I live in West Texas (desert, dry, and dusty) and encountered the same issues with my pool! I recently purchased an AQUABOT x4 and it has proven to be a lifesaver. Strongly recommended!! Consider how much time you spend vacuuming and how much money you’ll save by having a robot do it for you—I’m never going back!
My Swimming Pool Silt Vacuum Experience
This is the third robotic pool cleaner I’ve reviewed this summer, and this one is far and away the best. If you have an above ground, single depth pool, you probably do not need this level of pool cleaner.
However, if, like me, you have a standard inground pool that accumulates debris year after year, you will need to invest some money.
While this is not the optimal choice, it does clean thoroughly, as one would expect at this price point.
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-Capable of completely cleaning the pool bottom on a consistent basis
-Filters are excellent at capturing extremely fine particles, including algae.
-Filters are simple to replace
-Visibly removes dirt and algae with the scrubbing brush.
–Filters are notoriously difficult to clean. They are constructed from a multilayer, cloth-like material that, once again, does an excellent job of trapping fine particles, but they become trapped in the fibers, on the surface.
They are not dislodged by water sprayed from the opposite side. You must wash primarily from the inside, and because the part has so many nooks and crannies, it takes a great deal of time and effort—-and water splashed on you—-to get clean.
–Filters appear to be fragile and may be difficult to replace. Avoid using a fine hose spray and/or high pressure from the start.
The filter fabric does not appear to be particularly durable. Additionally, I conducted a parts search and discovered a few sellers.
If you purchase this, I would recommend immediately searching for and purchasing filter replacements.
The list price appears to be $49 for each, or $100 for both, which is in line with the cost of filter replacement for other cleaners.
–The scrubbing brush is located in the center. While it does an excellent job, it is not designed to reach the pool’s edges, so you may need to hand brush areas that are not reached by this cleaner.
Personally, I’m fine with that because I believe the brush in the center actually aids in debris collection.
I’ve always noticed that with cleaners that feature a front-facing brush, the turbulence created by the spinning can actually push some debris away.
This machine collects more debris than any other cleaner I’ve used in a single pass (I have used 5 over the last 15 years)
-Inadequate user manual. For example, the control panel contains settings for Programs 1, 2, and 3, but the manual does not specify what they are.
Prepare to conduct an internet search for answers.
-Unknown seller. Conducting a search reveals that this particular model, “Aquabot X4”, appears to be an orphan. I see no Aquabot X4 on the aquabot.com website, but a model “BWT B200” that appears to be identical.
Additionally, I discovered a “Aquabot SP200” that appears to be the same thing. However, this model is referred to as the “Metalix Aquabot X4”, and I am unable to locate any information about a company called “Metalix.” Indeed, the name appears nowhere on the box or any inserts.
The manual contains no contact information.
It does contain the phrase “Powered by Aquabot,” indicating that it is a private label edition. Not comforting, given the possibility of these intricate machines malfunctioning.
The two-year limited warranty insert states “Steward Group LLC DBA Aquabot warrants…” and directs you to the aquabot.com website.
That is all. It appears as though a jungle of different companies have left their imprint on this model, and I shudder at the prospect of having to service it.
I’m just hoping the copy I received is reliable and durable, as it is by far the best robotic cleaner I’ve ever owned. I hope this is of assistance.