Hayward Tigershark Robotic Pool Cleaner Review

If you are looking for a reliable robotic pool cleaner you should always check out Hayward with their over 80 years in the industry. Hayward Tigershark Robotic Pool Cleaner fits the brand quite nicely with its full capabilities and modest appeal. The power of the machine is not to be underestimated as its fully capable of cleaning any surface. Moving from the floor to the walls, waterline, and cove is done accurately through onboard sensors. An onboard pump keeps your water circulating as it cleans minimizing backwash. With a price approaching $900 it sounds nice, but is that all worth it?

Hayward Tigershark Robotic Pool Cleaner
  • Powerful cleaning technology allows for the cleaning of all surfaces
  • Multiple cycles for various types of cleaning
  • Polyester cartridge filters make for easy cleaning
  • Very energy efficient
  • Easy to operate
  • Quite expensive
  • Lacking in exclusive features
  • Heavy especially without water release feature
  • No tangle-free cord

Type of Filter

For many, the filter might be considered the best part of the TigerShark thanks to its convenient design. The cartridge filter system allows for easy removal and cleanup as long as you have a hose nearby. It can be hard to get into every corner however so it isn’t the best for the perfectionist. Quality filtration allows pickup of debris down to 2 microns for a true clean. While everything about the filter is easy to clean you can find larger ones for a lower price.


The energy efficiency is another area where the TigerShark far exceeds and pressure or suction pump system. With its own onboard pump, it efficiently pulls a ton of power at minimal cost thanks to its 24V DC motor. This motor allows it to use less energy than an AC motor increased the efficiency and safety of operation. A 55-foot cord requires a GCFI power outlet in order to operate. This distance is pretty good for pools up to 40 feet.


Hayward Tigershark Pool Cleaner might be confused as the typewriter of the sea with its basic design. The front teeth used for picking up debris and propulsion still make the name quite obvious. A built-in handle helps you deal with the weight that comes with the robotic pool cleaner operation. Though even with the handle maneuvering this machine in the water can be quite the hassle. A 22-pound machine can suddenly feel more like a 50-pound machine if you try to move too quickly.


If other areas about the Hayward TigerShark disappoint the performance is not the one to tag along. Sporting an impressive 70 gallons per minute of suction power this machine can effectively capture debris. With the help of a built-in microprocessor, this robotic pool cleaner takes its automation pretty seriously. As long as you take care of its different aspects a reliable clean of every surface is its pedigree. Its ability to easily produce a visible change at the touch of a button is quite remarkable.

Climbing Ability

The TigerShark’s mobility is part of what makes it so dangerous to other competitors in the water. Its strong suction power allows it to move across all surfaces up walls and down into covers. A restrictor can impede you from moving up some types of surfaces. It can be simply removed though for easy automated cleaning of the walls and waterline. This machine is able to efficiently move around without any extra hookups or hoses.

Cleaning Cycles

You don’t have an insane variety of options when it comes to cleaning cycles but you will have enough to suit your needs. The basic cleaning cycle operates over the course of three hours fully cleaning all surfaces of any shape of pool. What gives it a step above many other robotic pool cleaners is a second quick clean option. Activating this will set the TigerShark within motion for a 90-minute effort when you want an expedient clean.

Deflecting Features and Sensors

You might be surprised to find that the Hayward TigerShark doesn’t advertise its pool mapping capabilities much. They probably don’t think it’s necessary with their reputation but this machine does scan before an operation. You’ll just have to be happy with knowing a microprocessor and the Quick Clean technology is doing the work. It doesn’t have the ability to track sudden obstructions, however.

Other Features

Just about as formulaic as you’d expect from an industry-standard Hayward doesn’t go overboard with extra features. The main extra feature in a tangle-free cord is actually missing here as well. When you get down to it the only special features not mentioned so far are a 3-year warranty in the US and multiple cleaning cycles.

Hayward Tigershark Robotic Pool Cleaner Review Conclusion

Despite Hayward’s long history in the industry, the TigerShark is unable to stand out ahead of its similarly priced competition. Perhaps they let their history carry over into apathy regardless this model isn’t built to astound. You can rely on it though with confidence which serves for its own merit. Its power is no better than the competition along with many of its other capabilities. You still have to appreciate it for its ability to reach any surface and perform all the basics of robotic cleaning to perfection. The problem is if you are spending that much money you can probably find a nice unique feature elsewhere.


Will an automatic pool cleaner pick up leaves and other large pieces of debris?

Yes, the filter opening of the TigerShark pool cleaner allows for the system to effectively pick up leaves and debris from the bottom of the pool.

How often do I need to replace the filter cartridge

There are many variables to be considered but most consumers get 2-3 seasons from a set of filters.

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