Dolphin Escape versus Dolphin Wave 200 XL

Head-to-Head Review and Comparison

Dolphin Escape

Dolphin Escape Robotic Pool Cleaner

Best Price
Dolphin Wave 200 XL

Dolphin Wave 200 XL Robotic Pool Cleaner

Best Price
Pool Type Above Ground
Waterline Cleaning Very Good  
Filter Excellent  
Coverage Very Good  
User Experience Excellent  
Warranty Excellent Tied
Pool Type In Ground
Waterline Cleaning Bad  
Filter Bad  
Coverage Bad  
User Experience Very Good  
Warranty Excellent  
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Best Above Ground Pool Cleaner

Easy-to-clean oversized filter basket

Covers entire floor, can handle slopes, and even goes partially up the wall

Easy to setup - Simple plug and play design

2 Year Warranty - Full Coverage that isn't Prorated

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Only 1 filter option - Standard Filter Basket

Doesn't fully cover the walls, as it only went halfway up when testing

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3 Year Warranty

Anti-Tangle Swivel - Prevents Tangles

6 High Speed Scrubbing Brushes

Energy Efficient Motors

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Better Value Units Avaliable

No Smartphone App

Not a great value when compared to alternative robots

No Weekly Timer - Can't schedule Cleanings

Restocking Fee Up to 20%

Robot Features:


Waterline / Tileline Cleaning

Clean where other robots can't.

90% of the bacteria in your pool is on the waterline. Don't get confused with robots that are "Wall Climbing". There is a big difference. Waterline cleaning means the actively scrubs and sticks to the waterline scrubbing away this problem area in the pool. It is a feature you don't want to miss.


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Wave 200 XL

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Dolphin Wall Climbing

Wall Climbing

Provides floor and wall coverage

Wall climbing allows the robot to clean and climb the walls of your pool. However, don't get this confused with waterline cleaning. A robot without waterline cleaning will only clean the walls of your pool. It will miss the dirtest part of your pool, the waterline, where 90% of all algae and bacteria is in your pool. Make sure to check out waterline cleaning units here waterline cleaning robots


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Wave 200 XL

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Anti-Tangle Swivel

Anti-Tangle Swivel

No more tangled cords.

With an Anti-tangle Swivel, the can fully explore and clean your pool without ever getting stuck. The innovative design allows the robot to move freely 360 degrees around your pool, without ever knotting the cord.


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Wave 200 XL

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Energy Saver

Ultra Efficient

Save Hundreds of Dollars Cleaning Your Pool a Year!

A robotic pool cleaner saves hundreds of dollars a year in energy when compared to pressure-side or suction-side cleaners. Powered by energy efficient DC motors, a robotic pool cleaner can be 90% more efficient than its pressure-side and suction-side counterparts.


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Wave 200 XL

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Plug and Play

Plug and Play

Simply Plug in and start cleaning!

Set up has never been easier. No installation needed. is ready to go right out of the box. No extra pumps, plumbing, or anything else needed. Simply plug and start cleaning!


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Wave 200 XL

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Smart Navigation

Precise Navigation

Navigate Any Obstacle

This technology ensures that the most effecient route is used to clean your pool floor. So smart, the system automatically navigates around obstacles and quickly returns to its route. You'll want to look for the SmartNav, as we found it performed best in our testing.


SmartNav 2.0

Wave 200 XL

Pool Attributes


Robot Dolphin Escape Dolphin Escape Dolphin Wave 200 XL Dolphin Wave 200 XL
Pool Types Above Ground In Ground
Pool Size 33 ft 127 ft
Pool Shape Rectangle, Oval, or Freeform Rectangular, Free Shape, Hopper, Kidney, Zero (beach) entry
Obstacles Steps, Ladder, Drain Cover, Ledges, Pop-Ups Steps, Ladder, Drain Cover, Ledges, Pop-Ups
Surface Concrete, Plaster, Gunite, Pebble, Tile, Vinyl Liner, Fiberglass Gunite, Fiberglass, Vinyl, Liner
Waterline Cleaning No No
Number of Filters Included 1 1
Filter Cleaning Filter Basket Top Access
Cleaning Coverage Floor Floor
Cleaning Cycle(s) 1.5 hrs 2, 6 hrs
Number of Brushes 1 6
Connectivity & Automation
Remote operation No Yes
WiFi / Bluetooth WiFi: No
Bluetooth: No
WiFi: No
Bluetooth: No
Smartphone App No No
Automated Weekly Timer Yes No
Full Bag Indicator No Yes
Cable Length 40 ft 140 ft
Anti-Tangling Swivel No Yes
Restocking Fee No
No Restocking Fee Ever.
No Restocking Fee Ever.
Warranty 2 Years 3 Years
Caddy Included Optional Caddies Available Optional Caddies Available
Official Website Escape Official Site
Part Number 99996153-SPLF 99997201-US
ASIN B01I466H94

Customer Reviews

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4 and half stars 4.5 Based on 1192 Reviews
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Robot Accessories:


Terra Caddy for Dolphin Pool Robots

Terra Caddy

The Must-Have Accessory

Weather and UV-Resistant. Terra Caddy is the go-to Dolphin Caddy. Sealed and protected, the Terra Caddy is covered in a protect resin that cures to an extremely hard layer, making it resistant to scratches and weathering. The resin cures very hard, making it solvent-resistant and scratch-resistant. This level of protection makes the Terra Caddy stand up to rain, sunshine, termites, and more.

Dolphin Universal Caddy

Dolphin Caddy

Easy Transport and Cheap

A robotic pool cleaner is an investment, so make sure to protect it. The Dolphin Universal Caddy is a solid caddy that gets the job done. Easily store and transport your robotic pool cleaner to keep it lasting for years to come.

Dolphin Replacement Parts

Replacement Parts

Need extra filters, replacement power supply, or new climbing rings?

Looking for replacement parts? Well, you've come to the right place. Shop all replacement parts for the and all other models.

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