Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

Last updated date: August 4, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

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Overall Take

This pool cleaner is designed for use with in-ground pools. Pool owners will appreciate that the cleaner is able to sweep and scrub both the pool's floor and walls. It has triple jets for extra power and is able to automatically free itself if it gets cornered. In our analysis of 90 expert reviews, the Polaris Polaris Vac-Sweep Pressure Side Pool Cleaner placed 3rd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 4, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pool Cleaner for a detailed review of all the top pool cleaners.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
3,483 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Powerful suction. High-pressure water pump cleans all surfaces well. 31-ft hose is long enough for most inground pools.
- BestReviews
This cleaner should do an ample job of cleaning any in-ground home pool. Its internal jets can spray down any pool surface.
- Top Ten Reviews
The back-up valve lets you maneuver it easily and navigate the unit to reach tight corners.
- Pool Done
It vacuums and sweeps dirt, leaves, and debris into its filter bag.
- Pool Cleaner Lab
In the end, the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner is an excellent and effective pressure side pool cleaner. It delivers a fantastic pool cleaning experience that is more than worth the money.
- Smart Smarter Smartest
This is a highly reputed pool robot. The quality of clean is at par with cleaners that twice as expensive. What is most impressive is that it delivers premium at an affordable price tag. It also consumes a low amount of electricity thanks to its intelligent design.
- Robotic Pool Cleaner
The cleaner is easy to set up. There is no extensive installation process. One does not require a technician to handhold the first time.
- Lunocet
Polaris’ Vac-Sweep 360 is a capable, efficient unit that works in all inground pools and does not require a booster pump. Instead, it only requires its dedicated pressure line. It also has a back-up valve that automatically frees the unit if it gets cornered.
- Pool Research
Due to the extra pressure, you get a much more powerful suction that what regular pressure cleaners can offer. Even though it may not be specialized in small debris, Polaris 360 is very effective at capturing most of the dirt and sand. The triple jet advanced technology is quite useful for small particles too. Nevertheless, you can rest assured that medium and large debris is as good as gone with this Polaris pool cleaner.
- Robots Worldwide
What experts didn't like
Requires an additional booster pump. Sometimes gets stuck in corners.
- BestReviews
It lacks treaded tires for extra grip while cleaning.
- Top Ten Reviews
The wheels lack treaded tries that provide extra grip.
- Pool Done
Doesn’t clean stairs well and the filter bag usually needs replacement once a year.
- Pool Cleaner Lab
The 360 does not do a very good job of cleaning pool stairs. But then, there are very few bots that can handle stairs effectively. So this should not be a deal breaker. If yours has stairs, you need to be prepared to give them a scrubbing once in a while.
- Robotic Pool Cleaner
The cleaner may be slightly ineffective when it is cleaning steps or submerged stairs.
- Lunocet
May have trouble with stairs.
- Pool Research
Low quality debris bag: as stated above, other debris bags can last for up to 5 years. The debris bag that comes in the box of the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 will last anywhere from 1 to 2 years.
- Robots Worldwide

From The Manufacturer

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 is a powerful pressure-side pool cleaner for all in-ground pools and easily connects to a dedicated pressure line. Featuring the iconic three-wheel design, the 280 vacuums, sweeps, and scrubs the bottom and walls of any size or shape pool.

An Overview On Pool Cleaners

Keeping a swimming pool clean is hard work, but it’s well worth it for the hours of fun every summer. With the right automatic pool cleaner, you can cut down on those hours of work, grabbing any dirt and debris and keeping all surfaces clean.

Pool cleaners have so many features, though, it can be easy to feel a little overwhelmed as you start shopping. Your first concern will no doubt be efficiency. After all, a pool cleaner that doesn’t actually clean anything isn’t worth having. One thing that factors into how well your pool cleaner performs is pressure. Just as a pressure washer can power off stains on your home’s exterior, the right amount of pressure can blast away all of that grime on your pool’s surface.

