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Hayward RC9740WC SharkVac XL Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner
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- One of the industry’s most energy-efficient cleaning solution
- Top-access debris container allows quick removal of cartridge filters and easy debris cleanup
- Scrubs and vacuums pool floor and coves
- Microprocessor-based technology provides superior & efﬁcient-cleaning pattern
- Features both out-of-water and beach entry sensors, provides protection of motor
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SharkVAC XL calculates the size of pools and programs itself for the most time and energy-efficient cleaning path - cleaning floors and walls as it goes. It uses up to 94% less energy than most pressure cleaners – comparable to the energy used by a standard light bulb.
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I have never had any type of automatic pool vacuum before so after doing EXTENSIVE research for a couple weeks online, reading about every review of every robotic cleaner on Amazon, I finally found one with no apparent red flags (other than reports of it flipping over which mine has never done) and generally good reviews. I have an 18x36 rectangular in-ground pool with a 3 foot end and a 9 foot end.
Like one reviewer stated, don't place it in the water and watch it "try" to work unless you're only curious. Just put it in, leave, come back in an hour and a half or so, and amazingly, the pool is almost 100 percent clean. If it's not clean enough on the first cycle, just run it again. On the first cycle it usually leaves about 8 viewable bugs on the liner but that is out of the hundreds that were there prior. If I run it a second time, there will be 1-2 bugs left. I really don't get leaves too often so I cannot comment on that but as far as it having the capability to clean the pool, all the way down to 2 little bugs that even a human might miss, I will never ever manually vacuum my pool again except for when opening of course. Opening is just too dirty of a job for any automatic pool vacuum.
1. Entire pool cleaned with about 10 total minutes of labor each cleaning. This includes taking out the electrical box, plugging it into the wall, plugging the vacuum cord into the electrical box, placing the vacuum in the pool, turning on the electrical box, removing the vacuum when finished, removing, spraying, and replacing the filters, and placing the filter box back into the vacuum. I leave it poolside where I pull it out so I don't use the caddy.
2. There is a caddy version, and a non-caddy version for about 50 dollars cheaper. The caddy is a great idea if you would otherwise have to carry it any distance once you remove it from the water but I leave mine poolside where I remove it so I don't even need the caddy. Besides, when not filled with water it probably weighs around 15 pounds so it's easy to carry around after draining.
3. Plenty of cord from the electrical box to the wall outlet, and, the electrical box to the vacuum to clean every corner of an 18x36 pool. I know it would do a 20x40, 10 foot deep pool as well because I demoed it in my neighbor's pool and he's buying one now.
4. Suction suction suction. I bought an electric, stand-alone filter robot specifically so all the debris doesn't go into my pool filter, and, so it's much more powerful than the other water pressure-driven models. As this cleans, you will see it drag in debris from about a 1 foot perimeter around the 4 borders of the vacuum itself. That's how powerful it is being electric rather than water pressure-driven. I'd NEVER buy anything but an electric robotic cleaner after seeing this.
5. It climbs walls even though it says it doesn't go all the way up. I've read quite a few mixed comments about it flipping over, not climbing walls well enough, etc. It seems to me that the reasons for all the inconsistency in the reviews regarding this topic is due to the different layouts of people's pools. Some have tighter corners while some are rounder. Some pools are deeper and some shallower. Some have steeper inclines and some are more gradual, etc. I figured this all out after watching mine perform flawlessly within the contours of my pool. I can see how that would happen in some pools but not mine. Also, this is one of the reasons I bought it from Amazon - so if it should have to be returned for some of the poor performance I heard described in some of the reviews, I knew I'd have no problem returning it at all so I did not feel like I was at risk in the slightest by trying out this vacuum. Anyway, so get this - one day I hear some gargling water sounds behind me, and I turn around to look at the pool, and this vacuum climbed the slope in the deep end which it always does, got to where it would have to orient itself straight up and down facing the sky, continued climbing the 3 foot vertical wall, came out ABOVE the water line while sticking to the wall, TURNED LEFT and cruised horizontally across the liner, half in and half out of the water, cleaning even the dry 6 inch part of the liner that's ABOVE the water. Unbelievable. I know it's not designed to do this, but I'm thinking that since it's a learning robotic cleaner, it only stops trying things when it learns it shouldn't or cannot do it, and my pool is so friendly to this vacuum it stops at nothing. I have only witnessed this activity once in the wild, but again, I don't watch it while it does its job so it may do this regularly. I was baffled when I witnessed this, like seeing a freak of nature occurrence happening in the wild in real life. You will understand more of what I mean here after you watch it think things over when determining its next move. It looks really kind of stupid, but like I and another reviewer said, don't let this negatively impact your opinion of how it performs. Just leave it, come back later, avoid seeing its seemingly stupid logic and behavior, and see how well it cleaned. Don't base ANYTHING off of watching it work.
