Maytronics has been one of the most reliable brands of robotic pool cleaners. They typically come with a wide range of features that ease the task of removing fine and coarse debris from the floor and walls of a pool.
The Dolphin E10 has attracted a lot of attention as of late, but sadly for all the wrong reasons. We’ll admit it’s a decent entry-level bot, but if you’re looking for maximum convenience, the E10 is probably not for you.
40-foot Tangle-Free Swivel Cord
Like all of Maytronics’ robotic pool cleaners, the E10 comes with the patented Tangle-Free Swivel Cord that allows it to turn freely without risk of wrecking the cable’s wires. This is extremely important since the robot needs to travel without restraint in order to complete its task without fuss.
The problem we and many customers have with the cable is its length; at only 40 feet long, this robot is designed exclusively for small pools of roughly 30 feet long. If your pool is larger, the E10 won’t be up to the task.
One Button Start
The simplicity of the E10 is what attracts many first-time buyers. The control module only has a single ON/OFF button to send the robot on its way. There’s really nothing else there – no programmable scheduler, no filter indicator, no timer function, nothing. This can be considered a plus if you plan on using the robot only during your downtime.
What’s great about the inexpensive E10 is that it comes with the same navigation software as its high-end brother, the Triton Plus. The CleverClean Scanning system consists of multiple sensors that create a digital layout of your pool to calculate the most efficient cleaning path.
Basically, the E10 requires less time to complete an entire cleaning cycle while touching most, if not all, of the floor of your pool. Less energy is used without sacrificing performance.
Several high-end robots rely on independently moving tracks or wheels to turn and rotate but not the E10. With PowerSteam Turning, bottom jets shoot from beneath the robot, lifting the front portion and turning it to where the robot’s algorithm dictates.
Admittedly, it’s slower than using tracks or wheels to turn, but it still gets the job done.
Easy-Clean Top-Loaded Filter
After the robot has completed its cleaning task, all you need to do is lift it up and out of your pool from its carry handle. The filter is located on top of the robot for easy access and can be removed for quick cleaning.
Dump the contents into a trash bin or composter and spray the filter with a hose to remove all of the remaining particles. Place it back in the robot and you’re done! Note that the E10 uses a single filter that collects both fine and coarse particles; the fine filter is sold separately.
Quick Water Drain
Despite being “lightweight,” many robotic pool cleaners are a pain to lift out of the pool because they become so waterlogged.
This isn’t an issue with the E10 thanks to its quick water drainage system that instantly removes water from all nooks and crannies within seconds.
The E10 uses a single active brushroll that spins twice as quickly as the robot moves to remove more dirt and algae from the base of your pool. The brushroll and suction delivery of the E10 are designed in such a way as to remove as much debris from all corners of your pool’s base leaving nothing behind in its wake.
Wheels or tracks? What’s the difference? Well, the main difference is the grip that each system provides. The E10’s tracks are more able to grip onto the base of your pool, preventing it from losing its footing when cleaning.
Even when PowerSteam Turning is activated, the rear-end of the tracks are constantly on the ground to prevent it from jetting itself off track.
Inability to Climb
Despite having jet boosters and sticky tracks, the E10 is not the best climber. If fact, it’s not a climber at all. The robot cleans the base of your pool, walls, waterline, and steps not included, making it limited to above-ground pools only. And in all honesty, how many people have above-ground pools at home?Related Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner Articles
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The Dolphin E10 has many faults, but for an entry-level robotic pool cleaner, you don’t exactly need all of the bells and whistles available in high-end models. From the control module alone, you should already be able to tell that the E10 doesn’t promise much.
Without wall-cleaning abilities, there’s a lot of leftover work for you to do. Its affordability is undoubtedly its major selling point so anyone looking for their first robotic pool cleaner might want to consider this model.