Polaris Vac-Sweep 380

In this review, we will present you the Polaris Vac-Sweep 380, which is the most advanced pressure-side pool cleaner from Polaris. The unit is recommended for in-ground pools and it works very well on all surfaces, regardless of the shape of the swimming pool. In what concerns the size of the pool, the cleaner is perfect for any size, but since it’s more powerful than the previous versions, it’s more suitable for medium to large pools. So, if you want to know more about what this automatic pool cleaner can do in order to remove the debris from your pool, read the lines below.

Cleaning Performance

This product offers great performance every time you use it because it can efficiently sweep, scrub, and vacuum not only the floor but also the walls and stairs of the swimming pool. This is possible due to the three-wheel design which features a belt drive mechanism and classic tires. For superior cleaning results, the unit features triple jets, so in comparison to other Polaris Vac-Sweep models, this one will clean the pool in a faster time, namely in 3 hours or less. Some of its features are:

  • Suction Power – Another great thing about this unit is that it features powerful suction, thus being able to vacuum large leaves, pebbles, and so on
  • Filter Bag – The dirt is further collected in the large capacity filter bag, which is quite great because it helps extend the duration of your pool filtration system
  • Back-up Valve – The in-line back-up valve makes sure the unit won’t get stuck in the corner or on the steps, making sure it runs continuously during the cleaning process

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Design and Accessories

Being a pressure-side pool cleaner, it looks a little different if we compare it to a robotic pool cleaner, but still highly efficient. The dimensions of the unit are 9.8 x 20 x 22.5 inches and it weighs 16.1 pounds. Furthermore, it comes with a 31-foot hose kit and a deck or wall mount. Some of its characteristics are:

  • Wheels – This model has a unique 3-wheel design which will allow it to glide on any type of surface your pool may have
  • Filter – The filter has a large opening which means that it can pick up leaves, acorns, and pebbles
  • Bag – The filter bag has a large capacity in order to prolong the life of the filtration system

Specifications Sheet

Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 specs
Pool Suitability In-ground pools
Floor Suitability Gunite, Vinyl, Fiberglass, Pebble and Tile
Power Cord Size 31 feet
Filtration 3 Venturi Jets
Duration of Cleaning 3 hours
Navigation All-Wheel Belt Drive
Warranty 1-year limited warranty

Ease of Use

Using this product is quite easy, due to the fact it comes with a large filter bag. Therefore, you won’t have to empty it too often, which is very convenient, considering the fact you won’t be forced to interrupt the cleaning process in order to remove the debris. In what concerns the maintenance of this particular cleaner, you should know that since it uses belts, they need a periodical replacement in order to work properly, but luckily they are not expensive and you can easily replace them in less than 30 minutes. Also, the EZ bag filter connector design makes the bag simpler to remove, which is a great advantage. Nonetheless, the unit has some drawbacks in what concerns its ease of use, including the fact it doesn’t feature remote control.

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Operating Costs

An important fact you should consider when you look for a pool cleaner is its operating cost. So, regarding this model, you have to know it’s not the most energy-efficient unit on the market because the additional booster pump will increase the electricity usage. However, you shouldn’t worry too much about this aspect because you won’t see a significant change in your energy bills. There’s still the advantage that with the help of this unit you will be able to reduce filter cleanings up to 80% since it features great suction power.

Warranty and Support

The manufacturer of this product offers a limited 1-year warranty against any defects in material and workmanship. However, it doesn’t cover items like tires, bags, or sweep hoses which are worn out by normal use or improper installation. Furthermore, the frame is warranted for a period of 10 years. At the same time, the warranty doesn’t apply if the failure is caused by improper handling or usage, improper installation or storage, freezing, and so on. Also, the manufacturer specifies the fact that the warranty doesn’t cover the damage on vinyl liners which may be caused by certain objects in the pool, including the automatic pool cleaner. As for the support, the cleaner comes with operating instructions and the customer support will be at your disposal for any additional questions.