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Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 review

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 360is a powerful pressure-side cleaner that’s powered by triple jets to help clean your pool floor and walls.

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360
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Our Verdict

Requiring no booster pump, the Polaris Vac-Sweep will save money and time when it comes to leaving your pool squeaky clean.

For

  • No booster pump required
  • Inclusion of Triple jets

Against

  • Special dedicated return line required
  • Some users found the hose leaked

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 pool cleaner can do it all - and there’s no need for a booster jet either. Compared to all other cleaners in our best pool cleaners roundup, we would even go so far as saying that this is one of the very best.

According to the brand’s website, the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is its most 'advanced pool cleaner’ when talking about pressure-side pool cleaners. That’s because it has its own three jets to power it and push it along the pool floor and sides, all whilst its innovative design rids your filtration system of debris before it gets to your filter. 

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360: Features 

Just like its name suggests, one of the features of the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is its ability to vacuum, sweep and clean your pool floor. 

It comes with a one-of-a-kind collection bag that filters the debris it sucks up before this gets to your filter or pump basket. 

Most pressure-side pool cleaners come with a back-up valve, and the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is no different. This clever feature means that if your pool has any steps or corners, it shouldn’t get stuck because this backup valve cuts in every so often forcing your pool cleaner in another direction. 

Another cool feature of the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is the inclusion of its three-jetted design. This feature means the pool cleaner has all the power it needs to move around the pool. Plus, it comes with a large inlet, meaning it can suck up large chunks of debris, whether it is pebbles, stones, or leaves. 

The fact that the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is compatible with the brand’s TailSweep PRO add-on, (which helps to stop spray) is a bonus. 

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360: Design  

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is a pressure-side pool cleaner. Unlike traditional pressure-side pool cleaners, the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 three-jetted design means it does not need a separate booster pump to power it. Not only does this design feature make it cost-efficient, this means that no extra energy is required to power your pool cleaner. If you’re looking for alternative options that also doesn’t need a booster pump, check out our Pentair LX500G Kreepy Krauly Legend review.

Instead, the pool cleaner’s design requires a dedicated return line. A return line carries pool water from the filter to the return jets. According to the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360’s manual, you need to connect it to a threaded 1-½-inch pipe fitting on a dedicated return line. If you don’t have one of these, it is possible to connect the pool cleaner to other return lines, but additional fittings will be required. 

The machine comes with its own unique three-wheel tracked design, which helps it to move around the pool floor and walls easily. 

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360: Performance   

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 comes with a large throat inlet. In total it measures 2 ¼-inches. This makes it wide enough to pick up large pebbles, stones, acorns, and leaves before they are sucked into your pool’s filtration system. 

This handy in-ground pressure-side pool cleaner can rid your pool back to its sparkly self in under three hours. However, this will, of course, depend on how much grit, dirt, and debris is in your pool and of course, the size and shape.

The auto-backup valve cuts in every three and a half minutes. This helps it navigate around tricky areas or if it is stuck in one place. It’s worth noting that the filter bag should be emptied when it gets half full, as that’s when the Polaris will work best. Its wheels also work at between 28 and 32 RPM. 

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 claims to work on every type of pool surface. Whether that is concrete, fiberglass, or tiles. 

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360: User reviews  

User reviews speak volumes, especially seeing as this Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 has had a total of 4,405 ratings on Amazon and averages a total of 4.4 stars out of five. 

According to the reviews, the positive features about the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 include the fact it doesn’t require the extra cost of a booster pump, it does a great job of cleaning pool walls, sides, and steps, and the back-up function ensures that the pool cleaner doesn’t get jammed or stuck in all the hard to reach areas such as the stairs or corners. 

When it comes to the negative comments, one user claimed that this Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 ‘doesn’t filter’ fine debris, so rids your pool of rocks and leaves but leaves your pool floor with sand or silt. The same users also claimed the hose is ‘leaky’ and therefore ‘loses’ suction to vacuum up all of the pool debris. Another user of the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 claimed that one wheel fell off after only being used for one month. 

Should you buy the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360? 

If you are looking for the best pool cleaner for a small to medium-sized pool then look no further than the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360. Unlike traditional pressure-side in-ground pool cleaners it doesn’t require a booster pump therefore it will save on running costs so there is just one upfront lump sum of around $640. 

Overall, we think this is a great machine to help you rid your pool of any dirt. And coming with the Polaris name, you know you have a brand you can trust.