Artesian – Brand Review

Artesian – Brand Review

I like Artesian in general, they build good spas the way they should be built. I’ve had a behind the scenes look at these guys, I was allowed to visit and check out their main factory and I liked what I saw. Great self supporting shells, a quality part lists and the plumbing is clamped and set up to last without leaks.

It is always a good sign when a company is open about how it does things, they are a small factory but are doing all the right things and using the same build quality on all the lines. So I am comfortable with keeping them on the A-list.

Their high end is still built great but the performance at the upper end isn’t quite up to par with some others like the Twilight Series by Master. It all comes down to what you are looking for though.

As they are smaller and the factory doesn’t deal with customers directly it is also important to check that you have good on the ground service options near you.

 

 

 

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Steve Sawyer

Looking at. south seas 735B model for $5919, with cover, Byron ultra lift (that seemed cheesy).
Do you like the Frog and ozononator? How much extra should that be.
Lastly how do you like their entertainment system (Bluetooth music experience et al)? And if so what would be a fair price for this option?

Thanks Professor

Hi Steve I don’t really do too much pricing but it seems reasonable. I do not like the foot domes, they are big tripping hazards and a pin in the ass all for a couple fo low flow jets that don’t move enough water for any real foot massage anyway… plus you have to now plumb under the floor which is not only a heat loss but also a nightmare for repairs if they ever leak and because everyone is always stepping on them they are more prone to leaking… bad item and most companies don’t do them anymore for… Read more »

Kellon R Obrist

I just purchased the South Sea Spa 748B by Artesian. I’m curious on what the chemical levels should be and what levels to test on a regular basis. Thanks

Hi It depends on what system. typically you balance hardness when you fill it. Then weekly balance Alkalinity and ph and make sure you have sanitizer in. If you use the Spa marvel that I recommend you will have easy to manage low chemical water. you can buy it here and if used as directed it will give you a lifetime guarantee on the jets and super low chemical levels plus it makes the water very stable and easy to balance. Manage your hot tub chemistry without hassle, diagnose and fix water issues, troubleshoot any problems and even request service… Read more »

Matt P

Hi there,
We are looking at the Antigua 45 jets versus Antigua 33. It is 5.0 BHP versus 3.0 BHP and 2.5 HP versus 1.5 HP. Is there much of a difference with quality and what you will get from the jets for. $1000 difference in price? We’re looming at $8,126 versus 9,089. Do you think that is a reasonable price? Thoughts?
Thanks!!!

pricing seems high on the 33 but about right on the 45 jets.

The actual jet pressure will be higher on the 45 jet version they add a few of the big hi-flow jets and up the horsepower with the bigger pumps, you will flow more water and it also adds in two diverters which means you can steal the pressure from other seats and flow even more water… there will be a substantially better massage in the 45 jets version

David Whittington

I am looking at the Artesian South Seas 748B – Deluxe. $6200, delivery, steps, cover, hydro cover lifter. I have a few questions i’d really appreciate some help with. – The inline system by frog. Do you think its good? The SmartChlor? How expensive is this going to be to maintain? – Do you have an opinion on darker vs lighter colors. We are looking at their new color (Smokey Mountain) – We’ve decided to go with the non Lounger. Do you think we will regret this? – We live in NC, not very harsh winters. How do you think… Read more »

Hi David The inline frog system is good, there are a few options, the first is the ion system its good but not as good as the aftermarket stuff like spa marvel… I would buy the inline smart chlor system and dial it down to its lowest setting them use this stuff… Lighter colors for sure. darker colors make the water muddy and uninviting and the lighting looks crap in the dark shells. Nope first time buyers buy loungers the second time buyers know better 🙂 It depends on usage… count on a buck a day for regular usage (2-3… Read more »

Andrew

Hey! We are first time hot tub buyers and I wanted to get an expert opinion. I am looking at:
Jacuzzi J335 $9500
Twilight 7.2 $9800
Tropic Seas Waikiki Elite $9000
Tropic Seas Maui $7700

I am wondering if those are fair prices, and how they compare to each other with quality of build, reliability, longevity, and therapy. I often have tight muscles and look forward to a hot tub to help out with that.

