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Published on July 30th, 2013 | by Pool Cleaner Pro

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Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Review

Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Review Pool Cleaner Pro
Overall Score

Summary: The 280 is possibly the best model made by Polaris to this date. It even ranks better than the newly released ones. It is superior to the 380 and not as expensive. Besides, Polaris (Zodiac) cleaners are known to work well even after a decade. Customers will benefit of good customer support in case something goes wrong. All in all, this is an easy to install pool cleaner that will do its job thoroughly and within a few hours only. There is no need to leave it plugged for many hours on end. It clears out all the common types of debris to restore the cleanliness and sparkle of in-ground pools. Cost-wise, the 280 is among the most affordable in the Polaris catalog, considering its power and features.

4.5

Outstanding


The Polaris Pressure Side Pool Cleaner is a well engineered device, strongly built and reliable. These pressure pool cleaners have been the best sold of their kind in the past 40 years. Polaris is a top brand when it comes to pool cleaners. The 280 model was constructed to clear the pool bottom and the sides, all within a shorter time span.

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Product Details

Polaris 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner works with any in-ground pool once it is connected to a booster pump. It will not work unless it has this, and one must buy it separately. This pump, however, enhances its performance in an obvious way. Compared to other Polaris models, the 280 has a better climbing power and superior suction through a wide mouth.

The filter bag removes debris before it troubles delicate parts like the filter or the pump chamber. Thus, the filtrating system is much more durable.

Performance

Once installed and plugged, this cleaner will keep going and going. Do not be intimidated by the booster pump, installing it is a very simple job. The device can sweep the algae efficiently, which is something other devices tend to miss. Another important aspect is its rapidity. While other cleaners need to be on for long hours to complete their task, this one has great vacuuming power – one can run it just a couple of hours and it will keep dirt away.

The Polaris 280 has a filter bag with only one chamber and its hose kit is 31-feet long. It traps inside large pieces of debris, like pebbles, leaves, small branches, acorns etc. The pressure pumps succeed in cleaning efficiently. The design also helps. The cleaner works with the largest in-ground pools. Thanks to its performance, these will need a lot less raking and other manual cleaning work.

To prevent it from getting stuck in any specific place, the backup valve reverses it once in several minutes.

What the Customers Say

Pool owners have been commenting this Polaris intensively. It makes for a pool sweep that has been getting loads of enthusiastic reviews. To spot its downsides –  the setup has been troubling for some, though. It is important to install the cleaner correctly. Adjust the hose length carefully – too much of this will hinder proper functioning. Also, place the backup valve at a distance of 14 to 20 inches away from the pool cleaner. Let the water opening face the device.

The 280 might fall on the side, but it places itself back in good operating position in a while. Adjusting the jet could have an influence on this aspect. Some have added that it does not always perform perfectly on pool steps.

To make things cheaper, users recommend to buy your bags online. Also, note that the plastic parts – which are quite numerous – tend to wear off quite quickly. There have been complaints about the material used with this one. In any case, the 280 represents a fortunate investment, as it does it job and requires minimum maintenance efforts. Pool professionals recommend this one.

Pros

•    includes feed hose 31-feet long
•    double-jets powered
•    can capture large debris
•    compact design

Cons

•    requires booster pump, to be bought separately
•    might scratch the liner if it gets stuck
•    too many plastic parts

Conclusion

The 280 is possibly the best model made by Polaris to this date. It even ranks better than the newly released ones. It is superior to the 380 and not as expensive. Besides, Polaris (Zodiac) cleaners are known to work well even after a decade. Customers will benefit of good customer support in case something goes wrong. All in all, this is an easy to install pool cleaner that will do its job thoroughly and within a few hours only. There is no need to leave it plugged for many hours on end. It clears out all the common types of debris to restore the cleanliness and sparkle of in-ground pools. Cost-wise, the 280 is among the most affordable in the Polaris catalog, considering its power and features.

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