Woo Hoo! It is summertime, and the swimming pool is located right in your backyard! The water beckons to you to take a dip, and you grab your towel and answer back!
A swimming pool is a great thing to have, and not everyone is so fortunate as to have one. You can go for a plunge day or night, whenever you so desire.
And if you are good to your pool, your pool will be good to you. Like anything else in this life worth having, there is a degree of swimming pool cleaning that your cement pond will require.
Your Swimming Pool Will Get Dirty…Often!
Cleaning it is paramount to the health of your pool. You will get all kinds of debris in your pool and there is no way around it.
You will get leaves, mold, dirt, and the occasional duck, frog, or squirrel.
Even if you don’t have sand storms or critters in your area, you will get residue from shampoo, lotions and other hair products.
There is also the risk of bacterial contamination, and that makes keeping the pool clean even more critical.
Let A Robot Clean Your Pool
A pool needs to be cleaned once a week at a minimum. And while it is a necessary evil, there are products on the market that can take the labor out of pool cleaning.
Robotic pool cleaners take the drudgery out of this essential task. In recent years, pool cleaning robots have been a fantastic way to clean a pool automatically.
When it comes to swimming pool care, it is very convenient to drop a robot cleaner into the swimming pool without needing to run your filter system.
There are many robotic cleaners on the market. Some are less than $500, but most of them run between $500 and $1000.
Review Of The Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner
One such product is the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner. The Dolphin can clean a 50-foot pool in about three hours.
However, be prepared to pay for the privilege. Not only is the Dolphin hefty in weight at 36 pounds, but the price tag is hefty too at a bit over $1000.
So is the Dolphin Premier worth that much?
If you are the person who has to clean the pool, it is easy to answer. But we will give our opinion anyway.
The Dolphin series from Maytronics has a history of being quality swimming pool cleaners.
The Premier is a top-of-the-line cleaner that is an efficient tool in the fight against dirt in your pool.
Features on the Dolphin Premier:
- Smart Control Weekly Timer
- SmartNav mapping
- Smart Control weekly timer
- LED full bag indicator
- Two 24-volt 180 watt DC motors
- 37.2 pounds
- 23.5” X 20” X 14”
- Use in gunite, plaster, vinyl, or fiberglass inground pools
- 60-foot swivel cord
- 3-year warranty
The Dolphin Premier has a scanning and navigation system.
This particular system allows your robot to clean the walls, floor, and the waterline of your pool using the most efficient path possible.
This will give you a faster clean.
HyperGrip Rubber Tracks
On the Dolphin Premier, the gripping surface area is much greater because of the HyperGrip continuous tracks that are used rather than wheels.
This improves directional control and gives the robot a much better advantage against slippage.
It also makes it easier for the robot to climb over drains and up steps. Cleaning can be done more efficiently.
Four Filter Types
Your Dolphin robot will come with micro-cartridges, standard cartridges, an oversize debris bag, and a disposable debris bag.
All of these filters can be changed in just seconds. The micro-filter works best for algae.
The standard filter will pick up sand, dirt, and other visible contaminants.
If the wind has blown a bushel of leaves into the pool, use the oversized debris bag.
And if you don’t feel like cleaning the debris bag, pop in the disposable.
The Dolphin Premier Cleans Where You Need It Most
Most of the debris in a typical pool is not suspended in the water but clings to the pool’s sides and bottom.
The area in a pool near the waterline is where bacteria and algae love to hang out.
The Premier has two high-speed, powerful spinning brushes that will scrub away dirt, debris, and other contaminants.
Dual Control Stabilizers allow the Dolphin Premier to remain firmly against the wall of your pool from the bottom to the top.
At one revolution per second, the brushes clean away all of the yucky stuff.
Dual High Output Motors
A pair of larger and more powerful motors contribute to the Dolphins efficiency and suction power.
Today’s Dolphin Premier has succeeded in reducing energy consumption by almost 90%.
This is due in part to the powerful permanent magnet D.C. motors eliminate friction and backpressure.
The DC motor can provide up to five times its rated torque without stalling. The 24 volt D.C. motor requires far less energy than older models of pool robots.
It will cost you a mere 5 cents per cleaning hour to operate the Dolphin Premier
Scheduling The Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner
Our favorite option, you can schedule the Dolphin Premier to clean every day, every other day, or even every third day.
You can switch between automatic cleaning cycles or manual ones with simple controls on the power supply.
Please keep in mind that while any kind of cleaning robot is in the pool doing its job, people should not be swimming in the pool, which is why this is a nice feature to be able to set for a night time cleaning.
Tangle Free Swivel Cord
With a 360-degree cable swivel, the Dolphin will be free of tangles and twists that plagued early models of robot pool cleaners.
It had been a frustrating issue to get a tangled cord that would stop a cleaner in its tracks.
Made from thermoplastic rubber, the cord also reduces frictional drag to allow for better movement through the water.
Remember not to leave the power supply out in the rain. It is water-resistant, but not waterproof.
