool Cleaners – 2021
- 1. Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner – Best Overall
- 2. Dolphin E10 Auto Robotic Pool Cleaner – Best Value
- 3. Dolphin Sigma Robotic Pool Cleaner – Premium Choice
- 4. Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner
- 5. DOLPHIN Oasis Z5i Robotic Pool Cleaner
- 6. Dolphin Triton PS Auto Robotic Pool Cleaner
- 7. Dolphin Escape Robo Above Ground Pool Cleaner
- 8. DOLPHIN H50 Industrial Robotic Pool Cleaner
- 9. Dolphin Quantum Robo Inground Pool Cleaner
- 10. DOLPHIN Cayman Robo Inground Pool Cleaner
- Buyer’s Guide