The Polaris F9450 Sport comes with many innovative technologies, such as the Vortex Vacuum which gives this robotic pool cleaner the extra push it needs to clean all types of pools. In addition, this model has a very large filter canister that picks up a large quantity of debris, thus allowing you to save money and energy as well.
It sports a sleek and elegant design, donned in a deep-blue, ABS-crafted casing which offers it not only a modern look but also increased resistance against impacts and different water temperature variations. Therefore if you decide to heat up the water either by utilizing eco-friendly sun rays, or natural gas heaters, the robot‘s performance won’t be affected. Although its weight is feather-like, only 16.5 lbs, it includes a transportation caddy for hassle-free mobility and storage. The caddy is compact, so it won’t occupy too much floor space, nor will it clutter the equipemnt storage room, whereas the unit itself presents a tiny scale – 16.9” by 18.9” by 19.6”.
However, don’t let its size trick you into believing it can’t deliver high performance, as the unit incorporates a generous storing case. The chamber is lined with fine and extra-fine cartridge filters, which ensure that all vacuumed dirt will remain out of the water, without involving the pool’s filtration system. With its high flowing rate of 70 gallons per minute, it also filters the water, trapping the microscopic particles inside its chamber, impeding their return. This, in turn, facilitates better water circulation, as the water chemicals will be evenly spread around, ensuring proper water balance. The filters and debris chamber are easily accessible due to its innovative button-lock, which opens the top-placed compartment in just a few moments.
To enhance mobility it sports a fixed, integrated handle which ensures you’ll have a tight and secure grip on the unit as you maneuver it in and out of the pool. Once submerged, it utilizes its rubberized wheels to navigate around the pool. Due to their pleated AquaTrax design, they assure stability and balance, helping the unit continue its course without accidental slips, and without causing damage to the lining. Additionally, it offers a long 60’ cable, which gives the robot plenty of leeways to reach even the deepest part of the basin. It is equipped with a swiveling ability, therefore it won’t get blocked into on-water toys or floats, nor will it tangle itself around outdoor equipment.
Its performance is top-notch, as it doesn’t only vacuum, but also sweeps and brushes too. The front-placed dual brushes remove any stuck particles forcing them into a wide intake. Thus, it doesn’t stop to algae, silt, and dust but also removes acorns, leaves, big bugs, and even twigs. The VortexVac technology provides it with 25% more power, guaranteeing no debris will remain to dirty the water.
To determine where to go next, it employs the ActivMotion sensor which scans the basin, continuously selecting the optimum path for efficient cleaning. It will mark the drains and ladders, and will never remain stuck in narrow places or corners. Even more, its cleaning doesn’t resume only to the floor, as it will climb walls, reaching as high as the waterline, and will insist on cleaning the deposits that might appear there.
To match all types of pools, it offers two cleaning modes, which, according to your preferences will take 1:30 hours or 2:30 hours to clean the entirety of the pool. The first cycle tackles only the floor, whereas the second considers the whole basin. To spice the cleaning schedule and assure even more convenience, the unit incorporates a programmable timer. It allows the user to schedule a week’s worth of cleaning in advance, giving the robot the task of cleaning every day, trice a week, or twice a week. But when you decide to use it, make sure no covers can block its path, and double-check for floating pool alarms, as the water movement might trigger them.
Taking it out of the pool will also be a hassle-free procedure, as the unit employs an innovative lift function. Once the button is pressed on the console, the robot will swivel underwater, until it reaches your desired direction. As soon as the button is released, the unit will start advancing up the walls, stopping right above the waterline, waiting to be removed from the water. Even taking the water out of it is simple, as the rear water jet attribute will channel the remaining water outside the cleaner and back into the pool in just a few moments.
The upkeep procedure is stress-less as well, as the unit includes few moving parts that might require your attention throughout the years. The brushes can be easily replaced with new ones, but pay attention to the plated bristles, as they will require trimming to the correct size. The tires can also degrade due to lengthy utilization, but they can also be replaced effortlessly. The filters do require regular upkeep though, rinsing is a constant requirement and brushing being quite efficient from time to time.
The entire unit is backed by the manufacturer for two entire years, beginning as soon as you acquire it, but before you decide to place it into the pool, take note of how the water fares. If it has an odd color, or if you hadn’t tested it for some time now, don’t submerge the vacuum, as the unbalanced chemicals will affect it. Additionally, make sure the chlorine level isn’t too concentrated, nor is the pH level too high, as corrosive-like water will deteriorate the casing and the inner components. If the water is cloudy, check the alkalinity levels while keeping the robot away from it. If you use the vacuum to get rid of the milky aspect, the filters will develop deposits on them, which will result in faulty operation.
Due to its design, Polaris F9450 Sport is not only compact but also easy to move around. It provides top-notch cleaning due to its high-precision as well as reliable brushing. The active navigation system will take it all around the pool, and according to what mode you’ve selected, your pool will benefit from an entire clean-out or just the floor. Flexible in its scheduling it gives you several possibilities to set it up, while its versatility makes it a great choice as it is compatible with several basin styles.