Would it be unkind to say that all robotic pool cleaners look alike? There are cosmetic differences between them and every now and then somebody tries to do something really distinctive, like the cuddly, toy-like Kokido Turbo-Klean, but for the most part pool cleaners look more like lawnmowers than most automated lawnmowers do. The primary difference is that their shiny surfaces will never be sullied by grass stains or anything grubbier than the leaves floating listlessly on the surface of your pool.
So when we say that the Polaris 9450 Sport looks like almost every other pool cleaner on the market, it isn't an insult. It's just a fact of life. The real question is whether it's worth its hefty price tag and will do a decent, reliable job of keeping your pool clean without your ever having to untangle its electric cable or help it find its way out of a cove. Polaris says that it gives "best-in-class cleaning performance" and there's nothing in the specs that suggest they're exaggerating. It uses Polaris's Vortex Vacuum Technology to suck debris out of the water and off the floors and walls of your pool, socking it away in the unit's filter canister, which Polaris claims is four times larger than those in similar units. It also has an unusual sense of balance abetted by its ActivMotion Sensor, keeping it aware of its position in the water so it won't become confused and get lost in the vasty depths of your 50-foot, in-ground pool. (The Sport isn't designed for above-ground pools.)
There's a swivel in the unit's cable that will prevent it from becoming tangled, no matter how twisty this balancing bot becomes in its gyroscopic attempts to navigate the reaches of your pool. Polaris claims that the Sport's efficient cleaning patterns will save on power, making it energy efficient and ecologically correct. Amazon reviews are pretty good, with a four-star average, but a few disgruntled users who find the unit not to their taste. Some similar-looking units to compare it to include the Intex Auto Pool Cleaner and the Aquabot Breeze 4WD.
I love this product it's both beautiful and efficient.
This one is so easy to clean and the top access makes the process much easier...I ran the robot for two full cycles yesterday and it ran flawlessly.
I purchased this robot with high expectations. Virtually all of them were let down...never had a successful cleaning cycle that includes the walls
Had the 9450 for almost 2 years. I just had an error code and it stopped working. Within two weeks they shipped me a new one. Great company and would buy from them again.
Well worth the money and the time savings from having to manually clean the pool...well packaged and easy to assemble. Comes with an awesome caddy.
Very pleased with it. It is fast and efficient and even climbs the walls. It parks itself at the waterline and scrubs continuously for several minutes.
Climbs the walls without any problems. The lift feature makes it very nice and easy to remove from the pool...Very happy with the product.