Our List of The Best Robotic pool Cleaners For 2021 - A Repair Technicians Perspective

      If you found this blog you are probably looking into some robotic pool cleaners for your pool for this upcoming summer! No one likes to manually vacuum and having a little buddy to do it for you is one of the best investments one can make when it comes to swimming pools. My name is Johnny and I work on Robotic pool cleaners for a living and I thought I would share my thoughts on what cleaners stand out for me amongst the insane amount available out there as well as what to look out for when buying a robotic pool cleaner. 
     To get started I want to point out what to look out for when buying a pool vacuum. Many companies have separate product lines available depending on where you purchase the cleaner. This is prominent when it comes to online vs in-store models. The nice thing about these companies are that they try to help out the little guy when it comes to selling cleaners. For example, Maytronics the producer of the well known Dolphin brand keeps a lot of there high end models as exclusives  for "brick and mortar store" models. This means that the better and top of the line pool vacuums are only available if purchased form a certified dolphin dealer, not the big guys like amazon and Walmart. Another thing to watch out for are the internet models. they might be cheaper but their warranties aren't as long and depending on who you buy it from their might not be a warranty at all. So, in my opinion you are better off going with the models in  my list below, of course I will link some places you can buy these models and have them sent to your through UPS. All's you'll have to do is put an order in over the phone like ordering a pizza! So lets get started with my list of the top Robotic Pool Cleaners of 2021
#5 Dolphin M200 Robotic  Pool Cleaner

     This is Where you start on the journey of looking into robotic pool cleaners. The M200 has been a staple in many brick and mortar stores over the last decade. The M-line in general is the Cadillac of the pool cleaner market.   The Dolphin M200 is the baseline bare bones pool cleaner that does all your basic vacuum activities. It'll do the floor, walls, waterline etc. The anti tangle cord is a nice touch on it as well. This cleaner retails for around $899 and is ready to go out of the box as it is an electrical pool cleaner and does not need to be hooked up to pool plumbing. The drawbacks to this cleaner is that it does not come with a caddy and the filtration system is lacking in the convenience section. All in all its the baseline model of a great line of products and is a good affordable choice. 

If you are interested in this cleaner you can buy it here over the phone and they also have more information: Dolphin M200 Robotic Pool Cleaner


#4 Dolphin S300 Robotic Pool Cleaner

     This cleaner takes the next step when it comes to convenience. Its large load filter basket makes it ridiculously easy to empty and clean. No need to touch anything gross when you can just dump it out in the woods or trash like a bucket. The Caddy is also a great choice when it comes to keeping things neat and in good shape. Drawbacks to this cleaner are that it is in no way competition to the upcoming cleaners on this list. The warranty is also on the lower end of the spectrum with only 2 years. this cleaner starts around $1199

Once again if you are interested you can check these guys out: Maytronics Dolphin S300 Robotic Pool Cleaner


#3 Dolphin S300i

     Now you might be asking what the heck is the difference between the s300 and s300i? Here's the differences, The S300i has more options when it comes to cycle times. It can run for either 1 hour to do a quick clean before friends come over or it can do a longer 2 hour clean to really clean the pool. The S300i also comes with an extra filter layer to catch more of the fine materials that might end up in your pool like pollen or fine dirt. this cleaner runs for about $1399 at stores. 

Maytronics Dolphin S300i Robotic Pool Cleaner


#2 Dolphin M400 Robotic Pool Cleaner

     This Is one of the best cleaners on the market. and one of the cleaners I have worked on the least during my time as a repair technician. Its got a dual drive motor which lets the cleaner turn with a lot more ease. As you can see in the pictures of the M200 and S300/300i their scrubbers are all one solid tube that goes from the left to the right of the cleaner, compared to the M400 and the #1 on this list which are split down the middle. The M200 and the S300/300i use water propulsion to turn which can be somewhat inefficient while the M400 and the  #1 on the list can turn on a dime. two motors for moving and 1 dedicated for suction this guy is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. It also has a third active brush so in total it has 3 brushes scrubbing the floor. The one thing it lacks is the ease of a top loader bucket that the #1 on this list has. This robot has a caddy and the longer warranty from the M line of cleaners which is 3 years. All in all it is still on the top 2 cleaners in my book

If you are interested this cleaner it runs for $1399 and could be found here: Maytronics Dolphin M400 Robotic Pool Cleaner


#1 The dolphin M600 and The Dolphin Active 60 Robotic Pool Cleaners 

     These two models are the same cleaner with different color codes. By far this is the best cleaner on the market. its got the dual drive motor with dedicated suction motor. Its got the 3 year warranty. Its got the largest top load bucket filter out there and the power of this tank is un-matched in the market right now. If your looking for top of the line or best of the best then this is your cleaner. It is the only cleaner I haven't worked on yet as a repair technician which I guess is a good thing! 

These Beasts runs for $1699 and can be found here: Robotic Pool Cleaners

I hope this list was helpful when it comes to choosing your best robotic pool cleaner of 2021! 

- Johnny