If you're on the hunt for an efficient and effective pool cleaning device, then the Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner is surely an option worth taking into consideration. It boasts a reliable performance and it comes at a fair price as well, being a real bargain.
It has a unique shape, easily distinguishable from other similar units. It is highly compact, its dimension never exceeding 20” by 23” by 10”, whereas its 18 lbs weight ensures you’ll have no problem maneuvering it around. It also won’t pose a problem when in storage, as it won’t occupy too much space from the equipment enclosure. A trademark that sets it apart from other competitors is the 3-wheel design, which, contrary to initial beliefs, is quite balanced. The wheels are large enough to support the unit’s body indifferent to the terrain it travels on, whereas the white tires will easily glide along the bottom without leaving scuff marks, nor causing leaks.
To ensure no debris remains stuck on the floor, the vacuum is equipped with a sweeping tail, which gently swishes behind the unit, so you won’t have to manually brush or sweep the pool priorly. Its movements can be easily adjusted according to each user’s preference by a simple button twist. Additionally, the tail can also be shortened if the situation requires it. Unlike other units, it doesn’t utilize the pool’s skimmer or filter, all debris being easily caught in the single-chamber bag it is equipped with.
The chamber is spacious enough to support a large amount of debris, so it requires no intervention to empty it during its utilization. To provide increased convenience, the bag offers a zippered closing system that not only keeps all the collected media inside the bag but also offers a facile way of removing it. The bag itself has a fine porosity, which means bacteria as little as 2 microns will be prevented from returning into the water.
It is compatible with several pool lengths, as long as the overall basin dimension doesn’t exceed 30’. Additionally, the 31’ hose it comes with is fully adjustable, so in case your pool is smaller, you can freely cut from it as long as you follow the instruction manual. Since the hose remains mostly underwater, it won’t get tackled into floats or water toys left on the water surface, nor will it have anything to do with other outdoor equipment.
To operate at its maximum ability, it requires a Polaris booster pump, which unfortunately is not included in the package and requires separate acquisition. However, once it is installed and operating, the vacuum will utilize its double venturi jets to remove any types of debris. Its large intake is wide enough to accustom even larger debris particles like acorns, bugs, and even pebbles.
Due to the booster pump guiding its shaft-driven mechanism, it has uninterrupted performance and suction power, its ability never diminishing with time. However, it is fast enough to finish the cleaning in under 3 hours. Although it follows no specific pattern, as it randomly cleans the basin areas, it will never get locked into one single area, due to its innovative valve.
Every 3 minutes, the inner valve will force the unit to move in a backward motion, thus preventing any unfortunate blocks into tight, sharp turns. Also, to give you at least some level of control over how random the cleaning path is, you can adjust it manually, but fine-tuning the water jets. Rotating the dial will guide the unit more towards a side of the pool rather than the other. The instruction manual the unit comes with will provide detailed information over how you can achieve this mechanism on your own, without requiring additional help. By allowing it larger reach, the vacuum will help distribute the pool chemicals, keeping the water clear. It will promote proper water circulation as well as enhanced water balance, actively fighting against algae.
Although the overall operation has a streamlined design, the unit will require some level of maintenance, especially when it comes to the water flow. The optimal pressure should situate anywhere between 28 RPM and 32 RPM – this is verifiable with the single wheel. If the water flow is either under or above the aforementioned values, you should consult the manual and follow the steps listed there to remedy it. Another element you should pay attention to is the debris bag. Even though it is spacious, the collected media should be removed after every utilization, and the bag should be cleaned with a strong clean-water jet from your garden hose.
This will impede bacteria from forming inside it. Additionally, you should always remove the vacuum after it has finished the cleaning. Never leave it in the pool, especially if you plan on reinforcing the water chemicals. Also, wait at least 5 hours to place it in water after chlorine – regardless of its intensity – has been utilized. Also, keep it away from odd colored water, heightened pH levels as well as high alkalinity, as deposits and corrosion will impede correct utilization. To provide you with additional help in case you meet any problems with the unit, the manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty beginning as soon as you purchase the vacuum.
Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 offers a wide array of benefits, that you can find in other, more advanced units, at an accessible price for all pockets and budgets. Although it requires a separate booster pump to function at its full capacity, it will have your pool sparkly clean in less than three hours, providing you with more time to spend at your own pace. Compact and easy to utilize it won’t take too much time to set it up or store it when not in use.