The Aquabot Pool Rover Junior is a compact model that features a hose-free design, which allows it to freely move around the pool as it cleans, so it won’t get tangled in the cables during the process. It also features the shortest cleaning cycle out of all the robotic pool cleaners we have reviewed, which should be a huge plus for any buyer who wants to conserve energy.
Our Verdict: Featuring a compact, lightweight design, this smaller pool cleaner has a faster than average cleaning cycle at just thirty minutes. If your pool is in need of a deep clean, use the timer and set the cleaning process at two to three hours. The extra-long cable complete with a swivel mechanism, allows the pool to easily move through the water without becoming entangled in the cable. Basically, while it’s one of Aquabot’s lower priced models, it comes with all the features you’re looking for in a powerful pool cleaner that can efficiently clean your above ground pool in under an hour.
Continue reading to find out what makes this pool cleaner so powerful, why it earned a top rating, and what you can expect in terms of performance.
Overview and Features
The pool cleaner’s hose-free design is one of its best selling points. It also features an internal filter and pump, which means it will not require a booster pump or any type of external filtration system. This is a big plus since you won’t have to make any type of modifications to the pool’s plumbing system. While other models like the Aquabot Spirit above and in-ground pool cleaner use hoses, you really can’t beat a model that offers a more convenient setup and a hose-free design that improves its cleaning efficiency.
This model is able to clean pools of any shape, including kidney, L-shaped, rectangular, and oval. It can also clean pools that are made out of concrete, tile, fiberglass, and vinyl. If you don’t know how to vacuum above ground pool, or you simply don’t have the time, this bot will take care of all the hard work for you. Its suction power allows it to easily remove built-up scum from the bottom and sides of the pool in a matter of minutes.
The internal pump is efficient and powerful. It can also handle mixing up to seventy gallons of water per minute, which is impressive for a cleaner of this size.
The pool cleaner’s advanced filtration system can trap anything from algae and pebbles to dirt, twigs, and leaves. It can also filter particles that are two microns in size. Other cleaners in this price range simply can’t compete with the Pool Rover Junior’s powerful filtration system. Unfortunately, since the filter is only accessible from the bottom of the cleaner, it can be difficult to clean.
Equipped with four wheels, this cleaner can easily go over small obstacles in the water. For added stability, the tires also feature an extra-wide design.
The forty-foot power cable comes complete with a three hundred and sixty-degree swivel feature that will prevent the cable from getting tangled during use.
- Reusable filter
- Two to three-hour timer
- Thirty-minute standard cleaning cycle
- Extra-wide wheels
- Forty-foot cable
- Only works for flat bottomed pools
The forty-foot cable combined with the three hundred and sixty-degree swivel mechanism allows the cleaner to effortlessly move around the pool. Once you flip the power switch, the bot will begin cleaning using its strong vacuum and jet-driven propulsion action. The cleaner’s reusable filter bag can collect smaller debris at just two microns. This includes dust and soil. Compared to other pool cleaners in this price range, this model can significantly reduce the overall cost of pool maintenance. It also features a vacuum capacity of over five thousand square feet per hour. This results in a faster filtration rate of four thousand, two hundred gallons per hour.
Additionally, the cleaner only weighs in at ten and a half pounds, so taking it out of the pool to empty the filter is a cinch.
In terms of price, it’s available for half the cost of other leading robotic pool cleaners such as the Aquabot Spirit Above and Inground Pool Cleaner. While it may not have as many bells and whistles as other models in Aquabot’s lineup, if cleaning efficiency is your top priority, then you can’t go wrong with the Rover Junior.
How Energy Efficient is this Model?
The Pool Rover Junior comes with a couple of energy-saving features including an automatic shut off mechanism and non-marring wheels that allow the cleaner to move through the water and climb the walls quickly and effortlessly. The shorter than average cleaning process will also cut down on pool maintenance costs.
Is This a Hands-Off Pool Cleaning Bot?
No. Before use, you’ll need to set the locking pin located on the front axle in order to prevent the cable from twisting during use. You will also have to change the location of the pin every time you turn on the cleaning cycle. However, this will obviously only take up a couple of minutes of your time. But all of the best above ground pool robotic cleaners will require some level of maintenance, whether it’s emptying out the filter bag after each cleaning session or setting the cleaner up correctly before each cleaning cycle.
Conclusion and Rating
The Rover Junior pool cleaner by Aquabot features one of the fastest cleaning cycles on the market. However, if you feel your pool needs more TLC, you can also take advantage of the built-in timer and choose a longer cleaning cycle for some serious deep cleaning. This compact, lightweight bot is designed with ease and use in mind. While it doesn’t come loaded with all the bells and whistles you’ll find on higher priced models, it does come with all of the basic features you’ll need to ensure your pool gets thoroughly cleaned, daily. We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars.