Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pool Cleaner

Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pool Cleaner: Overview

Whether you are running a public swimming pool or your residential pool, you need to make sure that the poolside is always clean. Even though authorities have emphasized more on the cleanliness of pool water, it is equally important to ensure the side pool is clean and safe. This is in accordance with the Swimming and Boating Safety Fact Sheet (2015). With this in mind, you need to get a side pool cleaner that is easy to use, efficient and reliable.

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pool Cleaner

There is a broad range of side pool cleaners from several manufacturers each with different features. Among them is the Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner from Polaris. Unlike most side pool cleaners in the market, the Vac-Sweep 380 sports has been engineered with the latest technology to guarantee pool owners the best service for long. Among its most notable features is a triple jet system and a separate powerful booster pump for unrivaled efficiency. It is also very versatile as it can sweep, scrub and even wide range of side pool surfaces regardless of the surface material. Here is a review of the Vac-Sweep 380 Pressure Triple-Jet Side Pool Cleaner.

Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pool Cleaner: Overview

About the Manufacturer

Polaris is a renowned US based company that manufactures a broad range of swimming pool equipment. With over 40 years in business, it has become a favorite brand courtesy of its best-in-class products including pool cleaners, booster pumps, and many other pool accessories. Polaris is now in several other countries including Canada, Australia, Spain, France and the UK.


Simple, Compact and Rugged Design

Weighing approximately 16 lbs, the Vac-Sweep sports a unique, compact and simple design. It has been crafted from high-grade materials that give it the ruggedness it deserves to guarantee excellent performance and most importantly, durability. This cleaner is very easy to assemble, disassemble and clean.

Polaris is a renowned US based company that manufactures a broad range of swimming pool equipment.

All-Wheel Belt Drive Mechanism

The Polaris 380 has been engineered with a great all-wheel belt drive mechanism for user convenience and most importantly, for increased vacuum power. Polaris also crafted this cleaner with standard tire wheels to make it easier for pool owners to move around and clean every are of the poolside. The wheels also enhance its maneuverability by enabling it to climb stairs and uneven terrains.

Unsurpassed Cleaning Mechanism

This side pool cleaner is best known for its unique cleaning capabilities. First, it boasts of a 3-venturi jet system that guarantees efficiency. With this jet system, you can clean even the hidden and concealed areas of your poolside. With optimized jest and maximum vacuum power, you can clean the side pool in less than 3 hours leaving it clean and free from any contaminants or slipperiness.

However, this cleaner requires a separate pump for operation. This is a major flaw with this cleaners as it will cost you more to get this pump.

Scrub, Sweep, and Vacuum

When it comes to usage, the Polaris 380 is a very versatile pool equipment. With this cleaner, you can easily scrub, sweep and vacuum side pool surfaces as well as pool walls. The large throat, on the other hand, ensures all debris are picked, from leaves to pebbles. To help it get out of tight corners, it has been equipped with a backup valve that reverses the cleaner at an interval of 3 minutes.

Large Capacity Filter Bag

Unlike most ordinary side pool cleaners, the Vac-Sweep 380 comes equipped with a large filter bag bolster its effectiveness. This filter bag can collect large debris, deposits, leaves and other side pool dirt with ease. In fact, it reduces filter cleanings by up to 80% thereby prolonging the filtration system’s life. It also cuts maintenance frequency.

Polaris 380 has been engineered with a great all-wheel belt drive mechanism


  • Weight: 16.2 lbs
  • All-wheel belt drive mechanism
  • 3-venturi jet system
  • Large filter bag
  • Back-up Valve
  • 31-foot hose kit
  • Deck or wall mount
  • Head float
  • Cleaner body
  • Sweep hose
  • Sweep hose scrubber
  • Feed hose
  • Hose floats
  • In-line filter assembly
  • Restrictor Disks
  • Quick disconnect function
  • Large filter bag
  • Requires minimal maintenance
  • Greater vacuum power
  • Faster cleaning (3 hours or less)
  • Highly versatile (scrub, sweep, and vacuum)
  • Cleans pool in 3 hours or less
  • Available in Black Max™
  • Requires a separate pump
  • For inground pools only

Customer Reviews

The Polaris Vec-Sweep received quite a cordial welcome in the market. From most customer reviews, it is a reliable, easy to use and efficient side pool cleaner. It ranks high in many review sites, and this is backed up by the many positive reviews it has got on many other websites.

The Polaris Vec-Sweep comes with a limited manufacturer’s warranty. However, it is worthy to note that it covers only the major parts. Parts like the vinyl liners which are prone to scratches are not covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the compatible model for this side pool cleaner?

There are several compatible pumps, but the Polaris PB4-60 booster pump is the most recommended pump.


2. Does this side pool cleaner come with a warranty?

Yes, it comes with a 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty. However, it is worthy to note the parts that are covered by warranty

3. Can it serve large commercial pools or it is only for small pools?

The Polaris Vec-Sweep is ideal for all in-ground pools of any size and shape

4. What can the bag filter?

The provided filter bag can collect twigs, leaves, sand, bacteria, and algae.

5. Is there a difference between the Polaris 280 and the 380?

Yes. The 280 comes with two jets while the 380 has three.

6. Does it come with the Backup Valve included?

Yes, it is included in the box.
The Polaris Vec-Sweep 380 is a great side pool cleaner that is designed for in-ground swimming pools. It has been engineered with the latest high-tech features that guarantee effective side pool cleaning in minimal time. It requires little maintenance and is easy to assemble, disassemble and clean. Not only does this cleaner clean your side pool, but it also helps to distribute chemicals and heat around your pool. Even though it requires a separate pump for operation, this side pool cleaner is still worth every penny. It is also available in Black Max™ Model to suit dark bottom pools. Whether you run a domestic or commercial pool, this cleaner will suit all your needs!

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