Large debris is another challenge your pool cleaner will face. This generally comes down to suction. The stronger suction your pool cleaner has, the more likely it will be able to collect those more stubborn items, particularly leaves. Some cleaners have parts you can interchange on those days when you notice larger debris in the pool.

In order to maneuver around your pool, though, your cleaner will need to be lightweight enough to scale walls and climb stairs. It will also need to have sensors built in that can determine exactly which areas of your pool need to be cleaned on any given day. The more automatic this process is, the less time you’ll have to spend worrying about keeping your pool clean.

Even with the best pool cleaner, though, you may find it will occasionally get stuck. Pay close attention to these problem areas, and make sure you check in on your pool during the warm months of the year to ensure your cleaner isn’t stuck.

Certain pool cleaners can also tend to damage the pool’s surface, particularly if your pool is made of more sensitive materials. In some cases, you’ll be able to buy special wheels that will ensure your pool remains in great shape without sacrificing any cleanliness.

DWYM Fun Fact

There are many myths surrounding pools and cleanliness, including the misconception that chlorine kills all germs. While the right combination of chemicals will get rid of germs, this process takes time. That means, that, unfortunately, some germs can survive even in a well-treated pool for days. In addition to keeping your pool surface clean using a pool cleaner, you also need the right pH balance and chlorine to keep it healthy. If you own your own pool, you should be testing the water every day before your first swim to make sure the levels haven’t dropped to an unsafe range overnight.

The Pool Cleaner Buying Guide

  • Pressure plays a big role in how efficient your pool cleaner is. Some models are powered by double jets. They not only dislodge the most stubborn debris, but they also do so in three hours or less. The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus’s double scrubbing brushes also do a good job, but they do sometimes have difficulty cleaning the waterline.
  • Even the best pool cleaners can struggle to capture larger debris, like leaves. The Hayward Poolvergnuegen Automatic Pool Cleaner lets you change out the suction throats to make sure it gets those larger pieces.
  • If you have steps, you may want to go with a more lightweight model, like the Polaris Vac-Sweep Pressure Side Pool Cleaner or the Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner. Both are lightweight enough to handle the sides of your pool and your step.
  • Today’s cleaners use GPS to move around a pool. The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus has built-in sensors that scan your pool and find the best route to take. This makes sure it gets the work done in the most efficient way possible. The Hayward Poolvergnuegen Automatic Pool Cleaner has a patented steering system that helps it get around the walls, stairs and other curves found in a pool.
  • In addition to pressure, suction is an important feature in a pool cleaner, helping you get those more stubborn items that other models won’t. Some pool cleaners have a three-jet suction design that helps them both capture bigger debris and resist clogging.
  • Your pool cleaner will work with your pump, which you should already have in place. For best results, you’ll need to make sure your cleaner is compatible with the pump you have. The Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner works just as well with a high-pressure pump as it does with a low-pressure one.
  • One thing you may not think about until you’ve had your pool cleaner for a while is cable tangles. The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus has a swivel to keep the cable from twisting and coiling while it works. When a cable is longer, that’s a valuable feature to have.
  • As convenient as pool cleaners can be, they can be a pain if they get stuck often. The Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus does occasionally get stuck, as does the Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner. The Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner can be especially prone to sticking around raised drains. It may also sometimes need to be redirected to the shallow end of the pool.
  • When ease of use is a priority, the Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner delivers, serving as a welcome alternative to other pool cleaners. It’s easy to set up and has a self-adjusting flow valve. The Hayward Poolvergnuegen Automatic Pool Cleaner is easy to install and low maintenance, which means you’ll be able to put it in place and let it do its work.
  • Energy efficiency is another consideration. The unique design of the Hayward Poolvergnuegen Automatic Pool Cleaner makes the most of the water coming through it, reducing wasted energy.
  • The wheels on the Hayward Poolvergnuegen Automatic Pool Cleaner can cause damage to your pool liner. If you have vinyl or fiberglass, you’ll also want to consider tape tires to protect the surface of your pool.