Zodiac Polaris 360 Pressure Pool Cleaner Review And Info


Let's face it nobody wants and likes leaves, dirt, and slime in their pool. A good pool vacuum can make your life much easier, and most products should handle cleaning both in-ground and aboveground pools without any fuss. There are various types of pool vacuums manual and automatic. The automatic pool cleaner range is vaster and more popular. This featured product is a pressure vacuum, one type of the common top 5 automatic pool vacuum cleaners. I’ll give you a quick run through of how pressure pool cleaners work.

Pressure cleaners use the water pressure coming from your pool pump to propel wheels of the vacuum around the pool. This type of above ground pool vacuum can be more on the pricey side especially when repairs and replacement parts are needed. Most good pressure cleaners will come with an additional pressure pump to ensure that there is no extra strain on your main pool pump. Unless you have a super powerful pool pump, I wouldn’t advise getting one without a pump. The bonus of this type of pool vacuum is that the debris captured are captured by the vacuum bag instead of clogging up your pool filter meaning no need to always empty your pool filter (less work for you!).

Pool Vacuum Buying Guide

What you need to know: before choosing the best pool cleaner for you.

Pool Type

What Kind Of Pool Do You Have?

Look for a vacuum that can cope with the material of your pool, whether it is tiles, fiberglass, and concrete. You may choose a pool vacuum specifically for in-ground pools or specifically for aboveground pools. Most vacuums should be able to clean both without fuss.

Pool Size

How Big Is Your Pool?

Pretty straightforward, the vacuum hose needs to reach from one end of your pool to another. For those with large pools, some vacuums may have the option of extender hose attachments. Obviously, disregard this point if you are going with a cordless pool vacuum!

Pool Shape

Does Your Pool Have Lots Of Ledges And Steps?

Some of the more basic products, unfortunately, can’t handle not only navigating stairs and ledges but also cleaning them well. Some high-tech pool vacuums use spatial mapping to navigate the pool and ensure every corner is reached more suited for those tricky shaped pools. Some may choose to have an additional manual cleaner for those tricky spots. If this is you, disregard this too!


How Much Are You Willing To Spend?

Many may see a pool vacuum especially those towards the higher end of the price scale as an investment. If you have a large budget, a well-known brand, which offers no doubt the high quality, is a smart move. Many well-known brands have options towards the smaller side of a budget; cheaper pool vacuums may require more work (manual or emptying of filter and skimmer box). Which for some is a little price to pay?

Zodiac Polaris 360 Pressure Cleaner

What’s On Offer?

​Zodiac is well known for all things pools, pool cleaners but pool chemicals, pumps and automation options for all pools. Zodiac has products on the market for each automatic pool cleaner type, and it has robotic pool cleaner models, suction cleaner models and of course pressure cleaner models. Many pool owners will have used one of Zodiac’s products and hence has created a cult following. This high power pressure vacuum has received rave reviews and for good reasons. The Polaris 360 pressure cleaner is the most popular of all pool cleaners released by Zodiac and here is why.

This product sits within the usual range for pressure pool vacuums at $436.99, with most competitors sitting around the $550 mark. It is the middle model of the Zodiac Polaris pressure cleaner’s range, which produces vacuum cleaners ranging up to the $795 mark for Olympic pools. For the average residential pool, this is more than efficient. The most attractive feature of this pool cleaner and perhaps the most impressive is its triple jet power for incredible suction, which allows it to sweep scrub and vacuum pool bottoms and walls with detail.

The Zodiac Polaris boasts a 31 feet hose to reach any small to medium pool with no need to reposition and reset your pool cleaner like those Kreepy Krauly’s. It also features an anti-tangle design, using a backup valve to free the cleaner if it gets cornered to keep cleaning without interruption. The inbuilt filter bag ensures your pool skimmer box or filter doesn’t get clogged up and interfering with the longevity of your pool pump. Just empty each time you clean, and you're ready to go again!

The main competitor for pressure cleaners hands down is Pentair. It has several pressure cleaners on the market, but none stand up to the Polar 360. Customer reviews and popularity say it all, take a look at the pros and cons and see for yourself.

In summary:


  • No electrical port required!​
  • Versatile, tackling any in-ground pool shapes and sizes with ease.
  • Anti-tangle design. With the in-the-line back-up valve automatically freeing the cleaner if it gets cornered.
  • No booster pump required.
  • No need to empty your pool filter, it comes with one!


  • Attached filter screen captures medium to large debris, whereas other automatic pool cleaners collect finer debris via the main pool filter.​
  • Cannot climb steps. However, some pool owners will own a small manual vacuum to tackle problem areas if this is you don’t pass on this product.

Wrap Up

Whether you're specifically looking for a pressure cleaner or this model ticks the boxes for your pool type, pool size, pool shape and budget you can’t go wrong. With years of experience of all things pool, you will receive nothing short of high quality and efficiency from the Zodiac Polaris 360.

Remember regular pool cleaning will reduce the overall maintenance of your pool and increase its longevity.

Happy cleaning!

Product images sourced from Amazon.com​

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