The Dolphin Nautilus automatic robotic pool cleaner is designed with total hands-off cleaning in mind. This bot will vacuum your pool’s floor, scrub the walls, and give the waterline some much-needed TLC. It also operates independently and doesn’t require a pool pump or booster pump for power. The fact that it uses a dual cartridge design instead of a filter bag also shows us that it’s a very low maintenance pool cleaner and one you can really rely on to keep your pool clean and looking great all season long.
Our Verdict: The Nautilus is a powerful robotic pool cleaner that comes with all the bells and whistles the pool owner could want in a machine that makes cleaning your pool a hands-off process. This model is equipped with smart technology and actually scans your pool to determine size and depth, allowing it to clean your pool more efficiently. For some, the price may be too steep, but if you’re tired of spending a few hours a week scrubbing out your pool, then this is one pool cleaner that’s up to the task.
Keep on reading to learn how the Nautilus works, what you can expect in terms of performance, and find out why it earned a top score.
Overview and Features
If you want a pool cleaner you won’t have to check on daily, one that won’t easily get tangled in its cables or struggle to clean the waterline, then the Nautilus is it. This model comes complete with a massive sixty foot floating cable, complete with a swivel mechanism that prevents the cable from coiling or twisting. The cleaner’s thirty-volt power supply will plug directly into a GFCI outlet.
Waterline and Wall Cleaning Efficiency
The cleaner will scrub the walls right up to the waterline, keeping its nose high in the air as it works before it once again dives down to work on the pool’s floor.
This model is specifically designed to clean the walls of a pool. Yet it can struggle with pools that have sharp angles instead of curved walls.
Many lower priced pool cleaners are not suitable for pools with vinyl liners, but this model can handle it all. However, before use, make sure the liner in your pool is intact, with no rips or tears. Additionally, the pool’s bottom must be level, which means it should not be placed on uneven ground, on gravel, or over tree roots. This can negatively impact the cleaner’s performance.
Before use, make sure you read the included user’s manual from cover to cover. Installing the Nautilus is a breeze, simply plug it in and let it go.
Cleaning out the cartridges once a week will have a major impact on your pool cleaner’s performance. In order to do, switch off the cleaner, remove it from the pool and place it on its back. Unlatch the locking mechanism on the filter compartment. Remove the cartridges and clean them thoroughly, using a hose. Make sure you also tap each cartridge to dislodge any gunk or debris that is trapped inside. Place the cartridges back in the filter compartment, lock it, and it’s good to go.
The filter’s design is one of its best selling points. Instead of filter bags, you’ll find a dual cartridge design with four screens designed to trap dirt and debris.
Weighing in at a little over sixteen pounds, this model can be somewhat difficult to remove from the pool once it’s full of water. Fortunately, there are handgrips located on each side that can help to make removing the cleaner slightly easier.
This cleaner doesn’t use random patterns. Thanks to the bot’s Clever Clean technology, the machine will actually scan your pool to determine the size and shape for a more efficient cleaning process.
The bot’s dual scrub brush design provides double the cleaning power.
- Dual cartridge filter system
- Cleans the walls, waterline, and floor of the pool
- Does not require the use of the pool’s pump or a booster pump
- Good price
- Great design
- Struggles to clean pools with sharp angles
- Bot can be difficult to remove from the pool when it’s full of water
Is There a Better Option for Smaller Pools?
If you have a small to medium sized above ground pool and you’re looking for a lower priced robotic pool cleaner that can handle the job, we recommend the Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000-020, which is definitely up to the task. This model is designed for small to medium sized above ground pools and can be a better option for the pool owner on a tight budget.
Do I Still Need to Vacuum Out My Pool Weekly if I Use this Bot?
No. Since the pool cleaner also vacuums the floor of the pool you won’t have to worry about vacuuming weekly. However, we do still recommend breaking down the pool and giving it a more thorough vacuuming at least once a month. Click here to read our article on how to vacuum above ground pool to learn more.
Is This a Standard Style Robotic Pool Cleaner?
Yes. The standard robotic pool cleaners come equipped with smart technology, which is what allows them to scan the size, shape, and depth of a pool. This alone is what allows them to clean a pool more efficiently compared to side pressure models. To learn more about robotic pool cleaner technology, be sure to stop by and read our robotic pool cleaner buyer’s guide.
Conclusion and Rating
The Nautilus pool cleaner by Dolphin features a dual cartridge, double brush design that allows it to easily pick up microscopic and large debris. This model can clean up to the waterline, scrub the walls of your pool and vacuum the pool’s floor, quickly and efficiently. While it’s a bit on the pricey side, the fact that it has a higher than average cleaning efficiency rating makes it worth every penny for a bot that can handle all the dirty work for you. We gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.