The Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 is an advanced model of the 280 version. It offers everything of the 280 model with additional twists.
Our experts took this pressure side pool cleaner, went through its feature, tested it, and here are the findings.
Belt-Drive System: For Easy Wheels Rotation
The first feature we note of the 380 pool cleaner is the belt-drive mechanism, which guarantees easy wheels rotation.
One thing, the belt is smooth to operate without any issue. It is a belt that lasts for years without getting worn out, and you can easily replace it when the time comes. We love the fact that you can know when to remove it since the cleaner suddenly stops to move.
You only need to buy a new belt and replace it without seeking any professional help.
Large Filter Bag: For Holding More Dirt
Another notable feature is the large filter bag that helps to hold more dirt to allow for more cleaning time. The bag is large enough to hold more dirt and ensure continued cleaning processing for hours.
You need to note that you do not need to keep removing the cleaner out of the water every one or two hours. There is a benefit of this filter bag since it captures debris before it reaches your pool’s filter pump.
You can bet that you will save money in the long-run since you do not need to replace the pump. Also, note that the cleaner requires a booster pump – which makes it more effective.
To make sure you buy the ideal one, you need to go for the Zodiac PB4-60 Polaris Booster pump. This pump is designed to work with the cleaner and give it the power required to collect large debris without a hassle.
We especially like this booster pump because it guarantees adequate water circulation in your pool.
31 Feet Hose: For Entire Pool Coverage
The Vac-Sweep 380 has a long hose that reaches up to 31 feet to guarantee sufficient pool coverage. One thing we noted is the hose drags behind the pool cleaner to prevent carrying dirt.
You can have confidence that you have a spotlessly clean pool. And one great thing about this hose is the ability to add an extra one to reach even further.
In-Line Back-Up Valve: Frees the Cleaner
The cleaner has an in-line back-up valve that comes in handy when it gets stuck somewhere. That is a feature that allows you to relax when the unit is underwater because it cleans without interruption.
We tested the back-up valve and found that it can free the cleaner within three minutes if it gets stuck. You can leave the unit to clean your pool and be sure the facility is spotless when you come back.
3-Jet Suction Venturi Design: For Faster Cleaning
The Polaris 380 is a model that gets driven by all 3-jet suction venturi systems. These are mechanisms that provide for faster cleaning and greater vacuum power.
They ensure that the pool cleaner gets to remove even the toughest of dirt with ease and effectively.
Easy-to-Maintain: Saves Money and Time
We note that the cleaner is easy-to-maintain due to the added Ziploc-style baggies that prevent dirt from reaching the main chamber. It is a feature that also prolongs the model’s life.
The belt-driven system we looked at is also easy to maintain and replace. You also get an easy time removing the cleaner from the water when you want to empty it.
It is an easy process since the material does not get stuck on the filter bag. You can do that without needing to follow a long process.
- Product Name: Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
- Product Brand: Zodiac
- MPN: B002HRET5Q
- Price: $489.99
- Weight: 16.88 Pounds
- Product Dimensions: 9.75 inches x 20 inches x 22.5 inches
- Color: blue and black
- Operating Sound Level: Low
- Warranty: 2 years
What We Liked
- Triple jets system for faster cleaning and greater vacuum power
- Sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums the walls and bottom of a pool
- Ideal for all inground pools of all shapes and sizes
- Wheels are belt-driven to prevent getting stuck
- Cleans your pool within three hours
- Large capacity filter bag that is reusable
- Includes a 3-foot hose that allows easy reach
What We Did Not Like
- The booster pump is sold separately, and that adds to the cost
- Struggles when cleaning the steps
The Vac-Sweep 380 is a top-quality pool cleaner that ensures you have a clean facility within three hours. It comes with a large throat that helps to collect even the largest of debris.
And that mouth is complimented by a large filter bag for holding more dirt to allow for more cleaning. The only major downside of this cleaner is the struggle it gets when cleaning the stairs or steps.