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macmanjpc

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Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« on: February 03, 2018, 04:09:54 PM »
In your more educated opinions, is the Caldera Utopia series worth the approx. $3,000 CDN ($2,300 USD) upgrade over the Paradise series? More specifically, I'm considering the upgrade from the Salina to the Niagara. Choices, choices.

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Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« on: February 03, 2018, 04:09:54 PM »

castletonia

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 04:58:44 PM »
That is a fair upgrade price.  You add the ozone, abs bottom pan, avante cabinet looks awesome, auxiliary control panel on Niagara, LED logo light on the cabinet, atlas neck therapy, larger filter, etc.

The Niagara is an awesome hot tub and while the Salina is nice, the Niagara is a more therapeutic, refined hot tub.  Having sat in both, I would personally get the Niagara unless max seating capacity was desired.  The Niagara has more contoured seating where the Salina is more open.  FYI, I sell Caldera and Hot Spring.

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 06:08:32 PM »
I have the Geneva a brother to the Niagara and we are very happy with it. now the question of price for the upgrade. With luxury items and to me thatís what a hot tub is pricing is what you are willing to pay. Yes itís a nicer tub with some better features. To me its premium automobiles compared to just transportation automobiles. Both get you from point A to point B.

We looked at both lines and there was a little discussion as she really liked the Geneva a lot more. The lady that was showing us tubs looked at me and said happy wife happy life. That kind of summed it up. After having it a few years Iím actually happy we upgraded. That second control inside the tub makes it almost worth it all by itself. Iím sure there are lots of other benefits as well.     

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 01:53:22 AM »
The Niagara is deeper, which actually just means more room in the footwell. 

If pricing wasn't an issue, Niagara all day everyday.  That being said.  The Salina is in one of my soak rooms and is a killer wet tester.  I love that spa, and for the money, it's an easy sell.

However, if you like the look and more cradled seating (and bells and whistles...) what's another $2300?  Just don't go to Tim Hortons as much over the next 10 years  ;)

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 01:52:11 PM »
I have a Niagara and a Makena set up for test soaking. When people try both they end up purchasing the utopia. When they donít wet test they purchase the Paradise. Need to try both styles and see which one you prefer

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 03:14:23 PM »
Itís done! After weeks of learning, shopping, comparing  and second guessing we have made a choice!

We went today and did a final comparison of the Caldera Salina & Niagara models and the Sundance Chelsee and Optima models. Pricing jumped $1,500 per tub at $10,000, $11,500, $13,000 and $14,500 (all negotiated CDN pricing including all chemical, accessories, delivery and setup). And the winner is...

Caldera Niagara 😊

This one really hit the sweet spot on features, aesthetic design, seating layout, comfort and price. We canít wait for spring!!

Thanks for the help everyone!

bud16415

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2018, 03:56:11 PM »
Congrats you will love it Iím sure as much as we enjoy ours. Spring is a ways off. Is it do to weather and installation? Where do you live?

We got ours when the weather was still nice and had a chance to get used to maintaining it when it wasnít winter. That is most likely a good thing. But we do love ours best in the winter months.

What method of sanitizing will you use Bromine or @ease chlorine? I would recommend the @ease.

macmanjpc

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2018, 08:19:23 PM »
Congrats you will love it Iím sure as much as we enjoy ours. Spring is a ways off. Is it do to weather and installation? Where do you live?

We got ours when the weather was still nice and had a chance to get used to maintaining it when it wasnít winter. That is most likely a good thing. But we do love ours best in the winter months.

What method of sanitizing will you use Bromine or @ease chlorine? I would recommend the @ease.

Thanks Bud!

The tub is going to be installed as part of a full backyard renovation including deck and patio which isnít happening until mid spring unfortunately. Iím in the GTA north of Toronto, ON. We donít usually get decent weather until late April. So hopefully late May weíll be up and running?

With regards to chemical I have NO IDEA. I guess thatís the next step in my education. Weíve never had a pool or hot tub before so I donít really know squat about water chemistry or maintenance yet.

Cheers. 

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2018, 06:34:08 AM »
With regards to chemical I have NO IDEA. I guess thatís the next step in my education. Weíve never had a pool or hot tub before so I donít really know squat about water chemistry or maintenance yet.

Cheers.

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Re: Caldera Utopia upgrade?
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 06:58:47 AM »
Hi,  we just purchased a Caldera Geneva. My electrician is coming this Saturday and we are waiting for delivery in the next 2 weeks.  We walked into Caldera wanting to purchase the Salina.  After wet testing the Geneva, We (me) had to have it and ALL the bells and whistles.  My budget was immediately increased by $3,000, but well well worth it.   The placement of the jets, the subwoofer speakers, and the dual control panels sealed the deal for us.   Go For it!!!


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