Automated pool vacuum cleaners are like the suckerfish that attach themselves to the bellies of whales, scouring off detritus for food and cleaning up their host in the process, benevolent parasites removing unwanted parasites and other undesirable materials. Suckerfish are essentially nature's underwater vacuum cleaners, part of the intricate ecology that keeps the oceans functioning.
The Aquabot Pool Rover Junior is about as benevolent a parasite as money can buy and can keep the ecology of your yard functioning. It roams around the bottom and walls of your pool scouring the surfaces and filtering the water, catching unwanted particles of anything down to two microns and storing them in what the company calls a "state-of-the-art filter bag." What you do with the contents of that bag is your own business. A suckerfish would probably eat it and excrete the leftovers, but that's not exactly desirable when you're trying to produce crystal clear swimming pool water. Junior shuts down automatically after two hours of filtering, so you don't run up a whale of an electric bill cleaning a pool that's already clean, though in most cases it only needs about an hour to complete the job.
The Aquabot line of automated pool cleaners is produced by Aqua Products Inc., a New Jersey company that turned out it's first robocleaner in 1982. Aqua Products is in turn a division of Fluidra, a Spanish megacorp with an American branch in Jacksonville, Florida, that bills itself as the "national and international benchmark for sustainable use of water."
Similar products from Aquabot include the Aquabot Turbo T-Jet and the Aquabot Supreme. Similar products from companies other than Aquabot include the Maytronics Dolphin Zenit 30 and the Water Tech Blue Diamond.
Filter bag is a generous size and easily rinsed with a garden hose - it is also easy to remove from the robot and replace (make sure you pull it completely up over the lip).
It cleaned up sand that was on the bottom of my pool and torn up toys too! I had a bunch of algae and it cleaned it up and it's very easy to clean and machine washable.
I like the fact that it works independent of the pool filtering system. It climbs the walls and does a fairly decent job of covering the entire pool.
I am a new owner of a pool and found the rover very user friendly and it did a good job. The only problem I have is that the cord gets tangled as it works.
I love the pool rover jr. It picks up stuff you can't even see. It works great and I love that I don'd have to be in the pool moving a vaccum around.
Cleans the bottom well. Easy to use, makes cleaning the pool a snap even when the water is too cold to actually get in the pool to clean it.
Well worth the money, fast and easy to set up, ordered one day delivered the next also fast. Thanks.
Works great but only lasts one swimming season. Price is good but not engineered to last. Noticed this newest one has different motor we'll see how it lasts.
The only maintenance needed is to take the filter bag out and rinse it of the debris that it cleaned out of your pool, put the bag back and your ready for the next time.
The Rover out performs them all. The fact that it is "self sufficient" makes it even better. There are no hoses to hook up. Just plug it in.