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Hot Tub Exercise Bike

September 13th, 2012 by

$18,000 ‘Flushable Jacuzzi’ Bike, Made in USA

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Biking in Hot Water? Jets spray your legs and your rear end as you ride. A digital display counts off the miles. When you’re done, the unit flushes, discarding your sweaty workout water down the drain.

This invention seems to be inspired by forces beyond, the FitWet Bike, says the company, “combines the effects of biking, water resistance, & jets to improve results 10 times faster than an average bike.”

 

 

I don’t think that Hottubworks.com would endorse this product. For that kind of money I would look at a swim spa by Artesian Spas which has a lot more options for fitness and hot tubbing.pool-bike

There are also a few types of exercise bikes meant for swimming pools. Just place them on a flat surface in the shallow end of the pool, plug in your iPod, and get your workout on!

What do you think of the Hot Tub Bike? Would you like to have one of these exercise bikes to workout while underwater?

 

The Importance of Spa Cover Lifts

April 3rd, 2012 by

Spa Cover Lift Benefits

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As any spa owner knows, a cover is essential to maintaining a spa. It keeps the spa protected from small children and pets, and it also keeps insects, dust, and debris from polluting the spa. It’s biggest benefit, a necessity really, it the ability to trap heat in the spa. Without a spa cover, you would have trouble heating to full temperature, and spend countless amounts on electricity (or gas) to heat your hot tub.

Spa lifts do have one disadvantage however. They are usually large, unwieldy, and heavy – discouraging spa usage because they require so much effort to pull on and off of the spa.

Spa cover lifts make a perfect accessory to any spa. Not only are they easy to install, but they’re also highly affordable and great time savers. Many spa owners consider them essential because spa lifts make it so much easier to enjoy their spa without the strenuous effort of lifting the cover on and off.

Good spa covers are heavy; in fact, the better the quality of the insulated spa cover, the heavier it will be. In addition, over time, the spa cover may absorb moisture, thus making it even heavier.

Purchasing a spa lifter will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of a heavy spa top without the manual effort associated with using it. It will increase the pleasure of your spa, as well as encourage you to continuously use a cover when the spa is not in use. It also protects your spa cover from damage during removal, or from falling over. So, in a way, a spa cover lift can be considered a way to protect your spa cover investment, as well as reduce your spa heating expense.

Since there are many types of covers, a spa owner has many choices when it comes to cover lifts. Generally speaking, heavier covers average around 25-30 pounds. This weight is determined by the quality of the materials used and thickness of the cover. For the heavier hot tub covers, you will find it easier to use the heavier duty cover lifts.

A Mechanical Spa Lifter Makes the Work Easier

Usually the heavier spa covers require a mechanical lifter. This is because the cover can get heavier over time as it absorbs moisture. If trying to lift a heavy cover manually, you risk injuring yourself. Spa lifters require a simple and easy maneuver to remove the cover. No more struggling with a unwieldy spa top!

Spa Cover Lifts Protect your Spa Cover

In addition, even if you are a strong and agile person, you may accidentally break the cover when lifting it on and off. A mechanical lifter makes the work of removing a cover very easy, while storing it safely while not in use. Many spa covers are broken while removed from the spa, some simply by the cover falling over, and some by people falling over the spa cover!

A Variety of Spa Cover Lifts

Spa cover lifts come in different shapes and sizes. The mechanical lifter is ideal for heavy covers, but cheaper models are available as well. All cover lifters do the heavy lifting for you, making it easier for you to lift manually through use of basic physical properties. Cover lifts are designed to hold the cover off the ground, thus avoiding damage or dirtying of your spa cover. Spa lifts hold the cover to the spa’s side, either in a vertical or horizontal orientation.

Advice for Buying a Spa Cover Lift

The best way to make an informed purchase is to carefully measure the cover as well as the spa enclosure clearance. It’s advisable to have a minimum of six inches of vertical clearance to operate your spa lift. Different models provide different horizontal clearance amounts for storing the spa cover in the removed position, so be sure to measure the distance from your spa to any adjacent walls or barriers. Finally, remember that the better the spa cover, the better the spa cover lift. Heavier covers require a more heavy duty cover lifter, for best performance and ease of use.

For more information about Personal Spa Cover Lift, please visit www.hottubworks.com.

Hot Tub Cover Quote

March 14th, 2012 by

Custom Quotes on Spa Covers

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This is a recent sample letter with most of what I normally send out to customers requesting a custom spa cover quote.

For unusual shaped or sized spa covers, we create a customized quotation for construction of our hot tub covers. We have 3 people who do this – it takes a lot of work but they make sure we get it right every time for the client.

Our quotations are emailed to you within hours and each quote is good for 30 days.

We can quote a cover for any size or shape spa or hot tub, and we have built some very unusually shaped, or gigantic spa covers.

