Reliable . .. but . . Doesn't do fine particles at all well
Good-ish, easy to use but does not pickup fine dust/algae. It blows it back out the top, so might as well use a manual vacuum every 2 weeks. Tried both the 200 micron and 100 micron bought with.
Purchased in at Best Pool Supplies.
OK for the money
picks up standard debris.
Doesn't do steps, but most won't anyway.
Doesn't clean fine particles
Lightweight easy use. upgraded to a dolphin x30 very happy now
Good for price point hough. thanks
Purchased in for $800.
Not the best cleaner out there, but certainly not the worst
- The OT15 does the basics of what it should do. It vacuums the bottom of the pool and scrubs the walls.
- It is easy to empty and clean.
- It is easy to operate
- It isn't particularly great at wall climbing a lot of the time
- It doesn't deal well at all with anything too thick on the bottom of the pool. Don't expect to be able to throw it in if your pool is fairly messy - you will need to scrub and vacuum first
- It doesn't deal well with fine dust. Where I live there is a LOT of fine dust.
Purchased in at Best Pool Supplies for $950.
Better than cleaning the pool manually, but far from perfect.
We have owned the Zodiac OT15 pool cleaner now for just over a year. We bought a robotic cleaner because suction cleaning was not effective especially if the filters were not clean. Manual cleaning also was a pain especially in the middle of summer. The good points about the OT15 is that it will run for about two hours and clean the pool. However, it does not clean the pool 100%. Its logic is meant to clean the entire pool from the entire pool floor and sides but from watching it, it seems to miss alot of the pool floor. At a guess, it cleans a...bout 80%, Another issue that we have is that the OT15 will do a wheelie and not clean anything. It does not stay stuck to the surface. The standard debris basket is not fine enough and does not collect the fine dust. From the return water vent, a fine dust stream is clearly visible. A fine debris basket can be purchased at an additional cost. Another issue that has cropped up lately is the system shutting down quite regularly. There seems to be a connection issue from the control module to the cleaner requiring resetting of the unit. The control module seems to get hot and when it does shuts the cleaner off. Frustrating. Overall, being robotic and automatic, its set and forget. However for the price being paid, I wish it could be more reliable and to clean the pool better than it actually does. 3 stars.
Purchased in for $995.
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Complete waste of money
Had it since August and I've been constantly disappointed with its performance.
It isn't able to clean rounded corners so you'll need to use a broom to move dirt to the middle of the pool before running, it doesn't have a swivel on the cable so the cord needs to be untangled every-time you run it and it has no intelligence / learning whatsoever.
From observation, it seems to have a fixed 3 step program:
1: Go forward until it climbs above the waterline for a few seconds.
2: Reverse for a few seconds then stop and wait to settle on the floor
3: Reverse for a fixed time then start again
It's just really hopeless and I'd recommend you look for something else.
Purchased in for $945.
Does its job
Not a bad pool cleaner.Got sick of constantly replace parts on my creepy crawler the unit does a good job on pool walls and I havent had to hand vac the pool since buying the unit.
I find it relaxing sitting by the pool Watching it do its thing.
Purchased in at Amazon for $1,000.
Firstly, the review by RGB is top class and should be cross referenced in the TX30/35 reviews as comprehensive comparison of models.
I've had my OT15 for over a year and can't speak highly enough of it. We have a smallish (7.5m x 3.5) kidney pebblecrete pool. We get a moderate amount of leaves but I just let them sit there and put the robot in every two weeks which probably helps with the life of the unit. I'm amazed but it picks up mostly everything in one cycle, sometimes I put it on for two if there are a lot of leaves. It sometimes misses ...only longer palm leaves but if soft can get them too. Probably because I leave it for the longer, it can get the softer leaves and debris, but honestly I don't know why people spend so much time daily cleaning to get a spotless pool. We also live near a busy road and the beach and I find it picks up lots of finer sand and grit. It also does a great job climbing up the side of ours - its about 1.8m at deep point. Sometimes goes sideways, backwards, flips and cartwheels but I think the randomness does a great job. Just set it and grab it out 2 hours later. It doesn't always get some of the steps, but whatever you can't expect everything. It gets them eventually. Cord length is fine for us. We have a power point about 5 metres from the pool. I just chuck most of the cord in the centre of our pool and it doesn't get too tangled. I always take it out of the pool after use and rinse it thoroughly with fresh water which might be why I haven't had any problems. Anyone leaving any equipment like this in harsh sunny environment or saltwater is asking for problems. Best of the all the price is awesome! I haven't had to touch a pool scoop for months! This is my first robot but did read reviews of expensive robots with people complaining about the same things.
Purchased in at Best Pool Supplies for $800.
Good value available in OT15
Here is the bottom line: with a few adjustments to your technique, this robot is reasonably effective as a pool cleaner (3*). It is seemingly without peer below $900 (5*). So overall it earns 4*. Now for the detail. First, note that the Zodiac TX30 (TX 35 without trolley) is with three exceptions identical to the Zodiac OT15 and FX18 cleaners. The exceptions are:
(i) price: the TX30 is intended to be sold through full-service pool shops, so it is much more expensive than the OT15 and FX18 which are intended for on-line stores and available on ...
Purchased in at Best Pool Supplies for $796.
Questions & Answers
My OT15 has stopped working, any suggestions? It is only 18 months old. We had run it through one cycle, cleaned the filter and ready to go again and it doesn’t move.
Zodiac Pool Cleaner is now operating for 10-15m then shuts down. Very frustrating. When reset it sometimes works for another 5- 10m. Sometimes won’t even start again.
I had the very same issue with my OT15. Make sure the control box is located in the shade and not in direct sunlight. Also, I check to see the connector is clean by just blowing in to it but the heat ...is the reason why your unit, and mine is hutting down after a short operational use. Hope this helps.
Yep … was heading towards the same conclusion. Cheers
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