Published on March 13th, 2018 | by Roger Corbinetti0
iRobot Roomba Mirra 530 Pool Cleaning Robot Review
Summary: With two separate motors and a super-fast brush scrubbing action, iRobot Mirra 530 robot pool cleaner is one of the most powerful pool cleaners available.
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- 60-foot cord with anti-tangle sensor
- Intelligent mapping and navigation
- Strong-grip wheels
- Dual motor setup
- Top-loading cartridges
- Active PVC scrubbing brush
- Easy setup and maintenance
The Mirra 530 is a powerful robotic pool cleaner that can pump and filter 70 gallons of water per minute.
It is loaded with many advanced features including dual motors, PVA sponge wheels, a PVC scrubbing brush and a sophisticated pool scanning algorithm.
The Mirra 530 is not cheap, but feature-wise, it’s worth the higher price tag.
It cleans well, picking up all kinds of debris and reaching into every nook and cranny of your pool.
Great buy for any in-ground pool owner.
Keep reading to learn more.
There is no set up involved. Just place it in the pool, plug it into a GFCI outlet and press ‘CLEAN’.
The Mirra 530 is thorough in its cleaning and uses advanced cleaning algorithms to make sure it cleans every inch of the pool.
The pool cleaner doesn’t move around randomly like other cleaning robots. Instead, it’s equipped with the iAdapt Nautiq Responsive Cleaning Technology that scans the shape and dimensions of your pool and automatically selects the best cleaning cycle.
A 60’ floating cable allows the cleaner to reach every spot in the pool. It cleans the floor, climbs the walls with ease, cleans the waterline and scrubs the stairs.
With a separate motor dedicated to pumping, it filters up to 70 gallons of water a minute. That’s more than a gallon a second.
The PVC brush scrubs debris stuck on the pool surface while the filter captures particles as small as 2 microns (that’s smaller than the size of the human hair!).
A quick look at customer reviews online shows that many customers are satisfied with their purchase.
Features We Like
1. Dual Motors
Most robotic pool cleaners (even many expensive ones), rely on a single motor to move the wheel or treads and also vacuum up water for filtering.
The Mirra 530 uses two motors. One is for driving the wheels. It gives the cleaner enough power to climb walls and navigate over obstacles.
The other motor drives the pump that runs water through the unit for filtering. That’s why the Mirra 530 can achieve an exceptionally high flow rate.
One advantage of this is that it is able to distribute filtered water widely throughout the pool. This aerates the pool, eliminates heated spots on hot days by distributing cool water and ensures chlorinated water is evenly distributed.
2. Active Scrubbing Brush
The Mirra 530 is fitted with a tough PVC scrubbing brush to target debris and algae stuck on the pool floor and walls.
The brush moves through the action of a 4:1 gear that is connected to the motor. This means that for each motor rotation the brush rotates four times.
So you can imagine how fast the brush is moving as the robot navigates. This fast movement allows it to agitate even the most stubborn debris and algae easily.
The PVC brush thoroughly scrubs the floor, coves, stairs, walls, and waterline.
3. Top-loading Canisters
You don’t have to turn the unit upside down to clean out debris. The top-loading canisters make cleaning easy and quick. Just lift the baskets and open the trap door to let the debris fall out.
4. Gyro Sensor
You may have noticed that this pool cleaning robot doesn’t come with a swivel cable, a standard for many pool cleaners.
But don’t worry; the Mirra 530 has another trick to prevent the cable from tangling. It uses a gyro sensor to detect when the robot has turned and in which direction. This prevents the cable from getting tangled on the robot cleaner. Cool!
According to many customers, the gyro sensor doesn’t always work, and the cable can still end up twisted around the pool cleaner.But it works well enough most of the time.
5. PVA Sponge Wheels
The wheels are made out of a material called PVA sponge. They grip strongly on the pool surface, giving the cleaner the traction it needs to navigate up the wall and over obstacles.
The increased grip is especially handy for pools with smooth surfaces like vinyl or ceramic.
6. iAdapt Nautiq Responsive Cleaning Technology
When you put the robot cleaner in the pool, it first scans it. It checks how big the pool is, estimates its measurements and detects its shape.
It then decides the best path to take to clean the pool quickly and efficiently without missing a spot. Every time it cleans, it learns more about the pool and cleans more efficiently.
- Very powerful pool cleaner thanks to the dedicated pumping motor. It cleans faster and better than most pool cleaners.
- 100% coverage from the floor to the waterline.
- Extra-large top-access filter cartridges.
- Extra-long 60’ cable.
- No timer or scheduler which is surprising for a pool cleaner at this price range.
- A few cable tangling issues.
- No remote control, also a surprising omission for a $1000 robotic pool cleaner.
- Some customers report reliability issues.
- 60’ cable
- For inground pools only
- 20lbs dry weight
- One year warranty
The iRobot Mirra 530 robotic pool cleaner justifies its price tag. It’s powerful, cleans well and is easy to use and maintain.
You’ll enjoy a clean, safe pool all year round without spending as much on pool services.
The Mirra 530 also saves you money on energy since you don’t have to run your pool’s pump and filter system as much.