PDA

View Full Version : Teach me about hot tubs / spas


P-hat_in_Cincy
05-19-2008, 06:12 PM
My wife and I are thinking about a hot tub / spa to compliment our deck. Of course we've used friend's and hotel's but never had to look on our own.

We're looking for 5-6 person that is cost effective but well built. No 'lounge' seating. Variable height seats so my vertically challenged wife doesn't drown or have to wear water wings.

Local dealer only sells Reflections, but there's a Watson's that has other brands.

We found (online) a Viking spa (Legacy II) that is decently priced at Watson's but I'm not sure about the Fortiflex they use (also used to make industrial buckets and containers), while most others use Acrylic. There's a Reflections Cordoba that we like, but it's priced about $1500 higher.

Anyway...school me...

Thanks,
Paul

Roonie's
05-19-2008, 06:27 PM
We had this brand for 8 years and loved it. It is a stand alone spa and a little more pricey but have superior quality.

http://www.hotspring.com/index_spas_hot_spring.html

SkiDog
05-19-2008, 07:47 PM
Hot tubs cause babies!:D:D:D

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-19-2008, 07:51 PM
Hot tubs cause babies!:D:D:D
You don't have it (the hot tub) turned up hot enough. Gotta make it like a pot of boiling water!:D

JohnnyB
05-19-2008, 08:06 PM
Have had a Marquis spa for 9 years....run it year round, no issues. Absolutely get 220V with separate heater circ pump and jet pump. Also, make sure it is completely insulated with foam if you plan to use it year-round.

A 120V unit in cold climate will not cut it.

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-19-2008, 08:33 PM
Have had a Marquis spa for 9 years....run it year round, no issues. Absolutely get 220V with separate heater circ pump and jet pump. Also, make sure it is completely insulated with foam if you plan to use it year-round.

A 120V unit in cold climate will not cut it.

Yep...both we're looking at are dual pump 220.

How many jets? The ones we're looking have about 44, but our friends have 32 and it's never left us thinking it didn't have enough.

mattsn
05-19-2008, 10:31 PM
The only one.

http://www.masterspas.com/pages/Showroom/H2X_Swim_Spa.html

etakk7
05-19-2008, 11:17 PM
I bought a Resort Spa (built by Artesian) from Watsons in October. It is a 7 person spa, no lounge seating. I think its around 40 jets, fully foamed. The model is the 840B if they carry that line still. We bought a floor model for $4800 with a 5 year prorated warranty. We've been super happy with it. Let me know if you have questions.

Chas
05-19-2008, 11:31 PM
I have sold HotSpring Portable Spas for 22 years. Along the way I have had several other brands on my showroom floors alongside. HotSpring has been the most popular, even when it was the more expensive choice.

I believe they are one of the best values you can get in hot water. I would easily say that HotSpring is the Master Craft of tubs.

Here (http://www.poolsearch.com/resources.php?id=57)is a site with some reviews - based on input from actual owners. They have information about swimming pools as well - and the web discussion boards are every bit as in-depth as this one.

Another site with good info - What's the best Hot Tub (http://www.whatsthebest-hottub.com/).

And finally - my site. (http://www.hotspring-ventura.com/) Relax - I can't sell over the 'net, so you are safe. But if I can help, I would be pleased to do so.

kennbarbie
05-20-2008, 12:06 AM
When you go in and talk to any of the sales reps, be sure to ask about the different chemical options and service packs they may offer.

Be sure to get a certified electriction install a GFI breaker on the tub.

Good call on the no louge seat, we found ours never used so when we traded it a few years ago, didnt go for it.

One last thing, go with an assited cover hinge if your wife is small. Sometimes they get heavy after a drink of vino and it will help her out to open and close it by herself.

Be sure to enjoy, invite your MC buddies over for a brew, and have fun.

pflcjl
05-20-2008, 06:11 AM
I have a hot springs tub and I would recommend it as well. More expensive but better value. Had a warranty issue once and the next day delivered part and fixed it.

Workin' 4 Toys
05-20-2008, 09:16 AM
We had one. 9 seat/person.

