Overly Expensive For Such Cheap Quality
We were recommended the Astralpool RPT Plus robotic pool cleaner by our pool builder. Turned out to be a bad mistake. We should have researched pool robots ourselves before buying.
The RPT Plus is Astralpool's premium top of range model. But it doesn’t even have a power lead swivel !! So the power lead constantly tangles and is very difficult to straighten out.
There are raised screw heads under the robot which mark pool fittings and scratch pool steps. Very poorly designed underside.
The filters are a 2 pieced hinged design cartridge which is clunky and always falls apart when cleaning them.
The thin plastic body of the robot cracks very easily. Mine is less than 8 months old and is already cracked and looking very battered from normal use. I don't see the robot lasting more than a couple of years before needing to be replaced.
There is no scrubbing action with this robot. It’s just an expensive vacuum cleaner.
The robot also spends most of it's cleaning time stuck on the main drain cover. The various settings on the control unit don't correct this fault in it's design. Even using the remote control provided doesn't drive the robot off the drain cover. You have to resort to pulling it by the lead to another part of the pool to continue it's run. But it's only a temporary fix as the robot will always find it's way back to the main drain cover. This is such an annoying fault !!
Some of the screws inside the pool robot are NOT stainless steel and therefore rusting is an issue.
Because of how the filter cartridges and water inlets are designed/positioned underneath the pool robot - Every time you lift the robot out of your pool, some of the debris is released back into the pool along with the water inside. This is a very big problem - As you have just spent 2 1/2 hours cleaning the pool only to have debris fall out of the robot and back into the pool !! Such a basic design fault.
We have also found Astralpool parts are difficult to find. Most pool stores don't supply their products and actually go out of their way to discourage customers from buying Astralpool products. There must be a reason for this ?
Overall - The Astralpool RPT Plus is an over priced, poorly designed and manufactured product. It's basic function is flawed and it is far from a "Top Of The Range" product. Do your research prior to purchasing and go for one of the bigger brands. It's always nice to support Australian businesses - But not when their products perform as poorly as this one does.
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