Thanks for your time

Hi Andrew From a build and parts quality standpoint, I would have the Twilight and the Tropic seas at the top of my list and the Jacuzzi not on it at all, Jacuzzi is owned by a US equity investment firm that is awesome at old 80’s style marketing and branding, but the tub is not in my top end, especially the proprietary parts which from what I’m seeing online are overpriced and hard to get ahold of… You always want to stay away from proprietary parts they are just a bad idea, stick with brands that spend the money… Read more »

Janis Light

Just Paid the $10 – look forward to chatting…

Janis Light

I am SO HAPPY to have found your site!!! I am purchasing a vacation home in Breckenridge, CO that I plan to rent in the winter. It is pretty much mandatory to offer a hot tub for the skiers. The hot tub will be out in the elements, and it is C-O-L-D AND SNOWY in Blue River. I want to get a hot tub that seats 6ish people that will stand up to the elements and offer my renters a nice experience. A local dealer is offering a Artesian Island Spas Captiva for about $8k, Also a South Seas 748… Read more »

Hi Janis.

on the Artesian spas, you need to order the insulation upgrade to the full foam package. but all in all they are a good well made spa.

also hit up the guys at aqua spas in Denver. they have local service guys im sure

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Brad Bennett

Hi Chris looking at a South Seas spa 748l at a state fair.Price quoted by rep $5995 + tax. Includes full foam insulation, cover, lights, steps,cover lift , easy inline chemical system choice of color and delivery, Your thoughts on price , quality ,good choice for a northeastern state with cold winters and overall bang for the buck? Thank you!

Good price, but the South seas standard insulation is crap, you need to order the upgraded package.

David Whittington

Isn’t the 748L the deluxe series?

not sure its listed as regular ss

Doug

Read your input on insulation so I’d really like the best I can get within my price range. I specifically asked my local Artesian dealer about price for the full foam upgrade on their South Seas. They claim it’s included with the current “sale.” Just worried this may be a gimmick to close a deal. Any idea what the full foam upgrade usually costs and is this something that is usually included in promotions from Artesian? Looking at the South Seas 860 for just shy of $8,000 in western NY. Any reviews on that particular model? Thanks Chris !

its a likely scenario that the local dealer is throwing it in.

ask to look at a full foamed higher-end spa take a quick video, make sure its on your invoice and open yours to see that it was done.

Bill

Looking at the Artesian 533DL – $5400 out the door with cover steps 3 month chemicals delivery. Can’t find much on pricing. Sound like a good deal?

Price seems reasonable but rethink the double lounger… I know you are a first-time buyer because second time buyers almost always do not buy loungers… its dry land thinking… they take up a ton of room, and they are hard to stay in, you always float out of them and because you are floating you don’t appreciate the lounger

Jim

Hi Chris, can you tell me how you feel about Arresian’s South Seas Line? Specifically the 850; and whether it is worth $8500.

Thanks in advance.

Build wise it is great, performance-wise its middle of the road, mostly low flow jetting with very few of the high flow therapy jets, almost no neck jet system or foot system, those little 1.5″ low flow jets don’t move enough water for good therapy massage… Price-wise its okish… I hate the foot domes, the jets are too small to do anything and the damn things are tripping hazards, I swear the number of times people fell in my hot tub with a foot dome was crazy, they are flat out dangerous most people got rid of them a decade… Read more »

Bryan Westerhouse

Hi Chris, thanks for putting all of this information together for us! it’s awesome as a first time buyer trying to figure out what to get. Having said that, we are in the Phoenix area and trying to find a good dealer. We are looking at master spas this weekend at Phoenix swim spas and hot tubs. I have seen good reviews on here about them. We are also looking into the artisan Antigua. The only dealer I have found in our area that carries artisian is AZ spa world, do you have any experience with them? The artisan spas… Read more »

Hi Bryan Sorry for the delay I missed this one! The Artesian and the Master should be fairly similar in pricing… But sometimes its hard to compare the right lines because there are just so many variables… In general, I would expect the prices on these to be similar… starting from lowest to highest Getaway Hot Tubs (Master) similar to Garden spas (Artesian) The Garden spas are all single pump units The Getaway single pump models should be less than the gardens and the double pump Getaway models a little more than garden spas single pump units) Clarity spas (Master)… Read more »

Robin

Hi Chris- I am looking into buying this hot tub… novice here. Thoughts on tub and price?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/618800611979705/

Its a quality tub but its expensive, 12k is high retail its worth around $6k if its mint and the cover is light and in good shape, if the cover is waterlogged (you should be able to lift one side with one hand for a regular fit person.

