Why you shouldn’t buy a Chinese Hot Tub

 

Cheap Chinese Hot Tub

To the untrained eye, the incredible Hot Tub deals you find online can look too good to be true – and they usually are. Discover what to look out for and the deals you should avoid when shopping for Hot Tubs online.

 

We often get people coming into store with a preconceived notion that Hot Tubs should be around £2-3k; this is all thanks to online retailers and sellers on sites such as eBay that promise a Hot Tub deal that sounds too good to be true.

 

The issue has become such an epidemic on eBay that they have commented themselves:

 

“Much has been said about hot tubs from China v USA and elsewhere. Firstly, you can get genuine hot tubs from USA from as little as £4000. Unfortunately, the cheap spas on eBay do give the perception that a big hot tub should cost around £2,000 or that you can win an auction for that amount.

 

Build Quality

In all things, you pay for what you get. If you believe you can get a quality construction, electronics, electrics, jetting, TV, radio, DVD, and all the bells and whistles cheaply and are prepared to mix your children with the water and electrics in these units then buyer beware.

 

Chinese hot tubs often promote themselves as ‘made in USA’ when for the most part, it is not true. The acrylic sheets for the shells are manufactured in the USA, then stretched very thinly to bath-quality and reinforced with fibreglass. These shells are further stressed by being peppered with holes for all the jets. The holes weaken the shell structure and there are even some reports of owners stepping into spas and the shell cracking apart – hardly the relaxing experience you were hoping for!

 

The cabinets themselves often use low quality wood which can rot with either no base or thin plastic trays to shield the tub from ground moisture. The jets can be chrome on metal or plastic which can cause dangerous injury if they start to flake off. To serve the mass of plumbing from all the jets, the hot tubs have several pumps. If you add up the electric consumption of all the pumps and the heater – let alone any lights and media – you may find your domestic power supply stretched to the limit and be prepared for a scary electric bill! Controls can be authentic Balboa but sometimes clever imitations.

 

Made in China

A simple search on the internet can reveal just how many companies there are in China churning out masses of spas, swim spas, saunas, steam rooms and bathrooms. The main players have hundreds of models, which are imported and then branded up with exotic names to hide their origins.

 

Chinese spas obviously work for a while; however, the industry is aware of rapid fails in the ‘waterproof’ media like pop up speakers and TVs. A good quality waterproof system of marine quality would likely cost as much as the spa itself! TVs require ventilation and can’t be completely sealed from moisture, plus have you tried watching TV in the garden on a sunny day? Unfortunately, consumers again expect all the typical media extras on a USA-made spa for the same price point!

 

Hot tubs can be described as American or Canadian if their head offices are based there or their acrylic or controls are manufactured there. Giving a spa an American sounding name can aid the myth as can producing a small part of the range in North America/Canada with the rest made in China. Another trick that some Chinese spa manufacturers use is illegally using the Jacuzzi brand to sell their Hot Tubs. Jacuzzi is a brand name; a Hot Tub is not a jacuzzi unless manufactured by Jacuzzi themselves.

 

Warranties

The warranty for a Chinese hot tub will rarely be with the manufacturer whose duty of care usually ends at the docks. The warranty, usually only for a short period, will be with the importer or seller. A typical importer of Chinese spas often selling on eBay may have a shiny website, yet actually be a company registered at a virtual office with no actual showroom to view the build quality for yourself.

 

Delivery will usually be to the kerbside and spas are heavy items requiring specialist equipment to get into place, if not a crane. If the spa is damaged by uninsured or unqualified handlers, you have little chance of comeback on the seller. Any instance of potential ‘misuse’ will also invalidate what little warranty there may be. If the acrylic sheet is USA-made then there may be a valid warranty on that from the manufacturer, the rest of the build will be dealer warranty. When the dealer ceases trading or disappears, you have little redress once things do go wrong.

 

Safety

Chinese hot tubs state they are CE approved; however, due to the complexity of certification it is very hard to authenticate the gold bordered certificate often produced. Only gaining sight of the actual testing reports validates the certificate. Several sites found via google allow checking of CE certificate numbers; however, it is hard to verify the certification of famous household names let alone a small unit in Shanghai.

