The Triton PS Plus is the older brother to the Triton PS robotic pool cleaner from Dolphin. With a similar look and nearly identical capabilities, the Triton PS Plus sets itself apart with Wi-Fi manual navigation and multiple cleaning mode options. Costing more than $1,200, it’s no small investment, especially since it has a 2 year warranty - which is shorter than other cleaners in upper echelon of the robotic pool cleaner world which offer 3 year warranties. However over the standard Dolphin Triton PS, its smart technology and cleaning customization just might be worth the extra cost for some pool owners. We took the Triton PS Plus for a test drive to see how it compares to the lower-costing model, and whether it warrants the jump in price.
Triton PS Plus Features
PowerStream Drive System
Dolphin’s patent-pending PowerStream drive uses internal jets to expel force through the robotic pool cleaner’s exterior vents. This powers the cleaner in any and every direction, and it helps it cling to vertical surfaces, allowing the Triton PS Plus to clean your pool floor, walls, and waterline.
The main feature that sets the Triton PS Plus apart from the other cleaner in the Triton series is its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth navigation. Via the MyDolphin Plus app, pool owners can manually drive the robotic pool cleaner to a specific point in the pool.
Cleans Floors, Walls, and Waterlines
The Triton PS Plus is equipped to not only clean the floor of a pool, but also climb and scrub the walls and waterlines.
Top-Loading Filter Basket
The top-loading filter basket is larger and easier to clean than dual cartridge filters or filter bags. However, it does only include the fine filter basket and it does not include the ultra-fine filter. Having tested so many robotic pool cleaners, I would usually opt to have a cleaner with the ultra-fine filter included, such as the Dolphin Quantum.
Floors, Walls, and Waterlines
The Triton PS Plus is equipped with CleverClean technology, which is an advanced scanning software that ensures complete pool coverage in a standard two-hour cleaning job. We didn’t discern a “smart” pathway or route while the Triton PS Plus worked during its first job, but it did reach the overwhelming majority of the pool’s underwater surfaces.
It traversed the gunite flooring of the pool we used to test the robotic pool cleaner with ease, even powering over drains without getting stuck or having to reroute. There are several areas of the pool that have curves where the floor and wall meet. The Triton PS Plus smoothly climbed over the curvy features and hugged the surface.
We were impressed with the Triton PS Plus’s ability to cling to walls as it climbed and reach well above the surface of the water. It clung to slippery tile coping, thanks to the durable grips on the dual treads and the PowerStream drive system. More than that, it was consistent in reaching the waterline. It climbed up and above the water’s surface on every pass-through.
Scrubbing and Suction Power
With a noticeable amount of algae and hard water buildup at the waterline, we were interested to see if the Triton PS Plus would be able to make a dent in the grime without any manual assistance.
As it popped out of the water toward the tile coping, the front scrubbing brush spun rapidly enough to remove the slimy green algae that had started to accumulate. In some areas of the pool, it even scrubbed away the tough white calcium buildup caused by hard water. This impressive scrubbing action above the water is a promising indication of what the Triton PS Plus can do under water.
There was plenty of visible debris for the cleaner to gobble up, with leaves, acorns, and several settled layers of silt littering the floor of the pool. The Triton PS Plus left behind an obvious strip of clean flooring with every pass-through, almost like a lawnmower in an overgrown yard. It didn’t overlook any obvious debris, and within about two hours the water’s clarity was improved.
We saw just how much scrubbing and suction power the Triton PS Plus has when we pulled the filter basket out. It’s a very large basket, and you’d have to have an extraordinarily dirty pool to actually fill the whole thing. Nonetheless, ours was about halfway full of leaves, bits of acorn, dog hair, and sandy silt that had been blown into the water. There was even a noticeable green sludge around the edges of the basket from the algae the Triton PS Plus had scrubbed away.
Features like underwater steps and benches are often tricky for even the best robotic pool cleaners. The Triton PS Plus didn’t conquer these like we hoped it would, but that is a big ask of any machine. It climbed the bottom few steps of the underwater stairs before falling back to the ground, and it never managed to climb to the top ones. Near the underwater bench feature, it seemed to get tripped up trying to climb the three feet to the top. After about a minute of being stuck, the Triton PS Plus freed itself and carried on with its cleaning job.
While we wish it had done better on these underwater obstacles, it still performed extremely well on the overwhelming majority of the pool’s surfaces. It will just need a helping hand by scrubbing tricky spots manually from time to time.
Use and Maintenance
Ready from the Get-Go
Like most Dolphin products, the Triton PS Plus was out of its box and poolside in under 10 minutes.
The multi-function power supply isn’t confusing to use at all. Simply plug it in, select your cleaning mode, and watch the robotic pool cleaner get to work. You can also schedule a weekly timer from the power supply.
As far as robotic pool cleaner filtration systems go, you can’t get much better than this one. The Triton PS Plus is fitted with a top-loading basket with the choice of a fine or ultra-fine filter. This is far easier to clean than the pesky filter bags from lower quality models, and it captures even more debris than Dolphin machines with the dual cartridge filters. Cleaning it is simple, too. Just pull the basket out, dump the debris, rinse the filter lining clean, and reinsert it.
For better or worse, the Wi-Fi / Bluetooth navigation is what sets the Triton PS Plus from the Triton PS.
The MyDolphin Plus app is compatible with smart devices, even iPhone and Android. With this model, you can use the navigation feature to manually drive the robotic pool cleaner across the pool to do a spot clean. This feature is an excellent idea, but it isn’t for everyone.
Navigating the Triton PS Plus via the MyDolphin Plus app takes some practice. At first, it isn’t intuitive, and the robot feels like it’s lagging or not receiving commands. It does wheelies and pauses a lot, leaving the user unsure if it’s lagging or not. With time and practice, you get a better feel for how to manually navigate the Triton PS Plus, but not everyone will have the energy or patience to reach that point. Many users may choose to throw it in the pool for an automated quick clean rather than take the time to direct it to a specific spot.
Cord and Caddy
The Triton PS Plus has Dolphin’s patented anti-tangle swivel. With only a few cleanings, we didn’t notice as much tangling at all. Just to be safe, it is still a good idea to stretch the 60-foot cord out about once a week to help relieve any kinks or knots from forming.
This model of robotic pool cleaner doesn’t come with a caddy, but you can purchase one at an additional cost. With some robotic pool cleaner reviews, we strongly urge pool owners to spring for the caddy. However, it’s not a necessity with the Triton PS Plus. This cleaner is lightweight and easy to handle. Unless you anticipate having issues carrying it around or really want to make storage and transportation easy, it’s not a deal breaker.
Only a 2 Year Warranty
One of the biggest things to harp on is the 2 year warranty. While other models include warranties that are 3 years, the Triton PS Plus's warranty really slacks in comparison to other Maytronics' Dolphin robotic pool cleaners. You can find all Dolphin cleaners reviews and compare them to each other at our compare page.
Our Final Verdict
The Triton PS Plus is an excellent robotic pool cleaner. It’ll save you time, money, and energy (both physically and electrically – it costs about 5 cents an hour to operate). It can climb all the way to waterlines with precision, and it leaves pools sparkling clean even without reaching some underwater obstacles like steps. Plus, the filtration system is among the best we’ve seen on the market today.
However, the deciding point lies with the Wi-Fi connectivity plus dealing with a 2 year warranty. The MyDolphin Plus app continues to improve, but it’s still far from perfect. Manually driving the Triton PS Plus via Bluetooth takes time and can be frustrating, but for some pool owners, having the power to spot clean at any time is an important feature. If that kind of smart technology is important to you, the Triton PS Plus is worth considering.