Dolphin Nautilus CC is advertised as the best in its class, sold at an affordable price. Here is what they say:
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is a robotic pool cleaner that uses dual-cyclonic suction and brushes to clean your pool. The unit can be used with above-ground pools but best for inground swimming pools up to 50 feet. It has a navigational system that allows the device to clean an entire pool without the need for additional accessories or tools.
You can use it to scrub and vacuum your pool’s floor, walls, and waterline. But does this machine 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 CC Plus review, we have broken down its top features to help you decide if this pool robot is suitable for you and your pool.
Features and Benefits
Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Ease-Of-Use
Are you scared of those robotic pool cleaners that require a degree in engineering to assemble their 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.
Weekly Scheduler For Optimal Cleaning
Dolphin pool robots have always made it easy for a pool owner to operate. This model has three weekly timer settings. You can control the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus to clean your pool daily, alternate-daily, or every-3rd day basis.
Dolphin Nautilus cc Plus features inbuilt IntelliScan software, an intelligence system that lets it clear fine and large debris from your pool’s walls, floor, and water line regardless of its shape or size.
Like your vehicle’s GPS, Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus’ IntelliScan software learns your pool, and it automatically formulates a cleaning plan that best suits your pool.
This would be an essential feature as it saves time and labor, and it offers maximum cleaning performance 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 develop the most efficient path around your pool.
Dolphin Nautilus Top Load Filter Cartridges
In my opinion, Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is a great pool cleaner that can effectively eliminate a significant percentage of dirt from your pool.
This is because it has two types of filter cartridges intended to remove fine and coarse debris.
For instance, for fine filtration, Dolphin Nautilus Pleated Polyester mesh filters are designed to eliminate fine-textured debris like dust from your pool. In contrast, the robotic cleaner’s coarse mesh screen helps you remove large debris like leaves from your pool.
Is it easy to clean or replace Dolphin Nautilus filters?
As we all know, a robotic pool cleaner’s cleaning efficiency depends on how clean or clogged its filters are. This could be why Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus’ filters are positioned on the top side for easy accessibility.
Cleaning Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus’ filters is not a difficult task. The process entails opening the top load filter basket 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 changing worn-out filters regularly to keep your robotic vacuum cleaner working efficiently. Changing the filters will significantly raise the cost of owning a Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus pool cleaner.
Dolphin Nautilus Swivel Cables
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus’ swivel is tangle-free 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. However, Dolphin Nautilus may not be suitable for pool owners with a pool length above 50 feet.
Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Caddy
The Nautilus electric caddy is sold separately but is also worth considering.
Besides housing the power supply 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.
Competing Robot Pool Cleaners
Original Dolphin Nautilus vs. Nautilus CC Plus
Dolphin Nautilus is the older version of the new Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Model.
Despite being an older model, you may consider it an alternative to Nautilus Plus because its performance is 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 CC 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.
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 lets you clean your cartridge filters with ease, and the caddy cart allows you to store your robotic vacuum cleaner when not in use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need A Booster Pump?
No. The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus comes with a power booster pump that can operate independently of your main filtration system.
Can I Use This Model For An Above Ground Swimming Pool?
You can use this robot cleaner with an above-ground swimming pool, but it is intended for larger, deeper pools.
Can I Use My Smartphone As A Remote control?
No, you can not. Only newer, more expensive Dolphin models have that ability.
In Summary: Our Final Verdict
Is it worth investing in this unit or other Nautilus models?
Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner may be an excellent investment for those with a pool and a larger budget. It does the job of cleaning inground pools quickly and efficiently, all without much intervention! It’s easy to use, plugin and let it clean while you do something else.
However, this might not be a good option if you are on a tight budget. 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.