The Polaris 9550 Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner is your one-stop shop solution. Tiny specks of Diatomaceous earth in your pool? Check! Larger debris types, like acorns, pods and leaves? Check!
This is the cleaner that does it all!
Suitable for in-ground pools only, this four-wheel-drive robot covers your entire pool with ease. It has solid blade scrubbing brushes, to make sure your pool’s floor tiles, walls, stairs and even the liner are scrubbed clean.
This Polaris 9550 review will walk you through all of the features, to help you make an educated decision and see if this one is for you!
Our Rating: 4.7/5
Polaris 9550 Robotic Pool Cleaner: Pros, Cons, Verdict
- Programmable timer.
- Wide intake mouth to capture large debris.
- Efficiently clean waterline
- Comes with remote control for easy access.
- User friendly caddy for easy transport.
- Easy to use control panel
- Full Canister Indicator light
- This unit is too bulky.
- Quiet expensive
The Polaris F9550 is a 4 wheel drive robotic pool cleaner that can easily navigate throughout your pool surface to cleanup everything. Moreover, it can maneuver easily over bumps, steps and main drain. Its vortex vacuum technology allows it to picks up larger as well as tiny debris pretty easily.
It's also equipped with high quality scrubbing brushes that really going to help scrub the wall, bottom and steps of the pool. In addition, the unit comes with a large filter basket which will indicate when gets full. We really like this feature of this Polaris pool cleaner.
For an added touch, it has a remote control feature, allowing you to quickly jump in and assume control of the cleaner as it sorts out your pool. Overall, we think this is really a great pool cleaning robot that is going to stand the test of time. Although its a pricey unit but we think, it's well worth the money.
Key Feature & Benefits of the Polaris F9550 Sport:
1. Durable And Sturdy Design
Although it is on the pricier side, the Polaris 9550 earns the top spot in its range for some reason.
Starting with the overall design, it has a solid, durable plastic shell to protect the internal components from water and stress damage. The four-wheel drive gives the unit enough power to climb walls and effortlessly trudge through the dirtiest pools and collect debris. The wheels are sturdy and made out of heavy-duty rubber, to allow the unit to navigate the pool.
2. Premium Alloy Caddy For Easy Transportation:
This model comes with a premium transport caddy. The caddy is sturdy, compact and can be put together within several minutes. A big plus is that you won’t require any tools to assemble it. Some of the robotic cleaners in this line don’t come with a caddy at all. Having a caddy is a really handy feature, as it allows easy transport and storage.
3.User Friendly Control Unit:
The Control Unit allows you to customize your Polaris 9550 experience to a whole new level. While you can mostly program a cleaning cycle for one day per week on most units, things are different here.
The Control Unit that comes with the Polaris 9550 allows you to program cleaning cycles for the entire week. You can customize everything! From the exact time your robotic cleaner will power up and start cleaning, to the days in the week when it will clean. This allows you to set your own programs and cycles and let the robot work its magic.
The ‘set it and forget it’ approach allows you to customize other aspects, too. There are separate cleaning cycles if you want to have your pool cleaner focus on the floors, the walls and the waterline.
You can customize the cleaning intensity and define if your pool is a free-form shape or rectangular. Most robotic pool cleaners have a pre-determined cleaning cycle time. With the Polaris 9550, you finally have the freedom to override the factory settings and define your own cleaning times!
4. Easy-Lift System
Admittedly, this model is on the heavier side. Weighing at a total of 43.6 pounds, it doesn’t go easy on your back. Fortunately, Zodiac’s Easy Lift system mitigates the weight of the unit.
At the push of a button on the Control Unit, you can have your robotic cleaner surface. It will then climb up the pool’s wall at the desired location, waiting to be picked out. This makes it a lot easier to manage and the feature itself works smoothly.
5. Canister Full Indicator For User Convenience:
The Polaris 9550 is good at communicating its states to you. Many robot cleaners will overlook this important feature. Once the filter canister gets full, your average robotic cleaner will simply stop working and it will be up to you to guess why.
Well, not with Polaris 9550! Whenever the filter canister gets full of debris, the indicator lets you know it’s time for a change. Moreover, the canister is extremely easy to clean. Just pop the top off and spray down the debris inside!
6. Motion-Sense Remote Control
A feature that users mostly request in a good robot cleaner is remote control. Most manufacturers do offer remote control, but as an optional feature. It’s more like an upgrade you can choose if you want to splurge.
The Polaris robotic pool cleaner comes with its own motion-sensing remote control. Simply point it to a target destination and watch the robot follow! It’s extremely responsive and accurate, allowing you to literally point your cleaner to the spot.
Things To Consider About Polaris 9550:
1. The unit’s weight:
It is heavy! You’ll have to lift it every time you want it in or out of your pool. Due to its weight, lugging it around isn’t an option. Fortunately, the easy lift feature and the caddy makes it easier to move around. Additionally, you can purchase a waterproof cover for this exact model. That way, when not in use, you can leave it immediately next to the pool and cover it. That should minimize the amount of lifting you’ll need to do.
2. Really expensive!
It will set you back by a significant amount. Those fancy, new features bump the price tag up by a lot. The investment pays off, but if you are on a tight budget, this may not be an ideal pick for you.
What Users Said About The Polaris 9550:
The users found the Polaris 9550 extremely efficient and helpful. The customers were not too happy about the price tag, but still praised it for its unmatched cleaning power.
Happy customers pointed out that the pool cleaner moves around quickly and has no problem picking up debris. The caddy really comes in handy and the amount of programmable features is extremely detailed. The users also pointed out that the rubber wheels make wall climbing much easier for the unit, as it gets a better grip.
The one thing customers were unhappy with was the occasional occurrence of error codes. Every once in a while, the cleaner would display an error code. Fortunately, the manual covers some basic troubleshooting to help you work out those kinks.
Some users also reported that it will sometimes attempt to climb the wall unsuccessfully. It will try to climb the wall, but be pulled down on its back by its weight. If your pool is significantly deeper, you may want to consider this.
Q 1. What is the length of the power cord?
Ans. The cable is 70-inches long.
Q 2. What is the warranty period?
Ans. The unit is covered with a 2-year limited warranty.
Q 3. Should you leave Polaris in pool?
Ans. No, the manufacturer recommends removing the cleaner from the pool whenever not in use.
While it does come at a high price, the quality is unmatched. The Polaris 9550 will let you focus less on cleaning. It’s definitely worth the purchase if you are looking for a good, reliable robotic pool cleaner.