Automatic pool cleaners are unfortunately a necessary purchase for many of us, who simply don’t have the time, energy or motivation to manually clean a sizable in-ground pool. Well, if you are going to put some serious money down on a robot, it pays to get a good one that will do a thorough job and last for several years, like the Hayward TigerShark QC RC9990GR Pool Cleaning Robot. To learn much more of this powerful little cleaning machine and what others think about it, please continue reading.
TigerShark QC RC9990GR Specifications
The TigerShark QC is designed for serious work. This cleaner is recommended for in-ground pools up to 20 feet by 40 feet long, where it works on a walls, floors and even steps. Moreover, unlike some other models, it can clean right up to the waterline. It can handle surfaces ranging from fiberglass to vinyl to gunite.
Water is filtered down to sediments 5 microns in size, which is great for catching visible dirt, debris and even clearing up water turbidity; the filter is incorporated into a cartridge-type fitting, so you don’t have to worry about handling clumsy filter bags.
The TigerShark QC is a very sophisticated robot. In fact, this model actually plans its movements and the duration of the cycle depending on the size of your pool. This model is equipped with a generous 55-foot floating power cord and is programmed to run for a maximum of 3 hours, after which time it will shutoff automatically. And in case you’re in a hurry, their is a rapid “Quick Clean” setting you can use to speed up the process even further.
Hayward TigerShark QC RC9990GR Reviews
The TigerShark QC has some of the highest approval ratings out there, and is currently holding an average satisfaction score of 4.5 out of 5 on amazon.com based on 19 reviews. Overall, people praised the TigerShark for quickly cleaning all types of debris, including the dreaded green water. They also commend the very easy-to-clean filter cartridges, which they found much better than the bags used for many other models. In fact, there were only a few stray negative comments, including one reviewer whose unit failed after 3 years and one individual who seemed to have trouble using the proper setting. Beyond that, only minor comments were raised, like twisting cords and less than complete coverage of steps – i.e., minor issues associated with virtually any robot.
Please remember to set this model to “Full” clean, otherwise it will not climb walls. Also, make sure to keep the filter clean, since this can alter cleaning patterns and adversely impact overall performance.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
Selling for over $800 and with a list price over $1,000, the TigerShark QC is clearly not the cheapest robot out there. However, among the robot crowd, this (and some of the Dolphin models) are some of the most highly rated and reliable; indeed, Hayward cleaners are well-known in pool-cleaning circles for bringing great performance and lasting for many years. Thus, while there are more inexpensive options available keep in mind that the lifespan of some of the lesser cleaners can be comparatively short. Also factor in that you may have to do some more manual scrubbing with some of the cheaper options to get a nice finish. As a result, the savings of time and reduced risk of costly breakdown make the TigerShark a very good buy in our book.