Pete

HI Chris – great site and very helpful in helping us . We are new to tubs and your reviews open a few things .
In our area Moonstone , Ontario weve looked at Hotsprings , Bulfrog , abd Hydropool I wish we had others .
Looking for a 6 person tub its cold here in the winter and we want a long lasting midgrade unit , any suggestions of a good dealer and brand .

Hi Pete Not much out there including service guys, sometimes in areas if the customer is handy (can use basic tools and understands how to use an electrical meter we can get spas from anywhere and with our new app and a good dealer that is used to dealing with long-distance care like us you can get a great spa at a great price, but there are almost no resources on the ground there in terms of service so unless you want to do basic work yourself local is a good idea! Of those choices I would not even consider… Read more »

Daniel

Hello Chris, I’m looking to buy a used hottub and there a guy who is selling his Artesian Grand Bahama year 2001.
He asking 2500$ (Canadian) , the price is decent price but could you let me know what to verify on it ? And do you have some tip about how to move it, manipulate it, transport it to my place. Should I install it on a cement base ? Crushed stone ? Fuzion base ? Thank you Sir !

Hey Dude, that’s a good price for that tub. Make sure it is running and open the side and make sure there are no leaks… (you will see water inside in the bottom if there are any leaks. look at general condition of things look for rust other signs of water it should be bone dry under there. A good patio stone base is the best. easy and reliable. download my app it will help you a lot for water care and troubleshooting, it will also put you in touch with us for service and parts. Manage your hot tub… Read more »

Brenda

Hi Chris, thank you for sharing your knowledge. We have looked At artesian rio 100 (751L) they said they are having a huge sale. But we have no idea if they are blowing smoke. It will be our first spa. Delivered. Installed. Lift on cover, steps, hand rail. Taxes $6400. Looking for therapeutic. Would it be good and is it good price ? Kinda maxed out budget too. Thanks.

Hi, Brenda, I don’t do too much with pricing but its a pretty basic spa performance-wise. It looks like an okish price but don’t drink the kool-aid… sales are mostly bullshit, events and promoted sales add extra costs and therefore make the product more expensive… guys doing events and sales will say things like “we got a special buy” or ” the factory helps us out with these event costs” or ” this is an end of line, demo, etc etc” these “Sales are all about creating urgency… the easiest way to get real pricing is to call a few… Read more »

Brenda

Thank you

Ryan Brown

Hi Chris, My Wife and I have narrowed down our hot tub choices to the Artesian line. We are looking at the 735L for 6,000, the 748L for 6800 (both with full foam, frog ease, cover, lift and steps). Or the tropic of the seas (artesian line) RIO for 7500, full foam insulation, cover, frog ease, ozonator, UV treatment. Are the fit and finishes of the tropic of the seas worth the extra cash? Seems like better components. Just looking for an honest opinion as all sales guys seem to all have the best stuff money can buy..lol Thanks Ryan

They are all built similarly and should be similar in reliability. the main difference would be performance more of the large jets the better the therapeutic massage and the more you spend.

Rob

Hi Chris,
I love reading your reviews and watching your videos. I am looking for a hot tub in the 6 person or so size range. I liked your review on the Master spa twilight series 8.2 and I am also considering the Artesian Grand Cayman Elite. Do you still like the Twilight 8.2? its been a while since you reviewed it. Do you also still suggest East Coast Spas? They are my closest dealer. I spoke with them today and they have a 7.2 and 8.2 one display. Thank you for any advice you can give.

Hey Rob Yeah, there has been very little change tot he 8.2 since my last review, they improved the skirt and went to the CMP pressure fit jets which I also like its the same jet system the grand cayman uses. I have sent a pile of customers to east Coast spas and not had any issues. Both brands are very similar in build quality but I prefer the Twilight from a performance standpoint mainly because you can flow more water through the main captains seat, it has more of the expensive high flow therapy jets and the neck jet… Read more »

Mark

Hi Chris. Thanks for your site and insights. I’m looking for a hot tub for a tall family of 6. The height range is 5’10” to 6’5”. I’m considering the Master LSX800, which is 38” deep, and the Artesian Elite Pelican Bay, which is 42” deep. They both have a lounge and the LSX800 fits 5/6 and the Pelican Bay fits 7. I live north of New York City. There is an Artesian dealer nearby but no Master dealers. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks very much.

