If you’re looking for an efficient pool vacuum cleaner, you’ve probably come across the Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 or even the Polaris 360.
In this article, I’ll be reviewing the Polaris 380 to see if it fits the hype. Or maybe it’s one of those overhauled pressure-side pool cleaners. We’ll discover whether it’s the best pressure cleaner model for your pools or not.
At the end of this review, you’ll know whether to get the pool cleaner or get better and more suitable cleaners for your ground pool. Before we start, you should know that this will be a review like no other.
After this review, you’ll know whether you want to purchase the item or not.
Review Polaris 280 vs 380: What’s The Difference
Let’s start the review off by saying that the Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 is an updated version of the Polaris 280. It’s little wonder that it takes the name Polaris 380, although we suppose it should have taken the name Polaris 281 to show that it’s a new model based on an older one accurately. However, since there is a Polaris 360, we understand.
The main difference between both machines is that the Polaris 380 is a lot more thorough— the same is true for the Polaris 360.
But don’t let me hold you up with the mind-boggling shenanigans of corporate pool cleaner naming. Let’s get to the review.
But first of all, we check out what feature stands out.
Polaris 380 – A Quick Look
The Belt-Drive System
The Belt-Drive Mechanism of the Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 is the driving force behind the wheels’ smooth rotation. The belt is straightforward to replace too.
The Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 pressure pool equipment requires a booster pump for it to operate correctly. Sadly, the pump doesn’t come with the pool cleaner, as it is sold separately.
A Very Long Sweep Hose
The Polaris 380 cleaner comes with a 31-foot long hose. The extremely long feed hose drags behind the machine, ensuring that every inch of the bottom of the pool remains as sparkling as possible.
A Large Filter Bag
The Polaris 380 pool machine also has a reasonably large chamber filter bag which helps hold dirt and debris during the cleaning.
Other cleaners may require you to empty their bags, but not the Polaris 380. The filter bag is big enough to hold debris throughout the cleaning process. That’s how big the size of the bag is.
The 3-Jet Suction Venturi Design
The suction design of the Polaris 380 pressure side pool cleaner is simply incredible. The 3-jet design with its triple jet nozzles makes cleaning more accessible and a lot more thorough. The vacuum power of the suction is simply out of this world.
In-Line Backup Valve
The Polaris pool cleaner is outfitted with an in-line Backup Valve system that makes your job easier. For example, on the condition that the cleaner ever gets stuck (as they are wont to do if we are honest), the valve immediately frees it up and allows it to continue doing its job.
Pros Of The Polaris 380 Durable Pressure Pool Cleaner
Let’s presume you’ve used the Polaris 280. You’d know that it’s one of the best cleaning machines you can get. Amazingly, the Polaris 380 is an improvement on this.
Instead of two nozzles, it has three, making it uncomplicated to clean the pool surfaces and pool floor easily.
People who own Polaris pool cleaners know how difficult they are to maintain. But it looks like the Polaris 380 is a lot easier to maintain than the Polaris 280.
First off, it comes with a Ziploc-style baggie that stops debris from entering the main chamber of the cleaner and thus is what makes the pump basket unchallenging to clean.
The machine has a belted mechanism that is also a lot more uncomplicated to replace than the shafted system of the Polaris 280.
If you’ve ever had to replace the shafted system, you’d appreciate the ease with which a spare belt can replace the belted drive mechanism.
When the Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 got stuck, you generally needed some help before you could call it unstuck. But that’s certainly not the case with the Polaris 380 as the in-line Backup Valve protects it entirely from getting stuck.
Cons Of The Polaris 380 Durable Pressure Pool Cleaner
There are lots of other options that come at a lower price. They aren’t better, of course, but they are more affordable.
It also requires a booster pump, which means you may have to purchase a pump with it.
There are only three broad kinds of pool cleaning machines you can buy. Any pool cleaner you get will find its place under one of these classifications.
Pro tip: Before you purchase any item, make sure you read reviews about it, so that you know what you’re getting into.
Pressure-Side Pool Cleaner
These sorts of items are some of the most popular choices on the market. These cleaners attach to the filter of your pool and then use the pump to create high-pressure water that moves the cleaner around the pool and sucks up debris. Pressurized water is essential because it causes turbulence in the water, which brings up debris hidden in the crevices of the pool walls. All the trash the cleaner picks up goes into an attached filter bag.So you want to clean a pool with a lot of debris? Well, in that case a Pressure-Side cleaner is what you should get.
However, you should also note that pool pieces of equipment like this require a booster pump and consume a lot more electricity. You should also get one that makes the pump basket uncomplicated to clean.
Suction-Side Pool Cleaner
These sorts of pool cleaners are the cheapest you can get on the market. Unlike the Pressure-Side cleaners, these make use of the suction from your skimmer to move through your pool walls and clean it up. These cleaners don’t consume a lot of electricity, as they are usually only powered by the ground pools’ main pump.
Robotic Pool Cleaners
They usually come with two motors; one to suck in water and another to eject the water back into the pool. The second motor moves the cleaner around the bottom of your pool with tractor-like tracks made of rubber. Unlike other pool cleaners above, robotic pool cleaners use sensors to navigate the ground pools’ floors, walls, and steps. These sorts of cleaners are great for cleaning both large and small debris.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will it work on an above ground pool?
The answer is no. The cleaner is strictly designed for inground pools with a high pressure filter pump.
What’s the difference between the Polaris 280 and 380?
The Polaris 380 is the better and improved version. It has the three-jet suction design, which makes it easier to thoroughly clean your pool. The main difference between both models is that the 280 pool cleaner had two jet nozzles, while the 380 cleaner had three— making it even more thorough with cleaning. Additionally the 280 moves through gears, while the 380 is belt driven.
What happens if the hose gets tangled?
At first, check swivels and make sure they are spinning freely— if they are, lay the hose out in the sun for 24 hours to eliminate any potential hose memory. Do that and it will get untangled rather quickly and easily too.
The Polaris pool cleaner is an excellent addition to your pool’s filtration system, and you should purchase it. However, there are options at lower prices for you out there. You should check out reviews before you get them, though.