 

Chinese spas often bear no distinguishing names or are dealer branded so when it comes to obtaining spares or replacement filters you might have trouble. Chinese spas also deteriorate quickly so if you do need to move and resell you may have problems and the spa casing may break in transit. If your spa fails and is not covered by warranty you also face having to remove and dispose of the large object yourself.

 

 

Therefore, before bidding on a hot tub that looks too good, consider these factors. Ask where the unit is manufactured, check the company registration of the seller and location, google to check if they are an actual company or a virtual mailbox, and check who is responsible for warranty and repairs. Realise you may be parting with money for something that has yet to be ordered from China. If the information is not forthcoming or seems to conflict, beware.

A quality hot tub will have a thick acrylic shell or be rotationally moulded and will carry a manufacturer’s warranty. Remember, the more pumps and jets the higher the running costs, the more complex jetting the greater the risk of plumbing leaks and the requirement of a known spa brand to trouble shoot.”

 

We are proud of the exceptional build quality of our Coast Spas Hot Tubs, and truly believe that they are worth every penny. If you want to know more about Coast Spas, Download a Free Brochure today!

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Another happy Hot tub customer in Kingswinford

A review of the Regency Prince Hot Tub

We have just installed a Regency Prince Hot Tub for Phil Jennings in Kingswinford.

Kingswinford is a town located in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in the West Midlands.

We asked Phil to give us an appraisal of both his experience with Award Leisure Birmingham and his new Regency Prince Hot Tub.

Regency Prince Hot Tub

I am very happy with my Regency Prince Hot Tub. We had talked about getting a hot tub for years as I fit Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms and lots of my customers have a Hot Tub on their patio. One of my friends is an electrician and he said that the hydrotherapy benefits have been really helpful in tackling his back problems. As you can imagine years of fitting kitchens etc have taken its toll on my back and shoulders.

I did lots of research online in to Hot Tubs. I saw that the Regency Prince is a What Spa magazine winner and that got me researching Coast Spas in general. I liked the fact that they are made in Canada so much better for our climate than a cheap Chinese or American Spa.

regency Prince Hot Tub

Don’t get me wrong I love the social side of the Hot Tub but what was especially important to me was the wellness aspect and Coast Spas seemed to offer it all.  I had pretty much decided that I wanted a Coast Spa before I went shopping in store.

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I visited Award Leisure Birmingham and met Simon. I was impressed with his product knowledge and decided to go ahead and order the Regency Prince. It is a large Hot tub and was the size and depth I wanted and had all the features that I needed. This included 50 jets, waterline lighting, music….it is fully loaded.

I felt that although I went over my initial budget, the Regency Prince is a cut above the rest and worth the extra, I felt that I got great quality at great value for money

So far I have used it nearly everyday and it has already made a huge difference to my quality of life with my shoulder and back problems.

So why choose the Regency Prince?

Regency Spas Prince 7 Person Hot Tub has been our best selling hot tub for 20 years. We guarantee that the Prince will be the perfect hot tub for all of the family because this all seated hot tub has a variety of seats for everyone, no matter how small or tall. With a combination of comfortable jacuzzi massage therapy seats and contoured hydrotherapy seating, you can relax, soothe aching muscles or party with family and friends by having your own hot tub jacuzzi at home. This Canadian hot tub is designed with 5 luxurious hydrotherapy seats and 2 higher cool down seats, each with a variation of carefully positioned powerful and very sophisticated massage jets. In particular, the 2 higher seats are perfect for the not so tall and make for very handy steps to get in and out of the hot tub.

Regency prince

Everyone can choose their favourite seat and relax in the Prince party hot tub with either a unique and different hot tub massage per seat or by diverting the flow to a central fusion of water which creates a funky geezer in the centre of the hot tub. With the added bonus of drinks holders, the Prince is the ultimate in enjoying at home indulgence with best friends; we’ve created the perfect aquatic party booth complete with VIP treatment which delivers hydrotherapy excellence without having to leave your own home.