Both are well-built spas but the depth is often misleading, sometimes they just have the spa raised 9n the skirt to give a bigger number 🙂 measure then from inside floor to water line.

Tall people love the contoured spas more than the open ones, it folds them up into the seats. the LSX performance-wise will be better and the 900 is the size of the pelican but there is no local dealer.

Karen

Hi chris I saw 2 months ago someone else asked you about the artesian piper glen elite model. He was quoted 12,999.00 before tax. That’s what I was quoted today also. You mentioned that was a bit high. I live in Minnesota and This was their sale price as the state fair is going on right now. Do you know what the regular price of this tub runs usually? Or if this is a fair price for my area?

Hi Karen

it’s just High period btu that market is high prices… not much you can do a lot of times it just what the market will bear…

Craig

Hello Chris, First of all, I’m glad your site and informational videos are around. I’ve had to take a crash course in spas in the last couple of days and I’ve picked up a lot of valuable knowledge. My cousin lives in Boise, ID and he’s in the market for a new spa. The choices around here are a bit limited (no Master Spas dealers as far as I can tell), but the Spa & Pool Center is located close to his home and they deal in Artesian and Coast spas. I’m hoping he can score a good Labor Day… Read more »

Both tubs have good insulation and really all spas reclaim motor heat unless they have the pumps outside of the cabinet.

Monica Fournier

Hi Chris My husband and I are in the final stages of buying a hot tub. We are definitely budget conscious however we also want a tub that will provide good hydrotherapy. We are both fairly tall and wide lol. With that said we are looking at the Artesian Captiva 46 (10,500) and 748 (8,000) as well as Hydropool 695.(10,000) I am feeling completely overwhelmed with all the marketing gobbly gook. Like filtration, self cleaning, freeze protection. I just want a no frills (no souns sytem, crazy waterfalls etc) system that will stand the test of time and offer good… Read more »

The Artesian for sure, Hydropool is nowhere near as well built or as well insulated. Artesian is a top spa with mid-grade marketing Hydropool is a mid-grade spa with Top Marketing.

Gary Wilson

Hi Chris, I have recently purchased an Artesian Island Spas Antigua 52 jet version. 3 pumps, 1 being for the foot blasters. The diverter valves make what I consider quite a loud hissing noise when the jets are on and the valves are turned to both extremes and not so much noise when somewhere in between. It is quite annoying and I wondered if this was a fault or wether this is common/normal with most spas or something Artesian Spas just seem to do more than others? Wanted some great advice before hassling the dealer. A loud hissing noise in… Read more »

Normal.

its the sound fo the water going through the diverter all diverters on all tubs do it.

Kent

Hi Chris, first off thanks for the great info, it’s super helpful for clueless hot tub shoppers like myself! I am shopping for a simple budget friendly hot tub for a vacation rental in Big Bear Lake, Ca. I spoke to 2 dealers in the area, the first one recommended a Freeflow spa for around $3,500 and the second dealer was very negative about the Freeflows and suggested an Artesian Spa for $4,999. The second dealer basically said that Freeflows are basically impossible to get into to fix should there be an issue and I would probably end up having… Read more »

Yeah, he is dead right The artesian is a far better spa.

Julie Buzanko

Hi Chris, Had our Artesian Elite Eagle Crest delivered a week ago, first time we have ever owned one, purchased for health benefits. Couple of days later our neighbors popped by to let us know that the noise level coming from the hot tub is keeping them up at night and vibrating their house. They are probably 30 feet away from where the tub sits, it is on a concrete pad we had laid specifically for the tub. So I checked the decibel levels at night several nights in a row, when just the circ pump is running, and it… Read more »

so 60-70 Db is about the level of a normal conversation at 3-5 feet. I would say its a bad harmonic, I would unbolt the pump from the frame, its only bolted down to stop it moving during shipping and its actually better to have it free-floating for both the plumbing and for sure for the noise. then you can put some vibration mitigation under the motor, don’t bother bolting it back down. ideally a thick piece of rubber suspended between two small pieces of wood so the pump is sitting on a “bridge” but even a mouse pad doubled… Read more »

