Polaris is one of the leading cleaners. They make everything from little water-powered sweepers to robotic pool vacuums that are as smart (or smarter) than your home’s robot vacuum cleaner. Polaris is notable for their automatic pool pressure cleaners, and that’s why they’re number one in this category. However, it can be hard to judge products like this whether you’re comparing it to the competition or other products by the same company. Here’s an in depth review of the Polaris model F9450 “sport” pool cleaner.
Points in Favor of the Model F9450 Pool Cleaner
Strikes Against the Polaris F9450 Pool Cleaner
Observations about the Polaris Sport Pool Cleaner Vacuum
The manufacturer sells replacement canisters. You may have to buy a “fine sand/silt” canister if you live in a dusty environment and keep getting fine dirt in your pool. While this unit comes with a caddy, the pool cleaner cover is sold separately. Note that if you damage the filter, you have to replace it even if there is a warranty.
The cleaner’s ability to clean effectively decreases as the brushes wear down. This is what the wear indicator is for.
Because the wheels of the pool cleaner are so widely set, the unit cannot get narrow gullies and tight corners clean. If you have an irregularly shaped pool, it is prone to blowing around debris instead of sucking it up.
It has a seven day programmable timer. One frustration is that the timer is limited to three and a half hours. You can’t get it to work four hours straight or run it an hour out of every 4. You can only tell it to run at a different time on weekends rather than week days.
This pool cleaner won’t get stuck or confused like some of the competition, but it isn’t going to clean the very shallow parts of the pool or the upper walls. Choose this model if you have a simple pool layout with few shallows, knowing that it will run all day without stopping and be easy to empty.