As with all of our hot tubs made in Canada for the Canadian climate, you can be assured of the best commercial grade hot tub filtration creating the cleanest hot tub water and a fully insulated hot tub with the lowest running costs. The award winning Prince hot tub with waterfalls and lights creates a luxurious bubbling ambience to be used as a perfect social hot tub for all of the family to enjoy as well as a discreet haven for individual relaxation and rejuvenation.

This spa boasts two underwater colour changing lights which make the spa look beautiful, especially at night. As well as drinks holders perfect for socialising, two rope waterfalls, plus plush head rests in each corner seat for total neck therapy. With a range of multi-level seating this spa is perfect for all shapes and sizes, allowing for wrap around massage, and the higher seats appealing to children and those who may want to cool down quickly. Comfort, appearance and quality are certainly not compromised.


Features

50 sq ft Pressurised Filtration
Sterling Marble or Snow White Lucite Acrylic
Regency Vinyl Synthetic Cabinet
Reinforced Shell with Owens Corning Fibreglass
Structural Foam Insulation
Poly Moisture Protective Bottom
Underwater Safety Light
Anti-Slip Textured Floor
Thermal 4 inch x 2 inch Heat Saver Cover
Regency Waterfall/Grab Rail
Carbon Fibre LED Control Panel
50 EXA SS Massage Jets
2 x 5BHP Super Flow Pumps
Beverage Holders
Multi-Level Seating
Large Footwell
Ergonomic Seating and Hydrotherapy
Jet-Select Diverter System
Jet Air Mixture Controls
Luxury Pillows
Neck Jets
Programmable Filtration
Oversized Monster Skimmer
Freeze Protection
Formed Equipment Enclosure
Steel Reinforced Spa Acrylic
Pressure Treated Frame
Quick Access Gate Valves
Titanium Heater
Recessed Floor Drain
Recessed Thread-In Jet-Pockets
Super-Sealed Barb & Clamp Plumbing
MADE IN CANADA
Premium Shell Colour Upgrade – Whispering Winds or Crimson Night OPTION
Cameo, Storm Cloud, Kalahari, Tuscan Sun, Midnight Canyon, Shell Colour Upgrade OPTION
Regency Hand Made Cedar Cabinets OPTION
Foam Core Cabinet Insulation OPTION
Full Thermal Heat Management System OPTION
Underwater LED Multi-Colour Light Upgrade OPTION
Waterline Multicolour LED Gem Lighting Package OPTION
O3 One Advanced Plasma Discharge Ozonator OPTION
Self-Cleaning Frog/Bromine System OPTION
Air Blower with 18 Stainless Steel Air Injector Jets OPTION
Heated Blower with 18 Stainless Steel Air Injector Jets OPTION
Aromatherapy Injector OPTION
Bluetooth Stereo System with Subwoofer and Wallmounted Speakers OPTION
Additional 2 Waterproof Flushmount Speakers OPTION
Smartphone Remote Control Communication Module OPTION
Smartphone Remote Control Compatible OPTION
Cleaning canister 16inch long for 50sq ft Coast filter OPTION
50 sq ft Dual Core Filter OPTION
Covermate I OPTION
Hydraulic Cover Lifter OPTION
Covermate Easy OPTION
Spa Bar – Caddy OPTION
Safe-T-Rail OPTION
Spa Booster Seat OPTION
2 Tier Steps OPTION
Delivery and Installation OPTION

Watch the video below to see the 50 jets on the Prince in action

We are currently offering a FREE upgrade package with the Prince worth £2385

Find out more:

https://awardleisurebirmingham.co.uk/hot-tubs-regency-collection-prince.php#collapseFour

Another Bromsgrove Happy Hot Tub Installation

We have just installed the Award Suite Spa for Matt Jinks and family in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

We asked Matt to give us an honest review …..

“The whole family love it and we couldn’t recommend Simon and Award Leisure Birmingham enough. We had been looking to buy a hot tub for a while and had seen lots of cheap ones online. It concerned me as to why they were so cheap and after visiting different stores, doing lots of research and talking to Simon…we chose the Award Suite Spa. I felt that it was the best value package available as it is full foam and so cheap to run, a quality tough shell and 25 jets. The Award Suite is also an all in package so we got the cover, the steps, the umbrella and a built in drinks cooler for one great price. It was too good to miss!”

