Aquabot Pool Rover Review (S2-40i & Hybrid)

Aquabot has a comprehensive range of robotic pool cleaners. There is a suitable Aquabot for almost every customer.

There are several models that bear the Aquabot Pool Rover moniker. In this review, we will look at the Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40i and the Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid. The Aquabot Pool Rover Junior will be discussed at length in another article.

Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40i

This robotic pool cleaner has a sleek frame to facilitate easy maneuverability for above ground pools of various shapes such as rectangular, kidney, L-shape, round, oval and so on. Let us check out some its defining features.

Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40i Features:

  1. The S2-40i is equipped with a premium filtration system that can filter dirt and other particles as fine as two microns. A manual clean simply cannot match this level of filtration. To put things into perspective, a single grain of salt is approximately 100 microns while a human white blood cell is 25 microns. Such is the phenomenal ability of this cleaning bot! It cleans the pool not just on a superficial, but on almost a microscopic level!
  2. Hydro-robotic Technology delivers maximum coverage without compromising on efficiency.
  3. There are two cleaning cycles depending upon how much time you have and how dirty the pool is. Choose between a 1 hour and 2 hour cycle.
  4. The bot can easily go over raised drains and it cleans all types of surfaces such as vinyl, concrete, tile etc. The S2-40i does all this thanks to its sophisticated NeverStuck system, which ensures that the robot does not get stuck easily and can operate without the need for human supervision.
  5. Even though the bot only weights about 22 pounds, the pump is quite powerful and can filter up to 4800 gallons of water in an hour.

Aquabot S2-40i Pros

  1. Excellent build quality and 1 year 100% warranty.
  2. The filter is accessible from the top. This is convenient as you don’t need to raise or flip the both.
  3. Treads are of a good quality and provide adequate traction. Moreover, they do not leave any markings on the surfaces that they go over.
  4. The entire assembly is very straightforward. The S2-40i is easy to live with. It is also very quiet.
  5. Durable 40 foot floating cable.

Aquabot S2-40i Cons

  1. Can only do walls partially and that too only if the transition is curved (minimum radius should be 6 inches). This is a big minus as you might have to scrub part of the walls yourself.
  2. Only suitable for above-ground pools. Also, had the cable been longer, the bot would been usable in bigger pools too.

The bottom line: The Aquabot Pool rover S2-40i is a cool niche product – it is most suitable for small and shallow pools.

Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid

The Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid is a fully automatic robotic cleaner for above ground pools. It is a highly popular Aquabot model as it’s well built, lightweight, easy to use and provides terrific value for money. The Hybrid does not feature any fancy gadgetry – it is an honest to goodness pool cleaner and it’s very good at its job.

Aquabot Pool Rover Hybrid: Features:

  1. The bot can filter everything from big leaves to dirt and algae as fine as 2 microns. The 34 quart filter bag is easy to clean. This is a bottom loading pool cleaner. Still, it weighs only a little over 10 pounds so accessing the filter is not much of a problem.
  2. It has large wheels provide good traction and almost never get stuck. Also, they do not leave tread marks on pool surfaces.
  3. The bot has a direction guidance-locking pin – this enables it to navigate pools of various shapes without any difficulty. The bot can easily go up 60 degree inclines.
  4. This tiny machine packs quite a punch. Powerful motor can filter up to 4500 gallons of water in an hour.
  5. 40 foot cable.

Aquabot Hybrid Pros:

  1. Cleans floors as well as walls of above-ground pools.
  2. Highly efficient motor and thorough cleaning help you to save money on electricity and chemicals.
  3. Can clean a 36’ pool in an hour!
  4. 1 year warranty
  5. Very easy to operate. Just drop it in the shallow end of your pool (the right side up) and power it on.
  6. Cleans tiles, vinyl, fiberglass, concrete, and gunite. Does not get stuck easily thanks to hydraulic engineering.

Aquabot Hybrid Cons:

  1. Only works in pools that have a smooth or curved transition from bottom to walls.
  2. Does not come with a swivel and hence the cable can get entangled. This is easily fixable by purchasing a swivel separately.

Final Verdict: The Aquabot Pool rover Hybrid is one of the best cleaners for small above ground pools that feature a curved bottom.

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