The Quest for Reliable Hot Tub And Spa
The Quest For
Reliable Hot Tub And Spa Ratings
The question that
reverberates through the minds of thousands of potential spa
customers is a simple one: Where can I go to find out good consumer
ratings for hot tubs? This may seem like a rather simple question,
but one could spend countless hours searching the web for
information and come up empty.
Although several private firms do
publish hot tub and spa ratings, they do not serve the public in a way that may
prove useful to the potential spa buyer. Many of these ratings do not offer
the public complete wide-ranging analysis. As industry competition
increases and several manufacturers begin to advertise nationally,
the pressure becomes even more intense to focus on a way to sort
through all the information, which bombards the consumer from every
possible media source.
Third Party Studies
Most consumer reporting agencies have never
focused on the hot tub and spa industry as a subject of study. But this could
all change, as consumer demand a third-party source to legitimize
the claims that each manufacturer is making in the highly
competitive marketplace. Even the manufacturers themselves agree
that an independent assessment could be beneficial to the whole spa
Today's consumers are more informed when they set out to
make a purchase. Being armed with credible information could be a
tremendous boost, as consumers need not only to rely on salesperson
claims of their product, but could also use this valuable
information to substantiate the manufacturers assertions.
As the industry grows and the number of
manufacturers steadily increases, the demand to grab the consumer's
attention rises. A family who's interested in purchasing a spa today
has many options when researching for a purchase. A typical
beginning could start with surfing the Internet in order to get some
ideas and model types, which may suit their needs.
This could lead
to only more confusion, as a typical hot tub spa search could result in up
to 50 different manufacturers being listed. This vast amount of
information could be beneficial, but often times results in
confusion and an overwhelming sense of information overload.
manufacturer represents claims to their products superiority. Such
claims should be taken lightly. Several consumer-based magazines can
also offer help. Such magazines as Pool & Spa Living, SpaSearch,
Better Homes & Gardens, Consumer
Digest's "Best Buy" section and Robb Report occasionally
offer their recommendations on hot tubs and spa features.
This can prove
beneficial, but many industry insiders say that money can play a huge
part in how a company stacks up. It is fairly common knowledge
that many of these companies may sell their "seal of approval"
for a price.
One Company's Answer
One company that has developed its own Hot Tub
And Spa Buyer's
Guide and posted it on the Internet is PoolAndSpa.com. The
Florida based company has been posting its popular Buyer's
page since 1996. "It is one of the most popular visited
sections of our website" says Dan Harrison, president and CEO.
"Most sites will sell spas, so they are always going to be
skewed toward the spa they are selling," he says. "We had sold
spas for years, but have not done so since 2007. We list the top quality
spas in all classes and at all price points offered in the spa industry. We have
checked out the
brands that we recommend. It is a great place for consumers to
get information before they start to go spa shopping".
That may be true, but Harrison does not hide
the fact that he accepts advertising money from some Hot Tub and Spa
manufacturers as well. "PoolAndSpa.com is by far, one of the
most visited pool & spa web sites and it is a great cost
effective place for both pool & spa manufacturers to
advertise." He adds that "Just because a company
places advertising with us does not necessarily guarantee a high
rating on our site. As a matter of fact we have turned away
manufacturers who did not measure up."
Do Your Own Research
Armed with this information, consumers
should feel that the information available will help to steer
them in the right direction. Even with the help of the internet,
the new hot tub spa buyer should research their purchase in other ways as
well (visit spa stores, request brochures, ask friends and family
for recommendations, etc.).
With all the consumer information that is
available, spa shoppers should continue to carefully assess all the
information they gather. Several visits to their local dealer
will also prove invaluable. To actually see the spas will help one
to decide if the spa will "fit" the family. A first hand
trial is still the best way to determine whether a spa best suites
The "wet test" is still the most convincing
factor when planning to make a spa purchase. To actually get in and
try it may be the deciding factor when finalizing your purchase!
Go To The Hot Tub And Spa Buyer's Guide