Arctic Spa – Brand Review

Arctic Spa – Brand Review

Arctic Spa

In general, I like the shell, it’s hand-rolled self-supporting with a vinyl ester resin core. They also have really impressive brochures, advertising, and marketing, unfortunately that is not what I look at here.
The control and heating system are mostly proprietary and here is why I don’t like that option: https://www.hottubuniversity.com/hot-tub-parts-game-affects-long-term-satisfaction/
The insulation system is about 2″ of closed cell foam nowhere near what the building code would be in a cold climate, I like to see a lot more R-value and a lot less talk about how air gaps contain heat, here is an explainer of insulation systems. https://www.hottubuniversity.com/hot-tub-insulation-systems-numbers/
I also like to see clamps on the plumbing lines, and the plumbing to be supported, it seriously reduces leaks and that saves you a ton down the road.
Chris Wheatley

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Sebastian
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Sebastian

Have you actually seen a new Arctic spa or is this whole review just based on a 6 year old spa? Just asking since it doesn’t feel like a fair review of a whole brand based on one specific modell which is 6 year old.

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Yeah i had a look at a couple at event sales, they opened them up and I had a look inside, didn’t look like anything was much different from this one. Don’t get me wrong these guys are not building terrible spas, just, in my opinion, there are companies whose strategy is marketing, and branding and they spend a lot on that and the spas are really expensive and often times its not a reflection of the build quality as much as its a reflection of the cost of the branding campaigns. Then there are brands that build to a… Read more »

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Adrian

Hello, I just found your videos, and I love them. I am in the process to buy a new hot tub for my family. We live in N of Canada (-35 C) so I need something that it will work well on this clime and last longer. What brand you recommend me, please. Thank you

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Dude go see this guy, they service that area and I know them personally…

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These guys are a big operation with a good service and backup support staff. Carrying Master, Twilight, H2X and MP legends. I know these guys personally and they do a great job. cryan005@sympatico.ca

Lindsay
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Lindsay

Hi! Thank you for this site, it is so helpful. So, I watched your Top 5 Things For Hot Tubs videos, and then started searching for hot tubs with a hand rolled fiberglass self supporting shell, based on your recommendation. I found that Arctic Spa does have that shell and watched this video on their site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZu6sLBH_Oo In this video, they talk through the entire process of making their shell, which was very interesting. However, in the video, they also explain that because they make the shell this way, they think that the best insulation is perimeter insulation. In fact,… Read more »

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so that system is inexpensive and that pitch is wack 🙂 I love the part where he points to the big space of nothing and tries to explain how big air spaces are insulation 🙂 it comes from a pitch in the olden days when guys would fill the cavity with old poly based foams that would turn into a rock. then they could use a weak shell and the foam would be a lot fo the support but leak detection and repair was a nightmare… They know damn well that the new expensive foams do not harden, offer support,… Read more »

Lindsay
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Lindsay

It’s true, I’m in LA and it’s really confusing here. We went to a state fair sale and got the hard sell from the dealer, but I wanted to learn as much as I could before purchasing. Is there a dealer in the LA area you would recommend? Thanks so much for your advice!

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Hi Lindsay That video is a bit wack, They make a good shell but unfortunately for Arctic that is the only of the big 5 things they get right, the rest is no name parts, no clamps on the plumbing and an insulation system that would never meet code to build a house so just because they have some wackadoodle story about big air spaces being insulation and magic fairies that make free heat in no way changes the hard fact that its a cheap insulation system that would never even come close to meeting building code. I doubt they… Read more »