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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.
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.
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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 ...
sale (if you are patient) with both 200 micron and 100 micron filters for less than $800 delivered. (ii) plastic colours: including the filter lid which is clear on the TX30 but opaque on the cheaper versions (it does not matter, as you should empty and clean the filter after every use). (iii) cord length: the TX30 with 16.5m cable is advertised to clean a 10m x 5m pool, whereas the cheaper versions with 14m cable are advertised to clean an 8m x 4m pool. In reality they will clean a somewhat larger pool, depending on placement of the control unit (see below). Some retailers state that these units can be switched between floor only and floor plus wall modes. They can not. All are single-mode (floor plus wall) with a 2.5 hr cleaning cycle. If you want only floor cleaning, look at the cheaper TX20. If you want a trolley, you can buy it separately, or as part of the TX35. There are variants of each model for tiled pools. You can also buy spare brushes, tracks and filters (which are the same for all of these models). I have tested the OT15 in a salt-water chlorinated, pebblecrete pool that gets a moderate number of leaves and occasional heavy load of fine debris (probably Casuarina pollen). There are some contradictions between instructions given by Zodiac in the owner’s manual vs the box. The manual says to insert the cleaner (anywhere?) and spread all of the (floating) cable in the pool; the box says to insert the cleaner near the centre of the long side of the pool, and only use the length of cable needed for your size pool. I obey the box for fewer tangles. The manual says to untangle the cord after every cleaning cycle, then to dry and store the cleaner out of direct sunlight; the box says to lay the cable out in the sun after use and then only loosely coil it to avoid permanent kinks. I do both. The manual says “Zodiac recommends only three cleaning cycles per week”; the box says “Do not exceed more than three cleaning cycles per week” (sic). You decide. It does not inspire great confidence that the manual says “please retain the original carton to transport your cleaner” for warranty service. Seriously? Where does Zodiac think we store the boxes for all our household appliances? This is a very simple unit. There is only one button on the control unit, to start (or manually stop) the timed cleaning cycle. You can not programme it to come on while you are away on a holiday. There is no function to bring the unit to the edge or surface, so you must pull the cord, then use the handle before lifting it from the water (which you should do after each cycle). There is no way to send it where you want it. Unlike an old suction thumper where you could pull on the hose to place the cleaner in a dirty area, you should not pull on the power cable while a robot is running. There is no cable swivel. The manual says “The power cable may become tangled if correct procedure is not followed after each cleaning cycle”. My experience is that the cable tangles when new and also after loose coiling for a few days, but the problem decreases after a day or two in the sun, laid straight to help erase the memory of “storage loops”.
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