The Hayward Tigershark robotic pool cleaner has been updated with a new design and model numbers for the year 2016. We think the updated design looks really well. Its internal functions are the same as the previous designs (models RC9950GR and RC9990GR), so the new models perform just as good as the previous models.
There are three new models to choose from: the Tigershark Standard RC9950CUB, the Plus RC9955CUB with remote control and the QC RC9990CUB with a quick cleaning option.
Our Hayward Tigershark review considers all the pool cleaner models, old and new.
- 1 Tigershark RC9950GR and RC9990GR
- 2 Tigershark Standard RC9950CUB
- 3 Tigershark Plus RC9955CUB
- 4 Tigershark QC RC9990CUB
- 5 Hayward Tigershark: Does it eat the dirt?
- 6 Tigershark Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner Video
Tigershark RC9950GR and RC9990GR
Please take note that there are two styles available: the “Standard” style (RC9950GR) and the “Quick Clean Technology” style (RC9990GR). The main difference between the two is the quick clean cycle of the Tigershark QC that completes a cleaning cycle in 90 minutes before shutting down.
The standard Tigershark does a full cleaning cycle of about three hours before shutting down. The Tigershark QC does a 90-minute quick clean cycle by default, but you can select a full 3-hour cleaning cycle by pressing the full cycle button.
Tigershark RC9950GR: List of Features
- Built for use in residential pools no bigger than 20 by 40 feet.
- Cleaning routine is controlled by the ACSL Microprocessor.
- Direct drive with polyurethane drive track and stainless steel bearing system.
- High-impact ABS plastic construction: impact resistant and wide temperature range.
- Its wheel brush scrubs the pool surface.
- Motor runs on 24-volt DC with overload protection monitoring and auto-shutoff.
- Motor unit is sealed inside a watertight, high-impact polypropylene housing.
- On-board microprocessor calculates energy-efficient pool cleaning pattern.
- Power supply and 55-foot floating power cable are included.
- Power supply: 110-120 volt AC primary voltage input and 24-volt DC output.
- Removable cartridge filter that is easy to clean and maintain.
- Standard cleaning cycle of three hours.
- Caddy cart is not included.
What is the difference between the RC9950GR and RC9990GR?
The biggest difference is that the Tigershark QC does a 90-minute cleaning cycle by default before shutting down while the standard RC9950GR model cleans for three hours before shutting down. The Hayward Tigershark QC costs a few dollars more and sports extra lettering on the front, but that’s about it.
If you want the Tigershark QC to clean for a full three hours, then simply press the “Full Cycle” button during the “Quick Clean” cycle and it will shut off after three hours of automatic pool cleaning.
How well does it vacuum tree leaves?
It vacuums up the leaves, but bigger leaves might block the intake port to the point that it cannot vacuum anymore. It works fine for small to medium leaves and debris.
What are its advantages?
- Cartridge filter system seems to work better than fabric filter bags.
- Removing, cleaning and replacing the filter cartridge is easier than struggling with filter bags.
What are its disadvantages?
- Small amount of dirt might leak out when removing it from the pool.
- You need to clean the filter cartridge after every use, otherwise it won’t work well.
- Tigershark QC might not climb and clean the pool walls when it does a quick clean cycle.
Are the RC9950GR and RC9990GR models still available?
The manufacturer states that it will send the newly designed Tigershark models to new customers.
Nonetheless, other sellers might still have the “GR” models in stock (check stock at Amazon.com).
Keep in mind that the older and newer Tigershark robotic pool cleaners have the same capabilities and only differ in terms of its housing, colors and model numbers.
Let us continue by looking at the models released in the year 2016. These robotic pool cleaners have “CUB” added to the end of the model number.
Tigershark Standard RC9950CUB
This pool cleaner has the basic 3-hour cleaning cycle for cleaning inground swimming pools with gunite, fiberglass, pebble, tile or vinyl surfaces. Maximum pool size is about 20 feet by 40 feet.
It has a 55-foot power cord and a 115-volt power supply unit. The robotic pool cleaner is powered by an energy efficient 24-volt motor. Its cartridge filters are easy to clean. However, the standard style pool cleaner has neither a quick clean program nor a remote control.
Does it get stuck on the main drain?
Yes, it does get stuck on the main drain. Problems with navigating main drains are the only big complaint. This is unfortunately a problem for most pool cleaners, not just the Tigershark.
Can it clean the walls and stairs?
It is designed to clean the walls and the waterline of an inground swimming pool. However, different pools might produce different results, so there is not complete certainty about anything, is there?
Does the RC9950CUB include a caddy cart?
No, you have to buy a caddy cart for the Tigershark pool cleaner. It is not included as an accessory. However, it is not absolutely necessary. The caddy cart only makes the robotic pool cleaner, power cord and power supply easier to move and store. Only buy it if you can afford to pay an extra 100 dollars to get it.
Tigershark Plus RC9955CUB
This is the same as the standard model, but it includes a remote control. Not much else to say about it. You should buy this model if you want the remote control. We do not think that the remote control is an absolute necessity. Save a few dollars and buy one of the other Tigershark models.
Tigershark QC RC9990CUB
This model gives you the option of selecting a 90-minute quick cleaning cycle in addition to the standard 3-hour cycle. It does not have a remote control.
Hayward Tigershark: Does it eat the dirt?
This Hayward robotic pool cleaner will clean the pool. The majority of owners are satisfied with its performance. It eats the dirt. It is then up to you to clean the filter cartridge. The filter cartridge is easy to clean.
The power cable might tangle up now and then and need some untangling. Lock the handle in the opposite position so the cable gets untangled while the pool cleaner is moving around the pool.
|What does the Tigershark robotic pool cleaners cost? We suggest you view online prices at Amazon.com. Read a few reviews and learn more about it.|