After weeks and weeks of research and writing I am finally ready to move on from the Aquabot range. The Maytronic robotic pool cleaners will now be able to take advantage of my expansive knowledge of pool cleaners. I know when a feature is worth it, I know for whom each bot is marketed and I know when a firm is trying to justify a products price with pointless feature. And I am not afraid to tell the world about it. the Supreme series of bots seems to be a minor upgrade over the DX series. A lot of the features are shared between the two models, and the wonderful three tiered Maytronic design process is present here too.
The M500 is the top of the range Supreme, with a fair few improvements over the M400, not least of which is the increased user control. If you have read my previous reviews of the Supreme bots then you know what you are in for here, more features increased price. Today I think it might be worth it describing Maytronics upgrade style, and I will go into detail in the specs section.
So let’s break this one down, see if it is worth the money.
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Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M500 Design and Build Quality
There is very little difference in terms of build quality across the Dolphin range. When you are buying a robotic pool cleaner it really does pay to go name brand. there are a few firms out there producing low quality products, but you will find they do not offer a full range of options. I will be naming and shaming a few of them in the weeks to come, but a general rule of thumb here is if there is no rattle then you have a good build. The look of the M500 is identical to the M400 and the Liberty, so my opinion holds true. Not a fan, but I like how robust it looks. I have certainly seen worse machines on the market.
Ho a robotic pool cleaner looks is of little importance, I realize, but a few of these machines aim mat the same section of the market, and this minor detail may be enough to sway you one way or the other. Build quality is up to Dolphins high standards, and the blue plastic finish is both pleasing and fit flush.
Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M500 Features and Specs
The M500 shares its core features with all the other bots in the Supreme series, but most closely resembles the M400 with a few upgrades. They are all for in ground pools only, they clean the pool floor well with three bottom mounted brushes and they can make a 90 degree transition with the pool wall. The wall cleaning feature is a universal trait of the Dolphin series and it is a must have in my opinion. There are plenty of options out there that do not clean the wall, and if it isn’t going to do that then where is your saved time? The 60′ power cable is 60 feet long, and is tangle resistant, using the patented swivel cable tech. The best new feature added to the Supreme series is the top loaded filter mesh, instead of a bottom loading filter bag, but I will break that down in more detail in the ease of use section. The weekly timer is present here too, along with a full bag notification filter, increasing the utility of the weekly timer. This build is again 22 pounds, and the handle is the same length as the M400.
Onto the the new features of this build, and key among them is the increase remote control options. The Maytronic Pro control allows full 1;1 control with this machine, and the dual drive motor decreases the cycle time significantly. The minimum cycle time is not 1.5 hours, half that of the M200. It also includes a delayed start timer, which allows sediment to fall to the bottom of the pool before it begins cleaning. The pump here is the usual Maytronic 4,233 gallon per hour pool pump, one of the most powerful on the market.
I like the added features and i am a big fan of manual control, but I am of the opinion that the cycle time is of little importance. The end result is the same regardless of how short the cycle time is. If you want a fast machine that cleans a little better and has a full range of remote options though this is great.
Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M500 Ease of Use
There are a fair few robotic pool cleaners that are not easy to use. They require you set up an external pump and even an external filter too sometimes. I focus on easy to use self contained units. The M500 is a plug and play device, you plug this in and dunk it in the water. There are some added remote options here, letting you set the cycle time and even control the bot remotely, which adds a layer of complexity to this build, but it doesn’t take long to get to grips with it. The biggest issue with the M500 is the weight class, 22 pounds might not sound like much, but getting it out of the water is somewhat difficult. The handle does its best to make it easier.
The DX series was the victim of my ire due to the bottom loading filter bag system it used. It was a cumbersome system, the Supreme bots all use a top loading filter mesh instead. This is much easier than the old bags, but it comes with a new problem, cleaning out the machine when its full.
Overall there are not many issues here, and the Supreme series addresses many of the issues I had with the older DX series. Only real problem area is cleaning out the machine , but it is no more troublesome than cleaning out a filter bag.
Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M500 Pricing, Value, & Discounts
This is the main deciding factor for most of us. you may have read everything so far and been enthuse, all for buying the M500, but when you hear it will cost you between $1200 and $1500 you may be less inclined to take the plunge. I will be doing a top ten sub $1000 robotic pool cleaners article at some point, so keep an eye out for it if that is what you’re looking for. The thing that you need to realize when buying any robotic pool cleaner is the inherent value of free time. That is what this is worth the price. I would argue that any robotic pool cleaner, even the meanest of them, will have paid you back in free time within a year. It may be a bit of a cliche to say that at this point, but it is no less true for it.
Now the cost of running the machine, the only other major cost. With the Aquabot line I was able to provide way more detail i this section, but Maytronics have not released the power consumption information for any of the robotic pool cleaners in their line. They say the cost per cycle is around 15c, which does sound about right, but more accurate figures could have been given by looking at the power draw and the price per kilowatt hour I your area. I don’t think the final figure will be very much per, but the numbers do add up over time, so make sure you consider them.
Now the Warranty, and again unlike Aquabot Maytronics has not released detailed warranty information. I have gotten in contact with them and hope to receive word back soon, but at the moment I can only provide information that they have provided, that the M500 comes with a 36 month bumper to bumper warranty. that sounds great, but without knowing what isn’t covered I cannot give a complete opinion on it.
Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M500 Conclusion
This is another though one to recommend. If it is within your price range, and you want unprecedented control over your pool cleaning robot then this is a contender sure, but I don’t think a faster cycle time and 1:1 remote control options to be worth all that extra cash. Still a great machine, if a little on the pricey side.
- Automatic, requires no supervision.
- Rudimentary remote control options
- Cleans walls well
- Weekly timer frees up more of your time.
- 1:1 remote control
- Top loading mesh system
- You have to clean out the machine itself rather than just a filter bag.
- A little more expensive than I would like at the moment.
- Warranty info is light on the ground.