Dolphin Escape Pool Cleaner Review

By Shiloh McGinley

June 6, 2023

Dolphin Escape Under Water
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Very energy efficient and that’s a good thing because it means pool owners enjoy a clean pool without the extra they would otherwise have to pay in the way of power bills.
  • Quick and thorough cleaning is made possible thanks to the continuous tracks, and the SmartNav feature coupled with the ultra-fine filtration system.
  • A conveniently large filter cartridge which is very easy to access, replace, and clean if required.
  • A generously long 40-foot cable which uses the company’s swivel technology, i.e. no tangling!
  • Comparatively quiet operation.
  • Uses direct drive technology so there is no need to worry about replacing the worn out rubber belts.List Element

Dolphin Escape Pool Cleaner Detailed Look

The all new Dolphin Escape Above Ground Pool Cleaner is undeniably amongst the cheapest pool cleaners with the Dolphin brand name. The unit comes across as affordable, simple, and touts a slew of advanced features. Most of all, it is lightweight, making it easy to transport.

The built-in dual motors of the new Dolphin Escape are specially designed to be as energy efficient as possible. So, they use a lot less power compared to competing pool cleaners but do a better job as per our testing.

However, is it really worth buying, or is it just another gimmicky above ground pool cleaner meant to fill a vacant spot in the brand's budget category?

  • Does it represent the present state of high-tech and low-cost above ground pool cleaners?
  • Will, it, in fact, help keep your swimming pool clean while you sit outside taking selfies?

We answer these and other questions to conclude if the Dolphin Escape Robotic Pool Cleaner is worth buying!

(Sorry folks, it will NOT work with your in ground swimming pools, above ground pools only.)


As professionals who have reviewed everything, from innovative sounding pool vacuums to conventional pool robots, we know that cleaning matters.

After all, there is no point spending all that money if you're the one knee deep scrubbing the pool.


Touted as one of the world's best above ground robotic cleaners, this Dolphin surely offers an ‘Escape' from the mundane hassles of pool cleaning.

It features advanced technology and best-in-class features to ensure that it does a fantastic job of cleaning above ground pools. Dolphin/Maytronics has been in this game for almost 35 years now and they surely know how to build a swashbuckling bot.

The Dolphin Escape Robotic Pool Cleaner gives you the freedom to enjoy sparklingly clean water without having to sweat too much.

We all know what a nightmarish experience an inept pool cleaner can be – it just wanders about aimlessly in the pool without any sort of plan on how to tackle the nasty bits in the corners.

It's frustrating to watch the cleaner do absolutely nothing – after a while, you have to run around the pool with a long pole and fish out all the leaves, twigs, and other debris.

But hey, usually that's not enough – if your swimming pool cleaner isn't any good, you'll have to scrub the bottom and the walls using a brush. You might also have to dive underwater (imagine diving in murky, unclean water full of dirt and algae!) and scrub the corners and walls yourself.

The Dolphin Escape robotic pool cleaner comes with a generous 40-foot-long cable, and it does not tangle. Regardless of how much we tried, this patented technology works and prevents tangling.

The first time you set the robot down into the pool, it will take some time to scan the surface using the SmartNav, scanning, and mapping feature.

That's just a one-time thing. After the pool is mapped, cleaning is a lot faster, since the robot avoids areas it already sees as being clean. So, the cleaning is a lot more thorough than what the competition has to offer.

Dirt and debris is passed through the advanced filtration system, which catches everything from algae to twigs and hair.

The filtered debris is then deposited into the mess free cartridge. Speaking of cartridges this one is larger than what we have seen, it's an oversized cartridge, so it can handle a lot more dirt and run for longer as a result. It's advanced filtration system sets really does set it apart from the competition.

Yes, the Dolphin Escape Robotic Pool Cleaner does, in fact, do a good job cleaning your above ground swimming pool - sorry folks, it will NOT work with your in ground swimming pools.

But how does it accomplish that?

Well, for that, we dive into its most important features below.


Onboard DC Motors

These make the heart of this ground-breaking cleaning robot. The Dolphin Escape robot requires just 180 Watts of power, which amounts to a meager 5 cents per hour.

