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A Look at Hot Tub & Spa Manufacturers

Most hot tub/spa dealers offer models from a number of manufacturers, but limited space necessitates a limited number of models in the show room. Also, some dealers get better deals from certain manufacturers (kickbacks, etc.), so they choose to carry specific brands and models mainly for reasons of profit rather than which models may or may not be the best for the consumer.

Though you might be able to find a hot tub that suits your needs just by browsing a number of dealers in your area, if you have specific features you are looking for, you might have better luck figuring out which manufacturers have the features you want in the price range you want. Then, you can find out from the manufacturer which dealers carry their hot tubs. Since many manufacturers have patented jet and seat configurations, you will find that there is a surprising amount of difference from spa to spa. That's one of the reasons it is a good idea to try a number of different models and manufacturers before you decide to buy.

In order to help you find the features you are looking for, I've put together some statistics (i.e. special features, models, price range) on a number of the larger spa manufacturers. (The information is accurate as of 2005.)

Hot Tub & Spa Manufacturers List

Sundance Spas

Main models:

880 Series, 850 Series, 850E Series, 780 Series

Price range:

$4999-$13,999

Special features:

Fluidix jets, MicroClean and MicroClean II filtration systems, DVD player with pop-up speakers, optional remote controls, optional LED lighting, aromatherapy.

www.sundancespas.com

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs

Main models:

300 Series, 200 Series

Price range:

$3500-$9,500

Special features:

"PowerPro" jets with 50/50 air-to-water ratio, LED-backlit "Water Rainbow" adjustable waterfall

www.jacuzzi.com

Hot Spring Spas

Main models:

Vista, Envoy, Vanguard, Sovereign, Accolade, Prodigy, jetsetter, Grandee

Price range:

$5,795-$10,295

Special features:

"Luminescence" LED light system, "SpAudio" music system, "BellaFontana" water feature, "Wellspring" water feature

www.hotspring.com

Master Spas

Main models:

Master Spas Legend Series, Down East

Price range:

$4000-$18,000

Special features:

15 inch pop-up flat screen TV, speakers, stereo, LED lighting, DVD

www.masterspas.com

Dimension One Spas

Main models:

Bay Collection, Aquatic Fitness Systems, Reflections, @home Hot Tubs

Price range:

$4000-$35,000

Special features:

Patented curvilinear design, NeckFlex jet pillows, dynamic massage sequencer

www.D1.com

Source: America's Top Hot Tubs & Spas 2005 edition

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