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Ultralift Review - The best cover lifter on the market today?

We often get questions from our users about cover lifters for their hot tubs so, over the past year, we have bought and torture tested dozens of cover lifters and we have found what we believe to be the best lifter on the market today.

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Who We Are and What We Do

Welcome to Hot Tub University! This site is dedicated to hot tub buyers AND owners. Check out this short video to find out what we can do for you and why this site should be your number one place to help you buy a quality hot tub and then keep it running smoothly after you buy.

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Top Tier Brands Available Now

We have trusted dealers that now have hot tubs and swim spas in stock or available with short term delivery of less than 4 weeks

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Hot Tub Jets and Fittings Explained

The jets and fittings in a typical hot tub vary wildly and there is a right way to plumb a hot tub. Learn what to watch for to make sure you’re getting high-quality as opposed to high-class marketing

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Hot Tubs and Shell Construction

Is The Most Important Part Of Your Hot Tub Strong Enough? Shell construction can vary vastly and the way a shell is built will affect how long your spa will last. It is worth spending more to make sure this is done right, or making sure that you are actually getting good quality when buying.

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Enzyme Systems in Hot Tubs

Reducing Chemical Use In Your Hot Tub With Enzymes. Enzymes work by helping to break down inorganic contaminants like sweat, body oils, lotions and other contaminants; the kind of stuff that bacteria feed on, that foams and cloud up your tub.

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Great Marketing vs Great Hot Tubs

There are 2 business models for Hot Tub manufacturers and unfortunately, the best business model is to build a mid-grade spa and spend a lot of money on fancy marketing spin and advertising.

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High End Massage-Therapy Spas

The truth is, 90% of the spas out there are similar when it comes to massage value - and the word 'therapy massage' is bantered around freely and means nothing. To really get a high-end therapy massage spa is rare and expect to pay a hefty price for it.

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Hot Tub Shells

Is The Most Important Part Of Your Hot Tub Strong Enough? Shell construction can vary vastly and the way a shell is built will affect how long your spa will last.

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Hot Tub Bases

The base of a Hot Tub is what it sits on and there are a lot of options from basic vapor barrier to ABS bottom pans and fiberglass trays. Scare tactics like telling you you're Hot Tub will fall apart without a good base.

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Salt Water Systems In Hot Tubs

Should you order a Salt System for your Hot Tub? Hot Tub companies continue to extol the virtues of salt systems in hot tubs even though they are outdated and better options exist...

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Hot Tub Insulation

I know a lot about Hot Tubs, and Insulation systems, and R-values, and Thermal loss, and Reflective heat barriers, and Convection loss, and Conduction loss, and Thermal mass... and EVEN I get confused

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Ratings Sites and Discussion Forums

The ratings you see on a Rating site reviews can be anything from anyone and most of the time if it is really bad review or a really good review it’s either a competitor posing as a customer or a dealer posing as a customer......

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Mass Merchant Hot Tubs

So, there you are, shopping for a toilet at your local Home Depot, Costco, or even Walmart store; and there they are... Hot Tubs! They look great! But are they really????

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Filtration Systems

There is some serious misunderstanding about what filters actually do. Filters are not meant to deal with bacteria, viruses or anything else.

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Hot Tub Warranties

This article is about the fine print and hidden costs for good reason. Here are some of the things you need to know when looking at Hot Tub Warranties.

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The Brands I Like and Dislike and Why

Who's doing it right and who's just full of it? It makes a huge difference which manufacturer you purchase your new tub from; are they a company making solid tubs or just a high-end marketing company that happens to sell hot tubs?

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Circulation Pumps

Circulation pumps, also known as "Hush Pumps" and "Silent Flow Pumps", are sold as an advantage and often as an upgrade on Hot Tubs.

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Great Marketing vs Great Hot Tubs

There are 2 business models for Hot Tub manufacturers and unfortunately, the best business model is to build a mid-grade spa and spend a lot of money on fancy marketing spin and advertising.

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Hot Tub Bases - What's under your tub?

The base of a Hot Tub is what it sits on and there are a lot of options from basic vapor barrier to ABS bottom pans and fiberglass trays. Scare tactics like telling you you're Hot Tub will fall apart without a good base.

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Proprietary Parts and Why to Avoid Them

Proprietary parts are used by manufacturers to increase corporate profits at the expense of you, the customer.

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Hot Tub Shell Construction

Is The Most Important Part Of Your Hot Tub Strong Enough? Shell construction can vary vastly and the way a shell is built will affect how long your spa will last.

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Chris Wheatley Biography

Chris Wheatley is the founder and CEO of the world's largest hot tub and swim spa advice platform, Hot Tub University.

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