Here’s how a typical spa cover quote looks:

I believe you have requested a quote once before so hopefully this one will arrive. The information you are requesting on a proposed cover for your Rio Swim Spa at 198” x 90” is enclosed. After reading, if you have any questions or wish to proceed, please give me a ring at 800-770-0292. ….and by the way….if you are shopping price alone, this may not be what you are looking for. If on the other hand, you want the best engineering, function, longevity, quality and warranty in a hot tub cover, I suggest you read on!

There are many levels of spa cover quality and pricing, so before your eyes drop down to the quote below, please note the differences between our product and others you may be considering. As a company that is used to shipping better than 1400 covers a month, we need to be sure our product is the best available today – and it is.

Any dimension which exceeds 96 inches is considered oversized. You should be able to find a few companies able to quote a cover this size, and some may actually have lower quotes than mine. The real key will be the warranty and the ability of the company to build a cover that will last and stand the test of time while providing good insulation and a lower utility cost.

The oversized covers we manufacture are designed mostly as four panel covers, however a cover this size would need to be a six panel cover. We do not fabricate five panel covers because the engineering is not conducive to a well made cover or a cover that can be tapered appropriately. If need be, I can quote as an oversized four panel cover. however the six panel cover will be stronger and easier to remove and replace.

The overall taper is 4 inches with the center point thickness at 6 inches and the outer edge measurement at 2 inches. This gives the cover a full 4 inch slope which is imperative in climates where covers need good rain drainage and/or snow melt capabilities. This design is supported by a framework composed of 10 galvanized steel braces on each side of all hinges and both sides of where each pair of panels attach with a Velcro flap. One of the best advantages of this type of cover is the ease of use and storage. This cover would fold and stack to 33” wide x 90” long x 24″ thick.

In short:
Based on a Rio Swim Spa at 198” x 90” three piece, six panel cover.

● Center panels 6-5 inch taper, 1# foam.
● Middle panels 5-4 inch taper, 1# foam.
● Outer panels 4-2 inch taper, 1.5# foam.
● Each three panels are attached with a vinyl hinge; however we can have each panel attach to the next with a Velcro flap if preferred. (Total of 5)
● Otherwise, each hinged set of panels will connect to another with a Velcro flap. (Total of 2)
● Total taper is 6 to 2 inches for rain run off.
● Total of 10 “U” channel braces span the spa for extra strength.
● Covered in 30 oz. marine grade vinyl with UV inhibitors built in.
● 12 safety straps (nylon webbing covered in matching vinyl)
● 6 handles.

Five year non pro-rated warranty.
Base price door to door, shipping included: $1649.99

 

Options available:
Foam upgrade to 1.5# and 2# @ $210.00 (Better strength and insulation; r value ranges to 19)
Foam upgrade to 2# all panels @ $310.00 (Better strength and insulation; r value ranges to 26+)
Continuous center heat seals (2) @ $120.00 (Also better insulation)
Double wrapped foam cores @ $120.00 (Increases thickness of moisture seal from 6 to 12 mil and extends cover life span 2-3 years)
Deck Anchor System @ $120.00 (Better security)
Wind Rated Safety Straps @ $120.00

The illustrations below show how our multiple panel covers are designed. The first is a four panel cover to show the construction. The second a six panel cover similar to yours.

This is our six panel cover in a four cut corner design. The cover you require would look similar to this.

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No matter how you view this process, multiple panel spa covers are expensive. Our approach here has been to develop a cover for large spas that will stand the test of time, present an ease of use and storage and carry the best and longest warranty available. We have found in recent years that the “standard” or typical multiple piece covers being produced are usually flat, and about 3-4″ thick. This kind of construction is usually in the 6 – 8 hundred dollar range and yet has a shorter than average life span. That is primarily due to the flat construction and inability of the cover to handle moisture run off. Most of these covers tend to begin sagging as soon as they pool water or animals start resting or standing on them.

Michael, you will not find a better value for your spa cover investment when it comes to our quality, warranty and customer service backup. Should you choose Hot Tub Works, we will work to be sure the spa cover we manufacture meets all the size specifications as indicated by the information and CAD approvals you will provide prior to construction. Please acknowledge receipt of this mail if possible and let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

- Jack

Now, wouldn’t you like to get your own customized quote for a custom spa cover? You’ll find that our prices are fair and our workmanship outstanding – plus we’re a nice group of people to work with. Once you buy from Hot Tub Works spa cover, we are sure that you will recognize the difference between our spa covers and the “other guys”.

Hot Tub On A Roof?

February 24th, 2012 by

An unauthorized hot tub installation had nothing to do with a couple who donated $15 million to  University of Michigan Computer Science Engineering building.

It appears to be a PRANK!  The hot tub appeared one night and disappeared shortly there after.

