Polaris Vac-Sweep Side Pool Cleaner

Last updated date: April 12, 2019

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Overall Take

Double jets help the Polaris Vac-Sweep Side Pool Cleaner blast away even the most stubborn stains. The lightweight build and three-wheel base of this model helps it climb stairs and scrub the side walls of your pool. Although the price is more affordable than other pool cleaners, you'll need to purchase an extra booster pump and rear sweep tail, which will add to the cost. In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the Polaris Polaris Vac-Sweep Side Pool Cleaner placed 3rd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
2,513 user reviews
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What experts liked
Powerful suction.
- BestReviews
The 280 vacuum has a three-wheel base and is lightweight enough to clean not only the walls and the floor but the stairs as well.
- Top Ten Reviews
April 5, 2018 | Full review
By using this cleaner, your pool will be for sure cleaned well.
- Chief Pool
The amount of pressure the Polaris 280 uses lets it clean your pool quickly, in under three hours when set up correctly.
- Pool Cleaner Blog
April 15, 2017 | Full review
It can clean the walls and floor of an inground swimming pool.
- Pool Cleaner Guides
Its main distinction is that it has a three-wheel base, which makes the equipment lightweight enough so it can be easily used to clean not only the pool bottom and walls but also the stairs.
- Lintons In The Garden
It is also powered with the double jets so that the process of cleaning can be done very easily.
- Best Pool Advisor
What experts didn't like
Requires an additional booster pump.
- BestReviews
Requires add-on purchases, such as a rear sweep tail, for full functionality.
- Top Ten Reviews
April 5, 2018 | Full review
The booster pump also isn’t very energy efficient.
- Pool Cleaner Blog
April 15, 2017 | Full review
It unfortunately adds to the overall cost of the installation as well as increasing electricity usage by a marginal amount.
- Pool Cleaner Guides
A bit on the expensive side
- Lintons In The Garden
The disadvantage of the product as recorded by some of the pool owners is that it comes with a certain amount of limitations.
- Best Pool Advisor

From The Manufacturer

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 pressure-side pool cleaner works in all in-ground pools and requires a booster pump. It is powered by double jets, providing greater vacuum power and faster cleaning (3 hours or less). The Polaris 280 easily connects to a dedicated pressure line and sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums all surfaces of the pool. The pressure cleaner is equipped with a single chamber filter bag where it captures large debris such as leaves, acorns, pebbles, and other small to large debris. Its unique filter bag removes debris before it reaches your pump basket or filter, prolonging the life of your filtration system. The 280 requires a separately available booster pump, such as the PB4-60. Polaris pressure pumps are specifically designed to operate your cleaner at optimum cleaning efficiency. The compact, rugged design allows for maximum performance.

Overall Product Rankings

3. Polaris Vac-Sweep Side Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Zodiac Automatic In Ground Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Polaris Sport Robotic in-Ground Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Zodiac BARACUDA Automatic Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
8. XtremepowerUS Wall Pool Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8

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