Julie Buzanko

Hi Chris, Sorry not sure if it has a steel frame, do Artesian use steel? Since I wrote they have tried a circ pump from the showroom model, and now have ruled that out as the culprit as it did not help. They tried some thing to baffle the noise (my husband said they did something similar to what you indicate above), but it just made it worse – up to 78 dB for the sound, and the vibration seems to be worse as well. Today a rep from Artesian called us directly, he said it is not something they… Read more »

strange but it sounds like they are being proactive in finding a solution, work with them, if you run into resistance then hit me up and ill bash them with my big stick 🙂

Marla

Hi Chris! I am looking to purchase my first spa. Really interested in the therapeutic benefits. Looking at the Artesian Elite Class Eagle Crest Model vs. Vita Spa 500 Series Prestige Model. I am also wondering about the difference between the steel frame vs. wood frame construction and also the difference between the foam insulation vs. the premier insulation in terms of accessibility to the motor, leaks etc. Finally, if possible- the cost difference of both. TIA!

Hi Marla First off the Artesian is built to a much higher standard than the Vita, the shell is stronger, the plumbing is better and the insulation is way better. I do not like steel frames, its a gimmick they are cheap and rust out and hare noisy, timber is the way to go… Guys using cheap insulation like a bit off bluemax or another batton type attic insulation with some foil on it will tell you that leaks are hard to find on full foam tubs, but that’s old school, they are just scaring you to justify the cheap… Read more »

Lea

Hello! I am new to the hot tub works and I do not have a large budget. Having said that, I was looking at the artesian wisteria. Any insight would be appreciated

performance wise it fairly basic but build wise it is good. the other one to check out is the Getaway hot tub here:

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Michael Henry

Hi Chris, I am so grateful for the information and expertise you have been sharing here. We are getting ready to replace our current spa — it’s about 14 years old, and it’s time to go. Looked at the Artesian South Seas line today, based on your suggestions. (No Master Spa dealer anywhere near us in Woodstock, NY) Seemed fine. We’re not interested in bells and whistles. It did not have a whole lot of jets, but that isn’t as important to us as reliability/ robustness and energy efficiency. (Also, we like to soak in deep hot water – so… Read more »

Hi Michael

sales guys say this because its easier 🙂 easier than getting into the whole explanation and frankly most don’t know the difference 🙂

yes, they use the good foam on the upgrade and yes get it!

Vicki Ryan

Hello, I am having issues with my Artesian Island Spa. From day one, my spa keeps a water temperature of 106-110 degrees. One day it just completly shut off because the water is too hot. I have talked to the dealer many times znd they gived suggestions but nothing they tell has worked. I keep the temp set at 98 degrees, I prop up the cover and I have reduced the filtratuon to run only in the morning. My spa is constantly hot and I cant use it. I just got it 3 months ago. The dealer tells me it… Read more »

What is your filtration rate set to?

sometimes if a tub is set to filter too long it will overheat from the thermal waste heat of the motor…

set your filter time to 4 hours a day

shawn

I had a similar problem and it was because the temperature probe (RTD or thermocouple) was not protruding far enough into the tub. The tip was back in the recess and it caused the temperature to read at least 5 degrees lower than actual, depending on the circulation. I pushed the probe an inch farther into the tub and voila, problem solved.

Very cool never heard of that!

Makes perfect sense though.

That particular tub has two temp probes and if one reads lower than the other it gives you an error and those probes cant be not all the way seated or they leak but good point for sure!

Joanne

Hi. I live in New Zealand and am looking to buy a spa. I’m currently looking at the Artesian Hawaii or a Hot Spring (not sure which yet). Which do you think is a better brand?

Hi Joanne

The Artesian for sure, the best thing about the Hot Springs is the marketing, branding and advertising the actual spa is mid-grade build and performance. I’m not a fan of these brands that spend more on the bullshit than they do on just building a great hot tub.

Loren Lyon

Chris, what do you think of the Hot Tubs sold at Costco? Aquaterra specifically.

