Ariel vs Skimbot

It’s a tale of two robots! Customers often ask Pivot-Solar Breeze what the differences are between Ariel and Skimbot, our two solar-powered pool skimming robots. While there are many similarities between the two in terms of purpose and functionality, each robot has a unique set of strengths and there are a few key differences that might influence buying decisions.

What type of debris looms the surface of your pool?

Ariel has a mesh filter
Skimbot does not have a mesh filter

Ariel has a mesh filter that collects and retains particles down to 200 microns. Ariel is ideal for pools that are plagued by dust, pollen, dog hair and oil – those finer debris that prevent a pool from being crystal clear. Ariel is a pro at capturing larger debris, too.

Skimbot’s filter is not mesh. While she is capable of capturing some pretty small particles, that ‘barely there’ material, like suntan oil and dust, will likely pass through. Skimbot is ideal for pools that are mostly affected by large, fallen debris.

Do you value having control over your pool robot?

Ariel is her own woman, powered by the sun. Using obstruction sensors and independent steering, she maps the surface of a pool to capture debris of all kinds. Other than owners activating her with the power button and emptying her debris chamber, Ariel operates independently.

Skimbot is more hands-on. Through the Skimbot App, users can integrate the robot with their smart phone via Bluetooth and adjust a wide range of operating parameters to optimize Skimbot’s pool cleaning routine. App features include navigation control, pool temperature monitoring, battery status, adjustments to specific operation time, speed, sensor adjustments, and so much more.

Do leaves get stuck to the sides of your pool?

Skimbot does edge cleaning

If ‘yes’, Skimbot might be for you because she offers Debris Washing and Edge Cleaning features. When Skimbot reaches the edge of the pool, the Debris Washing feature first rotates the front paddle wheel in the opposite direction to force water up against the wall and loosen debris from the edge. Once the debris is loosened, the Edge Cleaning feature removes the accumulated debris by spinning the front paddle wheel at a high RPM to create greater suction that pulls debris from the edge into the debris collection chamber.

Is price a factor?

Ariel is currently retailed at $558.00, or four payments of $139.50 with Afterpay.

Skimbot is currently retailed at $689.00, or four payments of $172.25 with Afterpay.

Ariel pool cleaner
Skimbot pool cleaner

Still on the fence?

No matter which pool robot you choose, you receive these awesome features and benefits:

  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Solar panels that produce enough power to run the unit and charge the battery during the day
  • Rechargeable battery that powers the unit after the sun goes down
  • Debris collection chamber that holds a substantial volume of material
  • Easy to empty debris and clean the unit
  • Multidirectional navigation
  • No cords or hoses attached
  • Can withstand severe rain and dust storms
  • Ideal for all pool surfaces
  • Reduces pool pump run time by up to 60%
  • Reduces wear and tear on other pool equipment
  • Spend less on chemicals, treatments and cleaning services
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Covers the surface of an average pool every 1.5 hours
  • Functions in temperatures ranging from 40° to 130°F
  • Can withstand water salinity of 6,500 ppm

Still have questions about the robots? Leave a comment below!