“Living in Bromsgrove it was important for me to buy locally and Simon and Award Leisure Birmingham are only up the road if I need them.”

Spa in Bromsgrove

The Award Suite Spa is the best Hot Tub to buy in 2019. Award Suite Spas are made in Florida and deliver a quality health and lifestyle experience and are built to last, manufactured using cutting edge, environmentally-friendly technology.

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Hot tub Bromsgrove Worcestershire

So why buy the Award Suite hot tub in 2019?

The Award Suite Spas are made from a high-density recycled thermal plastic called polyethylene which ensures that the spa is durable to all weathers and guaranteed not to split, peel or rot. The spa is so easy to maintain that it will look like a showroom model, even after many years.

Many other spas use hundreds of pounds worth of fibre glass, steel, wood and resins which make the spa heavy and more expensive. The Award Suite Spas’ rotational moulded technology requires less work and material, making them a much more affordable and earth-friendly product.

Both Award Suite models feature multi-level seating with corner bucket seats offering a wrap-around massage and a higher cool down seat that acts as a step into the spa. In the lounger version, the head to toe therapy lounge provides total relaxation – so you slide right in for complete comfort without floating out of the seat!

The Award Suite Spas are super easy to install, you’ll be soaking away before you know it! Just like your standard household appliances, the hot tub plugs into a conventional 13 Amp power supply, cutting out the need for expert electrician installation! As they are easy to move around, they are great for those with limited access or minimal garden space. Simply set them where you want on a level surface and fill with a hose!

Hot tub Bromsgrove Worcestershire

The insulation within the Award Suite Spa is approved by the Californian Energy Commission, meaning you are guaranteed to have the lowest running costs – no more worrying about the cost of leaving your hot tub heated all year round! Water maintenance is also a breeze, being assisted by the built-in water purification system.

The adjustable stainless-steel jets are recessed into the shell, meaning comfort and relaxation is guaranteed. The smaller jets offer an intense massage flow, which will help to release muscle tension and relieve pain.

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So, what do you get with the Award Suite Spa?

I’m glad you asked! Check out the amazing features that come as standard:

  • Plush cushioned headrests for added comfort
  • Built-in drinks cooler, holding enough drinks for everyone in the spa to have the ultimate party!

Hot Tub Bromsgrove

  • A fold out table which sits neatly above the water to stand your drinks on or play games. The table easily tucks away when not in use to open up the space in the spa.
  • Lit adjustable waterfall.
  • Colour changing lighting in and above the waterline to create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.
  • Stylish cabinet corner lighting.
  • Recessed adjustable stainless-steel jetting focusing on tension areas to offer the ultimate in hydrotherapy.
  • A built-in weather, UV and fade-resistant umbrella covering 44sqft, with a 360-degree swivel design. This means you can position the umbrella over or next to the spa, being perfect for creating a social space if there’s too many people to fit into the spa!
  • Large non-slip, curved, solid steps with a handy built-in storage area for your chemicals, towels or slippers. You even get planters for either side of the steps to create a beautifully-designed garden centrepiece!
  • A sturdy handrail for easy access in and out of the spa.
  • A thermal, water resistant cover is also included, locking in the heat for complete energy efficiency. You also get a handy cover lifter that sits nicely behind the spa, supporting the lifting of the cover.

Watch the video below to see more

 

 

Can you believe you get all of this included?! It’s crazy! All these features offer the ultimate destination for relaxation, health and entertainment.

The elegant Award Suite Spas are around 7ft square and available with or without a lounger. The lounger model seats up to 5 people, or the all seated version accommodates up to 6 people.  The spa is also available in 2 beautiful colours – black diamond shell with a black cabinet or a white diamond shell with a grey cabinet and the jets, headrests, steps and foldaway table have all been carefully colour coordinated to match the cabinet and shell.

Hot tub spa

The elegant Award Suite Spas are of the highest quality – they are reliable, durable, and quality – perfect for use all year round and the ultimate affordable relaxation destination.

If you’re desperate to get your hands on one – worry not! Download a Free Brochure and get in touch with us at Award Leisure to start your journey to the ultimate hot tub ownership adventure!