It’s middle-of-the-road thin cradle supported shell dodgy installation.

I may be funny but I never in 10 years have seen a high-end hot tub at a mass Merchant. Mass Merchants are arguably the worst place to buy a hot tub.

Daniel B Gansereit

Hey Chris I live in Central Washington state and there is only one Artesian dealer close to where I live. That being said I was quated a price of $12,999.00 for the Piper Glen Elite with cover,step included. With tax it would come to $14,064.00 Just want to make sure I’m not getting ripped off. Any feedback would be appreciated.

yeah, that’s a lot of money man I’m gonna send you a link to a guy in the area.

Ron Becker

Hi Chris. I like what I see here with Artisan, but from what I see so far for therapy the Master LSX is the tops, period. Is there anything else worth seeing?

yeah look t the Twilights as well

Melissa

Hi Chris…simple question…Marquis or Artesian Island Series? From everything I’ve read these 2 brands seem like good ones but we want to make sure we go with the choice that will be best for us in the long run. Thanks for your time as we are looking to finalize our decision this week!

hey Melissa

Artesian only because I have visibility fo the factory (I toured it last year) and they appear to have better quality control

Melissa

Thanks a million Chris I appreciate your prompt response!

edo

Artesian vs HotSprings? The Hotsprings I am looking at is used. Artesian would be new.

Artesian is a great hot tub company building reasonably priced well built tubs.

Hot Springs great marketing corporation making mid grade spas and selling them at twice what they are worth on the back of massive advertising, marketing, and branding campaigns… in my opinion…

Chalk and cheese… Buy the arteisian

Pamela Litka

Hello Chris, I am currently comparing the Tidalfit Pro EP 15 swim spa by Artesian and the Hydropool 17fx AquaSport or the 19EX. Can you advise which of the two are the better brands and if it’s the hydropool, which product you’d recommend? I would greatly appreciate your advice as we’re looking to make our decision this week. If it’s neither of these, what would you recommend for a family fun swimspa that can be enjoyable for adults too. Thank you in advance.
Pamela

Hi Pamela

Artesian is a well-built swim spa with good performance, great build quality, OEM readily available top parts, and good Quality control.

Hydropool is a great marketing company that was bought recently by an equity investment group that typically builds mid-grade products with loads of proprietary parts so they can hold you to ransom for parts, substandard insulation systems.

Artesian is in my top 5 Hydropool is not even in my top 20.

Honestly, there is simply no comparison the Artesian hands down is the only one I would consider out of that group.

Pamela Litka

Thank you very much. Very helpful. Who is in your top 5 and why?

ivan haggins

I am considering the HL 8 by Master Spas and the and the Grand Cayman by Artisian. I like both. However,the Grand Cayman has 4 pumps (1 6hp and 3 3hp) and has 65 jets. On the other hand,the HL 8 has 2 pumps (I am not sure of total hp) and only has 54 jets.The HL 8 is about a $1,000.00 cheaper. What are your thoughts regarding which tub is the best buy?

I thank you in advance for your assistance.

Regards,

Ivan

Hi Ivan They are both very different spas. first off more pumps is a bit of a gimmick. The Hl is all custom molded seats and the cayman is wide open seating… they appeal to different customers but I know taller people love the molded seats. performance wise they both have a similar number of the expensive high flow therapy jets and they are both running 1.5″ neck jets. not massive differences on either. I do not like that old school foot dome on the Cayman, they really need to redo that mold, those things are a pain in the… Read more »

Gabe

Hello Chris, I have been searching for a hot tub and was looking at getting the Vector 21 and saw your review and video. We decided to go another direction. I went to look at spas today and really liked the Tropic Seas Rio Elite. I know you have answered similar questions on the lines but mine is specific to this model. Other than Artesian is a parent company or makes them, you really don’t see too much information on them. Perhaps were not paying for the marketing? I am picky now thanks to all the great wisdom you give… Read more »

HI Gabe I’ll be honest I am not sure and while I love Artesian from a build standpoint, they are a tough bunch to get any information out of… I hit up their Marketing manager and got a copy of their brochure 🙂 I asked her a pile of real questions and we will see how that goes… From a cursory look, the tub is going to be mid-grade performance wise and certainly not in the class of a high-end therapy massage spa it’s mostly the inexpensive low flow therapy jets. the neck jet system because of the design is… Read more »

Gabe

Thanks Chris for getting back to me, I appreciate it. When I looked online and at the brochure as well, seemed very simple with information. There really wasn’t any information or reviews. We will take a look at beachcomber, I have heard of them and think I visited them a while back. We also have a floor model sale going on now at a dealer and there is a Captiva Island Series available, not sure if that is right in line with the Tropic Seas. Will check back if you get response from marketing dealer from Artesian. Thanks again Chris.

