Polaris F9450 Review – Pros, Cons & Verdict

Review of Polaris F9450

Editor Rating: 4.5/5

Build Quality

Review Summary

Small and lightweight, the Polaris F9450 is a quiet, dependable cleaning machine. Its four-wheel drive movements mean it won’t get stuck and can climb walls with ease, allowing it to scoop up fine debris or large leaves in its wide-mouth intake. There are no bags to empty, only a single chamber to clean out. It also comes with a handy caddy for moving around, and enough power cord to get cover your entire pool.

It is an expensive tool and is a little too light to not occasionally bounce off the surface. If you can get around those, however, this is an excellent option as a fire-and-forget robotic pool cleaner.

Polaris F9450 – A Quick Look

  • Large capacity for reduced emptying
  • Can clean up big and small debris
  • Comes with a handy caddy for moving it around
  • Efficient cleaning
  • Expensive
  • A little too lightweight and compact


Brand name: Polaris

Model: F9450

Type: Robotic

Pool type: Inground

Dimensions: 22.2 x 22 x 19.5 inches

Weight: 16 lbs.

inside the Polaris cleaner

ActivMotion Sensor

The F9450 features the ActivMotion sensor system that incorporates an accelerometer to speed up cleaning and correct its own course so that it cleans your pool rapidly and efficiently. This feature also keeps tabs on the cleaner’s location in the pool so that you can let it do its job without worrying about adjusting where it is and where it is going.

Tangle-free operation

Robotic pool cleaners are supposed to be the ultimate time saver in cleaning technology. You spend extra so that you can program it, turn it on and let it go. But, every experienced owner will tell you that you still have to be the lookout for power cable tangles, especially for pool cleaners that come with enough power cord to clean your entire pool. The Polaris F9450 reduces those with a 3d sensor and trajectory control that tracks the location of the power cable so that steer free from them. This means less time for pool owners in unraveling their expensive pool cleaner and more time spent doing stuff you like doing.

Aqua-Trax efficiency

Clean the surface of any pool with the Polaris F9450. Its four-wheel drive system with Aqua-Trax tires allows it to negotiate over obstacles and up walls to deliver a powerful cleaning. More than that, it is suitable to clean any kind of pool lining, including vinyl and fiberglass.

Efficient and quiet

For a machine with this kind of suction, you might expect noise. A lot of noise. Not with the F9450, which moves about cleaning your pool not just with great efficiency, but in silence. You can read your paper over a morning cup of coffee while your pool is cleaned, undisturbed by any sound except for the birds chirping in the trees.

Polaris F9450 controls


How good is the warranty that comes with this model?

It comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Does it work on a fiberglass pool lining?

The Polaris F9450 is designed to work on any kind of pool lining. That includes fiberglass.

How much cord comes with this model?

The pool cleaner comes with approximately 50 feet in cord.

What the Users Say

People who shell out the kind of money it takes to buy a robotic pool cleaner do it for a pretty basic reason. They want something that will clean their pool without them having to put a lot of time, effort or thought into it. Reviews can focus on the neat little doo-dads that get it done, but really at the end of the day, people just want a headache-free pool cleaning.

Most people who bought the F9450 who shared their experiences online were pretty positive about it. It wasn’t the features that made them happy, but that it simply did a great job cleaning their pool. This should be a reminder that at the end of the day, no matter how expensive something is, that whether it does the job it was built to do is most important to consumers.

But, pool cleaners can be a sore subject for pool owners. They cost a lot of money and even then aren’t silver bullet solutions to a messy pool. They can be complicated and people think that when they plunk down a lot of money that they ought to get a spotless pool right away in the bargain.

Most of the complaints reflected that. These folks said the technology side of it was complicated and prone to hiccups, there were also some people who said that it cleaned part of the pool well but didn’t do the entire thing. Whether this was actually a failing of the cleaner itself or in how to program it was unclear.

There were also some people who felt that it was simply too light and that it wouldn’t stick to the side or floor of the pool or that it would tip over every few minutes. The Polaris F9450 is designed as a lightweight pool cleaner, so this is something to keep in mind if you buy it.

Overall, however, most people were pretty pleased with their pool cleaner.

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For pool owners who prize robotic pool cleaners that aren’t a hassle to move around, the Polaris F9450 is a great option. It’s light and small enough to move around and lift out of the pool and comes with its own caddy for easy transport. The cleaner itself comes loaded with great features to get your pool thoroughly cleaned in a good hurry. It can monitor its own location and correct and even speed itself up to stay on schedule, and it has a nice wide intake so that sand and leaves are equally no problem for it.

It’s an expensive option for a robotic cleaner, which themselves are pretty expensive. It’s lightweight can also work against it, allowing it to bounce off the floor every so often when you don’t want it to. But, If you’re willing to pay the money, it’s a great option to consider.