Dolphin Nautilus Plus Review & Buying Guide

Dolphin Nautilus Plus is advertised as the best in its class robotic pool cleaner sold at an affordable price.

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner with Easy to Clean Large Top Load Filter Cartridges and Tangle-Free Swivel Cord, Ideal for In-ground Swimming Pools up to 50 Feet.

You can use it to scrub and vacuum your pool’s floor, walls, and the water line. But does this robotic cleaner work as advertised?

While there are many great robotic pool cleaners on the market, making a buying decision can be almost impossible to choose the best type from the rest since they can be very similar.

In this Dolphin Nautilus Plus review we have broken down its top features to help you decide if this robotic pool cleaner is right for you and your pool.

Features and Benefits

Dolphin Nautilus Plus Ease-Of-Use

Are you scared of those robotic pool cleaners that require a degree in engineering to assemble its parts? No worries, the Dolphin comes fully assembled.

The only task required is to get your new robotic pool cleaner out of the box, plug it into a socket, and place it in your pool to start cleaning.

Dolphin Nautilus Navigation

Dolphin Nautilus Plus features inbuilt IntelliScan software, an intelligence system that lets it clear all sediments and debris from your pool’s walls, floor, and water line regardless of its shape or size.

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner with Easy to Clean Large Top Load Filter Cartridges and Tangle-Free Swivel Cord, Ideal for In-ground Swimming Pools up to 50 Feet.

Like your vehicle’s GPS, Dolphin Nautilus Plus’ IntelliScan software learns your pool, and it automatically formulates a cleaning plan that best suits your pool.

This would be an important feature as it saves time and labor, and it offers a maximum cleaning accuracy for any pool. However, this robotic cleaner may find it hard to climb your pool’s corners if they join with the base at a sharp 90-degree angle.

You might also experience a few hitches with this robotic pool cleaner in the first days of use because it requires three cleaning cycles to learn about and master your pool.

Dolphin Nautilus Filters

Does Dolphin Nautilus clean efficiently? To our opinion, Dolphin Nautilus Plus could be one of the best robotic cleaners that can effectively eliminate a great percentage of dirt from your pool. This is because it has two types of filters intended to remove fine and coarse debris.

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner with Easy to Clean Large Top Load Filter Cartridges and Tangle-Free Swivel Cord, Ideal for In-ground Swimming Pools up to 50 Feet.

For instance, Dolphin Nautilus Pleated Polyester fine mesh filters are designed to eliminate fine textured debris like dust from your pool while the robotic cleaner’s coarse mesh screen helps you remove large textured debris like leaves from your pool.

How is easy is it to clean dirty or clogged Dolphin Nautilus filters?

As we all know, a robotic pool cleaner’s cleaning efficiency depends on how cleaned or clogged its filters are. This could be the reason why Dolphin Nautilus Plus’ filters are positioned on the top side for easy accessibility.

Cleaning Dolphin Nautilus Plus’ filters is not a difficult task. The process entails opening the filter locking mechanism and removing the filters. Afterward, you can clean the filters with a hose.

However, the filters will wear out after a period of use. Therefore, we would suggest that you change worn out filters regularly to keep your robotic vacuum cleaner working efficiently. Though, changing the filters will significantly raise the cost of owning Dolphin Nautilus Plus pool cleaner.​

Dolphin Nautilus Plus Caddy

DOLPHIN Robotic Pool Cleaner Caddy

The Nautilus electric caddy is sold separately.

Besides housing the power system, the Nautilus plus Caddy provides adequate space where you can store the coiled swivel cable when your pool cleaner is not in use.

It makes storing and transporting the entire unit around your pool area a lot easier.

Dolphin Nautilus Swivel Cables

The Dolphin Nautilus Plus’ swivel are tangle-free in nature that lets the Nautilus Plus maneuver easily when cleaning, saving you from the hassle of dealing with un-cleaned pool areas resulting from cable tangling.

In addition to the tangle-free swivel cable, the swivel cord measures 60 feet, a reasonable length for cleaning pools with an average length of 50 feet. Although Dolphin Nautilus may not be a suitable option if your pool’s length is above 50 feet.​

The Competition

Dolphin Nautilus vs Nautilus Plus

Dolphin Nautilus is the older version of the new Dolphin Nautilus Plus Model.

Despite being an older model, you may consider it as an alternative to Nautilus Plus because its performance is just like that of the updated version.

Dolphin Nautilus also learns your pool, and it does not require pre-installation.

The primary difference between the two models is that Dolphin Nautilus has a one-year warranty, its filters are accessed from the bottom instead of the top, and it has a smaller filter capacity than Nautilus Plus.​

Aquabot Junior In Ground Pool Cleaner

Aquabot in-ground pool cleaner is a more budget friendly competitor to consider.

Just like Dolphin Nautilus Plus, Aquabot Junior scrubs and filters dirt on your pool’s floor, lower wall, and cove.

However, Aquabot Junior might not be an option if you want a robotic pool cleaner with an anti- tangle swivel and one that does not have the hard-to-maintain bag filters.​

SEE ALSO: Aquabot Reviews​

Hayward SharkVac Robotic Pool Cleaner

Hayward’s robotic pool cleaner is another less expensive and energy efficient robotic pool cleaner that competes well with Dolphin Nautilus Plus.

The top access debris container that lets you clean your cartridge filters with ease and the caddy cart allows you to store your robotic vacuum cleaner when not in use.​

Final Thoughts

Is it worth to invest in the Dolphin Nautilus Plus? From the surface this pool cleaner looks pretty good with a 60 feet swivel cable, self-programming features, easy to clean filters, and lower energy consumption.

However, this might not be a good option if you are on a tight budget. In fact, if you have a tight budget you may want to skip using one of these devices in general.

The prices of robotic pool cleaners vary widely and some “affordable” pool cleaners may not meet your pool cleaning expectations.

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