In-Floor Cleaner or Polaris: What is the Right Choice for Your Pool?

In-Floor Cleaner or Polaris: What is the Right Choice for Your Pool?

At Keith Zars Pools, our swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes and can include a variety of features that, in conjunction with the terrain surrounding your pool, will be essential in determining the most effective product for your pool’s cleaning system.

One of the most important goals with any Keith Zars pool is to ensure our customers have the most operative filtration system to help save them time, money and energy on pool maintenance while having a pristine pool year-round. In order to achieve this outcome, it is paramount that you choose the best cleaning system for your pool.

Keith Zars Pools offers the Polaris cleaning system as well as an in-floor cleaner system made by A&A Manufacturing. Both the Polaris and the in-floor cleaners offer the best of both worlds to our clients. In some cases, a Polaris is the best way to go, while in other instances the in-floor cleaner is the best option. And some pool designs will benefit tremendously from a combination of the two systems. So, what factors should be considered?

Pool Size

In-floor cleaners are the best option for smaller pools because there simply isn’t enough room for a Polaris. A Polaris needs adequate space to roam in order to effectively clean your pool, making martini pools and in-floor cleaners the perfect match.

Pool Features & Landscape

Pools that include certain features, such as margarita tables and bar stools, will benefit greatly from in-floor cleaners because a Polaris typically cannot get into those smaller spaces and crevices. And if they do, the Polaris can become easily tangled. In-floor cleaner inlets can be placed near those tight areas around bar stools and tables to produce optimal cleaning and filtration without the risk of tangling your equipment.

Because in-floor cleaners are best suited to remove silt, sand and dirt that tend to settle at the bottom of a pool, elevated pools are another great candidate for this type of cleaning system. When pools are raised, they won’t be surrounded by hovering trees, and, therefore, will not incur large amounts of surface debris due to falling leaves. If your pool is built on a landscape with little to no trees, in-floor cleaners are a prime option.

If your property has a lot of trees, a Polaris, which is designed, in part, to specifically remove surface-level debris, will be your best bet.


Another factor to consider is aesthetics. Some pool owners prefer in-floor cleaners because of their subtle, almost undetectable presence, whereas a Polaris is a large piece of equipment with a long tail that floats around the surface of your pool and is easily spotted. In-floor cleaners avoid the visual distraction of a Polaris.

A Healthy Combination

Some pool designs are best suited for both types of cleaning systems. For example, if you have a pool of essentially any size that includes a feature such as bar stools, you will want the in-floor cleaners to help keep your bar stool area pristine along with a Polaris that can handle the entire scope of your pool and can be tethered to prevent tangled equipment. With this combination, your pool is guaranteed to be crystal clear from top to bottom.

The Keith Zars Difference

Keith Zars Pools does direct plumbing on all our pools, and that’s the only way to effectively install in-floor cleaners. Other pool companies, who typically plumb around their pools, still have to incorporate direct plumbing to effectively install in-floor cleaners.

In addition to our company’s straight-line plumbing, we have chosen the best pool cleaning products in the market, which are meant to minimize maintenance and maximize efficiency and cost-savings. We provide in-floor cleaners from A&A Manufacturing; a company that offers in-floor circulation and cleaning systems that help your pool stay pristine and virtually maintenance free.

The system works so that jets are strategically placed inside your pool to circulate water and push debris to your skimmers and main drain. The benefits of this system include cleaning and circulating your pool and spa water, sweeping your pool’s walls, steps and benches. The system is also energy efficient and disburses fewer chemicals into your pool.

This product ties in beautifully with Keith Zars Pools’ patented filtration system that conserves energy and requires less chemical usage and maintenance for each individual homeowner.

For more information, please visit our website at www.keithzarspools.com or call 210.494.0800 to speak with one of our Design Consultants.

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If you have questions about a commercial or residential project or would like to schedule a no-obligation, one-on-one consultation with one of our designers, please call us at 210-494-0800. If you prefer, you can e-mail us at info@keithzarspools.com, or fill out the form right here on this page.

  • Coping/Decking: 
    • Keith Zars Pools delivers a wide range of coping and decking edges and finishes, and our stone masons will construct your coping and decking to flawlessly fit your pool. 
    • For a more contemporary look, consider clean, square-cut edges paired with a stunning array of elegant cut stone, travertine and porcelain finishes. 
    • For a more traditional look, consider bullnose-edge coping and freeform deck shapes coupled with the soothing textures and colors of flagstone, salt and cool coat finishes.

Water & Fire Feature Additions

The addition of water and fire features can enhance your entire outdoor experience in a variety of ways. The soothing sights and sounds of a new waterfall or water feature, or the warmth and light created by a fire bowl or fire pit, can create striking visuals, new focal points, and add a heightened level of symmetry, originality, functionality and luxury to your overall pool design.

  • Water Features: 
    • Adding water features, such as delightful bubblers on an existing sun shelf, lively deck jets around your pool’s coping, and stunning sheer descents or scuppers that allow water to gently cascade down a raised pool wall, provides gorgeous highlights and accents to your pool that you can marvel at.  
    • Waterfalls create a cozy, perennial and soothing look and feel to any pool. The beautifully colored stones and gently flowing water can bring balance and harmony to your outdoor space and transform your entire outdoor experience.
  • Fire Features: 
    • Fire bowls, fire pits and custom fire accent features give way to a spectacular display of color, vibrancy and light that allow you and your family to enjoy your pool day and night. Discover how the elements of water and fire combined create a magnetic and harmonious balance and produce a gorgeous chemistry that’s both subtle and bold.

Decking & Spa Additions

  • Added Deck Space
    • Expanding the amount of decking in your back yard can allow for more space to entertain and relax poolside. Imagine a new patio addition around your pool to place a set of comfortable lounging chairs, a stylish outdoor dining spot, a stunning outdoor kitchen area or a striking fire pit and seating area. 
  • Add a Spa
    • Adding a spa to your existing pool is a great way to bring a new level of functionality and enjoyment to your personal outdoor retreat. Spas offer a therapeutic experience and, with vast array of styles and custom features from which to choose, your new spa will not only relax and invigorate you, it can become the focal point of your pool and serve as an energetic and complementary addition to its entire design. 

New Pool Amenities

  • Are you looking to find new ways to spend time in your pool? Adding a swim-up bar, a sun shelf, and umbrella anchors can boost your experience and bring a new level of luxury to your outdoor space. 
  • For added recreational fun, consider incorporating a water slide, a diving board, a basketball goal or a volleyball anchor. 
  • You can even add or relocate steps and seat benches in your pool, or have new LED lights installed to broaden your pools functionality and visual appeal.

Alone you can dream of your ultimate backyard sanctuary. Together we can achieve it. Contact Keith Zars Pools today to schedule an appointment with one of our renovations experts and begin your pool remodeling project.

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