The Dolphin Nautilus is a robotic pool cleaner designed for scrubbing and vacuuming the floor, walls and waterline of most inground pools.
This robotic pool cleaner cleans on its own and does not need a booster pump or the swimming pool pump. It does not have filter bags, but instead uses a cartridge filter that is easy to clean.
The Nautilus has its own 60-foot floating power cable with a swivel device that keeps the cable from twisting and coiling. Its power supply plugs into a GFCI outlet. It seems to be a very popular robotic cleaner at a good price.
You may read our Dolphin Nautilus review to learn more about its features or to find answers to a few common questions. We also discuss the Nautilus Plus and Nautilus with Cleverclean pool robots.
Dolphin Nautilus: Key Features
- Model number: 99996323
- 24-volt dual-drive motor for more powerful scrubbing action.
- 30-volt power supply with integrated circuitry for low energy consumption.
- It cleans most pool surfaces.
- Pool shapes: kidney, L-shape, oval, round or rectangle.
- It does not need a connection to the pool pump filter system or a booster pump.
- Made for inground pools that do not exceed 50 feet in length.
- Scrubs the pool floor and vacuums the walls up to the waterline.
- It uses cartridge filters to trap the dirt and debris.
- Its brush system scrubs the pool surface to inhibit the growth of algae and bacteria.
- Patented swivel-cable prevents the electric cable from tangling into knots.
- The length of the power cable is 60 feet (18 meters).
What accessories are included?
The Nautilus pool cleaner body, normal cartridge filter, heavy-duty cartridge filter, 60-foot cable with cable swivel and power supply are included. The power supply requires a GFCI electrical wall outlet near the pool.
Does the Dolphin Nautilus have its own caddy?
No, it does not come with its own caddy. If you want a similar Dolphin robotic pool cleaner that comes with a caddy included, then take a look at our review of the Dolphin Triton with caddy.
Why is it not climbing the pool walls?
The Dolphin Nautilus is designed to clean the pool walls. However, if the pool floor and walls come together at a sharp right angle instead of a gentle curved angle, then the pool cleaner might not make it onto the wall. A dirty filter might also prevent it from getting up the sides.
Does it clean the waterline?
Sometimes it cleans right up to the waterline with its nose in the air before it goes back down to the bottom. Other times it does not reach so high up the walls.
Does it get stuck on raised drain covers?
No, it does not seem to have a problem with raised drains located on the bottom of the pool.
Can it clean a vinyl-lined inground pool?
Yes, it can clean vinyl pool surfaces. Remember to inspect the vinyl liner before you put the pool cleaner into the pool. The liner should be in good condition. The floor should be level with no rocks or roots underneath the floor of the vinyl liner.
How do you remove it from the pool?
You switch it off and then use the power cord to gently pull it towards you. Once it is close to the surface, reach down and grab it with both hands at the handgrips on each side and lift it out. It might be a bit heavy because of the water and debris. You might even turn it on its head before you take it out of the water to prevent the loss of dirt from the filters.
How do you clean the filters?
Turn off the pool cleaner, remove it from the water, turn it upside down, open the filter locking mechanisms, remove the filter cartridge, remove the filters and clean it with water from a garden hose or tap and put it all back together again.
Dolphin Nautilus vs Nautilus Plus
The Nautilus Plus (model number 99996403-PC) is not only an updated version, but it is also slightly bigger and has extra large filter cartridges. The biggest difference between these two pool cleaners might be the filter access point. The Nautilus has bottom access filters while the Nautilus Plus has top access filters.
Another difference is the cleaning coverage. The Nautilus Plus has pool scanning technology. It uses software to adapt its cleaning route to the specific size and shape of the swimming pool. This leads to better coverage of the pool floor and walls.
The Nautilus Plus also has a handle which might make it easier to reach, grab and remove from the swimming pool. The older Nautilus does not have a handle: it has two grips to the left and right side of the pool cleaner body.
|The price difference between the older and the newer Nautilus models is about 100 dollars. Paying extra money for the Nautilus Plus robotic pool cleaner is probably worth it (see offers at Amazon.com).|
Dolphin Nautilus with Cleverclean
The Maytronics company seems to enjoy flooding the market with new models for online as well as offline shops. The Dolphin Nautilus with Cleverclean pool scanning technology was introduced to the online marketplace in 2017. It looks different from the other Nautilus pool cleaners, so that’s a good thing. Otherwise it would become very confusing since they are all part of the Nautilus series robotic pool cleaners.
What are its most important features besides the Cleverclean pool scanning technology?
- It weighs up to 50% less than the other Nautilus pool cleaners.
- Large top loading filter basket instead of filter cartridges.
- Single scrubbing brush in front of cleaner spins and removes dirt.
- Cleans pool floor and climbs walls.
- Power supply has a weekly timer.
- 50-foot power cable: cleans pool up to 40 feet in length.
- Uses anti-tangling cleaning patterns instead of a no-tangle swivel.
The Nautilus with Cleverclean seems to be a good pool robot, just like the other Nautilus pool cleaners. However, they should not have removed the no-tangle swivel from the cable. The anti-tangling software pattern does not seem to prevent the cable from tangling. Sometimes a simple mechanical solution is better than the more complicated software solution.
Anyway, you can read more about the features and check the comments on the Dolphin Nautilus with Cleverclean pool cleaner at Amazon.com.
Dolphin Nautilus: Conclusion
The Dolphin Nautilus robotic pool cleaner does not have filter bags. It has a filter cartridge with four screens that trap the dirt. It is quick to remove, rinse and replace. There are two types of screens available: one type for everyday use and one type for heavy use. The normal screen works better for finer dirt while the heavy-duty screen works best for bigger dirt and debris.
Let us make a list of its advantages:
- It is very quiet while cleaning the pool.
- Its filters are easy to remove, clean and replace.
- It climbs up the walls and even reaches the water line.
- It has its own internal pump system and filter and does not need the pool pump and pool filter to work.
Here is a list of its possible disadvantages:
- It cannot clean sharp pool angles.
- The pool cleaner can be a little heavy to remove from the pool.
- It does not have a caddy for moving it around on wheels outside the pool.
- Big leaves might get stuck in the vacuum intakes and prevent the pool cleaner from working.
The Nautilus might be somewhat heavy to remove when its filters are dirty and full of water. It has handgrips on the sides for getting a hold and lifting it out of the pool. Do not use the cord to pull it out of the pool! Use the handgrips!
A very small amount of dirt might leak out of the filters as you lift the pool cleaner out of the water, but it is not the end of the world. Remove and rinse the filters with a garden hose before replacing them. It takes only a few minutes to do this.
The power cord is 60 feet long and has a unique cable swivel that helps to keep the cable free from twisting around itself. The power supply automatically shuts off the pool cleaner after about 3 hours of cleaning.
The Dolphin Nautilus pool cleaner can climb the walls to remove dirt. It can also reach the waterline before it goes back down again. You might have to sweep hard-to-reach places yourself. The robotic pool cleaner does not clean sharp corners or right angles.
|The Dolphin Nautilus robotic pool cleaner might be a little pricey, but it cleans the pool without using the pool pump filter system. It is easy to use and quick to clean. Instead of paying someone to clean your pool, buy the Nautilus and save yourself some money in the long term (buy online from Amazon.com).|