Dolphin Triton PS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Pros, Cons & Bottom Line

Dolphin Triton PS Robotic Pool Cleaner

The Dolphin Triton PS is the right choice for in-ground pool owners who are looking for a powerful robotic pool cleaner for under $1,000.

It’s not as expensive as some other high-end Dolphin models, but it comes with most of their advanced features and cleaning performance.

It’s designed for in-ground pools of up to 50 feet. It features active brushing, a top-loading filter basket, and jet-driven PowerStream mobility.

Read on for our full review.

If you are still not sure the Dolphin Triton PS is the right choice for your pool, read our robotic pool cleaner buying guide for other top recommendations. 

Pros

  • Excellent cleaning performance – scrubs, vacuums, and filters all kinds of debris.
  • Full pool coverage up to the waterline.
  • Dual filtration.
  • Weekly scheduler.
  • Lightweight design.

Cons

  • Loses suction power quickly when the basket starts to fill up.
  • Struggles to clean steps.

Product Specifications

Specifications

  • Weight: 16.5lbs
  • Pool type: In-ground pools up to 50 feet
  • Mobility: Tracks + jet
  • Pool scanning: Yes
  • Swivel cable: Yes
  • Filter type: Top-loading dual cartridges
  • Pool coverage:Floor, walls and waterline
  • Weekly scheduler: Yes
  • Programmable cycles: No
  • Remote control: No

Best features

1. CleverClean Navigation

The Dolphin Triton PS cleans a standard in-ground swimming pool in just 2 hours. It uses the CleverClean pool scanning system to calculate the best cleaning pattern and ensure it doesn’t leave any uncleaned.

The system works great even in irregularly shaped pools. It provides full coverage without going over the same areas repeatedly.

2. PowerStream Mobility

The Triton PS uses a combination of track and jet-driven mobility to cover most of the pool.

The tracks provide traction on the floor, over pool features such as drains and when the robot is going up the wall.

The jet system, which Maytronics calls PowerStream, allows the robot to tightly hug the walls for better scrubbing and vacuuming. It consists of jets of water that flow in different directions to improve grip.

3. Active Brushes

The difference between active brushes and normal scrubbing brushes is that they rotate faster, usually twice as fast as normal brushes.

So they attack stubborn dirt and grime more forcefully. This makes them very effective at scrubbing away algae, scale, and biofilm on the pool floor, walls, and waterline.

The Dolphin Triton PS has two brushes. The one at the front is the active one, spinning twice as fast as the rear brush.

4. Dual Filters

The Triton PS uses dual filtration to remove all kinds of debris from leaves and acorns to silt and sand.

It comes with two filter cartridges. One is for ultra-fine debris, and the other is for other bigger pieces of contaminants.

The filters are top-loading, so they are easy to access after each cleaning. The cartridges snap apart easily for emptying and only need a quick hose down to clean.

5. Weekly Scheduler

Like with most other Dolphin pool cleaners, you can program the Triton PS to clean automatically every day, every two days or every three days.

You’ll need to leave it in the pool to use the scheduler. But make sure you remove it after every scheduled cleaning to empty and clean the filters.

It’s also a good idea to remove it and let it dry at least once a week. This prevents certain parts from wearing out too quickly.

Issues & Concerns

Filter Affects Suction Power

When the filter begins to fill up, the robot quickly loses suction power, making it difficult for it to pick up more debris.

This is usually a problem when you’ve just opened the pool, or it’s dirtier than usual. You may have to empty the filter once or twice during cleaning to maintain suction.

Robot vacuums like the Polaris F9550 solve this problem by incorporating a specially designed vacuum that can suck in large debris without losing suction.

Struggles with Steps

This is a problem with almost all robotic pool cleaners, so we are not surprised that the Triton PS has the same limitation.

At best, it will only scrub the first one or two steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the Dolphin Triton PS have a swivel cable?

Yes, it does. No tangling problems with this one.

What’s the difference between Dolphin Triton PS vs. Triton PS Plus?

The Triton PS Plus has two cleaning cycles (quick and standard) and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s also more expensive.

Can I use the Dolphin Triton PS in an above ground pool?

It’s designed for in-ground pools, but it can probably also work in some above ground pools. But it would be overkill.

If you have an above ground pool, there are many above ground robotic pool cleaners half the price of the Triton PS that clean well.

Our Bottom Line

4/5

The Triton PS comes with everything we love about Dolphin Pool cleaners: excellent mobility for full coverage, efficient filtration, smart navigation, and ease of use.

We also love the bonus PowerStream feature. It dramatically improves the robot’s mobility and cleaning in in-ground pools.

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