updated: January 12, 2023

Our review of a fantastic advanced robotic above ground pool cleaner, the Dolphin Escape

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Our rating: 8.7
Price: Low

The Dolphin Escape offers an incredible combination of features, all at an unbeatable price point. Maytronics packed in SmartNav tech, an unbeatably sized debris canister, and energy efficiency, all in a mid-tier priced machine.

Anyone who owns a pool knows two things. One, keeping your pool clean is important, and two, it’s a huge pain. The Escape is an appropriate name, as it offers users a way to escape much of the hassle of owning a pool.

The 14-pound Escape was made with above ground pools in mind but works fine in smaller in-ground pools as well. The time and care put into designing the Dolphin Escape are evident in everything from the high-quality construction, to the innovative features that dare to rethink industry standards. For instance, their “hypergrip” track replaces four-wheel designs, which often lack solid traction and become stuck.

Dolphin Escape, ready to use
Dolphin Escape – Robotic Pool Cleaner

In spite of the many valuable features boasted by this Dolphin, perhaps the most unbelievable is the price point. Automatic pool cleaning robots with these types of features are typically priced much higher, making the Escape a real bargain. Let’s break down all of it’s most important specs and features.

The Amazing Gentle Giant

Innovation is at the heart of the Dolphin Escape. It’s an extremely energy efficient machine, using around 90% less power than many common older types of pool cleaning robots. Maytronics accomplished this by using a low voltage DC motor, which only requires around 180 watts to function fully. Despite its scant power usage, the Escape still offers an impressive suction rating of 4000GPH, which is comparable with more expensive models.

Big filter.

Another fantastic idea utilized in the Dolphin Escape is the absolutely massive, top-filled filter cartridge, which holds around 60% more debris than comparable models. The Escape has an impressive filtration system which can handle anything from bacteria and algae to leaves.

The Dolphin Escape is seen as a game-changer in the pool cleaning robot market thanks, in part, to the inclusion of its SmartNav technology. As opposed to the vast majority of older robots in this price range, the Dolphin Escape doesn’t rely on randomized route making, instead scanning the pool when it’s first used. The advanced algorithm directs the robot to precisely where it’s needed most, all while avoiding any obstacles such as the ladder.

Your purchase comes with the Dolphin Escape automatic pool cleaning robot, 40ft anti-tangle power cable, specialized power unit, massive filtration canister, and user manual. The Escape also comes standard with a two-year warranty. This is quite rare for pool cleaning robots, especially for such a long period of time.

What Users Like You Are Saying


One of the major things that users online have said about the Dolphin Escape involves their hypergrip technology. While older, wheel-based, cleaners were famous for becoming stuck and needing rescue, the Escape rethinks how to ensure traction underwater.

Instead of relying on wheels, the hypergrip track gets the job done on all sorts of pool surfaces. The hypergrip works flawlessly in conjunction with the SmartNav feature, greatly limiting the time needed to clean an entire pool. In fact, these two features together have been touted by many users for changing their perspective on how long it should take to clean a pool.

The hypergrip track gets the job done.

One very common theme among users of the Dolphin Escape is their success using it to either open or close their pool for the season. Pool owners know these can be the most annoying times of the year, but luckily the Escape has got you covered. Thanks to the rapid speed and massive canister, the Escape has been shown time and time again to have what it takes to take an exceedingly messy pool and make it look great.

Other users have appreciated the relative lack of noise that comes from the Dolphin Escape. Over the 1.5 hour cycle, most reviewers say they never noticed the Escape making any noise at all. This can be a godsend if you’re someone who particularly enjoys relaxing quietly by the pool.

But above all else, one thing that the vast majority of users love about the Escape is the included two-year warranty. It’s not easy to find any type of guarantee when it comes to pool cleaners, let alone one that’s so helpful. You even have the option when you buy your Escape to purchase an additional two years of coverage. While the Dolphin Escape is a very well made device, it’s always better to cover yourself when you can in case of any unforeseen issues.


However, just because the vast majority of people have had positive things to say about the Dolphin Escape, doesn’t mean it’s perfect. One of the most common complaints you find about the Escape is that is doesn’t offer any timer functionality. Many people find this frustrating, especially if they would prefer to set it on a schedule.

Much in the same vein, users have complained about the lack of remote control. This seems like a bit of an oversight by Mayronics, as many less impressive models still offer remotes for basic function. Others take issue with the fact that the ultra-fine filter basket for the Escape is not standard, and must be bought separately.

That said, the largest complaint of users who bought the Dolphin Escape involves the types of pools it’s optimized for. For instance, while the Escape can ensure a perfectly cleaned above ground pool in around 90 minutes, with larger pools, it can begin to miss spots. The machine is optimized for pools no larger than 30ft, so if your pool is bigger than that, it may not be the right option for you.

Final Thoughts

Dolphin Escape - Robotic Pool Cleaner
The Dolphin Escape is an affordable robotic pool cleaner.

Maytronics has really produced a game-changer with their Dolphin Escape automatic pool cleaning robot. The Dolphin name is already synonymous with high-quality pool robots, and with the Escape it can now be counted among the widely affordable ones. With all the features you could want, at a price you can’t beat, anyone in the market for a pool robot should take a look at the Escape.

While not perfect, it provides a hard to beat combination of factors, from the SmartNav tech to the incredible energy efficiency and warranty. If you’re not satisfied with what the Dolphin Escape has to offer, take a look at this top list of other options out there.

Our pool maintenance expert, Luke Reed, earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1998. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of industries, including design and construction of luxury swimming pools.

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May 21, 2023 at 2:46 pm

Is it sade with a pool liner?

Jon Epstein
June 23, 2020 at 2:34 pm

“Others take issue with the fact that the ultrafine brush for the Escape is not standard, and must be bought separately.’ <– I think you meant to say Ultra Fine Filter … not brush.

Cheryl Libby
June 12, 2020 at 2:12 am

Does this cleaner work on oval pools because there’s indentations where all the outside poles are, will it be able to go across without getting stuck, my pool is 15 x 30 it’s oval not round

Jon Epstein
June 23, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Cheryl – it would work fine.

Kevin (Cleanup.Expert Team)
June 29, 2020 at 5:15 am

Hello, Cheryl! The indentations where your pool’s outside poles are shouldn’t be a problem. Most above ground pools aren’t perfectly flat and have slightly uneven surfaces.
The Escape has been engineered with this in mind, so this machine should easily pass over the indentations to do the job it was intended to do. It also has hypergrip treads instead of wheels, making it tank-like in its ability to surmount obstacles.
I hope this is helpful!

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