Which is the best pool vacuum: the TigerShark Quick Clean or the Dolphin Nautilus CC+? These are the two that we were left with when we wanted to compare the best models from each company. The elimination process was, as always, long and brutal.
To answer the question of which one is better, you have to understand the features of each one. Only then can you decide which will work best in your particular pool. Get the features you need. That’s how you make sure you get a good value, right?
So let’s just dive right in, make a big splash and find you your new pool cleaning robot in this pool vacuum comparison.
In A Rush?
To compare pool vacuum robots, it’s sometimes useful to run through the relative pros and cons real quick. So here we go.
Both models clean all pool surfaces, but the Dolphin Nautilus CC has more suction to get more fine debris off the pool floor. But the TigerShark cleans the waterline. The Dolphin doesn’t, so you have to brush it yourself.
Both have long cords. The TigerShark is good for pools up to 45’, and the Dolphin can handle 50’ pools.
Each of these automatic pool cleaners feature easy-to-clean filter cartridges. The Dolphin has two filters, so it takes a little more time to clean them.
The TigerShark has two cleaning modes: three-hour deep clean and 90-minute quick clean. Dolphin’s cleaner has only a single two-hour cycle. You can program the Dolphin to start cleaning automatically at the frequency you want it to, but the TigerShark must be manually started each time you want it to clean.
Dolphin’s warranty is only two years, while TigerShark’s is three.
The Dolphin is lighter at 19 pounds, and the Tigershark weighs 21-½.
TigerShark’s cleaner is more expensive.
So the TigerShark is a good pool vacuum, but so is the Dolphin. Stick around and we’ll get more specific below.
- Our Rating:
- Hayward TigerShark Robotic Pool Vacuum Quick Clean
- Ideal for all pool surfaces
Good for pools up to 45’
Easy-to-clean filter cartridges
Warranty: 3 year
Weight: 21.5 lbs
Hayward TigerShark vs Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaners Review & Comparison:
So, if you have a beach-entry pool, the Hayward TigerShark Quick Clean is the only way to go here. Ditto if having the option to run a quick touch-up cleaning cycle is important to you. And keep in mind that the TigerShark Quick Clean will scrub your waterline.
The Dolphin Nautilus CC+ gets more fine silt out of the pool, and it’s less prone to tangling. But it can’t clean the waterline. It is, however, about $300 cheaper.
If you want to save some money and don’t mind putting in a little effort to do some of the cleaning yourself, you may want to go with the Dolphin. But if it’s important to you to have your robot do all of the work, we’d recommend the TigerShark.
But here is one more important consideration. If you can’t be around your pool very often, like if your pool is at a vacation home or something, remember that the Dolphin lets you program an automatic cleaning schedule.