6. Due to the wall-climbing capabilities I've witnessed in my particular pool, I don't even need to brush my walls anymore - just the steps.
7. It is dead silent.
CONS - read carefully because as for me, these cons are no big deal at all and would not effect my HIGHLY recommending this product:
1. Cannot use on my 3 stairs but I know of none that can.
2. You do have to get the garden hose and spray the bugs out of the 2 included filters but it takes around 5 minutes to clean them, hose down the unit, and place the filter bucket back in, but it beats the heck out of what would otherwise be a half-hour manual daily project for me, saving me 25 minutes each day (that's 3 hours saved per week).
3. Every now and then you can see a larger bug make it around - not through - the filters, and pop out of the top back into the water, but, that could be due to me not ensuring the filters are placed in the unit properly. This happened a few times right when I got it and it really doesn't seem to happen any more but I don't watch it so closely now. Besides, as long as the pool is clean when it's done, it has effectively served its purpose.
4. It does have to be plugged into a wall outlet since it runs off of electricity, and you have to take the electrical box out, plug it into the wall, and then plug the cord coming out of the vacuum into the electrical box. I place my electrical box in a storage cabinet right by the wall outlet, take it out when it's time to use, and put it back when I'm done and it takes about 1 minute. I will leave it out overnight if there's no rain in the forecast saving that extra minute however. It does look like it can be left out because it's of excellent construction and it looks to be waterproof but don't take my word for it.
5. You have to remember to take it out of the pool when it's finished cleaning as leaving it in the water overnight is not recommended.
6. If you do wind up using the caddy, the heavy-duty rubberized cord is somewhat of a pain to re-string around the built-in hanger on the caddy. It takes about 1-2 minutes to wind up and always gets twisted. Since I stopped using the caddy I just leave the power cord out the whole time now but it runs nicely from the power outlet on the house to the pool beneath my outdoor carpet and wicker patio set so you really can't even see it. It takes some thought to figure out your own unique way to set everything up depending upon your backyard setup in order to make it as labor-free as possible as I have done.
6. When you're finished with your cycle and it's time to take it out, the initial weight with all the water in it is probably around 40-50 pounds which isn't a problem for me, but remember you will be bending over to lift it out which makes it a bit more difficult for some. If you hoist it up a bit and let it drain for about 15 seconds it will go down to about 15 pounds. At the same time, you really only have to hoist it up about 6 inches from the water line where it's weightless, to the top edge of the pool, so even though 40-50 pounds may be heavy, you're only lifting it 6 inches and it has an excellent spring-loaded heavy-duty handle designed for this purpose.
7. I have a drain that comes up about 2 inches from the liner in the deep end, and it will on occasion get stuck on it but never for more than 5 minutes before it learns how to free itself.
I've used it every day, probably 30 times in total so far, usually only run 1 cycle per day unless people are coming to swim in which case I run 2 for near perfection (and I'm a neat freak) and each time the performance has been excellent. I could not be happier with this product and I HIGHLY recommend anyone to at least give it a try. I can almost guaranty that there is no other robotic pool cleaner that is better for a cheaper price out there. Try it out on your own pool to see for yourself. Now I just have to see how long it will last. I will post an update when it dies, chronicling the remainder of its time here in my pool so be sure to check the "track updates" box if you comment or if you're interested.
Poor design. They over thought everything. I wasted my money.
Not only that, what dirt and debris it does pick up about 30% falls right out of the machine once I lift it out of the water. I have to lift it out quickly and get it away from the pool, so when it drains the debris doesn't just go back into the pool.
One more while I'm at it, while it is "cleaning" the pool sometimes it will just float to the top and spin around in circles making sucking noises, and then after about 10 or so minutes it'll shut off and sink back to the bottom and go back to work. Which makes me wonder how the hell could whatever device (or computer) that tells where its location in the pool.still be able to accurately know where it has already been in the pool.
I would give this just one start if their wasn't some part of me that thinks maybe I am doing something wrong that explains why the SharkVac is doing all of these things.
Anyway, I would not recommend this product.
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