In comparison, old-fashioned cleaning bots (or should we just call them cleaning contraptions), gobble up a crazy 1800 Watts per hour. That's a massive ten times more!

The Dolphin Escape has a suction rating of 4000 gallons per hour (GPH), which is right up there with the likes of the Dolphin Quantum.

Not bad for a bot that has a dry weight of only 14 pounds! The average cleaning cycle lasts just 90 minutes – the Dolphin Escape will have your swimming pool ready for a party in no time.

Faster cleaning equals less energy consumption and more savings! The bot works equally well in gunite/plastic, fiberglass, and vinyl pools of virtually all shapes.

HyperGrip Technology

That's a fancy term for the use of rubber tracks. Most robots aren't able to stick close enough to the pool's surface, which is required to clean it thoroughly.

Since, water reduces traction, which causes most robots to slide. So, energy is wasted, consequently trying to overcome the reduced friction.

The hypergrip continuous tracks work way better than regular wheels since they overcome the loss of traction even if there is a lot of water.

So, the dolphin escape robotic pool cleaner moves steadily and can climb walls and clean debris better than most others we've used. Plus having tracks means that the dolphin can move over obstacles like debris with ease.

The SmartNav 2.0 Feature

he SmartNav mapping and scanning system creates a map of your swimming pool's surface, allowing it to navigate through intelligently.

So, it cleans more efficiently and does not miss a spot while saving on power consumption.

Plus it successfully navigates through obstacles like drains, ladders, rubber duckies, etc. so, the cleaner won't easily get stuck on debris.

Top Loading and Large Cartridge Filter

The Dolphin Escape comes equipped with an unusually large filter cartridge which can handle more debris than most other competing products. Not to mention that removing and cleaning the filter is a cinch thanks to the top-access door.

The filter can easily be removed from the top of the dolphin escape.

If anything, we prefer top-loading filters that Dolphin has designed for its robotic cleaners compared to bags we come to hate on many competing brands in this price bracket.

The Dolphin Escape's easy to use, top access filtration system sets it above and beyond what you'd expect from a typical automatic pool cleaner.

Dual Powered Dual Brushing Brushes

The technology takes thorough pool cleaning to a whole new level compared to ordinary pool brushes. It makes quick work out of debris, algae, and dirt on the surface and walls of the pool.

The secret is that the brushes run twice as fast as ordinary pool brushes. That kind of vigorous movement can easily dislodge the stubbornest build-up of anything from soda to moss.

Most bots provide only a superficial clean but then, the Dolphin Escape is not ‘most bots'. It's the best above ground pool cleaner in the world for a reason!

That being said, let's take a look at what we LOVED and what we HATED about the Dolphin Escape!

Pros & Cons


The Dolphin Escape is amongst the best above ground robotic cleaners we've reviewed and tested in this price range.

That's saying a lot, especially since many other pool robots compromise on features to bring the cost down.

That's not the case with the Dolphin Escape which has most of the features you'll find in the higher-priced above ground pool cleaners by the Dolphin brand.

Suffice to say, we were thoroughly impressed with the performance of this pool cleaner and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone looking for a top-quality above ground pool robotic cleaner.

The only drawback of the Dolphin Escape is that it's not suitable for in ground pools. But then, that's not really a surprise since it's designed as an above ground pool cleaner.

Other than that, the Dolphin Escape is feature-packed, efficient, and very easy to use. It even comes with a generous 40-foot cord so you won't have to worry about running out of power mid-clean.

So, our recommendation is to buy if you're on a budget and want an above ground pool cleaner that gets the job done, not to mention cleans above ground pools in under 2 hours!

Pick yours up from Amazon, or just check out more customer reviews!

Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any questions!

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Shiloh McGinley

About the author

Shiloh McGinley has been in and around swimming pools her whole life. She's seen a lot of products come and go, and she wants to share with you the best products that really work!

Shiloh is passionate about helping people stay safe in the water, and she loves educating others on how to choose the right pool products.

When she's not working, Shiloh enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and swimming - of course!

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