I did!

She is awesome, I wish I had of gotten ahold of her before.

It’s built by them to the same standard in the same factory with the same parts but!!!! you need to order the full foam package as an addon!

Gabe

Thanks Chris! Just confirming we are talking about the Tropical Seas Spa still. I mentioned the Captiva as well in my previous email. If so, this puts the Tropical Seas back in our sight as the number one choice because it appears to be a good deal overall out the door. I value your input and this gives me peace of mind that I didn’t settle or over pay. It is also from a family owned dealer so that makes me feel good on the purchase too.

glad to help dude.

Kelly Burrow

Hi Chris,
I’m looking to replace my current hot springs with a new one (it’s has some small leaks). I am thinking either the limelight flash @ $9300 (w/Bluetooth and $1500 trade in) or an Artesian Grand Canyon w/Bluetooth @ $10200. Artesian is also offering an extended warranty of 5 additional years for $500. Also, the hot springs is salt and the artesian has the diamond aop. Which do you think is a better deal?
Thank you very much,
Kelly

PS. I live in Indianapolis

Hi kelly

the Artesian is a way better-built tub with better parts.

Salt is old tech, all it does is make chlorine or bromine. the AOP uses UV and ozone, better for sure but frankly, I would not buy either.

The thing hot tub manufacturers don’t want you to know is that the aftermarket stuff like Spa Marvel or Aquafinesse is lower chemical, easier to manage and cheaper 🙂

Jai

Chris, I came across your website surfing for a hot tub. I ended up moving to Bend, Oregon after 22 years in the Army, so looking for a long lasting trustworthy company / product to help with all the aches lol. Not a huge selection but there is a Artesian dealer here. Bend Spa & Hearth. They have Island Spa’s / South Sea Spa’s / Garden Spa’s / Artesian Elite. Are all these under the “Artesian Spa” Name? (May Manufacturing, LLC). So much bad info on junk for high prices. Trying to figure out what is real and what is… Read more »

Susan

What’s your feeling about salt water systems for spas?

In its day it was a good tech, it took us from 3-5ppm of chlorine or bromine to around 1-3ppm and a nice steady release.

The downsides were many, unreliable, hard to balance water, highly corrosive to decks, the tub, concrete etc, expensive because of anode replacement etc…

There are a lot of better technologies available on hot tubs and even better one’s aftermarket.

Douglas Selwyn

Our nearest hot tub store is selling a tranquility brand tub. We are looking at the vineyard model. Do you know anything about this brand? We live in greenfield ma

Hi Douglas i think they might be part of the Dr. wellness brand. a quick look gave me enough to say not in my tier one. the insulation would never meet code for a house, its cheap and low r value, the control system is good but stay away from steel frames, they don’t hold up nearly as good as a timber frame, they rust and fall apart. it is what it is like most hot tubs its a bit of the good a bit of the bad. you have very little around you the nearest dealer with a brand… Read more »

Connie

I have a Tidalfit EP-15 Pro and I was wondering if you know what setting is best for energy use? Would the rest mode or ready mode be the best for energy use?

Hi Connie

use standard mode unless you go away for vacay then goto economy, also in the summer you can use economy when its hot

Mike

Hi Chris. In Montreal trying to find the best brand. Any opinion on Trevi? Can’t seem to find a master spa dealer in these parts so have been eyeing Trevi and artic spa. Any other suggestions for me? Thank you

Hey Mike Sorry for the delay I have been on the road to the Las Vegas pool and spa show and a couple of factory tours. Montreal is a mess, very few good brands there a lot fo the big players avoid it because of the language barrier. Trevi is just a rebrand, and not a very good one, Arctic I’m not a fan of, the best thing about that brand is the Brochure and marketing but when you get right down to it other than the Hand rolled self-supporting shell the rest is seriously down market. The parts are… Read more »

Jeff

Hi Chris;
Looking to make a hot tub purchase. In the Newmarket, Ont area.
I have been to Bullfrog in Burlington, to Beachcomer, and Jacuzzi in Newmarket, Maxx in Aurora,,to Arctic Spas in Vaughan, to Master spas in Mississauga. Looking to purchase an 8’x8′ higher end spa. Any suggestions?