“People were kind of flabbergasted,” CSE spokesman Steven Crang said of the hot tub, which had a wave of visitors Sunday and Monday. “It was obviously unexpected. It was pretty creative and now it’s gone. It left a buzz in its wake.”

How Did That Hot Tub Get Here?

Crang said the group of students responsible is still a mystery.

“It’s apparently people who are close to the department because they were able to gain access to the building and install the tub,” Crang said, adding that the installation was likely difficult. “The thing that intrigued everyone was that it was on the fourth-floor balcony. It’s a large hot tub and the doors that lead out to the balcony are not real big, so they had to do some work to get it out there.”

The hot tub, first reported by The Michigan Daily, sparked a wave of conversation between U-M students on social media, including a thread on Reddit.

“I am in the dude (Duderstadt building) right now, will walk over and check it out here in a few minutes and report back,” Reddit contributor fuzzball90 wrote when word of the hot tub first appeared online, later reporting: “It’s legit. Working hot tub.”

“Can … can I study in it? I’m not CSE,” asked another contributor.

“I don’t see why not. I spent an hour in there earlier and I’m Mechanical,” fuzzball90 responded.

Images of the hot tub appeared on imgur. That gallery has nearly 144,000 views.

So what did Bob and Betty Beyster think of it?

“They found it amusing,” Crang said with a laugh.

- Jack

Freeflow Spas Purchased By Hot Spring Spas

January 11th, 2012 by

The news came out a couple weeks ago that the largest Hot Tub maker purchased one of the smaller Hot Tub makers in the industry.

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Why? A couple of reasons; Freeflow Spas are roto-molded and thus, they are less expensive to make. Therefore, Hot Spring now can offer their dealers an entry level price point spa.

Rumors have it that many Hot Spring dealers were starting to sell the Freeflow product over the last two years, so in a sense, they bought the company that was starting to give them competition for floor space.

The second reason is Costco. In 2011, the major portion of the Freeflow volume was sold to Costco.

The type of product Freeflow makes is perfect for mass merchants, light, durable, and lower priced. By buying Freeflow, Hot Spring now has a product that is well suited to the channel and has the best mass merchant for hot tubs, Costco. The mass merchant channel is important in a time where traditional brick and mortar spa dealers are shrinking.

Time will tell if Hot Spring is really committed to the mass channel as they might be just waiting for the new product to grow with their current dealer channel and then pull out of Costco when they no longer need the sales to justify the purchase.

What is logical to assume is they (Hot Spring) will be in Costco for 2012 for they need the revenue in the short term to justify the big money they paid for Freeflow. Rumors have Hot Spring/Watkins paying about $6+ million for the company, based on $10M in sales.

The bottom line is this is good for everyone, Hot Spring will increase the volume, Costco will enjoy having a bigger supplier with better marketing support. The dealers will enjoy having a entry level product from the mother ship. Consumers will enjoy the confidence they are buying a product from the biggest and the best in the industry.

- Jack

Spa Cover Reviews

November 2nd, 2011 by

Here is a picture from a client review sent in this morning. We get great emails like this every week and we like to try to post them so clients can see what they can expect. The staff here are experts at getting clients the perfect spa cover every time, the quality is the best, and the value is better than any company.

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Below are Marian’s comments:

“You are fabulous! It couldn’t have fit better if you had stood here and measured it.  Thank you for your great customer service and going the extra mile to find the right cover.”

 

Additional Comments from Other customers are added below. Add your Spa Cover Review, too!

 

Bullfrog Spas Innovation

October 21st, 2011 by

Bullfrog Spas to Display “Hot Tubs from the Future”

 

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Bullfrog Spas, manufacturer of cutting edge hot tubs with the JetPak System, will unveil new brand look that compliments their “hot tubs from the future.”

 

Quote startThis refreshed brand look reflects the company-wide goal to always provide quality and elegance in everything we produce.Quote end

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) October 20, 2011

Bullfrog Spas recently announced that they will display a new look in their display at the 2011 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, the pool and spa industry’s largest trade show. Their “modern sleek-elegant” look, which will be fully unveiled in 2012, will help accentuate their position as the leader in technologically advanced high-end hot tubs.

Since their invention-driven beginning in 1996, Bullfrog Spas has continued to improve water delivery technology, wood-free composite spa structures, energy efficiency, and leak-proof shell technology in portable hot tubs. Their advancements have continually pushed hi-tech advancements in a traditionally low-tech industry.

Bullfrog’s focus on technology has produced a line of spas that are customizable, more powerful, 100% wood-free and more energy efficient according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission.

Bullfrog has never done things the traditional way. While other manufacturers battle quality issues as they move their production overseas, Bullfrog invests in a state of the art factory in the hi-tech Mecca of the greater Salt Lake City area. Instead of chasing low costs by outsourcing manufacturing to other countries, Bullfrog prefers to focus on manufacturing quality and development of new relaxation technologies.

