Hayward TigerShark Review

The Hayward RC9990CUB TigerShark Quick Clean is an efficient robotic pool cleaner that will do all the hard work for you so you spend more time cooling off in the pool and less time laboring over keeping it clean. It is engineered with smart technology that enables it to calculate the most efficient cleaning pattern depending on the dimensions of the pool and its filtration needs.

Features At A Glance
• Weighs 42 lbs
• Designed to clean floors, lower steps and walls up to the waterline of in-ground pools up to 20 ft x 40 ft
• Cleans vinyl, fiberglass and granite pool surfaces
• Comes with a 55 ft power cord
• ABS plastic construction provides excellent toughness and durability as well as high resistance to wide range of temperatures
• 24-volt motor uses less energy for each cleaning cycle
• Filtration rate is 75 gallons per minute
• Filters up to 5 microns
• Operates independently from the pool’s filtration system reducing the frequency of filter backwash cycles
• Patented easy-to-clean cartridge filters
• Automatic shut off


  • Plug and play
  • Tough and durable
  • Excellent cleaning action
  • Advanced programming option
  • No connections to pool system


  • Heavy
  • Caddy not included
  • Occasionally leaks dirt

A Look At The 3 Variants Of The Hayward Tigershark QC

If you are considering buying the Hayward TigerShark QC, you will have three models to choose from – the TigerShark Standard, the TigerShark QC and the TigerShark Plus. All three models are powered by the same technology and they all have the standard features mentioned above. However, each of them has one hallmark feature that sets it apart from the other two.

TigerShark RC9990GR Standard – This is the original model. It does not have the more advanced features of its successors but it is the cheapest of the three and is a good choice for anyone looking for a basic but efficient pool cleaner. The default cleaning cycle for the standard model is 4 hours, after which it will automatically shut down.

TigerShark RC9990GR QC – The TigerShark QC offers users a quick clean option, which is really convenient for those times when your pool isn’t too dirty but you’d like to do a quick cleaning job before you get in. The Quick Clean Technology is the default setting in this model so when you lower the device into the water, it will do a quick 90-minute cleaning cycle before automatically shutting down. For those times when you want the unit to do a more thorough cleaning, you simply press the ‘Full Cycle’ button before lowering it into the pool. The TigerShark QC costs a little more than its predecessor, the standard model.

TigerShark RC9990GR Plus – The TigerShark RC9990GR Plus has all of the features of the QC with one additional feature that sets it apart – a wireless remote. Having a remote gives you complete control over the pool cleaner and because it is wireless you don’t even have to get off from your pool chair. You can control the unit from a distance. How does having a remote control help? If the device gets stuck over a raised drain cover, you can redirect it so it can keep going, or if it misses an area during the clean cycle, you can navigate it back to the spot that needs additional cleaning. The TigerShark Plus is the most expensive of the three models.


All three TigerShark variations are completely plug-and-play. You simply plug it in, lower it into the water and let it do its thing. When submerged in the water, the unit will assess the pool’s shape and dimension as well as it filtration requirements to determine the most efficient way to clean it.

Powerful on-board pumps scour the floor, walls and steps of the pool and do a great job of sucking up dirt and debris. This is one of very few robotic pool cleaners that are capable of climbing and cleaning the stairs too.

Some users have expressed their disappointment at seeing the unit only climbs one or two stairs and can go no further. But that is to be expected. The unit is designed to work when submerged in water. As it starts to climb the stairs and get out from under the water its efficiency decreases.


• Plug-and-play system so there is no laborious pre-installation
• Tough and durable ABS plastic construction
• Excellent cleaning action provided by powerful on-board pumps that suck up dirt and debris
• Options for quick clean or remote control
• No connections to pool system
• Removing, cleaning and replacing filter cartridges is quick and easy – no messing around with filter bags
• Easy access to debris chamber
• Advanced programming options
• High porosity filtering elements


• At 42 lbs, it is heavier than most other robotic pool cleaners, which can make it cumbersome to carry around for someone who is slightly built
• A caddy is necessary for carrying around the additional weight but you will need to buy this separately, which adds on to the final cost
• The filter cartridge needs to be removed and cleaned after every use or it can hampers the efficiency
• A small amount of dirt tends to leak out when taking the TigerShark out of the water

What Others Are Saying

While most users agree that this model is definitely robust and does a great job of cleaning the pool, some find that the additional weight makes it difficult to use. Having to pay extra for the caddy is something users are not pleased about especially since they are already paying a premium price for this pool cleaner.

Is The TigerShark For You?

This is an excellent robotic pool cleaner if you are willing to pay the additional price for a sturdy workhorse that will clean your pool efficiently and on its own. You do need to keep in mind that this unit is heavy so you need to make sure that there is someone who can handle the additional weight.

The TigerShark RC9990GR Plus allows you to have as much or as little control over the cleaning cycle but that luxury comes at a price. If you are on a budget or you just prefer the hands-off approach the Standard and Quick Clean models may be better options and they work just as well too.


Imagine not having the need to manually brush and vacuum your pool and save a lot of time to enjoy swimming than cleaning on a beautiful weekend. That’s one less thing to worry about in your pool maintenance routine, right? Everyone can enjoy that with the availability of robotic pool cleaners.

