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Hayward RC9990GR TigerShark QC Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner with Quick Clean Technology
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- Perfect for residential pools up to 20' x 40'
- Patented Quick Clean technology provides a fast 90 minute cycle.
- Built with an efficient 24-volt motor designed to use less energy and lower cost
- On-board pump for intense vacuum power to suck up dirt and debris
- Cleanup is easy with the patented filter cartridge system - just remove and rinse with a garden hose
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|Item Dimensions||19.75 x 19.75 x 21.5 inches|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||3-year limited warranty|
|Shipping Weight||41.5 pounds|
|Style Name||Quick Clean Technology|
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Save up to 94-percent on energy costs with TigerShark robotic cleaners. Our energy-efficient tigershark uses less energy vs most pressure cleaners and has been selling worldwide for 40 years. Its efficient cleaning pattern covers the entire pool including the bottom and sides, all the way to the tile line. Easy to use and operate, all you do is take it out of the box, plug it in and you're ready to go no additional tools required. It's even equipped with a convenient shut-off function, automatically powering down at the end of its three-hour cleaning cycle. Utilizing its on-board smart computer, it calculates the size of your pool for a programmed energy efficient cleaning pattern for a spotless clean pool every time. This advanced portable cleaner brushes and scrubs while it vacuums reaching everywhere in your pool including the bottom, sides and steps. It also features an easy to clean reinforced cartridge element, which means no more bags yet another attribute. As an additional safety measure, all TigerShark's feature a 24 DC volt, energy efficient motor.
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The Aquabot unit that I had worked well, although I had to replace parts every 3-4 years. The Tigershark seems like the next technological upgrade to that pool cleaner, and costs only $100-$200 more than the Aquabot replacement. If I can get 10 yrs out of it then I will have gotten my money's worth. Using these units I never hand vacuum my pool during the entire season, and any time that I don't have to vacuum the pool by hand is a good time! Just run the unit overnight and the pool is clean in the morning.
Note: I read the comments about the Tigershark not climbing the walls to the waterline. The instruction manual states this is how the unit works in "Quick Clean" mode, which I haven't used. Quick Clean is the factory default setting on the power unit and you have to manually press the button to put it in "Full" mode.
I live in Long Island and my pool is 20 x 40. I would recommend the Tigershark unit at the Amazon price. My local pool company wanted $1,400.00 for this unit.
My particulars: I have a modest-sized pool, around 19,000 gallons and all curves. I wanted something that would ingest acorns (they rain down from an oak tree during the fall and early winter). I also wanted a vacuum separate from the pool filtration system (acorns and mini-branches would clog my pool's filtration system), would get fine dirt that tends to settle in the deep end and clean the pool tile that collects tree debris.
This vacuum has fulfilled every expectation. It has been worth every dollar and significantly improved the quality of my life from its ease of use and effectiveness. If you can maintain the other aspects of your pool, it will pay for the pool guy in under a year. Go ahead: drop your service and buy this thing.
It cleans 99% of the pool 100% of the time. There is another model (+~$200) that comes with a remote control. As the reviewer said for that item, I have not found a remote control model necessary. (Keep in mind this model is not compatible with a remote control in case you're thinking about buying one later.)
I find it mildly amusing that so many people (in their reviews, anyway) are disappointed that robotic vacs won't clean all the steps. This one cleans my bottom step just fine, but to expect more is not reasonable. The thing has to be submerged! How could it possibly clean higher steps?
If your filters are not clogged with mud or whatever else (typically the fine debris degrades performance the most), this thing has so much power it will easily latch onto and crawl up every wall in your pool. Occasionally while cleaning tiles it will climb too high but rights itself eventually and continues with no problems.
It has never entangled itself in the cord or become incapacitated from impossible positioning.
This model has one cycle of four hours. There is no "quick clean" one-hour cycle like some other models.
My only real gripe has to do with what sometimes happens while removing it from the pool. The entry port for the debris on the underside has two mini-flap doors which open during vacuuming. The force of suction opens these doors. When the vacuum is turned off, the idea is these flap doors close, thereby trapping the debris inside the debris container. Problem is that small sticks sometimes get stuck in these flap doors such that whilst removing the vacuum from the pool, some debris escapes. Other types of debris do not cause this problem.
