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The answer to this question is one that doesn’t really have a definitive answer, and there is nobody out there that can answer it (genuinely) authoritatively with a simple “brand x” is the best. Everyone is biased to what they own and know, therefore everybody’s experience will be different.

One thing about this industry, is that it really suffers during difficult economic times. After all, the money spent in this business is fun money. The more extra money you have in your budget, the more fun money you have to spend. Some people have a lot more of this than others, but that doesn’t always mean that they’ll spend it. Still – this is an important thing to understand.

As far as I know in this area, there are very few factory stores left, except for the couple of Recreational Factory Warehouse outlets in the Atlanta metro area… plus a Hot Springs, Sundance, and Dimension One outlet or two. There are still a few other local franchise type dealers, (ie dealers that sign flooring agreements with manufacturers in order to get/maintain this business), but so many have come and gone in the past 20 years it’ll make your head spin.

Lets consider one aspect of this question. National brands. First there’s the name that started it all, Jacuzzi. After this, starting in the late 70’s and 80’s gave birth to popular brand names such as CalSpas, Hot Springs, Morgan, Regency, Sundance, Dimension One, Haughs and many others (Mr Spa – oh boy what a design-, Jericho! -thin acrylic shell no fiberglass- this list could go on forever) .

In those days demand was growing among the elite, and these manufacturers were bringing elite type pleasures to everyday homeowners all over the USA. At the same time, pool builders were getting into the act, finding a nice niche business to help fill their empty fall/winter seasons.

Local / Regional builders (mom & pops) also got into the act. To go into the hot tub manufacturing business, you really need just a few things:

  • A little start up money
  • A place to build them
  • A source for decent hot tub shells (many would design their own molds and create their own shells).
  • A source for jets, plumbing parts, control systems, and pumps.
  • A local carpenter to build the frames and skirts.
  • Perhaps a spray foam jig to insulate and secure hoses and things.
  • A market that wants to buy your hot tub.

Nationwide, there were probably over a thousand of these types of operations that would try to fill the local niche back then and compete with the national brands; many succeeded – but over time, most did not.

Again,

Seriously, you may as well ask your next door neighbor what’s the best car to buy; (somebody please tell me when that question has a definitive answer! Lol!) After being in this business for 17 years, I can answer this with an easy assessment:

  1. The best hot tub is one that you like to use.
  2. The best hot tub is one that you have had positive & pleasant experiences in.
  3. The best hot tub is one that you would go out and buy again, after using it for 10 years.
  4. The best hot tub is one that after the warranty expires, it’s easy to fix.
  5. The best hot tub is one that after the manufacturer goes out of business, you can still get parts for it in the after market.

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