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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Hot Tub Pricing...
« Last post by CV3720 on September 20, 2021, 03:00:36 pm »
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good choice, can't beat the layout on the R8/A8 ...

For a brief moment, I thought I was in the Audi forum! :D

Tom
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Hot Tub Pricing...
« Last post by CV3720 on September 20, 2021, 02:58:44 pm »
... And now we're in the waiting game. We've been told it should be delivered sometime in Feb (2022). Here's hoping to no delays!

Folks at PDC tell me they're out EIGHTEEN months at this point!
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Closing in deck for winter?
« Last post by cranbiz on September 20, 2021, 09:25:59 am »
It's a porch that is enclosed with sliding glass doors, so it's permanent.

Because they are sliding doors, I can open it up and get the outdoor feel and still close it up for protection and some warmth during the winter.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Hot Tub Pricing...
« Last post by waterpro on September 19, 2021, 01:06:00 am »
The funny thing is, after the sticker shock wore off we were going to get an R7. Then that eventually got upgraded to the A7, and then after we wet tested, it got upgraded to the A8. The A7 honestly would have been enough for us, but the one thing we couldn't get over is the foot jets on the A7. We didn't like how they're angled and if two people are in the back bucket seats you'd almost need to cross your legs over each other to use the jets for the bottom of your feet (if that makes sense). If the A7 had the A8 foot dome we probably would have gotten the A7 instead. They probably couldn't include it in the A7 though due to space constraints since the A7 is 6" smaller in each direction. We figured we're already spending a ton of money though so we might as well make sure it's the one we want so we paid the extra for the A8.

We ended up getting the Neck Blaster, Gyrosage, Wellness, Oscillator, and Deep Relief.  Unfortunately the place we wet tested didn't have the Versa available. I really wish we would have been able to wet test that one out as it might have replaced something in our list.

I know people on here say it all the time, and it can't be understated so I'll say it as well, but everyone needs to wet test to see what they like! If we didn't get to wet test we probably would have gotten the Rain Shower, Neck Masseuse, Pulsator, and Trio Jetpacks. But after testing the Rain Shower,  we just didn't like it. I've heard it's a love it or hate it jetpack and we just didn't like it. Even on full blast and all the other jet packs turned off we could barely feel it so it felt like a waste to us. We also went in wanting the Neck Masseuse because we heard it had the most neck pressure. After trying it out we did like the pressure but it was coming out so hard that it was bouncing off our shoulders and spraying us in the face. We also noticed a ton of water being thrown outside the tub with the Neck Masseuse. We then tried the Neck Blaster and liked the combo of the pressure on the neck and the additional jets on our back at the same time. The Pulsator and Trio were good jets, we just like the Gyrossage and Oscillator a little more.

So yes, definitely wet test before you buy as 4 of our jet choices changed.

Now that we have the hot tub picked out, our next task is to design the backyard. Luckily we have some time to figure that out.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Hot Tub Pricing...
« Last post by BullFrogSpasMN on September 18, 2021, 03:12:33 pm »
haha, that totally hits home.  We started looking at hot tubs a little over a year ago and we were really green. I was originally budgeting $5k for a hot tub. That budget went completely out the window after I started reading threads on this site. So a little over a year ago we raised our budget to $12k and started saving up. Fast forward to today and that same $12k tub is now $16-$18k depending on what we wanted to get. I started a poll on here a while back asking what people thought the prices were going to do in the next year and pretty much unanimously everyone agreed that the prices were going to go up at least another 10% next year. This was also backed up by the local dealers we talked with. They all said their pricing is going up soon.

So long story short, we bit the bullet and ordered a BullFrog A8 about a month ago (at a price of 3-4 times what we originally planned for).  And now we're in the waiting game. We've been told it should be delivered sometime in Feb (2022). Here's hoping to no delays!

good choice, can't beat the layout on the R8/A8 it's my absolute favorite with the 'foot dome' in the center it allows someone who's 5'5" and 6'1" to both sit and soak comfortably without floating all over the place..what jetpaks did you go with?
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Hot Spring Spas / Re: Freshwater Salt Cartridge Lifespan Experiences
« Last post by swaney on September 17, 2021, 09:19:38 pm »
Galaxy
 How many gallons is your spa?
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Closing in deck for winter?
« Last post by Gibson00 on September 17, 2021, 07:51:37 pm »
I'm opposite. I like the idea of at least having some sort of wind break in the dead of winter.

My tub is on an enclosed porch. I still get the benefits of more or less being outside but have weather protection and wind protection.

Is yours a temporary enclosure?  What do you use?
And yeah, same for me, don't need the freezing wind on my head/face, and also would like less snow drift building up on the deck that we are walking onto.
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Hot Tub Forum / Arctic Spa cover height clearance...
« Last post by Gibson00 on September 17, 2021, 07:11:46 pm »
Can anyone with an Arctic spa tell me what height you need from floor up in order for the cover to open and not hit the ceiling?

Thanks!
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Closing in deck for winter?
« Last post by cranbiz on September 17, 2021, 03:00:01 pm »
I'm opposite. I like the idea of at least having some sort of wind break in the dead of winter.

My tub is on an enclosed porch. I still get the benefits of more or less being outside but have weather protection and wind protection.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Hot Tub Pricing...
« Last post by cranbiz on September 17, 2021, 02:57:26 pm »
I started looking in early January and even then prices were starting to creep up and availability was scarce. I too had a $5000-$6000 budget. after reading here and getting much more realistic prices in my shopping, I ended up jumping on an Artesian at $9500 that was in the pipeline at the end of January and I'm glad I did. If I had waited even a few more weeks, the price would have been up another several hundred bucks and I would still be waiting for a tub.

It did have all the features I was looking for, with good parts and insulation.

Unfortunately, prices are not going to drop anytime soon. Parts shortages, trucking increases and unprecedented demand are not going away anytime soon.

So, set your pricing expectations accordingly and be prepared to wait. Or you can try to test your luck in the used market. However, you need to be able to move fast if you find a good used tub.
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