Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40i Review

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Sitting comfortably around the $400 range some might be scared to approach this model. Though you don’t have to be too afraid to give this model a look if it fits your range. At the end of the day, this pool cleaner is capable of getting a job done. However, that might not be the job you’re looking for with more than enough reasons to consider investing more. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the Pool Rover will work for you with what you’ll find here.

Aquabot Pool Rover
  • Very affordable robotic pool cleaner that can still get the job done
  • None of the extra bulk of pressure or suction cleaners
  • Powerful suction that rivals higher level cleaners
  • No brush leaves you relying on mainly suction for cleaning
  • Settings are based on presets instead of intelligent mapping
  • Doesn’t climb without curved walls
  • Filter bags require cleaning after every use

Type of Filter

Despite being on the lower end for pricing the Pool Rover S2-40i is quite impressive when it comes to its filter. The internal filter bags are certainly a step up from relying on your own pool filter. They are even capable of picking up super fine debris with the same 2 microns limit as top competitors. The bags aren’t especially big though and will require focused cleaning after every use.


The Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40i is pretty average when it comes to power sources. Operating from a 120-volt AC unit with a 40-foot long cord. Both of these help to keep this machine primarily above ground. While it is more efficient than other systems it doesn’t stand out when compared to other robotic pool cleaners. It will require a GCFI power outlet for receiving its power supply. Hydro-Robotic technology allows the cleaner to powerfully move through the water using the force of water to help.


With its smooth teal curves, the Aquabot Pool Rover can easily move around your pool thanks to its rubber wheels. Underneath you can find a rotating suction head that makes up for the lack of brushes. The top access filtration gives you easy access to debris while allowing you to see the suction in process. With a weight of 22 pounds, this machine is just about average for moderate difficulty getting it out the pool


You’ll be happy to find that you can get an adequate job done without breaking the bank. The 80 GPM gives it impressive water moving capabilities for effective cleaning. The lack of brushes fixed or otherwise does hurt when it comes to tougher messes. You can’t rely on this robotic pool cleaner to deal with algae. You can, however, count on it for normal jobs like leaves and small debris down to 2 microns.

Climbing Ability

Despite having four wheels for relatively easy mobility this machine isn’t capable of climbing mountains. While powerful suction certainly helps the S2-40i stick to surfaces it isn’t recommended for wall cleaning. The lack of brush doesn’t help when you factor in an inability to climb without a curved surface. Even though it can climb some surfaces don’t expect it to and you won’t be disappointed.

Cleaning Cycles

Beggars can’t be choosers certainly applies when it comes to the Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40i’s cleaning cycles. There will be reliance on the user to plans things out with only a couple of options to choose from. Smaller pools will use the one-hour setting while larger ones will choose the 2-hour option simple as that.

Deflecting Features and Sensors

This machine operates by being programmed to turn at intervals in order to avoid retracing its steps. This allows the S2-40i to effectively clean the surface of flat-surfaced pools. It will only clean the lower portion of the walls but is capable of cleaning all sorts of shapes. As long as you don’t mind just the floor kidney, oval, L shaped, or round pool cleaning is all possible.

Other Features

Thanks to the Hydro-robotic technology this pool cleaner is capable of cleaning up to 4,800 square feet an hour. You don’t have to worry about the surface material either as the wheels are made not to harm them. The 40-foot tangle-free 360-degree swivel cord is another nice touch that helps in cleaning and storage. As you’d expect for a lower-priced robotic cleaner there isn’t anything too wild here.


You’ll find different tiers of quality for pretty much every product and the Aquabot Pool Rover S2-40i is certainly on the low end. You can’t expect to find interesting features that’ll make you really see the possibilities. You can, however, expect an entry-level robot cleaner you can appreciate for its hands-free ease of use.

An impressive amount of power combines with smart technology for a machine that can get the job done. The lack of brush or ability to climb every wall definitely hurt though. Still, you won’t find many better ways to automate your pool cleaning experience on a budget.

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