While the price of the Aquabot Spirit is low, the quality definitely is not. In terms of features, this model comes with high powered jet propulsion, a twenty-four-volt motor, and an innovative swivel cord that allows the cleaner to propel through the water unencumbered. If you’re looking for a pool cleaner that’s affordable, easy to use, and efficient, then the Spirit can provide the type of cleaning power you’re looking for, and then some.
Our Verdict: You’ll love how easy this model is to use and maintain. Unlike competing models, the Spirit features top filter access, which makes removing and emptying the filter bags a breeze. The powerful jet propulsion system provides the cleaner with enough juice to easily move through the water, resulting in a more thorough and faster cleaning cycle.
Read on to learn more about Aquabot’s best-selling robotic pool cleaner, find out why it earned a high user rating, and get an in-depth look at its jet propulsion system and other top features.
Overview and Features
This is a versatile pool cleaner that’s able to efficiently clean both in-ground and above ground pools. Its high propulsion jet system allows it to slice quickly and cleanly through the water, for a faster cleaning cycle. Its lightweight design also makes emptying the filter much easier. The bot’s design itself is pretty simple. You can easily break it down into a couple of pieces for a faster cleaning process.
Some pool cleaners will feature a filtration system that’s located on the bottom of the cleaner. This requires the user to remove the cleaner from the pool in order to access the filter compartment. But the Spirit is different. Instead of removing the cleaner from the pool, Aquabot designed a top loaded filter for easier access. To clean out the filter, simply press a button and the compartment will pop right open. Inside you’ll find a couple of large filter bags. Simply empty, rinse out the bags and return them to the filter compartment. That’s it.
What’s the point of having a pool cleaner in the first place if you have to spend a lot of time maintaining it? This model features a low-maintenance design that makes cleaning much easier. The bot’s twin body design allows you to split the chassis in half in order to quickly access internal components for troubleshooting or cleaning.
The obstacle avoidance system or OAS technology allows the cleaner to avoid and detect obstacles in the water. This technology is similar to what you’ll find in Roomba vacuums.
The anti-tangle swivel mechanism for the cable prevents the pool cleaner from constantly becoming entangled in the cable. The mechanism is able to rotate a full three hundred and sixty degrees.
Jet Propulsion System
Most models of pool cleaners will distribute power from the motor to their wheels, in order to propel the cleaner through the water during the cleaning process. On this model, you’ll find a twenty-four-volt DC motor that drives a couple of rotating fans that are designed to propel the cleaner forward. These jets of water not only propel the pool cleaner they can also help to dislodge trapped debris that’s stuck on the floor of the pool.
Users can choose between a one or two-hour cleaning cycle. Once a cleaning cycle is complete, the pool cleaner will automatically shut off. If it has been weeks since your pool has been clean, then the two-hour cleaning cycle is the best option. The one-hour cleaning cycle is perfect for daily use. Additionally, during use, the pool cleaner is able to handle up to eighty-five gallons per minute.
This is a heavier pool cleaner, weighing in at twenty-five pounds. For some, the higher weight will be a drawback since it can make the pool cleaner difficult to take out of the pool once it has filled with water. However, since this model features top filter access, you won’t need to remove the pool cleaner at all unless you want to break the model down for a more thorough monthly cleaning.
- Low price
- Lightweight design
- Easy filter access
- Two large filter bags
- Low maintenance needs
- Weighs in at twenty-five pounds
Are Filter Bag Filtration Systems the Easiest to Clean and Maintain?
This is debatable. Some pool owners will claim that filter bags are the best option, however, we’ve found that models equipped with filter cartridges tend to provide a more efficient filtration process. If you’re looking for a pool cleaner that provides a superior filtration system, we recommend the Dolphin Nautilus Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner, which comes with a dual filter cartridge system for twice the cleaning power. To learn more about pool cleaner filter technology, click here to read our robotic pool cleaner buyer’s guide.
How Often Do I Need to Deep Clean My Pool?
Even if you have a robotic pool cleaner, we still recommend deep cleaning your pool at least twice a month. You may need to clean it on a weekly basis if you don’t have a pool cleaner or the model you use struggles to remove algae and builtup scum on the bottom of the pool or the waterline. If you’re dealing with an algae bloom or murky water and you’d like to learn how to deep clean your pool, read our article on how to keep above ground pool clean.
Conclusion and Rating
The Spirit pool cleaner by Aquabot is one of the leading above ground pool cleaners on the market, for a number of reasons. Its two cleaning cycle options, top filter access, and powerful jet propulsion system provide a more hands-off approach to keeping your pool clean, which is what most buyers are looking for. Built tough, easy to use, and reasonably priced, we gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.