But not all pool cleaners are created equal. Some automatic pool cleaners still require a little monitoring and supervision especially when they get entangled or stuck in one area. What if that can be minimized too? Hayward RC9990CUB TigerShark Robotic Pool Vacuum might be the one you are looking for to get the job done, check out how :

In-Depth with Hayward RC9990CUB TigerShark Robotic Pool Vacuum

The Hayward TigerShark RC9990CUB is an easy to operate automatic pool cleaner. You basically just need to take it out of the box, plug it in and it’s on its way to eat up the debris at the bottom of your pool.

There are three variants of Hayward TigerShark. The TigerShark RC9950CUB Automatic Pool Cleaner, TigerShark RC9955CUB Robotic Cleaner Plus Remote Control and TigerShark RC9990CUB Robotic Cleaner with Quick Clean Option. All of these variants can cover 20’x40’ pool size.

​In just three (3) hours, TigerShark can clean all the areas of your pool with its complete cleaning cycle which is the standard when you plug and start the pool cleaner.

​What sets this model apart is its patented quick clean technology with a 90-minute cleaning cycle – that is 50% less of its standard cleaning period.

It operates separately from the pool’s filter system and that prevents the occurrence of filter backwash cycles. This is made possible by the TigerShark’s onboard pump for strong vacuum power and a built-in 24-volt motor to efficiently suck up dirt and debris while using less energy and minimize electricity cost.

At the bottom of the TigerShark is a pair of roller brushes and in between is a bottom lid assembly which has a debris vacuum opening. Inside it is a filter cartridge assembly where water and debris go in and filtered water comes out after. So, this robotic pool cleaner does not only vacuum dirt and debris, it helps your pool filter system too.

It also has an easy-to-clean filter cartridge. Simply unlock the two white latches at the bottom lid, remove the cover, get the filter and rinse all the accumulated debris using a hose until it is clean.

Vacuum pool floors, walls, coves and waterline in half the time. Likewise, it can clean various types of surfaces like gunite, vinyl, fiberglass, pebble and tile. For extra slipper surfaces, an add-on foam roller can be added as a cleaning accessory. This model offers a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty as well.

Specifications and Features:

Pool Type: In-ground

Cleaner Type: Robotic

Connection: Built-in onboard pump and 24-V motor

Warranty: 3-year Manufacturer’s Warranty

Pool Surfaces it can Cover: Pebble, Tile, Vinyl, Gunite and Fiberglass

What’s In the Box?

  1. Hayward TigerShark RC9990CUB Robotic Cleaner (filters inserted)
  2. Power supply
  3. Power cords (55 feet and 3 feet in length)
  4. Manual and Quick start guide

FAQs About Hayward TigerShark RC9990CUB Robotic Cleaner

Can I use it on my above ground pool?

This pool cleaner is intended to be used on in-ground pools. Using it on above ground pools, despite having vinyl liners may damage the walls as it will try to climb up on these areas as well.

Does this serve as a brush too?

Yes. Unlike other pool cleaners that only serve as pool vacuum, Hayward TigerShark has built-in roller brush that can scrub your pool walls, waterline, floors and coves. It does all of these while it sucks debris and filters the pool as part of the cleaning cycle.

What kinds of debris can I use this for?

It can be used for small to large debris, but it is highly recommended to use their very own Spring Cleanup filter elements which are perfect for large quantities of heavy debris that may have accumulated during the season.

Can I leave this pool cleaner overnight?

The robotic pool cleaner is programmed to get the job done in 3 hours and when the Quick Clean technology is activated, it can even clean the pool in just 90 minutes or half the time.


  • ​Low-maintenance

  • ​It brushes/scrubs, vacuums and filters debris on the pool

  • ​It has a built-in filter system

  • ​Quick clean option

  • ​Can be used on small to large debris and has available accessories for spring cleaning

  • ​Easy to set up and use

  • ​Durable

  • ​Quiet

  • ​3-year Manufacturer’s Warranty


  • ​High price point

  • ​Better if it comes with a remote like the other model

  • ​It is heavy for most users

Bottom line:

Being on the high price point can make buyers take a step back when considering the Hayward TigerShark, but the functionalities just keep on impressing. Throughout the years, this particular model gained the respect of its users. The ease of set-up, the brushing and scrubbing together with the vacuuming are the top reasons why users buy it. Imagine maintaining your pool with less effort?

There are many robotic pool cleaners out there but they have a lot of restrictions that really disappoint, like the limited size of debris they can vacuum, the more extended hours you need to have it running to be able to clean your pool and the lack of ability to climb the walls and scrub up to your waterline.

With this automatic pool cleaner, you can clean your pool in shorter periods and you can choose to adjust the frequency of cleaning in a week. Since it does not rely on your pool’s filter system and runs on its own, it helps you save on electricity and it assists your pool cleaning mechanism as a whole.

Despite the price tag, with the right manner of usage, the Hayward TigerShark can last you more than 10 years. And that’s more than enough to keep your pool clean and free from debris, minimize the use of chemicals and save on electricity costs.