Dolphin Pool cleaners can be pretty expensive, with many of their premium models having 4-figure price tags.
If you are looking for a cheaper Dolphin that cleans just as well as the high-end models, we recommend the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus.
It is a mid-price in-ground robot vacuum cleaner equipped with powerful suction and scrubbing brushes that leave your pool sparkling clean.
It also comes with smart navigation, auto-scheduling, and large top-loading filter cartridges – basically most of the features you get in $1,000+ Dolphin pool cleaners.
Read on for our full review of the Dolphin CC Plus.
If the Nautilus CC Plus is not what you were looking for, we have more recommendations in our robotic pool vacuum buying guide.
If you are not looking specifically for a robotic pool cleaner, read our reviews of the best automatic pool cleaners (all types).
1. CleverClean Navigation
Most automatic pool cleaners move around randomly, which often results in longer cleaning times (and higher power consumption) and missed spots.
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus relies on a smart navigation system called CleverClean to clean quickly and efficiently without missing any areas.
The system scans the pool and guides the robot along the best cleaning path. Even if you have an irregularly shaped pool, the robot cleaner will have no problem cleaning it.
Combined with the high-traction tracks, the Nautilus CC Plus manages to cover almost the entire pool including the walls and waterline.
It rarely gets stuck, even on the drain, and doesn’t get tangled up either thanks to the swivel cable.
2. Dual Scrubbing Brushes
The worst of dirt in swimming pools is usually stuck on the floor and walls. These areas accumulate algae, calcification (scale), and biofilm. All these make your pool dirtier and increase its chemical demand.
So instead of just vacuuming the debris suspended in the water, the Nautilus CC Plus also targets the one stuck on the pool lining using two scrubbing brushes.
The brushes dislodge dirt, making it easier for the vacuum to suck it up into the filters.
Talking of filters…
3. Dual Filtration
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus has two filter cartridges that go into the cleaner together. One traps larger debris like leaves, acorns, and bugs while the other holds finer dirt like sand and silt.
The filters are accessible from the top, so you are saved the trouble of turning the robot over to remove them.
They are also easy to clean, unlike filter bags. A quick hose down is enough to wash away all the trapped debris.
4. Lightweight Design
Even if you had to turn the cleaner over, it wouldn’t be much of a hassle. At 19lbs, it weighs less than most in-ground pool robots.
It’s easier to lift out of the pool and move it to and from storage.
If you still feel you need a caddy to help with handling and storage, Maytronics sells a universal caddy that works with most Dolphin models.
Issues & Concerns
Maytronics includes only a quick start guide with the Nautilus CC Plus. It doesn’t provide enough instruction to set up and use the pool cleaner.
It is a problem many people have experienced with other Dolphin models.
But you can get the full manual online on Maytronics’ website. We don’t know why the company doesn’t include it with the pool cleaner.
Struggles with Steps
If you’ve owned a robotic pool cleaner before, you’ve likely experienced this issue: the robot gets to the steps but only manages to clean the first one or two steps.
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus has this problem too.
But considering it scrubs and vacuums all other parts of the pool, it’s not much work to clean the steps yourself.
Just give them a quick scrub before the robot goes into the pool. The cleaner will pick up the dirt you’ve dislodged from the steps.
Does the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus climb the walls and steps?
It climbs the walls and scrubs the tile line but struggles with the steps. At most, it will clean only the first two steps.
Is the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus safe for vinyl pools?
Yes, it is. It’s also safe for use in tile, gunite and fiberglass swimming pools.
Does the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus come with a caddy and remote?
No, it doesn’t come with either of those accessories. You can buy the caddy separately.
Our Bottom Line
The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is an affordable robotic pool cleaner with excellent cleaning performance and top-notch features.
If you are looking for a great bargain on a pool robot, the Nautilus CC Plus is one of the best priced robotic pool cleaners.