Today we’ll be checking out two powerhouses for your above-ground pool, the Dolphin E10 robotic pool cleaner, and The Dolphin Escape to see which robotic cleaner is the best value for money.
But first of all what makes a makes a good pool cleaner? to make our decision we’ll be taking the following things into consideration. Wall climbing ability, suction power, its ability to handle different types of debris and how well the robotic pool cleaner is designed along with a few other things.
So let’s dive into it.
Quick review of the dolphin E10 robotic pool Cleaner
The Dolphin E10 by Maytronics is a top of the line robotic pool cleaner designed ideally for above ground pools up to 30ft in length. Weighing only 6.3kg this is one of the lighter Dolphin models which allows for easier transportation and removal from pools. To Add to its lightweight design it also has a quick water release feature that removes excess water while being lifted from the pool. The Dolphin E10 uses CleverClean technology that allows it to map out the most efficient path in which to clean your pool while also ensuring no spots are missed. The E10 can also be used in small in-ground pools but do bear in mind that it is not designed to be able to clean the walls of your pool.
- Powerful scrubbing
- Quick water release feature
- Easily accessible filters
- 2 year warranty
- Can’t clean the walls of the pool
- Only designed for above-ground pools
- No weekly timer
Dolphin E10 Specifications
- Manufacturer: Maytronics
- Brand: Dolphin
- Model: E10
- Pool type: Above-ground
- Cleaning Cycle: 1.5 hours
- Weight: 6.3kg
Now lets dive a little deeper into the features of the Dolphin E10 robotic pool cleaner
Dolphin e10 pool cleaner key features
Top Loaded filtration system
The Dolphin E10 uses a top loaded filtration system for easy removal and cleanability, simply open the top compartment, remove the the fine meshed filter and gently hose down to remove any stuck debris. Do bare in mind however that this model does not come with an ultra fine filter which is necessary when removing fine dust particles and sand from your pool. However this can easily be from your local Dolphin dealer.
Single button Operation
This Dolphin robotic pool cleaner operates on a simple plug and play function which makes it one of the easiest pool cleaners to use for even beginner pool owners. Simply plug the E10 to the power supply and you’re good to go.
Anti-tangle swivel cable
The E10 features a 40ft Anti-tangle swivel cable that allows it to freely navigate your pool without becoming tangled during its cleaning cycle. This feature is great because it means you’re able to leave it to clean unsupervised knowing you’re not going to come back to find it tangled around its own chord with only part of the pool cleaned.
CleverClean technology allows the Dolphin E10 to map out the optimal path in which to clean your pool allowing for an efficient clean. It also ensures that the E10 is performing a thorough clean making sure no spots are missed. This feature also allow your Dolphin to detect objects in its path and navigate around them.
Now lets check out the challenger, the Dolphin Escape above-ground automatic pool cleaner.
Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner quick review
The Dolphin Escape robotic above ground pool cleaner by Maytoncis is an excellent middle tier automatic pool cleaner designed for above ground pools of up to 30-Ft. Though the Dolphin Escape is priced on lower end, Maytronics certainly didn’t skimp on quality or features. The Escape uses Smart-Nav technology which allows it to map out the most efficient cleaning path saving not only time but money with every clean. It Also features a highly energy efficient DC motor that reduces energy cost of up 90% compared to AC powered cleaners requiring only 180watts to run and costing roughly 5 cents an hour.
The Dolphin Escape comes packed with an oversized debris basket designed to handle debris of all types that is 60% larger than traditional robots meaning less emptying during cleaning is required. To aid with its cleaning the Escape uses one powerful rotational scrubbing brush that effortlessly tackles debris, pollen and green algae whiles its powerful suction intake inhales the loosened dirt even while the robot is in reverse.
- Very affordable
- Highly energy efficient
- Large filtration bag
- Excellent traction
- Efficient at cleaning
- No built in weekly timer
- No caddy included
Dolphin Escape Specifications
- Manufacturer: Maytronics
- Brand: Dolphin
- Model: Escape
- Pool type: Above-ground
- Weight: 13.8lbs
- Dimensions: 22″ X 17.7″ X 13″
Now let’s take a closer look at what features the Dolphin Escape automatic pool cleaner packs.
Dolphin Escape Key features
HyperGrip Rubber Tracks
The Escape comes equiped with HyperGrip rubber tracks that are an essential feature to aid in its clean. These rubber tracks allow the Dolphin Escape to have greater surface traction than an ordinary wheel meaning less slippages resulting in less wasted energy. The greater surface area of the rubber tracts improves directional control and in return delivers significantly more force than wheels meaning more energy is conserved with every clean.
Ultra-Efficient DC Motors
The Dolphin Escape packs dual onboard DC motors that can provide up to five time it’s rated torque without stalling. The revolutionary 24 volt DC motors require 87% less energy than the AC motors that power old fashioned pool cleaners costing on average 5cents an hour to run saving money on your power bill with every clean.
SmartNav 2.0 technology allows the Dolphin Escape to map out the optimal path in which to clean your pool, allowing for a very efficient clean. It also ensures that the Escape is performing a thorough clean making sure no spots are missed or cleaned twice thanks to its ability to collect data while cleaning which allows it to remember any areas of the pool that require extra care. This feature also allow your Dolphin to detect objects in its path and navigate around them making sure it doesn’t become tangled stuck.
One Touch Operation
The Dolphin escape robotic above ground pool cleaner was definitely designed with easy operation in mind. There is no programming required nor complex setup, simply plug your Escape in, press the power button and away you go, making this a great robotic pool cleaner for first time owners.
Dolphin E10 Vs The Dolphin Escape summary
Though both of these Automatic pool cleaners pack many of the same features and are both able provide an excellent clean there were a few things that made us sway towards the Dolphin Escape.
The first reason being the fact the the Dolphin E10 uses a standard 24V motor, while the Dolphin Escape uses two Ultra efficient DC motors, much like the Dolphin Sigmas three DC motors, saving you money with every clean and in the long run. We also liked the quick water release feature of the Escape, making removal and transportation from the pool easy.
We also preferred the navigation system that the Dolphin Escaped used, though CleverClean navigation and SmartNav 2.0 are very similar we liked how SmartNav gave the Escape the ability to collect data while cleaning that allows it to not return to the same spot twice, and even better remember any areas in the pool that need extra cleaning attention.
It is for these reasons we feel like the Dolphin Escape will be the better cleaner in the long run.