I would rate them thus: WORST Maxx – Performance Mid -Good parts but it ends there… Cradel supported shell, cheap insulation around R7, no clamps on plumbing Arctic -Performance mid to high -Good Shell but it ends there… Proprietary parts, cheap insulation around R-8-10, no clamps on plumbing Jacuzzi -Performance Mid -Can’t find anything to say its just Meh… and full of proprietary parts Bullfrog – Performance mid- Good parts, good insulation, glued and clamped plumbing, but cheap pedestal supported ABS plastic shell Beachcomber – Performance low -Good shell, good insulation, good parts, glued and clamped plumbing Master – Performance… Read more »

Mari

I have a question about the Artesian premium elite spas. No 2018 models are showing on the website under manuals and our local dealer doesn’t have any(only the lower models) — and I’m wondering if they have changed or revamped the whole line? I’m not interested in the curved waterfall type tub, want a flat top and flat cover. But if they did change things in the new line, are the new parts still going to be readily available?? Gimmicky new parts that you can only buy from the dealer, scare me. Thanks for the help if you’ve heard any… Read more »

Hi Mari

I would not worry the parts would be the same they are not doing proprietary parts. the downside to these guys is the support end, make sure you have a tight dealer because although I like artesians build and parts its very dealer-centric because they have little or no factory direct support… and things like the owner’s manuals lagging he production are the norm 🙂

Alejandra Guzman

Hi there. We went to an Artisian Expo and liked the 12 footer swimming spa. But we know Nothing! on how to buy one. Would like to exercise and socialize; but would sacrifice the social part of it. If needed would take one spa that is only good for RA. Any thoughts? We live in Tucson, AZ ????

Hi If we were talking hot tubs I would say sure, Artesian makes great hot tubs and they build good quality swim spas, but where performance and especially depth really make a massive difference in a swim spa there is simply no one in the residential market that can tough the H2X right now. The build is top of the line and the flow rates are easily 40% higher and the depth is a massive difference, the Tidal fit you are up to your stomach in water you are up to your chest in the H2x… go see these guys,… Read more »

Scott

Chris,
Does your review apply to all Artesian lines. I’m looking at the SouthSeas 834B. Is Artesians build quality and components still good on thier “value” line?
Thanks,
Scott

Yep, they build solid spas bottom to top. really just performance changes

Pete

Chris, What is your opinion on Four Winds?
They use the good components you talk about Waterways jets, Balboa controls.
Thanks,
Pete

Hi Pete we had a pile of them in the local market and they were okish except the shells, we had 12 shell failures, they were using a spray on rigidizer and they just had a lot of issues, they also used to put a particle board base under it and then a 1×1 frame, we saw a lot of them sagging and really starting to fall apart. Now in all fairness, it was a few years ago and I have not seen one recently but I would not expect there is any great change, it was always a middle… Read more »

Martin

Hello Hot tub U appreacite the education. I am considering an artesian island spa, either the Antigua 84x84x36 or the Grand Bahama 91x91x36. First question is does the size increase really matter to performance? 7inches more makes it a 8 foot tub, is this recommended?
Last questions is options. Which options are worth it in your opinion ? I’m looking at function not glitz..

Thanks

Hi Martin Sorry for the late response I was away for the week 🙂 I typically don’t buy any add on options, certainly not any of the chemical reduction upgrades, the aftermarket stuff like the Spa Marvel Enzyme or Aquafinesse is, in my opinion, offers the the lowest chemical levels, easiest to manage water as well as longest lasting and least expensive… and you can order the spa marvel direct from my site now at the guaranteed lowest price. https://hottubuniversity.com/spa-marvel-us/ As for size, the biggest thing is the footwell size increases, which is key if you are tall or want… Read more »