1st year- In it about every 2 or 3 days (It was great):)
2nd year- About once a week or every other:(
3rd year- About once a month or every other:o
4th year- Got rid of it with the house:banana:.....(Won't get another one)

DBR
05-20-2008, 09:16 AM
Check out Dimension One. 12 yrs still running. Lifetime tub warranty

MYMC
05-20-2008, 09:46 AM
The only one.

http://www.masterspas.com/pages/Showroom/H2X_Swim_Spa.html

100% agree....this is ours: http://www.masterspas.com/pages/Showroom/LSX1050.html

and anyone who was at CSM 2008 on Saturday night can vouche for it!:rolleyes:

RexDog1
05-20-2008, 09:56 AM
A hot tub is a A water-filled wood, plastic, or ceramic container in which up to 12 people can lounge. Normally equipped with a heater that heats the water from 80 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit. It may also have jets to bubble the water. The water is not drained after each use. An average-size hot tub holds 200 to 400 gallons of water. All reported hot tubs were assumed to include an electric pump. Hot tubs are also called Spas or Jacuzzis :rolleyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BA0Hk3vT1g


http://www.hotspring.com/land_spa_models.html?gclid=CNmR9cyctZMCFSQqagod-zcgCA

atlfootr
05-20-2008, 10:22 AM
Seems I've posted to a thread like this somewhere else before .... wait it was one that I started.

Hot Tub Baby .... (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=20869&highlight=tubs) (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/mc2006/images/misc/multipage.gif 1 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=20869&highlight=tubs) 2 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=20869&page=2&highlight=tubs))
atlfootr

Why don't folks ever do searches, before starting a new thread :rolleyes:

Chas
05-20-2008, 10:38 AM
Check out Dimension One. 12 yrs still running. Lifetime tub warranty

Actually, the D1 warranty isn't really a 'lifetime tub warranty." That is one of the suggestions I make to spa shoppers - read the warranty. The whole warranty. We had ours to shoppers as they are looking at the tubs, and it can be downloaded from the web site.

The D1 warranty is a good one, but it covers the shell of the tub for 7 years. From that point on they will repair the shell if you ship the tub to their factory. That would be in Vista, CA about one block from Watkins MFG Corp, the makers of HotSpring Portable Spas, and it would be at your expense. And it only applies to the pure white thermoplastic shell material UltraLifeŽ and not any of the colorful acrylic materials.

HTH

Roonie's
05-20-2008, 10:40 AM
We had one. 9 seat/person.

1st year- In it about every 2 or 3 days (It was great)
2nd year- About once a week or every other
3rd year- About once a month or every other
4th year- Got rid of it with the house....(Won't get another one)

We had ours for 8 years and sold it last year with the house. I went on average at least 3 times a week and sometimes more for the entire 8 years. I really miss it and liked having the relaxation of a warm hottub to get away and think after a stressful day.

I built ours into our deck even though it was a stand alone hot springs spa. Still had full access to the equipment on the backside.
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2/Roonies_2006/DSC_0157-1.jpg

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-20-2008, 10:57 AM
Seems I've posted to a thread like this somewhere else before .... wait it was one that I started.

Why don't folks ever do searches, before starting a new thread :rolleyes:
While your thread documents the hot tub you had already purchased and were installing as well as some information on chemicals and such, it doesn't really cover information on who/what to look for in the purchasing stages...but thanks for the reminder. 8p

TMCNo1
05-20-2008, 11:07 AM
Hot tubs cause babies!:D:D:D

And filters get stopped up from practicing!

Ric
05-20-2008, 11:12 AM
hot tubs are funky. don't get a giant hot tub unless you want to simmer in 100degree water sharing whatever your suitors have for fungus etc.

Chas
05-20-2008, 02:37 PM
hot tubs are funky. don't get a giant hot tub unless you want to simmer in 100degree water sharing whatever your suitors have for fungus etc.

Not. HotSpring tubs come with a system which creates and injects ozone 24 hours a day. Silently. They have drastically oversize filters, and they run all the water through the filters before returning it to the tub. The filtration system is fully automated - you don't even have to set it. You put a mineral purifier in a special tube in the filter system and you have sparkling clean water all the time. You can even soak chlorine free - but you will use some chlorine as a 'shock' once a month or after a party.

If your tub was funky, it was your fault, not the tub's. Sorry...

Ric
05-20-2008, 03:03 PM
it just gives me the willies

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-20-2008, 03:17 PM
How did you guys (in general) go about selecting your hot tubs? I don't want to buy on looks, bling, and price alone but it's hard to find non-biased data (we all know some people only post their problems 8p).

Like anything, I want to buy a quality product at a reasonable price while taking into account a local shop with local service capabilities.

In general, how did you decide on what you got?

atlfootr
05-20-2008, 04:27 PM
While your thread documents the hot tub you had already purchased and were installing as well as some information on chemicals and such, it doesn't really cover information on who/what to look for in the purchasing stages...but thanks for the reminder. 8pI do believe you'll find "EVERYTHING" and more on here, http://spaforums.com/

It was a wealthly source of info. for us, for example ....
http://spaforums.com/styles/AeroBlueX/imageset/forum_read.gifBuying a New Spa? (http://spaforums.com/Spa/Whats-The-Best)
Questions related to purchasing a new or used spa or hot tub.

