Aquabot Turbo T2 – Judgement Day

After spending the last few weeks thoroughly researching nothing but Aquabot pool cleaners I could not resist the joke in the title. Known for iterations and refinements, Aquabot have been able to craft a pool cleaner for every niche imaginable. The Turbo series is my focus this week, and I am surprised they were able to find a few more features to cram into this chassis. The T2 is an improved Turbo T, and considering how much I loved the T you might expect me to fall in love with this one too, and you are right to some extent. To me there is really only one major difference between the T and the T2, but I’m not going to tell you what that is here, then you might not read the article.

So let’s dive right in, find out if the T2 is right for you.

Aquabot Turbo T2 Design and Build Quality

Turbo T2 BeneathThe usual positives apply here. The Aquabot range as a whole is very high quality. Their core designs are modular, in-house only, and as such we can see the quality maintained across multiple product ranges. A thing to pay attention to is the fit of the pool cleaner. I have seen cheaper foreign pool cleaners put together very sloppily, you don’ want the parts to rattle. Aesthetically this bot continues on from the T, a robust tank like design. Not pretty by any means, but it looks like it’ll suck up bricks from your pool bed. The blue plastic was a nice choice, and it is always good to see a handle. honestly, I don’t like the look overall, but that shouldn’t sway you much, a robotic pool cleaner is for cleaning pools, not looking pretty.

Overall, a sturdy build, which is exactly what you want.


Aquabot Turbo T2 Features and Specs

Another in ground pool machine this one, so if you have an above ground pool see my reviews of the rover and Breeze series. With a 60′ cable the max size of pool is 50′, though I imagine you might be able to get a few extra feet with an extender I would not risk it. The T2 has a few carry over features seen in the T, such as the power washing feature, great for removing algae from pool walls and bottoms, and really gives your pool a deep clean. The core feature that the T2 has over the T is the cleaning cycle time. Aquabot have fine tuned the performance of this machine to allow it to clean a pool in an hour. Not a merely okay clean in an hour, seen in both the Turbo and the Turbo T, but a real deep clean. If that feature is worth the expense to you then by all means, but IO would have liked to see a few more additional features, to really differentiate this from the vanilla T.

If we look at the dimensions we have a 17.5 x 15.8 x 11.5 inches  and a shipping weight of more than 40 pounds. It may be the fastest clean in the Aquabot line, but it is by no means a light weight. Beyond the 1 hour rapid clean the Turbo T2 comes with 7 other settings for a variety of cleaning options. It also has the NeverStuck system, a wheel mod that allows the T2 to traverse all kinds of obstacles. Features seen in the T are here too, the active bottom brush and the pool wall brush allow the T2 to deep clean any surface of the pool.

While it is safe to call this as fully featured a machine as the Turbo T the T2 does not do enough better than the vanilla to warrant a new purchase. Price wise it is only a little more expensive, so if you value the ability to perform a deep clean in an hour then this may be the right option for you. The 60′ is not a swivel cable either, so bear the possibility of entanglement in mind when purchasing any of the Turbo line.

Aquabot Turbo T2 Ease of Use

All of the robotic pool cleaners i review are cut from the same cloth. They are all automatic, and they all have internal pumps. This means that they are all super easy to use. there are options out there that require much more set up, interfacing with your pools pump system, but I shy away from those. they are not any better at cleaning, and they are more hassle to set up. the T2 is easy to use, simply plug and play. Changing the filter can be a chore, seen as it is situated on the bottom of the device, but once you have it on it’s back it is a simple matter ton undo the clasps and replace the bag. Cleaning a dirty filter bag is horrible though, so I advise you buy some replacement filter bags, if you have the cash. the handle on top makes taking it in and out of the water slightly easier, but it is still a heavy machine, so be careful.

Overall there is much to recommend in terms of ease of use. Aquabot prides themselves on the simplicity inherent in their designs, and here it is a real boon to them.

Aquabot Turbo T2 Pricing

Turbo T2 bottomAs is the case with the vast majority of robotic pool cleaners finding the price is a little difficult. They shift and change over time, sometimes rapidly. The Turbo series averages, I have looked, between $800 and $1000, with the T2 being on the higher end closer to $1000. More so than all other robotic pool cleaners the T2 saves you time, and as I have said before, when we are looking for a robotic pool cleaner we are buying more than a product, we are buying free time. How much we value that is personal, but I would argue that a robotic pool cleaner, of any make or model, will have paid for itself in free time within a year. The T2 is an excellent little machine, and if you value a speedy clean over all other things then this is the pool cleaner for you.

The cost of running a pool cleaning robot can vary from place to place, it depends on the price per kilowatt hour in your area. On average a cycle will cost you 20c, which is pretty cheap, but it does add up. Please make sure to include that i any cost analysis you undertake. The other thing to consider is the warranty. The T2 has the same warranty as the T, 1 years full coverage with a further two years of limited coverage. I love the terms laid out i the full coverage warranty, but am less than happy with the caveats inherent in their limited warranty. When I warranty does not cover things that are outside your control I tend to feel a little suspicious. Regardless, it is still better than nothing, and I have heard nothing but good things regarding Aquabot’s customer support.

Price wise this might be worth it if you value speed over all else. Granted the T2 can do everything the T can do, with that extra feature, so maybe I am looking at this wrong. If you want to be able to clean your pool well all the time, and have an emergency cleaning option at your disposal then this might be the best option for you.

Aquabot Turbo T2 Conclusion

The T2 is very much a niche machine. It is true that it has improvements over the T, but I would argue that there are not enough of them. This might be the first Aquabot product I have not liked all that much. If you really must have the super fast 1 hour deep clean option then go for this one, but I really don’t think it is enough of an improvement over the T, and it lacks the utility of the T4RC. Better options out there at better prices.

Pros:

  • Automatic, requires no supervision.
  • Works out of the box, no need to connect it to a pool pump.
  • Silent
  • Active brush for a deep clean
  • Cleans all the wall
  • Wall brush for added utility

Cons:

  • Heavy, very heavy
  • In ground pools only.
  • Only one improvement over the T


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