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Polaris is one of the leading pool-cleaning brands in the industry that provides great quality products and that’s the reason they’re loved by many. Finding the best pool cleaners can be difficult when you’re faced with various reviews and opinions of others, sometimes your outlook can be blurred by biased reviews and you can be left wondering why one best suits your needs. Pool cleaners are something that must be personal to you and your pool which may sound pretty deep, but we mean it in a non-romantic way (unless of course, you want to be with your pool romantically which we totally understand but would not recommend!). Polaris pool cleaner reviews can be very varied as some models are loved a lot more than others, that’s exactly why we have put together an in-depth list of some of the best Polaris pool cleaner models and ranked them in order starting from the best.
We’ve listed our top 3 best Polaris pool cleaners below followed by a short description of what the pool cleaner is like and then ended each ranking with some short pros and cons that you can use to help you decide which one to choose for yourself.
|Polaris Vac-Sweep 360|
|Polaris Vac-Sweep 380||16.88 lbs||4.3/5|
|Polaris Vac-Sweep 280||16.3 lbs||4.2/5|
This 4-wheeled robotic cleaner allows your pool to stay so much cleaner for longer using ActivMotion sensor technology, making your pool as clean as it can possibly be. If you’re wanting a pool cleaner that is compact and discrete then this model is perfect for you. Despite being on the more expensive side, the money is well spent when you see the results it gives and how much it successfully cleans your pool. It is regularly considered one of the most superior robotic pool cleaners for various reasons including the fact that you can program it to do certain parts of your pool more (if they get particularly dirty) or you can use the remote control yourself when the cleaner is in the water and make it do what you think is necessary. If your pool is an irregular shaped one, then this pool cleaner is sure to be your new best friend simply because of how smoothly it deals with unique curves and angles. For those pools which are regularly used and tend to gather a lot of leaves and twigs (especially during the winter) then the Polaris F9550 may be something you should invest your money into.
In terms of a Polaris pool cleaner that is best for the money, the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 might be your money-saving model that works wonders for your pool and allows for a perfect summer pool party. Powered by triple jets and advanced cleaning technology, this model can sweep, scrub, and vacuum any size or shape pool you could think of for a much lower price than its counterparts. For those people who are looking for a model that is sturdy and has a long life that will serve your pool for years or even decades (depending on how long you want it too). If you’re someone who wants to run your pool cleaner constantly or quite a lot, then you need something that will last a long time and will be able to cope with high amounts of usage. There is nothing worse than buying a product and wanting to use it then it breaks after a few weeks because it has been run too often. If you decide to buy this model, then you won ‘t have this problem at all. However, there are limited instructions to help you set it up and if it isn’t assembled properly it can break easily. We would recommend watching a YouTube tutorial on how to get it set up to have no problems.
The Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 is priced towards the top of the scale. It will be even more expensive when you factor in the cost of the necessary but not included Polaris booster pump. On the positive side, this pool cleaner moves very quickly, but the hose doesn’t knot or bind. You can expect it to live a long service life, keeping your pool clean for years.
Of course, not everything about the Vac-Sweep 380 is great. The hose leaked at the connections in our kit, reducing the overall suction. Also, the wheels got jammed up on ours, which were able to fix. When we looked into it though, we discovered that this is pretty common. Sometimes, the wheels even fall off, breaking at the axle. It’s not our favorite, though it is a solid machine overall.
If you have a darker pool floor you may not like the sharp contrast of a white pool cleaner. The Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Black Max takes care of that problem by providing a powerful pool cleaning machine in black to match your dark pool. One thing to be aware of, because it is black, it really shows white buildup from salt or chlorine. This means it may require some regular cleaning that won’t be necessary with other pool cleaners of a different color.
We found this pump to be very reliable, providing years of hassle-free service. It seems to rarely get stuck, though it also seems to have trouble staying on the pool floor. This isn’t the worst problem a pool cleaner could exhibit, but we didn’t experience this issue with our top picks.
Although it’s not cheap, the Polaris 280 All-Season pool cleaner is more affordable than many of the other ones available. We like the reliable all-season use of this machine, and our only real complaints aren’t with the machine itself which we thought was very adequate.
The first problem we faced was with the collection bags which are just too small. They need to be emptied far too often to the point of becoming an annoyance. This is a simple oversight to fix, but it’s a problem that persists. Beyond that, this is just not a very powerful unit. It moves slower and did a less thorough job overall than the units that outranked it on this list. It’s still a sufficient performer, just not strong enough for our top recommendation.
When we hooked it up, the first thing we thought about the Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900 Sport side pool cleaner is that it’s fast. It moves around the pool very quickly, thanks to the improved torque and power present in the sport model. Of course, you’re paying a premium for that extra power.
Everything evens out in the end though, and that power has a drawback. It’s constantly pulling the hose off and spraying water out. We noticed this happening nearly every day. While it’s a pretty effective pool cleaner overall, this was a major inconvenience. We also noticed that this model seemed to get stuck more often than most of the others. For such a high-end model, this was quite disappointing and has stopped the 3900 sport from reaching a higher position on this list.
If you’re looking for a budget-priced pressure pool cleaner, then the Polaris Vac-Sweep 165 is one of the only choices available. It’s less than half the price of most floor-rolling models, and one-third the price of the higher-end rollers. In our experience, it did a decent job of keeping the pool clean overall, though it’s not effective for removing dirt.
As far as problems go, the Vac-Sweep 165 is mostly held back by two things. To begin with, the hose is too stiff for this unit, so it prevents proper movement. This results in the machine repeatedly spinning in circles. Eventually, it gets tangled in the hose and tips over. The jets on the bottom continue to shoot, but now the water is just being ejected from the pool and wasted. Although this machine may save you some money, it might also add to your frustration.
Although it’s only usable in above ground pools, the Polaris Vac-Sweep 65 is the most affordable pool cleaner that we reviewed. Since it’s only good in pools up to five feet deep, this isn’t going to apply to every situation. We found it to be a rather effective pool cleaner all together, but it exhibited many of the same problems we saw from the Vac-Sweep 165 in the seventh position of this list.
This unit kept spinning in a circle which caused it to get tangled in the hose. It required untangling and resetting at least every day. For us, the extra headache doesn’t seem to be worth the money you save.
Before taking the plunge (quite literally) and buying your dream Polaris pool cleaner, you have to think of all possible outcomes that could happen because of your purchase. You may of thinking of buying a pool cleaner due to many problems in the past with the dirt in your pool, and in this case, then a pool cleaner is ideal. However, you have to assess your situation before you invest your hard-earned cash into a pool cleaner that might not be worth it. We’ve compiled a list of things you may want to consider before buying a pool cleaner.
Buying a pool cleaner isn’t easy and there are some top tips you have to think about before buying your pool cleaner that is essential. If you consider these tips you’re sure to find the perfect pool cleaner that will suit everything you need.
It is clear from everything recollected in this guide (in particular the reviews of the Polaris pool cleaners) that the Polaris F9550 is the best model to choose if you’re wanting a robotic pool cleaner for your household. However, the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is the best value for money as you’re getting the quality product for a lot less of a high price point. In terms of concluding, we would say that despite the price range and various models to choose from, the Polaris brand is still a good name that is trustworthy and if you go for a model by Polaris you can almost be sure that it will be the right thing for you. Just ensure you read the reviews (even the brutally honest ones!) to find out what could possibly go wrong with the model before you buy it.
Hopefully, we have made the process of buying your Polaris pool cleaner a lot easy and that now you can finally decide on the model you like the best!
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