Polaris robotic vacuums have just gotten better!
Over the next few review posts, I plan to highlight some robotic vacuums. At the end of the individual reviews, I want to compare the features and order the cleaners from best to worst. I feel like as we head into Spring, this is a good time to look at the options available. The dreaded Atlanta pollen will be here before we know it, so get ready now.
Polaris 9350 Sport, 9450 Sport, and 9550 Sport
First off, Polaris has designed a new system that makes removing their cleaner from your pool easier. They have cleverly named this feature “Easy Lift”. My understanding on this feature is that you press a button and then the cleaner drives to the surface at a preferred place. Here, it evacuates all the water from inside the cleaner and then you lift it out effortlessly (compared to lifting a cleaner full of water). This sounds like a nice feature to have because most of these robotic cleaners are quite heavy to begin with. All three of Polaris’ new robotic cleaners have this “Easy Lift” feature.
All three Polaris cleaners also feature the same style filter canister shown in the photo at right. They also use a vortex technology to trap the most debris possible inside the cleaner. It sounds like a Dyson technology to me.
Polaris is touting a sensor that they call ActivMotion in these three cleaners. This sensor should prevent the cleaner from becoming stuck on stairs, ladders, drain covers, return fittings, etc. I’m unclear on whether this sensor performs any other functions, but if it truly can help the cleaner avoid getting stuck, that in itself is enough for me.
All of these robotic cleaners come with a caddy that allow you to use the cleaner, the 9550 is the only one that has a remote though. This remote will actually allow you to drive the cleaner around the pool and the remote has motion sensors. I have not tried the remote, but it sounds pretty cool.
The two 9550 and 9450 both have 7-Day programmable timers that allow you to completely customize your cleaning schedule for every day of the week. The lower end 9350 will only allow you to choose between 1.5 & 2.5 hour cleaning cycles each day. There is not a way to change these each day. It will always run at the same time and for the same length of time. All three cleaners have settings to clean either the floor only or the floor and walls. The 9550 will also allow you to clean the waterline only or even customize the locations to clean. I would imagine that you could even have it clean different areas each day. The 9550 also has an indicator to tell you when the canister is dirty, saving you from having to retrieve the cleaner unnecessarily just to check it.
The 9550 and 9450 are both four-wheel drive. The 9350 is only two-wheel drive. This seems like a pretty major drawback to the 9350, but depending on the slope of the pool surface and how hard the transition is between the floor and walls, it may do okay. I would think that the 9350 could have some issues with stairs as well.
Nearing the end of our Polaris robotic cleaner comparison, we have a slight difference in the brush on the 9550. It has a solid blade design as opposed to the 9450 and 9350 featuring a more traditional pleated design. I’m sure that it must scrub a little better with the solid design.
My final point is that the 9550 can be used in a pool up to 60′ long. The other two max out at 50′. This is not a factor for most pool owners, but it’s worth noting.
Polaris 9350 Sport – $999
Polaris 9450 Sport – $1199
Polaris 9550 Sport – $1399
Visit www.polarispool.com for more information.