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Looking to get a hot tub for our back patio, know nothing about them, what brands are good, and whats the best bang for the buck or the best deal going right now?
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Hot springs is the best. Get your check book out
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Looking to get a hot tub for our back patio, know nothing about them, what brands are good, and whats the best bang for the buck or the best deal going right now?
There is a pool/spa expo happening in Orlando.
http://www.poolspapatio.com/
Plenty of portables and you could probably score a great price.

I would go but I have to be at a wedding in Joliet IL.

Might take a look at the vendors list to get more specific info.
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ain't it hot enough down there???
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Get one of these and I'll hook it up for you.
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We got out old one from BJ's. Yeah, you read that right. They had two left for blowout prices. Asked a neighbor to help me load it and he bought the other one. I've since moved, but gave it to my sister. They love it. It was an Infinity, which is now out of business, but check out your local SAMs, Costco, or BJ's. You might be able to steal one too.
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I just got out of mine 5 min ago. Here is the deal..... DO NOT BUY A NON KNOWN BRAND! A lot of these company's will sell you one for a "deal" and offer you some awesome warranty...which sounds awesome at first thought, but what happens is these company's fold after a couple years of business and then you are up the creek w/o a paddle when it comes time to get parts(and you will need parts sooner or later). Get a brand that has been in business for years like jacuzzi. They have been around and not going anywhere. Also DO NOT buy used. Most people buy these things and throw them on their deck...which is fine until you go to move it. When you move it, it will flex some and 99% of the time, the fittings will bust loose just enough and it will leak its ass off. So don't move it once installed. Also they are easy to maintain once you get the hang of it. Any more questions?
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I hd one for many years. I got it from my father who had for years. Look for the bility to acces the components. Some have fittings that are covered in with spray foam making it hard to repair. Check for parts availablity - replacements for jets, nozzles the fittings. Once they leak or break you need access to remove them to reseal or replace. The foam can hinder those repairs. Mine eventually needed to have the entire 'spa pack' eplaced. I was ble to buy a replacement and install a complete setup for the control box, pump and heater for under a grand. That extended the life of the spa another 10 years plus. Having the original serviced was going to cost me close to 200.00 for the service call just to determine the parts needed. Then additional expenses for install etc etc.
I pulled 240 service to mine, allowing the heater to run at the same time as the pumps and jets. I could not have been happier with my repair and the continued support that came with the spa pack. The companies selling them build them with the expectation that the end user will be calling for long term support. They were better to deal with than local companies that would only send their tech.
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Originally Posted by CNC Boater View Post
I hd one for many years. I got it from my father who had for years. Look for the bility to acces the components. Some have fittings that are covered in with spray foam making it hard to repair. Check for parts availablity - replacements for jets, nozzles the fittings. Once they leak or break you need access to remove them to reseal or replace. The foam can hinder those repairs. Mine eventually needed to have the entire 'spa pack' eplaced. I was ble to buy a replacement and install a complete setup for the control box, pump and heater for under a grand. That extended the life of the spa another 10 years plus. Having the original serviced was going to cost me close to 200.00 for the service call just to determine the parts needed. Then additional expenses for install etc etc.
I pulled 240 service to mine, allowing the heater to run at the same time as the pumps and jets. I could not have been happier with my repair and the continued support that came with the spa pack. The companies selling them build them with the expectation that the end user will be calling for long term support. They were better to deal with than local companies that would only send their tech.

See what I mean...?
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I've got to ask, those of you with one, how often do you use it? I had a neighboor that only wanted to have us come over and use it with him and his wife (we never did) he was pretty gross, never saw him use it more than once or twice.
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Jebsurf gives good advice. Do your research before you buy. I have a Saratoga Spas Lincoln XL and love it. Makes winter a whole lot easier to deal with. Maintenance is a piece of cake. Electric costs should be considered, especially in winter. Good luck.
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I've got to ask, those of you with one, how often do you use it? I had a neighboor that only wanted to have us come over and use it with him and his wife (we never did) he was pretty gross, never saw him use it more than once or twice.
I try to use mine every night! I think the longest I've gone is 3 days w/o using it...but thats the most yet. Rain,sun,snow, whatever....im in it
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Originally Posted by Montauk_Joe View Post
Jebsurf gives good advice. Do your research before you buy. I have a Saratoga Spas Lincoln XL and love it. Makes winter a whole lot easier to deal with. Maintenance is a piece of cake. Electric costs should be considered, especially in winter. Good luck.
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you do realize that PIIHB may make SOUP?
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Had a Jacuzzi, used a fair amount for a while. When time came to sell it it went quick on Craigslist.

Found out there are people who buy and sell hot tubs like some Thters buy and sell boats.

A good quality HT isn't cheap. Don't get caught up in all the jets as much as the quality of the pumps ozonator and controller.
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I bought a Hot Springs about 3 years ago. After 2 years the circulating pump died and they came out
the next day and replaced it under warranty, N/C. The tech did a few upgrades while he was here
as well. If you're considering the salt water option where it converts the salt into chlorine so you don't
have to add any (or very little), be informed that the cartridge that does this is a consumable item and
will only last about 3 years and costs almost $1000 to replace. Other than that, I love the thing.
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I have a sundance optima 880 and use it year round, I use bromine not chlorine.
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Bromine is good for indoor or covered but not in the sun.
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Bromine is good for indoor or covered but not in the sun.
It stays cover when not in use.
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