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 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 explores 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?
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.