Best In Class: Hayward Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Review

The Hayward Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner is one of the best!

The Hayward Tigershark is one of the best robotic pool cleaners available on the market. It doesn't come cheap, but it is definitely worth the high price because it gives a great clean that it can complete in less than 2 hours. 

Best of all, it goes above and beyond the basics of your standard cleaner that makes it a must have for those looking for premium quality. 

Read on to see how great some of these features are and why you may want to consider purchasing a different, cheaper top tier solution like the Dolphin Nautilus.

Things We Liked


  • Powerful, efficient clean
  • Quick Clean technology finishes in 90 seconds
  • Cleans all types of pools
  • AWESOME proprietary cartridge system.

Things We Didn't Like


  • Doesn't clean steps
  • A little pricier than other cleaners
Item Dimensions19.75 x 19.75 x 21.5 inches
Manufacturer Warranty Description3-year limited warranty
Model NumberRC9990GR
Shipping Weight41.5 pounds
Style NameQuick Clean Technology

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In Depth Review

Initial Set Up

Like any robotic pool cleaner the Hayward Tiger Shark is a piece of cake to set up. Out of the box it's ready to go with no need to put together any parts which makes it much easier than pressure and suction pool vacuums.

All it requires is a GFCI protected outlet like any other robotic cleaner. If you don't have one you'll want to consider purchasing one to take advantage of this amazing category of cleaning technology.

The biggest problem that myself and most people tend to have is with the heavy weight of about 40 pounds.

It's much heavier than most cleaners, and isn't easy to lug around. However, it was much easier to carry it around with the Hayward Caddy Cart which I decided to order after a month of lugging it around.

Check it out to the left. It's not cheap, but it is supposed to last for YEARS so it is a good investment if you like Hayward pool cleaners because it works for all of them!

If you are wondering what the Hayward TigerShark QC looks like out of the box then check out the video below. It does an unboxing and goes over the base specifications:

Be sure to keep the box for the warranty in case anything comes up! Although you probably won't have any problems during the warranty it is best to keep it as an insurance policy.

Ultimately it deserves a 4.3/5 for setting up and installation. It would be a perfect 5 if it wasn't so heavy, but the weight really does make it a lot harder to move around so it lost some points for this.

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Cleaning Ability: Types of Debris

The Hayward Tiger Shark QC is an absolute beast when it comes to what it can clean (I guess this is where "TigerShark" came from). 

It is truly effective for all the types of debris. With small debris it has a power suction because of its inbuilt pump and great precision to make sure it gets every spec of sand and dirt. In the rare chance that it might miss something, its tail will be sure to clean it up with an efficient pool sweep motion.

It's easily able to clean algae as well. It prowls the pool walls and side efficiently, rarely missing anything. On the floor it stalks all of its prey - any type of foreign debris that doesn't belong in the pool not allowing leaves, sand, or small rocks to escape. It'll get them all.

Like any other great hunter the Hayward TigerShark Pool Cleaner is especially good at its large prey (large debris). As a large vacuum with a powerful suction this robotic pool cleaner is able to get debris that is a little larger than other cleaners.  You can be assured that larger sticks, leaves, and annoying pine needs will all be gone from the pool. 

It's dependable and it will get rid of anything it will get in contact with. With the rare ability to be able to effectively clean small and large debris we give the overall cleaning ability the ONLY 5/5 we have ever given

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Cleaning Ability: Pool Shapes, Sizes, Materials

Some of the most popular pool shapes!

The Hayward TigerShark Robotic Pool Cleaner is able to clean all types of pools with relative ease which is just another factor that justifies the higher cost.

Because it doesn't require suction or any sort of pool pump it's great for both above ground and inground pools. It also easily adapts to the 3 types of pool surfaces: fiberglass, vinyl, and concrete. 

The only area it may struggle with is in tight corners because it is a little larger than other robotics. However, it is still able to handle all sorts of pool shapes because it uses awesome software to map the pool and understand the dimensions.

It may take a couple of runs before it will optimize itself and really understand the layout of the pool. However, it'll take longer if you are inconsistent with where you start it in your pool so you'll want to make sure to always start it in the same corner so it can adapt to your pool quickly. 

It's easily able to adapt to the largest pools - in fact the recommended max size is 40 feet by 20 feet which is larger than most private pools. 

Of course, the larger the pool and the more complicated the shape the longer it will take for the Hayward TigerShark's Quick Clean technology. It claims 90 minutes, but it's not THAT fast. However, it's still fast with a typical clean being 2 hours. 

The Quick Clean is nice and fast, so don't expect it to get the full job done like it will under full cleaning mode. Under Quick Clean it probably does around 80-90% of its normal job, but if you're under a rush it's definitely worth it!

Almost perfect, it loses a little bit of points because it doesn't do a perfect job in the rare event of a pool having a ton of tricky, sharp corners earning it a 4.7/5 in diversity.

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Product Life

Most people seem to find that this robotic pool cleaner is lasting about 4 years so it is safe to assume somewhere around there. Make sure to store it properly and out of the sun to make it last as long as possible. 

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Warranty

The Hayward TigerShark Pool Cleaner comes with a 1 year parts & labor warranty. This is better than other warranties that only include parts which is pretty average. With a slightly above average warranty it earns a 4.0/5 warranty rating.

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Miscellaneous Features

We couldn't find a way to weave in 3 awesome features that hep make the higher price more than worth the cleaner.

1) Extremely energy efficient.

Although it comes at a higher initial price you'll be spending less electricity using this robotic pool cleaner because it is so efficient. Its motor requires only 24 volts.

2) Quick-change cartridge system

You can get rid of all the bags because of this new system. It's easy to pull out and put back in. Although the plastic feels a little thin, I haven't had any problems with it.

3) Automatic Shut Off

With its standard cleaning cycle of 3 hours it will automatically shut off when it finishes. It is unlike other cleaners that will keep going after a cycle and wasting time and electricity after it has done its best job. I'm not sure about you, but I like cleaners that save me money.

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Full List of Pros and Cons

Pros: BEST overall clean, great pool coverage, cleans all pools, able to clean all types of debris, cleans steps, quick clean option, energy efficient, quick change cartridge system, automatic shut off, easy set up

Cons: heavy, doesn't navigate tight corners well, pricier than other options

The Hayward Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner is one of the best!

Conclusion

All the extra functions that the Hayward Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner provides makes it stand up above the average robotic pool cleaner, although it is oddly similar to another one of Hayward's product offerings, the Sharkvac Automatic. It's the best in class that excels at not only its primary function of being an awesome cleaner, but also with extra features that push it above and beyond the competition.

It is a little expensive - which is why we didn't make it our #1 choice out of all the robotic pool cleaners, but it is well worth it for those who are willing to pay. However, if you have a higher budget to work with then you may want to check out the very complete Dolphin Premier which has more features and is even more reliable.

However, with long term electricity savings with an ability to clean any pool consistently for long periods of time, you can't go wrong with this amazing pool vacuum. 

If you're looking for more affordable robotic pool cleaners that get the job done then be sure to check out our overall #1 pick and our best affordable solution. They won't disappoint.

Have questions for us regarding the Hayward Tiger Shark or want to share your experience with it? Let us know in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you!!!

Laurie S.

As a multi home owner for 15 years I’ve tried out a ton of pool products and methods and have found out the best ones that work for me.

I love helping out other people with real, honest advice and spending time with my family. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me in the about or through a comment.

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