Cleaning the filters is quite easy. In fact, I've discovered that if I let them dry before cleaning, the debris pops out so easily just by tapping the dried filters with my fingers. So much easier than spraying them clean. 30 seconds, tops.
The unit has a one-year warranty.
I emailed customer service and they replied within an hour. Astonishing. I did try to call once but was listening to "hold" music for over 10 minutes. Just hung up and emailed. Voila.
Perfect? Nearly. And worth every penny.
Tigershark earlier this year, in expectation that my 2011 Tigershark probably wouldn't make it through this pool season. It did make it, as I say in a "further comment" I added to my review a few weeks ago in August (see below). Just last week I took the new Tigershark out of the box, to test it so that if it did not work, I would have the benefit of the one year warranty. This seems to be a better machine than the 2011 version. It is superior in 2 obvious respects : the handle is designed to be more buoyant than the earlier design, which buoyancy gives this machine body more "lift" than the 2011 version, and, the cord is designed to float. The 2011 machine handle was/is less buoyant, and the cord sinks and is pulled around underwater, and the machine snags on it every so often. These design improvements matter, because together they take a lot of drag off the machine. This 2016 version moves more quickly and readily climbs walls, even in the deep end. I'll keep my old 2011 machine in the rotation, principally for heavy spring cleanup, which somewhat stresses any cleaner; but I am encouraged by the performance of this new version of the machine. If it turns out to be reliable, I'd be inclined to give it 5 stars.
Original 2011 review : The Tigershark QC was highly recommended by a friend who has had good experiences. Thus far, two weeks or so after opening the box and getting the Tigershark into the pool, I am disappointed. I have a full size pool, with a deep end. This machine will not clean your entire pool, not in 1 three hour cycle, or in 3 three hour cycles. It will get to 2/3, maybe 3/4 of the pool in that time. It will only occasionally climb a wall, so you will have to brush the sides, not a big job, but a job I did not expect to have. It will run right over and not pick up full size leaves ( there were only a handful in the entire pool - I was not expecting anything extraordinary) I have not had anything on the Tigershark break yet, but the bottom latch and filter cartridge, which must be handled often in order to clean the filters, feel flimsy. The plastic is thin, and feels brittle. It would be easy to break either part. This is not an inexpensive machine. It really should be better than this.
I have begun to think that automatic pool cleaners just do not measure up to the advertising. This is the second cleaner I have owned, and neither will cover the entire pool. Both tend to stay in particular areas of the pool almost all the time. My intent was to replace my Nitro with the Tigershark; but the Tigershark is not really a step up from the Nitro, except in cost. Yesterday I decided to try running them both at the same time - and the result was much better than either one by itself. The cords sometimes touch, but do not entangle. I see the humor in the situation.
Further comment late August 2012: I have used this machine for two summers since I wrote the review above. I keep my pool open from mid May until Columbus Day, and I run this machine through 2 or 3 three hour cycles weekly. Total running time is maybe 9 hours a week, max. It has held up. I have had no mechanical or operational problems with it. For whatever reasons at first it did not pick up leaves, but it often has since. It also began climbing the walls in the shallow end, sometimes. I realize that I have been running the DE filter much less than I did before the Tigershark. If it were possible to bump up my rating to 3.5, I'd do that.
Further comment December 2015 : This machine got me through this past pool season, the 4th. I've grown to like it. This season I've had to replace the belts and the filters and a roller and the impeller (replacing belts and rollers on this machine is a project, not easy, probably beyond the ability of many owners) and the handle became brittle and broke, but I have to admit that overall, it has done its duty. I've held it together with fixes, super glue, and fiberglass tape (the handle), and it continues to chug along. It is important to say that I did not run the pool filter much this past summer. I just saw no need - after shocking the water in spring, and putting the Tigershark to work, the water stayed reasonably clear. The Tigershark filters the water to a high degree. This is a plus where electricity is expensive, because a standard filter motor uses much more electricity than the Tigershark. If you are not super particular about water clarity, the Tigershark will usually keep your water clear enough. From the blasted look of my machine, I expect the 2015 season may have been its last good season, but when I need a next machine, I will probably buy another.
Further comment late August 2016 : The Tigershark I bought in spring 2011 is still running (with the 2015 repairs described above) and has continued to do the job. Even with the cost of the parts I've replaced, and the hours spent doing it, I feel I've gotten my money's worth over these 5 pool years.