Maytronics is one of the leading above ground pool cleaner manufacturers. Their latest model, the Dolphin Escape, is priced more affordable than their other top-selling pool cleaners and comes with a variety of advanced features that you wouldn’t normally expect to find on a model in this price range.
Our Verdict: The Dolphin Escape is available for a price that won’t hit your wallet too hard, yet it still comes loaded with the latest in robotic pool cleaner tech. The bot’s track system, extra-large filter cartridge, and scrub brush system all work together to clean your pool thoroughly, and in half the amount of time that it takes competing models. Lightweight, easy to use, and equipped with the tools you need to keep your pool clean and algae-free, this model by Maytronics is a steal for the price.
Read on to learn more about the Escape’s exciting new features, pool scan technology, and innovative track system.
Overview and Features
This simple robotic pool cleaner is loaded with great features including rubber tracks that allow the bot to thoroughly and quickly clean every nook and cranny of your above ground pool, a smart scanning system, advanced filtration, and a Hyper Brush scrubbing process. Additionally, the dual motors improve the bot’s cleaning efficiency and use less energy than other robotic pool cleaners in this price range.
In order to ensure the bot can reach and clean every inch of your pool, this model comes with a cable that’s forty feet long. It also features a tangle-free design that will prevent the cable from becoming tangled during the cleaning process.
Once the cleaner is released into your pool it will scan the pool’s surface using it’s mapping and scanning system called SmartNav. While the bot moves around the pool the scanner will guide it along, ensuring it doesn’t miss any tight spots or sharp angles. It’s so smart, it will also avoid cleaning areas that it has already cleaned. This results in a much faster and more thorough cleaning process, especially when compared to other bots like the Aquabot APRVJR Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner, which relies on random patterns for navigation.
Hyper Brush Technology
The Hyper Brush is a rapidly spinning brush that ensures no dirt or debris remains stuck to the sides and floor of your pool. As the bot moves over the water’s surface, the brush system will help by dislodging any bacteria, algae, or stuck on particles. This type of debris is passed through the cleaner’s filtration system. These ultra-fine filters will catch and trap larger debris such as twigs, dead bugs, and leaves, and the tiniest particles including algae, dirt, and other types of fine debris.
From there, the debris is deposited into a large filter cartridge. This cartridge can handle a higher volume of debris, so you won’t have to empty it out as often as you would with a standard sized filter cartridge.
This model features bi-directional cleaning action. This means that it will continue to vacuum or scrub whether it’s moving backward or forward. This helps to cut down on the length of the cleaning session and improves cleaning efficiency.
The bot’s Hyper Grip technology solves the problem many robotic pool cleaners have. Many other models will struggle to stay close enough to the pool’s surface in order to thoroughly clean it. Water basically hinders the bot’s traction, which is why they tend to slip and slide during the cleaning process. This leads to wasted energy as the bot struggles to navigate the pool. Maytronics has solved this problem by equipping their bot with the Hyper Grip rubber tracks. By using tracks instead of wheels the bot is able to easily overcome the loss of traction when cleaning or navigating the pool. This type of constant contact between the surface and the tracks is what allows the bot to steadily move through the water, even when it’s climbing the walls. When the cleaner has to move over large pieces of debris or other types of obstacles, these tracks will really come in handy.
The bot’s cleaning cycle length is just one and a half hours. Competing models normally have a cleaning cycle that ranges from two to three hours in length. Unfortunately, there’s no option to set a cleaning schedule and there’s no timer, so you will be unable to decrease or increase the length of a cleaning session.
How Often Should I Use this Pool Cleaner?
We recommend daily cleanings, especially if your yard has plenty of trees and shrubbery or the pool is placed in a location that gets a lot of sun. Algae tends to thrive in sunlight, which is why it’s so important to remove any algae growth promptly. To learn more, click here to read our article on how to keep above ground pool clean.
Does This Pool Cleaner Scrub the Waterline?
Yes! The track design helps to improve the bot’s grip on the walls, which will allow it to easily clean the floor, walls, and waterline. Most pools will struggle with this task, but the Escape is surprisingly powerful. If you’re not familiar with robotic pool cleaner technology or the different types of features they have to offer, make sure you read our in-depth best above ground robotic pool cleaner buyer’s guide.
Conclusion and Rating
A state of the art, low-cost robotic pool cleaner, the Dolphin Escape comes with the latest advances in pool cleaning tech and includes many design improvements over models produced by Maytronics in the past. The thick rubber tracks, cleaning brush system, and extra-large filter cartridge all make this bot the best choice for pool owners on a tight budget. We gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.