The Aquabot Breeze XLS may clean both above ground and inground pools. Our review determines whether or not it breezes through a dirty pool.
Breeze XLS: Made For Most Pools
The Breeze XLS is primarily created for cleaning above ground swimming pools, but it may also function in smaller inground pools. It can clean most surface types such as vinyl, concrete, fiberglass and tile.
The Breeze XLS will breeze through most pool shapes. The shape can be rectangular, round, oval, lap or kidney. However, the transition between the pool floor and wall needs to be curved, with a minimum radius of 6 inches, or else the pool cleaner might not make it onto the wall. Even so, it usually only cleans the lower part of the wall.
Top Loading Filter Baskets
Filters that are located on top of the robotic pool cleaner are easier to reach. Many of the newer pool robots, such as the Dolphin Quantum, have top loading filter baskets. The Aquabot Breeze XLS has two large filter baskets for capturing unwanted pool debris and dirt. It seems that fine filter inserts are included so that the baskets may trap finer dirt down to 2 microns.
Floating Cable with Swivel Device
Good news! The Aquabot Breeze XLS is now shipped with a no-tangle swivel in its 50-foot floating power cable. This drastically reduces the twists and coils in the cable that occurs as the robotic cleaner runs around the pool. You do not have to uncoil the cable after every use: the swivel device will do it for you!
Low Power Consumption
The Breeze XLS runs on only 150 watts which make it very energy efficient when compared to pressure pool cleaners and booster pumps. The robotic pool cleaner has a strong internal pump that can filter water at up to 85 gallons per minute. Its power supply box is plugged into a 120-volt, 60 Hertz, GFCI outlet. The power supply has two cycle settings for the pool cleaner: one hour or two hours.
Scrubbing Brushes and Water Jets
Two fixed scrubbing brushes on the belly of the Breeze XLS provide scrubbing abilities. The brushes sweep the surface as the robotic cleaner moves around the swimming pool.
Filtered water is also jetted onto the pool surface underneath the pool robot to blow dirt and sand loose. However, there might be a problem with these water jets. It might work too well and blast the fine dirt out of reach of the filter basket. This reduces the effectiveness of the pool cleaner when it comes to removing fine dirt.
The Aquabot Breeze XLS has a 2-year warranty. It is 100% for the first year and limited for the second year.
Into The Pool
First, check to see if the filter baskets are inside. Plug the floating power cable into the power supply. Plug the power supply into a GFCI outlet. Put the robotic cleaner into the pool. Turn on the power supply and select either the one hour or two hour cleaning cycle.
Out Of The Pool
The robotic pool cleaner shuts down automatically after completing its cleaning cycle. You may grab the floating power cable and slowly drag it towards the edge of the swimming pool. Grab the handle and pull it out. You must never lift the pool cleaner out of the pool by its power cable. The cable might be damaged if you do this unwanted thing. Remove the filter baskets and rinse it clean for the next time.
Breeze XLS vs. Pool Rover S2-40i
|Cable||50 feet||40 feet|
|Access||Top load||Top load|
|Warranty||Two years||One year|
You might see from the comparison above that they share most of the features, except for the cable length and the warranty. The filter type also differs: the Breeze XLS has a basket while the Pool Rover S2-40i has a 2-micron fine bag. Even so, inserts are available for the Breeze XLS that can filter down to 2 microns.
The Breeze XLS has a sliding lever on its front that adjusts the cleaning pattern. This is probably easier to use than the plastic wheel adjusting pins found on the Aquabot S2-40i. The slide lever system might also last much longer than adjusting pins.
How long does it clean?
The power supply unit of the Breeze XLS has two settings to choose: one-hour or two-hour cycles. The one-hour cycle is usually enough for a small pool while two hours is better for larger pools.
Does the Breeze XLS clean pool steps?
It does not clean steps. It will probably be stopped by steps until it automatically reverses direction. This way it might never get stuck on the pool steps.
How well does it climb walls?
The manufacturer states that it will climb the lower part of the wall. The transition between floor and wall needs to be curved and not square. However, many owners report that the pool cleaner does not climb the walls of their swimming pools. It reaches the wall, stops and then reverses direction after a short interval. The bottom line is that it cleans the pool bottom very well but does not really reach the walls.
Breeze XLS: Does It Breeze Through The Dirt?
We have given an overview of its best features and answered one or two questions. What does the experiences of various owners tell us about the performance of the Breeze XLS? Does it just breeze along the pool bottom, cleaning happily and rapidly?
Owners are satisfied with its ability to clean the pool floor. However, they are disappointed that the Breeze XLS does not climb the walls or the steps. It might clean the lower part of the wall, but not higher than that level.
Its large, top loading filter baskets are easy to reach and clean. They work great for catching leaves and debris, but are not so good at filtering very fine dirt. This is why fine filter inserts are now included. Even so, newly designed fine filter basket screens would have worked much better than the fine filter inserts. The Breeze XLS struggles to remove very fine particles from the pool water.
The Aquabot Breeze XLS does not have software and pool scanning. It does not learn the shape of your pool. It has a simple system that propels it forward for about 30 seconds. Then it reverses direction for the next 30 seconds. It keeps going back and forth during its cleaning cycle. Adjusting the slide lever changes its turn radius. It will still miss a few dirty spots in the swimming pool.
|What do we think? We think that you could save a few dollars and buy the S2-40i instead of the Breeze XLS. They have similar features and performance, so save some money and get the cheaper Aquabot robotic pool cleaner.|