Our Dolphin Triton review provides a short summary and answers questions about its features. We also explore the differences between the Dolphin Triton, Triton Plus, Nautilus and Premier robotic pool cleaners. Is it a cool pool cleaner or is it a tired robot?
Dolphin Triton: Summary
The Dolphin Triton is a robotic pool cleaner with a power supply unit that plugs into a GFCI outlet near an inground residential pool. It has a 60-foot power cable with a patented swivel action (which keeps the cable tangle-free) that relays the power to its internal pump motor.
The Dolphin Triton uses bottom loading cartridge filters which are easy to remove, rinse and replace. The biggest drawback is that the filters need regular cleaning because they cannot hold as much dirt and leaves as an ordinary filter bag system. Still, it is possible to buy and install a filter bag conversion kit if you prefer a bag system.
The Dolphin Triton can be directed with an optional remote control unit which is sold separately. It also comes with its own caddy for moving it between the pool and the storage room.
|The Triton robotic pool cleaner costs about $1000, but you might get a better price at Amazon.com. Click here to see the current offers from various sellers.|
Dolphin Triton: Key Features
We have already mentioned a few features, but here it is in the form of a list:
- 2-year warranty on spare parts and labor (might not be valid for online purchases).
- 3-hour cleaning cycle.
- Cleans by scrubbing, vacuuming and filtering the pool water, floor and walls.
- Pool cleaner comes with its own caddy for moving and storage.
- Connects to a power outlet, no extra pool plumbing required.
- Made for cleaning an inground swimming pool no bigger than 50 feet long.
- Patented swivel cable prevents the power cable from tying itself in knots.
- Remote control is optional and can be added for remote navigation and cycle selection.
- Uses a cartridge filter system which is quick to remove and clean.
Is the remote control included?
The remote control is not included. If you want it, then you have to buy it separately. The optional remote control has buttons for navigating the pool cleaner as well as for choosing a short or long cleaning cycle.
Owners do not seem to be impressed with the remote control abilities of the Triton. It is a slow process to direct and move it to the missed spots. The pool cleaner already does a good job at cleaning the pool, so is the remote control really necessary? It might not be worth the investment of time and money.
Can it clean a swimming pool with a vinyl liner?
Yes, it does not have a problem with cleaning pools with vinyl liners. Its brush system does not damage the liner. It might struggle to climb vinyl walls, but this might depend more on the angle of the floor and walls than on the vinyl surface. Most people are happy with its performance in a vinyl-lined pool.
What size pool can it clean?
It has a 60-foot power cable and the maximum recommended pool length is 50 feet. You probably need to keep that extra 10 feet as a buffer zone between the edge of the pool and the power supply that is plugged into a GFCI power outlet.
How does it handle leaves?
Its filter cartridges are large, but it requires regular cleaning if the swimming pool collects many leaves. Its intake suction ports are not very big and might get clogged with large leaves. Therefore, it does not perform so well with picking up leaves from the pool.
Triton vs Nautilus: What’s the difference?
The Dolphin Triton includes a caddy while the Nautilus is usually sold without a caddy. The Triton is able to receive commands from a remote control unit while the Nautilus does not have remote control abilities. The Triton costs about $200 more than the Nautilus. The rest of the features are almost identical.
Dolphin Triton vs Premier
These two robotic pool cleaners have similar features, but there is a price difference of about $100 to $200 between them. The Dolphin Premier costs just over $1000.
The Premier does not come with a remote control or a caddy. You have to buy it separately. On the other hand, the Premier comes with both filter cartridges and a filter bag conversion kit. It also has a 36-month warranty compared to the 24-month warranty on the Triton. You can read our Premier review to learn more about it.
Triton vs Triton Plus: What’s the plus?
The Triton Plus has been redesigned with a new body and extra large size top access filters. You do not have to flip it over to remove the filter cartridges. The older model Triton and the Nautilus both have large size bottom access filter cartridges.
The Triton Plus also has a dual drive motor. Combine this with brushes that are split in two and suddenly 90-degree turns are possible. The older Triton cannot turn on a dime like that.
The price of the Triton Plus includes the caddy as well as the basic remote control. The older Triton does not come with the remote control: it is an optional accessory.
If you think a remote control is an unnecessary accessory, then the standard Triton robotic pool cleaner is your go-to pool robot.
Therefore, if you want a remote control already included, you should get the Triton Plus (see today’s offers at Amazon.com).
Conclusion: Triton or Trite?
The basic pool cleaner body of the Triton and the Nautilus are very similar and might seem a little unoriginal and overused. However, the Triton Plus is not trite at all and includes new design elements such as a different body shape, dual motors, split brushes and top loading filters.
The Dolphin Triton has bottom loading cartridge filters that are easy to remove and clean, but they hold less dirt and debris than ordinary filter bags. It also does not have a big appetite for large leaves and it might become blocked after about a dozen leaves or so. This unfortunately means that the filters fill up quickly and needs rinsing after a few hours of cleaning a very dirty swimming pool.
The Triton cleans the walls and waterline as well as the pool floor, which is what you would expect from an expensive robotic pool cleaner like this. However, it does not really get the steps clean. The caddy that comes with the Triton makes it easy to move around and quick to put into storage.
|If you want a first-rate robotic pool cleaner with a caddy and remote control ability, then the Dolphin Triton is worth looking at in more detail (view details at Amazon.com).|
Dolphin Triton Pool Cleaners with Powerstream
Two new models have been added to the Triton series for online sales in 2017: the Triton Powerstream and Triton Plus Powerstream.
This makes choosing a Triton robotic pool cleaner much more confusing. Nevertheless, let us have a quick look at the new Triton pool cleaners for 2017.
The 2017 models definitely looks different than the previous models. The “Powerstream” technology seems to provide the robotic pool cleaner with better turning and climbing abilities. Water is propelled out of the sides and back of the pool cleaning robot to give it better grip while climbing vertical walls. The Triton Powerstream also weighs less than the older Triton pool cleaner.
These pool cleaners both have two active brushes for scrubbing away debris and algae. However, the Triton Powerstream has an extra large filter basket which is removed from the top of the robot. The old Triton still has bottom access filter cartridges.
The Triton Plus Powerstream has an extra large top access filter basket, Powerstream technology, lighter design, weekly timer, LED light and Bluetooth remote control by a smart phone app. The Triton Plus has top access cartridges and a hand-held remote control.
Should you go online shopping and buy the Triton with Powerstream? We would wait a year or two to see how it performs in the real world. Nonetheless, you may view these new Triton Powerstream pool cleaners at online retailer Amazon.com.