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Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:13:29 pm »
On my previous post, I was looking at some Hot Spring hot tubs (new Hot Spot SX) or used tubs in my budget from $5-6,000.  Today I was at my local Costco and they have a Clearwater vendor there until tomorrow.  My wife and I were looking at the XS76L (lounger version), though if we were to purchase, I think we'd go with the non-lounger version.  The model includes 40 jets, ozone, circulation pump, 2 3.0 hp pumps, 20 year structural warranty, 5 year equipment, LED lighting outside and in each jet.  Also included is the cover and backyard delivery.  Stairs and cover lifter would be extra.  Though it's purchased at Costco, you're purchasing it through Clearwater directly.  The special pricing good until tomorrow is $5,500.  Any opinions on this deal?  Thanks guys!

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Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:13:29 pm »

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 04:36:34 pm »
That is a great tub for the price point.  The warranty is much better than what you typically see in that price range.  It is a very well made tub.  That price is pretty good as well.  I bet you could get them to throw in the steps and lift at no charge.  At least the steps.  I would definitely take that Clearwater over the hot spot every time.  I think it's a fair deal and would go for it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2013, 10:55:12 pm »
Clearwater makes a pretty good upper middle of the road tub. Was a local dealer selling them at Costco? Does it come with the Costco return policy?

The reason I ask is that if Costco has asked Clearwater to sell them tubs. Then they would of had to meet Costco pricing structure and that leads to manufacturers cutting corners to do so. And no one ever knows what corners were cut.
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Re: Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2013, 11:15:58 pm »
Thanks for the replies!  That's a good question regarding the local dealer or not.  I doubt it's a local dealer since the salesman's business card lists the corporate office/showroom address.  As far as corner-cutting, that's a good point.  I doubt he would be too candid if I asked.

I went by the local Hot Springs outlet today and looked at a Limelight Pulse.  Pricing was about $6,000, and if I remember correctly he said he'd add ozone at that price (along with cover and delivery).  Any thoughts on that compared to the Clearwater?

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Re: Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2013, 10:46:39 am »
Just realized I typo'd the last post.  It was a Hot Spring Bolt quoted for $6,000, not the Pulse.  Sorry about that.

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Re: Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2013, 11:04:15 am »
Clearwater makes a pretty good upper middle of the road tub. Was a local dealer selling them at Costco? Does it come with the Costco return policy?

The reason I ask is that if Costco has asked Clearwater to sell them tubs. Then they would of had to meet Costco pricing structure and that leads to manufacturers cutting corners to do so. And no one ever knows what corners were cut.

That xs76L is the same tub that dealers sell.  No corners cut and a pretty good deal.  Clearwater made a different line for Costco where they did cut corners and called them "Divine".  I am very familiar with both. 

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Re: Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2013, 05:28:13 pm »
Clearwater makes a pretty good upper middle of the road tub. Was a local dealer selling them at Costco? Does it come with the Costco return policy?

The reason I ask is that if Costco has asked Clearwater to sell them tubs. Then they would of had to meet Costco pricing structure and that leads to manufacturers cutting corners to do so. And no one ever knows what corners were cut.

That xs76L is the same tub that dealers sell.  No corners cut and a pretty good deal.  Clearwater made a different line for Costco where they did cut corners and called them "Divine".  I am very familiar with both. 

Thanks for that clarification Sam.  Clearwater leaves Costco today, I guess it was only a 1 week deal.  Having trouble deciding... go with the Clearwater or save up for 6 months - 1 year longer to afford a Hot Spring Sovereign or Prodigy.  Just went to a Hot Spring dealer today and loved the seating in both of them.  But I'd be looking at another $3k for the Prodigy or $4k for the Sovereign.  How to decide...?

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Re: Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2013, 11:47:59 am »
Can you finance the $3 to $4000?
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Re: Looking at a Clearwater tub... opinions?
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2013, 12:22:12 pm »
Can you finance the $3 to $4000?

Yes, financing is an option.  But... since we paid off all of our non-mortgage debt earlier this year, we're not eager to start accumulating more.  I did just see a 2008 Envoy on Craigslist for $4900.  It's being sold by an independent dealer that rebuilds used hot tubs.  They include a cover, new filters and 30 day warranty.  Any thoughts on spending that much for a used?  Seems to me spending another $3500 on a new one makes more sense.

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