If you’ve grown tired of spending your weekends scrubbing, you probably need a robot pool cleaner. But with all the models available, how do you know which can deliver proper pool maintenance? In this Aquabot Breeze XLS review, our experts will see if this popular product and its features live up to the claims and expectations.
- It can be used for both above-ground and in-ground pools
- Fine filters collect debris as small as 2 microns
- It has power-washing jets and agitating brushes that get stubborn dirt out of cracks and crevices
- Filters are easily accessible and easily returned
- Comes with a swivel cable to prevent tangling
- Almost silent
- Needs to be set up with some foam blocks to get it on steeper inclines
- The post-2015 models get easily confused with the pre-2015 models
- Machine tends to get a little heavy after cleaning
Aquabot Breeze XLS Design
First of all, our team would like to clearly state that this is an Aquabot Breeze XLS review for the post-2015 model.
This is a significant point because there are many features that the Aquabot Breeze XLS model pre-2015 and the model of the same name post-2015 do not share. Many pain points of pre-2015 models are addressed in the post-2015 Breeze XLS, though the two do look almost identical.
Like other top-performing above ground pool robotic cleaner, this machine was designed to clean both in-ground pools and above ground pools. It works well on many different pool surfaces like vinyl, concrete, fiberglass , and tile but is best for concrete.
And while it's doing this, it's connected to electricity through a 50-foot long cable. However, the cable’s head has been modified into a swivel so that it doesn't create those frustrating tangles.
This pool cleaner cleans in three stages. The first stage sees the robot using its fixed brushes to agitate debris and dirt by moving them back and forth as the pool cleaner moves in the pool. It also uses its power-washing jets to help shift stubborn dirt.
Then it traps the dislodged dirt by vacuuming up 80 gallons per minute and sifting through it with its fine filter inserts. They can trap as small as 2 micron dirt. There are also two fine filter baskets to work for a longer time without needing to be emptied.
Now that you've gotten a small peek into how this cleaning machine works let's get a little more detailed.
Features of the Aquabot Breeze XLS
The Breeze XLS is mid-priced compared to other best rated Aquabot robotic pool cleaner. This means while this machine might make your pool clean, it does lack some features available in thousand-dollar models.
However, it works great for any in-ground pool and above ground pools as well. You can set it up to run for cycles of 1 or 2 hours. A full 2-hour cycle is enough to clean most in-ground pools.
The most shining feature of the Breeze XLS is that it can climb walls. However, the condition is that your wall has to be curved at a particular incline, and it cannot rise to the very top.
It can climb walls as long as they’re curved with a transition radius of at least six inches. If your pool wall is like this, this robotic pool cleaner might even manage to reach the top as long as it’s not in the deep end.
Some user reviews have said that it can reach the pool surface if you surround it with some foam blocks.
Apart from that, using a great pool vacuum like the Breeze XLS can pretty much clean pool floors of any shape without a problem.
Efficiency of the Breeze XLS
As we said before, the Breeze XLS has no problem cleaning any type of pool floor or floor cove just like other topnotch robotic pool cleaner. If you have a smaller pool, you can set this robotic pool cleaner to clean for one hour. If your pool is larger and this Aquabot is fully charged, you can set it up for two hours and leave it unattended. Use the buttons on the power supply unit to choose a cycle.
Because it has two filter baskets, it takes a lot longer for them to become full. Therefore, you can leave the debris for the robotic pool filters to pick up without worrying about anything.
The cable is still a massive problem for people who buy the pre-2015 Breeze XLS. Aquabot is known for making great robotic pool cleaners, but this particular feature fell way short of the mark. It dropped on the floor and has the tendency to tangle.
Fortunately, for people who love the Aquabot brand, there’s the Breeze XLS post-2015. This robotic pool device also comes with a cable, but it has a swivel head, which allows it to rotate smoothly and stay untangled, which works best for homes with kids. Plus, it's 50 feet long, making it a good length for this product to maintain power supply while working.
Aquabot Breeze XLS Water Jet
Before the Breeze XLS 2015 model, Aquabot didn’t have a mid-tier priced robotic pool cleaner with a water jet. Naturally, this makes it challenging to blast the debris out of tiny corners and to soften sticky dirt on the pool surface. So the Aquabot Breeze XLS left pools with more than a couple of missed spots.
But post-2015 Breeze XLS left has power-washing jets that are best used to pressure dirt from any corners or cracks for one or two hours. Water can get into spaces that other tools cannot reach, so it's a handy thing to have. The water is blasted from the bottom of the robot as it's cleaning, blowing dirt, and making it easy to filter.
Our team found that water jetted out is also filtered, so it doesn't create any dirty areas.
The debris baskets are one of the best parts of this Aquabot product. The two filter baskets work in tandem with the vacuum in catching debris as small as 2 microns. For a product this small, the debris baskets have an advantage in numbers and the fact that they're relatively large compared to the robotic pool cleaner they're attached to.
You can see the filter baskets through the glass at the top of Breeze XLS. They’re also easy to clean as the product comes with top loading fine filter inserts. So, loading and replacing only takes a quick minute and leaves your water ready for swimming.
Aquabot Breeze XLS Brushes
This robot pool cleaner uses fixed scrubbing brushes as its main cleaning tool. These fixed scrubbing brushes can also be called agitating brushes because it cleans pool by rubbing against the entire pool surface.
The brushes are stiff and they don’t move on their own. Because these brushes are still, the Breeze XLS movement's friction makes enough to generate force for cleaning tough stains.
These brushes do a great job of removing any leftover mess on the pool floor and walls, along with the jets. These are arguably the top two features of this robot cleaner. The swivel and pool vacuum might come a close second when it comes to cleaning dirt and debris. However, if you are equipped with the step-by-step process of vacuuming above ground pool, this product will always come in handy.
Breeze XLS Power Consumption
Our experts have always observed that a recurring problem with some pool cleaners is the power supply. Some pool cleaners have a high power consumption rate, so high that it sometimes poses a danger to the building’s circuits.
The Breeze XLS only consumes 150 watts. According to our research, it does a good job on this limited supply. When our experts performed our own testing, its consumption of power remained consistently low while cleaning the pool. Compared to other pumps and pool cleaners, it's incredibly efficient.
This is even more obvious when you consider the fact that it filters 80 gallons of water through top-loading fine inserts every minute.
Price and Warranty
This cleaning robot is still in the mid-tier section for pool cleaners but undoubtedly a little expensive.
But, Aquabot does offer a 2-year warranty for it on all its parts. However, the warranty doesn’t cover damage by neglectful use. Plus, if you want to make a warranty claim, you’re going to have to call Aquabot with the information in the warranty PDF on the Amazon page.
Breeze XLS won’t need a lot of maintenance for its first two years after purchase with proper use.
It shuts off automatically once the cycle is over. When it does, grab the floating cable, gently pull the cleaning robot to the edge and lift it from the pool by its handle. Please do not lift it by its cord. You might damage the cable and swivel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it clean pool steps?
This robot cleaner does clean pool steps. However, it can’t climb them like it can climb walls. The Breeze XLS cleans almost all pool surfaces, but several assert that this machine doesn't do steps. You can, of course, move it to clean the step surfaces one at a time.
Aquabot Breeze XLS Conclusion
Our team hopes that our Aquabot Breeze XLS review has given you a clear understanding of how this cleaning machine works. Noting all the features discussed above, we recommend this product.
The Breeze XLS (ABREEZE24) post-2015 version has excellent features that make up for the older version's points. It does an outstanding job on any ground pool made of concrete. Once the machine's done cleaning, you can start swimming immediately.
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