The Dolphin Nautilus Plus was designed as a replacement for the popular Nautilus line, but is it as good as advertised? If you’ve been using a Nautilus system, is it worth upgrading to this? Or if you have never used a robot pool cleaner before, is the Nautilus Plus the right choice?
The Nautilus Plus however, has a GPS-like function that scans your pool in advance. It takes the measurements, the corners, edges, shape, etc. so it can choose the proper settings.
Check out this video of the Dolphin Nautilus Plus in action from the manufacturer Maytronics:
The Dolphin 99996403 pc Nautilus Plus is the big brother of the Dolphin Nautilus 99996323. A common question is what is the difference between the Dolphin Nautilus versus the Nautilus Plus? There are a few differences worth noting.
Firstly the Nautilus Plus is slightly bigger and has extra large cartridges compared to the standard Nautilus model. Furthermore, the latest model of the Nautilus Plus features Cleverclean pool scanning technology, which you don’t get with the cheaper Nautilus pool cleaner.
So basically the pool scanning capabilities of the Nautilus Plus are superior to the older model Nautilus. Finally, the Nautilus Plus has more convenient top access filters compared to the Nautilus, which has bottom access filters.
Now let’s see how the Nautilus Plus stacks up compared to other brands of pool cleaning robots. Below we compare the Nautilus Plus to the Pentair 360031 Kreepy Krauly Prowler and the Polaris 9550 Sport Robot Pool Cleaners.
The Pentair has more features than the Nautilus Plus, but it’s also more expensive. Performance wise the Pentair and the Nautilus both do an excellent job of cleaning pool floors, but the Nautilus performs better with walls. Given that the Pentair costs more, you would expect more out of its performance, and that gives the Nautilus the edge.
The Nautilus also has the advantage in weight, 17 lbs. vs. 45 lbs. The Nautilus is no lightweight, but compared to the Pentair it is, so we give the advantage to the Nautilus Plus.
The Nautilus is also more affordable than the Polaris, yet it holds up well in cleaning of floors, walls and steps. The Polaris does a good job capturing dirt, but it’s not as easy to use as the Nautilus Plus. Furthermore, the Polaris doesn’t clean ledges too well, so we can’t justify the extra cost.
It is not perfect, and on a few occasions it’s going to miss some debris, but overall performance is exceptionally good. Add the fact that the Nautilus holds its own against more expensive pool cleaners, and it’s a buy.