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-20-2008, 06:47 PM
I do believe you'll find "EVERYTHING" and more on here, http://spaforums.com/

It was a wealthly source of info. for us, for example ....
http://spaforums.com/styles/AeroBlueX/imageset/forum_read.gifBuying a New Spa? (http://spaforums.com/Spa/Whats-The-Best)
Questions related to purchasing a new or used spa or hot tub.

Thank you!

atlfootr
05-20-2008, 08:50 PM
Thank you!Your welcome :D

JohnE
05-20-2008, 08:59 PM
100% agree....this is ours: http://www.masterspas.com/pages/Showroom/LSX1050.html

and anyone who was at CSM 2008 on Saturday night can vouche for it!:rolleyes:


I was there, and it looked like a winner to me.;)

We have a Coleman (I think) and it is a hit.....

bigmac
05-20-2008, 08:59 PM
The only thing I know about hot tubs is that you're not supposed to wear swim suits in them. Something about the soap in the suits being bad for the spa, as well as the potential for dermatitis under the suit line.

Consider that medical advice.

JohnE
05-20-2008, 09:04 PM
The only thing I know about hot tubs is that you're not supposed to wear swim suits in them. Something about the soap in the suits being bad for the spa, as well as the potential for dermatitis under the suit line.

Consider that medical advice.


I've been telling them that since I got it. ;)Thanks for getting my back, Mac.:D

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-28-2008, 04:02 PM
Well...we're pulling the trigger.

Sundance Hartford. As an added 'bonus' it'll have stainless accents and some LED lighting at the water level.

Ric
05-28-2008, 04:46 PM
The only thing I know about hot tubs is that you're not supposed to wear swim suits in them. Something about the soap in the suits being bad for the spa, as well as the potential for dermatitis under the suit line.

Consider that medical advice.
can you write me a prescription for a spa with a pool attached doc? I think it could put me into a medical deduction for 08 if I go big...:cool:

Ric
05-28-2008, 04:49 PM
Not. HotSpring tubs come with a system which creates and injects ozone 24 hours a day. Silently. They have drastically oversize filters, and they run all the water through the filters before returning it to the tub. The filtration system is fully automated - you don't even have to set it. You put a mineral purifier in a special tube in the filter system and you have sparkling clean water all the time. You can even soak chlorine free - but you will use some chlorine as a 'shock' once a month or after a party.

If your tub was funky, it was your fault, not the tub's. Sorry...
okay somebody teach me about ozone systems while you're teaching phat about spas..... I had a pool guy try to sell me on the idea but all he said was you have never seen the water so clear....

sounded like a splitfire sparkplug pitch so I blew it off...

Roonie's
05-28-2008, 06:40 PM
okay somebody teach me about ozone systems while you're teaching phat about spas..... I had a pool guy try to sell me on the idea but all he said was you have never seen the water so clear....

So this is where the ozone layer is going too?? Al Gore will want to hear about this.

TX.X-30 fan
05-28-2008, 07:50 PM
okay somebody teach me about ozone systems while you're teaching phat about spas..... I had a pool guy try to sell me on the idea but all he said was you have never seen the water so clear....

sounded like a splitfire sparkplug pitch so I blew it off...




Is that the no clorine salt water thing?? I have no pool:mad: but if you need a lake:)

TX.X-30 fan
05-28-2008, 07:52 PM
I've been telling them that since I got it. ;)Thanks for getting my back, Mac.:D


Who your golf foresome?? :D

shepherd
05-29-2008, 01:50 PM
The only thing I know about hot tubs is that you're not supposed to wear swim suits in them. Something about the soap in the suits being bad for the spa, as well as the potential for dermatitis under the suit line.

Consider that medical advice.

I guess the girls at CSM Saturday night didn't get that message... :(

shepherd
05-29-2008, 01:53 PM
can you write me a prescription for a spa with a pool attached doc? I think it could put me into a medical deduction for 08 if I go big...:cool:

I got a prescription for a hot tub from a chiropractor. In Florida, tax is excluded on hot tubs that are "medically necessary" (I strained my back waterskiing). Saved me a few hundred bucks. Something to think abut P-Hat if you haven't pulled the trigger yet - maybe your state has the same rule.

P-hat_in_Cincy
06-20-2008, 03:08 PM
Too bad electrician can't make it until Monday... :(
Oh well...have some landscaping to do...

atlfootr
06-20-2008, 04:26 PM
Congrats, welcome to the 'spa family' :D

flipper
06-20-2008, 04:30 PM
congrats...My wife is trying to talk me into one.

P-hat_in_Cincy
06-24-2008, 10:43 AM
All hooked up and got it's first trial run last night! Thanks for the replies.

TX.X-30 fan
06-24-2008, 11:08 AM
I thought bigmac had said medically speaking cloths were a no-no?? :D


Nice tub.