Dolphin Premier versus Dolphin Active 20
Head-to-Head Review and Comparison
|Pool Type||In Ground|
|Pool Type||In Ground|
Only Dolphin with a Leaf Bag - includes Multi-Media
Waterline Cleaning Beast
New, High Performing Dolphin ProLine Model
NanoFiltration - Premier's NanoFilters allow it to clean deeper than standard Dolphin pool robots
3 Year Warranty
Pricey, but Fantastic Value
Energy Efficient Motors
Anti-Tangle Swivel - Prevents Tangles
2 High Speed Scrubbing Brushes
Schedule Cleanings - Run every 24, 48, or 72 hours
No Smartphone App
Restocking Fee Up to 20%
Lacks multiple filter options - Similar units come with 2+
Not a great value when compared to alternative robots
Shorter Warranty Than Premium Robots
Oversized Leaf BagHighest Cleaning Capacity - Clean more than any other robot
Alongside Multi-Media™, the Oversized Leaf Bag sets the Dolphin Premier apart. Combine top-notch filtration ability, waterline cleaning, and the leaf bag, you can't get a much better clean than the Dolphin Premier.
Media Alert™Let's you know when is ready to be cleaned.
When is ready to be cleaned, it will let you know.
Multi-Media™4 Filter Options. 1 Robot.
Briliantly, Dolphin gave the Premier what they call: Multi-Media™ Technology, which gives you the ability to swap between, not one, not two, but four different media types. This gives the ability to fine tune each clean. If you have a lot of leaves, use the Oversized Leaf Bag - Note: This is the only Maytronics unit with the Lead Bag! Struggle with cloudy water, use the NanoFilters.
NanoFiltersNext Gen Filtration Captures More.
Introduced as a part of the Dolphin ProLine, high-tech, plated filters are able to capture microscopic algae, debris, sand, and more in your pool water - all while increasing water clarity. To use, just simply snap them in and your robot is ready. NanoFilters are a must have for any pool robot.
Waterline / Tileline CleaningClean 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.
Wall ClimbingProvides 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
Anti-Tangle SwivelNo 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.
Ultra EfficientSave 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.
Plug and PlaySimply 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!
Precise NavigationNavigate 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.
|Robot||Dolphin Premier||Dolphin Active 20|
|Pool Types||In Ground||In Ground|
|Pool Size||50 ft||40 ft|
|Pool Shape||Rectangle, Oval, or Freeform||Rectangle, Oval, or Freeform|
|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|
|Number of Filters Included||3||Ultra-Fine Filter Kit|
|Filter Cleaning||Oversized Leaf Bag, Ultra-fine Cartridges, Standard Cartridges, & Optional Disposable Debris bag||Top Access|
|Cleaning Coverage||Floor, Walls, Waterline||Floor, Walls and Waterline|
|Cleaning Cycle(s)||3 hrs||2 hrs|
|Number of Brushes||2||2|
|Remote operation||Yes - Optional Physical Remote||No|
|WiFi / Bluetooth||WiFi: No
|Automated Weekly Timer||Yes||Yes|
|Full Bag Indicator||Yes||No|
|Cable Length||60 ft||60 ft|
No Restocking Fee Ever.
No Restocking Fee Ever.
|Warranty||3 Years||2 Years|
|Caddy Included||Optional Caddies Available||Optional Caddies Available|
|Official Website||Premier Official Site|
|Official Dolphin Premier Comparison Page||Dolphin Active 20 vs Dolphin Premier|
Terra CaddyThe 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 CaddyEasy 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.
Replacement PartsNeed 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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