Hayward may not be known for their robotic cleaners, but maybe they should be.
The TigerShark is one of the best robotic pool cleaners around. Hayward offers three distinct models of this cleaner. The base model is found on Amazon.com for under $900. The “plus” model, which includes a handheld remote is for sale on Amazon.com for just over $1100. Finally, Hayward has one more model, denoted “QC”, standing for “Quick Clean”, that sells for a little over $900 on Amazon.com.
The differences in these TigerShark models are subtle. All of Hayward’s robotic cleaners brush and scrub both the floor and walls all the way up to the tile. They also filter the water as they clean, trapping very small particles. The three cleaners feature an onboard computer that calculates the size of your pool and maximizes the cleaning pattern. It actually learns the best way to clean your pool. The TigerShark Plus has all the features of the base model, plus it has the handheld remote. It also comes with a two-year warranty versus a one-year warranty with the base model. As for the “QC” model, its big difference is that it can clean your pool in 60 minutes as opposed to three hours with the other two models. The “QC” version can still clean with the longer three-hour cycle, but it does boast the ability to quickly clean when needed.
Another robotic cleaner from Hayward is the SharkVAC XL. This cleaner is slightly more affordable than the TigerShark at just under $800 on Amazon.com. This cleaner features many of the same benefits of the TigerShark and it comes with a two-year warranty. It will clean both the floor and walls. One function that I like is that it has a beach entry sensor that prevents it from driving out of your pool.
Finally, Hayward has introduced an even more affordable robotic cleaner to their TigerShark line. It is simply called the SharkVAC and it is a very affordable $550 on Amazon.com. It will only clean the floor and it only has a one year warranty, but at this price, brushing the walls every couple of weeks doesn’t seem that bad.
Hayward’s cleaners are not as flashy as some of the other robotic manufacturers, but I believe that they will get the job done just as well.