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Dolphin Premier Review – Best Robotic Pool Cleaner 2020

The Dolphin Premier is an advanced residential pool cleaner made by the company Maytronics, who are world leaders in robotic pool cleaning technology. The first Dolphin Premier was released in 2013 and later updated in 2016, It still remains to be one of our favorite robot pool cleaners.

Packed with high-tech features, the Premier has a lot to offer, including Maytronics’ excellent SmartNav mapping system. It’s programmable, too, and can be run daily, 2x per week or 3x per week.

It comes with a few quirks, however. The unit is quite heavy, so lifting it out of water may be hard on some. And, it’s not the best at cleaning steps.

So… is the Dolphin Premier worth your money? Let’s dig deeper and see exactly what it has to offer and how well it cleans.

Dolphin Premier – Cleaning Ability

This robotic pool cleaner has a very powerful, thorough cleaning system.

Based upon our review and other customer experiences, we give the Dolphin Premier a 9.6 / 10.0 in its cleaning performance.

It’s also intelligent, which keeps energy costs down. One of the most powerful features is Maytronics’ SmartNav scanning & navigation system. It scans and maps your pool and optimizes the cleaning process, ensuring that the Premier cleans quickly, efficiently and thoroughly.

Dolphin Premier robotic pool cleaner

Like its cheaper above-ground alternative, the Dolphin Escape, the Dolphin Premier uses a HyperGrip continuous rubber track system to keep the cleaner planted on the surface of your pool – whether it is moving along the floor of the pool, the steps or the wall.

As it moves, two high-RPM brushes ensure that every inch of the pool is scrubbed clean. They are able to remove any stuck debris, including algae and bacteria.

All these contaminants are then collected in a filtering media that you can choose. There are four different filters available for the Premiere, including micro-cartridges, standard filter cartridges, an oversized debris bag and disposable debris bags. This allows the cleaner to catch almost everything from large leaves and twigs to tiny algae and bacteria.

  • The Dolphine Premier includes an LED alert that tells you when the filter cartridge or debris bag is full.
  • At the end of the cleaning cycle, your pool will be sparkling clean.
  • Some vertical surface areas such as the steps may leave some manual work for you to finish. But overall, the new Dolphin Premier does a great job.

Dolphine Premier – Features List

1. Swappable Filter Media

Dolphin Premier robotic pool cleaner - filter cartridge tray

This is one of the most innovative features of the Dolphin Premier, and one that sets it apart from all other robotic pool cleaners on the market today. No one else offers it.

The Dolphin Premier can be tailored for any cleaning need by swapping-out its filter cartridge media.  There are four choices available:

  • The micro-cartridge filter is for really small bacteria and algae,
  • The standard cartridge is for dirt, sand and other visible contaminants
  • The debris bags (permanent and disposable) are for capturing larger debris, such as twigs and leaves.
  • Changing from one media to another is quick and easy.

2. SmartNav

Dolphin Premier comes with SmartNav software to guide it on an optimal cleaning path around your pool.

SmartNav scans all of your pool’s surfaces and decides the best path to take.

Another thing the software does is ensure that the cleaner does not keep cleaning areas it has already cleaned, which would be a big waste of time and energy.

Finally, SmartNav keeps the cleaner from getting stuck when moving over drains and other obstacles.  Not only can it sense obstacles, it remembers them for next time.

See Also: Dolphin H50 Review

3. Anti-Tangle Swivel Cable

Dolphin Premier robotic pool cleaner - tangle free cord

One of the most frustrating problems to encounter with any robotic pool cleaners is a tangled cable. Tangled cables can stop a cleaner in its track and, worse, force you to constantly keep an eye out for the problem.

To prevent this, the Dolphin Premier comes with a proprietary anti-tangle swivel cable. As the cleaner moves around in your pool, the cable is able to rotate a full 360 degrees.

The Dolphin Premier 60-foot cable is made from thermoplastic rubber, which reduces frictional drag and allows better movement through the water.

4. HyperGrip Continuous Rubber Tracks

Dolphin Premiere robotic pool cleaner - side view tracks

When in the pool, the Dolphin Premier is awesome. It is able to move steadily, even along the vertical walls of your swimming pool.

This is because the Dolphin Premier uses HyperGrip continuous rubber tracks, instead of wheels.

Using these tracks, the pool cleaner keeps a solid footing through the cleaning cycle. The tracks grip the surface strongly and counter any loss of friction caused by water.

They also made it easier to climb over drains, steps and walls.

5. PowerClean Brushes

Dolphin Premiere robotic pool cleaner - front scrubbing brush

The Dolphin Premier uses two high-speed spinning brushes to get small debris and algae out of your pool’s floor and walls.

The PowerClean brushes are directed by the on-board software, as the pool cleaner positions itself so that the brushes can reach deep inside pool corners, the waterline and every inch on the floor.

6. Modular Design / Easy to Repair

For such highly engineered device’s which robotic pool cleaners are, maintenance, repairs and labor rates can be very costly.

Thankfully, Maytronics understood this problem and their engineers decided to build the Dolphin Premier using a modular component design. Motors, cleaning systems and even electronics can easily be easily removed and replaced, individually.

Dolphine Premier Specifications

  • 2.5-hour cleaning cycle
  • For above-ground and in-ground pools
  • 22 lb dry weight
  • Includes remote control
  • Dual 24-volt DC motors
  • 3-Year Non-Prorated Warranty (50% better than competitors)

Our Conclusion

The Dolphin Premier is a great choice for anyone with stubborn or unique cleaning issues on the floor of their in-ground pool. It’s programmable, has a remote and is pretty awesome at getting your pool clean.

If you also need your pool walls and steps cleaned thoroughly, I would suggest taking a look instead at Dolphin’s latest robotic pool cleaner, the Dolphin Quantum.

Dolphin Premier Review

Product Name: Dolphin Premier

Product Description: Dolphin Premier is an advanced residential pool cleaner made by the company Maytronics, who are world leaders in robotic pool cleaning technology.

Brand: Maytronics

Availability: OnlineOnly

  • Four Filtration options - 9.3/10
  • Modular design - 9.4/10
  • Anti-tangle swivel - 9.9/10
  • SmartNav mapping system - 9.7/10