Bullfrog Spas graphic designer, Travis Atwood, commented on their brand update and corporate goal: “This new look revolves around an updated color palette and a focus on modern elegant design. It isn’t a huge change but we felt that it was necessary to more accurately tell the Bullfrog story. This refreshed brand look reflects the company-wide goal to always provide quality, performance, and elegance in everything we produce.”

Modern pop culture has begun to take notice of this rapidly growing hot tub company. A popular comedian and video blogger, Toby Turner, recently called Bullfrog Spas “hot tubs from the future.” Those familiar with Mr. Turner’s tongue in cheek brand of humor immediately decipher the hyperbole, however, he also chose to endorse the Free Hot Tub Giveaway on Bullfrog’s Facebook page on his video blog and is designing his own Bullfrog Spa for order. Bullfrog Spas have also been chosen for recent television shows like MTV’s Jersey Shore and others that push the hot tub envelope in their own way.

Pool and Spa industry insiders will get the first look at the new brand look of Bullfrog Spas before it becomes public in early 2012 with an updated website, brochures, in-store materials, videos, outdoor displays and more.

About Bullfrog International
Bullfrog International, LC, is headquartered in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah metro area. Bullfrog designs and manufactures the world’s only hot tubs with JetPaks® – modular jetted spa seats, which allow the user to customize, interchange, and upgrade the spa’s jetting at anytime. JetPaks are backed by six U.S. patents with other U.S. and foreign patents pending. Because of the JetPak System, Bullfrog Spas provide powerful hydrotherapy, are virtually leak-proof, and are extremely energy efficient. Bullfrog International currently distributes, licenses, and retails its products in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia and Europe.

Jacuzzi Spa Filters 1980-2010

August 9th, 2011 by
Spa Year   Model 2000-498 HTF-2716 HTF-1330 HTF-2715 2540-389 HTF-2781 2540-387 HTF-2800 HTF-2390
Before 2002 Any
2003-04 Del Sol
2005+ J-210
2005+ J-220
2005-2007 J-230
2008+ J-230
2007+ J-270
2007+ J-280
Before 2005 J-300 Series
2005+ J-300 (w/ Cap)
2008 J-460
2006-07 J-460
2006+ J-465 1/07-4/07
2006+ J-470
2006+ J-480
Before 2005 J-400 Series
2009+ J-400 Series

Sundance Spa Filters 2000-2005

August 9th, 2011 by

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This is a Sundance Spa Filters Matrix for years 2000-2005.

If you click the HTF-xxxx at the top of the chart it will take you to the  right filter.

Or  you can a see a full list of all Sundance Spa Filters click here: Sundance Spa Filters

 

Filter Matrix Sundance (2000-2005)
Spa Year Spa Model (1) HTF-2386    (1) HTF-2387 HTF-2760 HTF-2770 HTF-2780 HTF-2790 HTF-6540-507 HTF-2811 HTF-2810 w/ HTF-6540-502
2000-2001 Altamar
2002-2005
2000-2002 Aruba
2000-2002 Bahia
2003-2005
2000-2002 Bali
2000-2001 Cameo
2002-2004
2005
2000-2001 Capri 2001 2000
2002-2005
2000-2001 Caprio/ Caprio ST
2002-2005
2003-2005 Cayman
2000-2002 Cyprus
2003-2005 Hermosa
2003-2005 Legunas
2005 Majesta
2000-2001 Marin
2002-2005
2000-2001 Maxxus
2002-2004
2005
2004-2005 Metro
2000-2001 Optima
2002-2004
2005
2000-2002 Palermo
2003-2005
2003-2005 *Redondo
1997-2005 Solo
2000-2001 Tango
2002-2003

* Redondo spas built before June 1, 2003 use the 6540-720 Filter cartridge with 6540-719 skimmer assembly

Sundance Spas Filters 2006-Current

July 26th, 2011 by

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Spa Year Spa Model HTF-0315 HTF-2390 HTF-2385 HTF-2770 HTF-6540-507 HTF-2780 HTF-6541-397 HTF-2810 w/ HTF-6540-502
2006 Altamar
2007-2008
2009+
2006 Bahia
2006-2007 Burlington
2008+
2006 Cameo
2007-2008
2009+
2006 Capri
2007-2008
2009+
2006 Caprio/ Caprio ST
2006 Cayman
2007+ Camden
2007+ Certa
2007+ Chelsee
2006+ Denali
2008+ Dover
2007+ Hamilton
2007+ Hartford
2007+ Hawthorne
2006 Majesta
2007-2008
2009+
2006 Marin
2007-2008
2009+
2006 Maxxus
2007-2008
2009+
2006-2007 Metro
2006 Optima
2007-2008
2009+
2006 Palermo
2006-2007 Solo
2006+ Tacoma