What We Liked About The Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner
- SmartNav mapping saves time and reduces energy costs
- Costs just 5 cents an hour to operate
- Does a great job cleaning out leaves, dirt, and algae
- Easy to set up and operate
- You can schedule cleaning at a convenient time
- Great anti-tangle 60-foot cord
- The optional caddy is handy for transporting, but it is an additional expense
What Was Not So Much
- The price. You just can’t get around that this is an expensive tool
- The oversize debris bag can be a pain to clean but is machine washable
- This robot does not do the best of jobs on stairs
- Can be heavy lifting out of the pool
- A remote is available but is not at all useful
Know How Your Pool Works
It is good to acquaint yourself with how your pool works and how to keep it in top shape.
To keep your blue lagoon looking blue, you need to understand the seven essential parts of a pool.
Knowing how your pool works will keep you floating in clean water and enjoying the good life.
If you don’t know how something works, it is hard to maintain it.
When you have a working knowledge of the system, you will be able to troubleshoot problems.
Even if you occasionally need to call in the professionals, you need to know if what you are being told is accurate or if the “professional” is all wet.
Essential Parts Of A Pool.
Here we go; these are the seven essential pool parts you should be on the first-name basis with:
- Main drain
- Suction line
- Return lines
- Return jets
One by one, we will go through each of these essential parts of your pool. You will (figuratively) have three “areas” to your pool.
THE SUCTION SIDE
You will have a suction side, a pressure side, and the filtration system.
On the suction side, it does just what you think it does. It sucks in water and introduces it to the filtration system.
This begins the circulation process. No circulation, your blue lagoon turns green and becomes the “go-to” place for every mosquito in the neighborhood.
Essential Pool Part: Skimmer
Your skimmer will be built into the side of your pool. It is like a plastic bucket that houses a skimmer basket.
The skimmer basket’s function is to catch debris like leaves, bugs, twigs, and anything else too big to go through your pool’s filter.
Once my neighbor found a squirrel in her skimmer.
There was much screaming on both her part and the part of the squirrel before we got the lid off, and the little guy scurried off to rest in the nearest tree until his heart rate slowed.
At this point, the pool water (and not the squirrel) begins the process of going through the pool’s filtration system.
Unfortunately, my neighbor had another incident with a squirrel in her pool that did not result in a rescue.
It certainly dampened our spirits. Since that time, she has employed two Frog Logs, one on each side of the pool.
What a blessing! No more fatalities, and she feels that she can enjoy her pool and safeguard curious critters at the same time.
Essential Pool Part: Main Drain
The main drain will be located (usually) on the floor of the pool.
The name of the part makes it sound like this part would be used to drain water from the pool, but it is rarely used in that manner.
For the most part, the main drain serves the same function as the skimmer.
The point of this main drain is to allow for better circulation as the water is pulled from the top of the pool by skimmers, it is pulled from the bottom by the main drain.
Newer pools will have two main drains. It is a safety measure that has been put in place to reduce the force of the suction if something or someone blocks one of the drains.
If your pool has just one main drain, please be aware that it could be a hazard to younger children.
There have been instances of a child being held underwater by the suction from the main drain.
Make sure that any child or weak swimmer using your pool has on arm floaties for buoyancy.
Children should be “reach supervised” in a pool by a competent adult. This means that the child is within arm’s reach of the child at all times.
Essential Pool Part: Suction Lines
Usually made of PVC, the suction lines will carry the pool water from the skimmer to the pump.
THE PRESSURE SIDE
This area of your pool will push water coming from the filtration system back into the pool, completing the circulation process.
Essential Pool Part: Return Lines
The opposite of the suction lines, they carry the pool water from the filter to the return jets located on the pool’s sides.
These pipes are also made of PVC.
Essential Pool Part: Return Jets
Coming from the return lines, the filtered water arrives at the return jets. At this point, the water re enters the pool.
Serving double duty, the return jets bring the water back to the pool and push water around the pool.
The jets help direct water into the skimmer where the skimmer basket can catch any debris floating on the surface.
Return jets can be angled. If you have two or more jets, angle some of them towards the bottom of the pool and in one direction, either left or right.
What you want to do is create a circular motion that will stir up debris from the bottom of the pool.
THE FILTRATION SYSTEM
There are two parts to the filtration system: the pool pump and the pool filter.
Essential Pool Part: The Pump
It may look like water from the pool used gravity to get into the skimmer, but that is not the case. Your pool pump has an impeller inside.
The impeller spins fast enough that it creates a vacuum. That vacuum is what pulls the water into the skimmer.
A motor is needed to power the impeller. The size of the pump is most often identified by the horsepower of the motor.
Pool pumps are usually between ¾ and 3 horsepower. The larger your pool, the more horsepower you will want as you will need to move a higher volume of water.
Pool water will pass through the pump. The force being exerted on the water will change from pulling to pushing, and the pump will push water into the pool filter.
Essential Part: Pool Filter
You know that you need to add certain chemicals to your pool, like chlorine, to kill bacteria. That is part of the cleaning and filtering process.
The pool filter will remove fine debris and tiny particles. The three kinds of filters are sand, diatomaceous earth (D.E.), and a cartridge.
Depending on which you choose, they are all effective and easy to use.
A pool is a great thing to have. It is refreshing, relaxing, and fantastic for friends and family to enjoy.
You don’t want to spend your free time cleaning your pool, even though it is a necessary function of pool maintenance.
We recommend the Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner. It is pricey, but worth it when you consider the time and effort you save.
It allows you to be enjoying your pool rather than cleaning it!