How To Identify Which Polaris Pool Cleaner You Have

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If you have a Polaris swimming pool cleaner and need replacement parts for it, you’ll need to know which model you have. Polaris has quite a few swimming pool cleaners on the market which makes this difficult for some. This guide will help you figure out which model Polaris swimming pool cleaner you have.

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Step 1

Serial number- The serial number would be the quickest and most accurate way to determine the cleaner model. The serial number can be found on the back of the cleaner. The older cleaner models have the serial numbers stamped/molded onto them. The newer Polaris cleaner models have the serial number stamped on a sticker on the back of the cleaner. If the serial number starts with a “K” it will be a 380, if it starts with “C” it will be a 280, if it starts with a “L” it will be a 360.

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Swimming pool type- Polaris makes certain model pool cleaners for above ground pools and other models for in-ground pools. If you have an above ground pool, you will have a smaller selection of swimming pool cleaners to look through.

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Color- This would be the easiest way to narrow down the selection. Most of the older Polaris pool cleaners were blue and white. There are a few exceptions

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Some of the older models were also available in black (Black Max versions).

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The newer style Polaris cleaners are blue, grey and black.

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Bag type- The Polaris pool cleaners have different bag types. The Polaris 380/360 have squared clips that attach to the cleaner’s frame.

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The Polaris 180 uses velcro only.

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The Polaris 280, 480 and 3900 use “tear drop” shaped clips to secure the bag to it’s cleaners.

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Number of jets- If you remove the bag from the cleaner and look down the “throat” of the cleaner, you will see jets close to the bottom . The number of jets will help you determine what series of Polaris pool cleaner it is. If you have only 1 jet, the model would be a Polaris 180. Two jets would indicate a Polaris 280. Three jets would be the Polaris 380, 360 or 3900 model.

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Booster Pump- Most Polaris pool cleaners need a booster pump to run. The above ground models (Polaris 60/65/Turbo Turtle) and the In-ground Polaris 360 do not need a booster pump. The hoses on the non- booster pump (suction) cleaners are about 1 ¼” diameter and corrugated. The booster pump model cleaners have a smaller diameter, smooth hose.

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A picture is worth a thousand words- Finding a picture of the pool cleaner isn’t too difficult and will help in determining the right Polaris model. Below are a few pictures of different Polaris models.

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Polaris 60/65

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Polaris Turbo Turtle

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Polaris 140/145

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Polaris 160/165

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Polaris 180

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Polaris 280/Polaris 280 Black Max

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Polaris 360/Polaris 360 Black Max

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Polaris 380/Polaris 380 Black Max

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Polaris 3900

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Polaris 9100

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Polaris 9300

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Polaris 9300xi

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Polaris 9400 Sport

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Inyopools  Posted: 06/29/2017 10:46 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Werthit - Your number, 278696, does not match anything in our system. Please give us a call at 877-372-6038 and talk to one of our service reps. They will ask you to send in a picture of your cleaner.


Werthit  Posted: 06/27/2017 16:22 PM 

HI have a polaris pool sweet and it doesn't have a sticker on the bottom but it has numbers stamped or engraved in it the numbers are 278696 by chance do you know which model it ia and do you know where I can get a replacement bag and how much


Inyopools  Posted: 08/29/2016 12:37 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Peter - The date of manufacture is usually coded into the unique serial number of any item. Call Polaris/Zodiac at (800) 822-7933, give them the cleaner's serial number, and they should be able to tell you the age of your unit.


Peter  Posted: 08/28/2016 8:00 AM 

Is there a way to tell the age of a polaris pool cleaner?


Inyopools  Posted: 07/19/2016 19:06 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Tommy - A serial number is a unique number assigned to each unit manufactured by Polaris. You will have to talk to Polaris at (800) 822-7933 for information on this number.


Tommy  Posted: 07/17/2016 17:07 PM 

I think I have a 280 Polaris the serial #117801 is this correct?


Nancym  Posted: 04/30/2016 19:39 PM 

Thank you for doing all this work to make our lives a little easier!


Cat  Posted: 10/18/2015 11:50 AM 

Yes ditto everyone else. Thank you for this great resource!


Anonymous  Posted: 10/01/2015 13:18 PM 

Tnanks, Yiu did a great job of making the identification foolproof !


Inyopools  Posted: 07/27/2015 16:28 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

F3 - The Polaris Model F3 is the same as the Polaris 380.


Anonymous  Posted: 07/25/2015 15:03 PM 

Model F3 polaris not identified in example


Charles  Posted: 05/30/2015 9:51 AM 

Great Web page. Very useful. Very clear.


Anonymous  Posted: 04/08/2015 21:18 PM 

Excellent site to identify cleaners! Thank you!


Anonymous  Posted: 04/07/2015 15:39 PM 

This site made it so easy to identify my model.


BDGM  Posted: 11/28/2014 9:17 AM 

awesome job.. thanks so much.


Anonymous  Posted: 09/03/2014 12:18 PM 

Thanks so much. Now I can order parts online instead of going to a dealer.


Anonymous  Posted: 07/13/2014 12:43 PM 

Thanks so much for helping identify my 280, this made it really easy.


Anonymous  Posted: 07/02/2014 17:52 PM 

Thanks for taking the guess work out of it!


Anonymous  Posted: 06/20/2014 18:37 PM 

I agree with the previous commenters. There was no model number on my Polaris and the stamped-on serial number did not start with a letter. Yet, thanks to the clear instructions, I was able to discern that mine was a model 280. Fantastic site. Thanks many times over.

Wallace, Virginia Beach VA


Anonymous  Posted: 06/18/2014 8:46 AM 

Very helpful. Clear and easy to follow.


Anonymous  Posted: 06/15/2014 13:34 PM 

Wonderful! Very clear. It makes it almost impossible to mistake which model you have.


hjcarttar  Posted: 05/30/2014 13:33 PM 

This was VERY helpful!


Anonymous  Posted: 05/25/2014 14:15 PM 

Very useful. Thank you very much.


Sid n Bama  Posted: 02/02/2014 0:08 AM 

Awesome.. Needed parts and didn't have a clue. Thanks a bunch