Best Polaris Pool Cleaner Reviews 2019 – Top Picks

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a Polaris pool vacPolaris 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.


Comparison of our 5 Favorite Models for 2019

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
Polaris F9550
Polaris F9550
(Best Overall)

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44 lbs4.9/5
Polaris Vac-Sweep 360
Polaris Vac-Sweep 360
(Best Value)

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15 lbs4.6/5
Polaris Vac-Sweep 380
Polaris Vac-Sweep 380

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16.88 lbs4.3/5
Polaris Vac-Sweep 280
Zodiac F5B

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16.3 lbs4.2/5
Polaris 280
Polaris 280

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3.9/5

8 Best Polaris Pool Cleaners

1. Polaris F9550 Pool Cleaner – Best Overall

Polaris F9550

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.

Pros
  • Compact and Quite
  • Runs Smoothly
  • Can be Easily Assembled
  • Easy to Clean
  • Sturdy Mesh Filter
Cons
  • Short power cord (6ft)

2. Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pool Cleaner – Best Value

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360

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.

Pros
  • Good Value for Money
  • Secure Hose Fitting
  • Long Service Life
Cons
  • Hard to Assemble
  • Lack of Instructions
  • Regular Updates are Needed

3. Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pool Cleaner

Polaris Vac-Sweep 380

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.

Pros
  • Hose doesn’t knot or bind
  • Moves quickly
  • Great longevity
Cons
  • Requires separate booster pump
  • Hose leaks reducing suction
  • Wheels can get stuck or fall off

4. Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pool Vacuum

Zodiac F5B

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.

Pros
  • Rarely gets stuck
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Has trouble staying on pool floor
  • Needs more cleaning because of the color

5. Polaris 280 All-Season Pool Cleaner Kit

Polaris 280

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.

Pros
  • All-season use
Cons
  • Collection bags are too small
  • Not very powerful

6. Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900 Pool Cleaner

Polaris Vac-Sweep 3900

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.

Pros
  • Improved torque and power
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Hose doesn’t stay connected
  • Gets stuck easily

7. Polaris 165 Pool-Vac

Zodiac 6-120-00

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.

Pros
  • Cost-effective
Cons
  • Hose is too stiff preventing proper movement
  • Gets tangled and tips over, shooting water out of the pool
  • Not effective for removing dirt

8. Polaris 65 Pool Sweeper

Polaris Vac-Sweep 65 6-130-00

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.

Pros
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Only good for above ground pools
  • Only good up to 5’ deep
  • Spins in a circle and gets tangled in the hose

Buyer’s Guide

Things to Consider Before Buying a Polaris Pool Vacuum

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.

  • How often you will use the pool cleaner is something you definitely must think about before you buy one, there are some models which are made for long usage and others which are better for those people who won’t use them as much. If it’s going to be more of a seasonal clean, then you will have look at models that suit your needs. It’s all about realizing what sort of product you need that will do what you want and isn’t too expensive. There is no point spending a lot of money on a pool cleaner that doesn’t do what you want it too.
  • Do you want a manual or a robotic pool cleaner? Is something else you may want to think about. Both have their advantages and similarly their disadvantages, manual pool cleaners are more for the perfectionist who likes to do a lot of the worth themselves. The pool cleaner doesn’t do any of the work and you’re responsible for covering every inch of the pool yourself. Whereas robotic pool cleaners will roll around on their wheels around the bottom and sides of your pool making sure every single piece of dirt or debris is cleaned up, a lot of them also have a remote control that you can use if they fail to catch some dirt or you want to ensure everything is sparkling clean. However, robotic pool cleaners tend to be a lot more expensive and manual are more affordable, so it could all come down to your budget when you’re comparing the two.
  • The size and shape of your pool will also be a factor to think about before you buy yourself a pool cleaner as a lot of them have a limited amount of area they can cover. The more expensive pool cleaners tend to be able to cover bigger surface areas, but this isn’t always the case, therefore, before you buy a certain model you should measure your pool size and then see what sorts of pool cleaners would suit work.
  • Also, consider if it has to be a Polaris pool cleaner. We’ve also written a buying guide on Dolphin pool cleaners, that you may find interesting.

Tips for Buying

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.

  1. Find a pool cleaner that not only fits in your budget but exceeds your expectations, instead of going online straight away and finding the best priced pool cleaners, go instore and try them out, then you can shop online (when you know what you’re looking for!) Shopping online is bound to save you money but doing this method will allow you to see the product and model before you actually spend a lot of money on it.
  2. Don’t always opt for the most popular model of pool cleaner, when products get good reviews then its obvious that they must be working well for a vast amount of people, but that doesn’t mean to say there aren’t hundreds more out there that have just as good reviews but aren’t marketed by large companies. If you’re willing to do some in-depth research then you might be able to find really good models for cheaper prices and that work the same as the expensive ones, thus saving you a lot more money in the long term.
  3. Invest in an automatic pool cleaner if you have a large pool that will need to be regularly cleaned, despite cleaning the pool not being a major job on a hot summers day, when the winter rolls around and you need to keep the pool looking relatively tidy you won’t want to go out with your manual pool cleaner and spend hours making sure every inch of dirt and debris has gone, and that’s exactly why we would recommend putting a little bit more money towards a pool cleaner and getting an automatic one.

Conclusion

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!

There’s simply no better feeling than watching your Dolphin cleaner do all the work, while you drink an ice-cold beer, hehe. I, by the way, recently stumbled upon this cool little gadget: a nICE Mug! It’s basically a mug made out of ICE! Haha, I love the idea.

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