Beachcomber – Brand Review

Beachcomber – Brand Review

Beachcomber :

This brand is a mixed bag. I find it really overpriced by a long shot, I saw the summer saver deal for 2017 and laughed so hard I almost cried.  Some of the suggested retail prices are literally 2x what they are really worth.

That being said they build to the right standard. Balboa control and heating system, waterways jets, hand-rolled self-supporting shells, and glued and clamped plumbing lines. This is all the stuff I like to see in a Top Tub! Performance wise they top out at the mid-end, their top performance tub has a few of the expensive hi-flow therapy jets some mid flow and a lot of the inexpensive small jets… pretty standard to most brands top tubs but nowhere near the performance of the really high-end massage spas.

I don’t know if they still do this but one terrible thing they did for a long time was to make the tub with a non-removable skirt! We have one we just took on trade, it leaks and there is no way to get into it without draining and flipping the spa over and tearing it all apart… It’s crazy, you save a lot of money by making an integrated skirt because you just build the skirt into the spa whereas if you do it right you build a subframe then build a skirt to attach to it so you can get it apart if you ever have an issue.

I also really dislike the way they count the jets… The whole industry counts each jet as a jet… to make it sound better they count every hole in every jet so they quote like 120 jets for a 28 jets one pump tub 🙂 but I guess when yer trying to get mad margins you need a healthy dose of spin…

Also, I am not a fan of the hybrid system, This is a classic example of old tech being regurgitated and rebranded as a new technology. When I started selling spas in the 80’s lots of companies had the pumps outside but you can’t reclaim the motor heat with this arrangement and this more than offsets the little extra foam around the bottom corner where the foam is twice as thick as the other 90% of the hot tub. It also leaves you in danger of quick freeze damage in a power outage, and you are always pumping your hot water out of the insulation envelope in the winter… It’s bad tech done for a Unique selling feature more than any advantage.

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Hi, we are in Montreal and we’re looking to buy a beachcomber and just got quoted insane prices for 7 seaters that would be delivered in the spring (like 12-16k). What’s a dealer/brand to trust around here?

Hi Jamie,

Montreal is a tough area with not a lot of good options. Check out our private buyers service and we can likely get you something factory direct that will be a good tub at a better price

Thanks Bill! I forgot to mention we have a 10+ year old beachcomber that is still functioning but gets leaky every once in a while… should we wait out the pandemic for better pricing?

I’d wait it out. Prices are at all-time highs right now and if you already have a tub, give it until the New Year to see if things settle at all

I am looking into the Beachcomber 320 (its a round tub). We are looking a round tub because we like the classic look, and smaller size (Its out first hot tub purchase). The only thing that scares me away is that with the upgrade to 240 volt, with delivery and tax it tops out $8,000. We are in the Windsor region, any recommendations on similar style round tub/brand would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help!

Hi Chris,

Take a look at the South Seas 627M. It’s a great spa and made by Artesian which is one of our top brands. It’ll beat the hell out of the beachcomber and likely be less expensive as well

I’m looking at the beachcomber 664 leep from costco. Would you recommend? Would you say the hush pump upgrade is necessary?

Hi Brynn,

That’s a middle of the road tub but it is overpriced. Stay away from hush pumps on any tub(circulation pumps in general). Check out this article

Hi there, after reading all of the comments on Beachcomber I’m now undecided. Basically because of the skirt not being able to be removed for service. I’m mechanically minded and that would drive me nuts to drain, fix and refill to test! I was looking at the Beachcomber 669 at Costco for $10,500 but I’m now interested in comparable (Canadian built – if poss) with the same foam insulation feature as BC. Any tips for tub shops and makes in the London Ontario area? Tks T

Hi Terry,

Look up Premium Wholesale and Leisure in Mississauga and ask them about the Masters Spas Clarity line. Around the same price point but a better built unit with removable sides

Quick follow up—the specific Beachcomber rub I was looking at was the 360 Hybrid 4, and was quoted about $8500 pre tax and delivery.

Prices everywhere are high and supply is low, typically any decent brand is 200+ days for delivery, and the few that are available more quickly are at a premium price for sure. Its made by Sunrise spas, its middle of the road with a cradle supported shell, and a low Rvalue insulation system. Jetting wise again pretty middle the road with a few of the good hi-flow jets and mostly the small low flow ones. the price is really high for a tub of this caliber but that is the world right now, if you have them available fast you… Read more »

Hi there! I love the great, honest information I’m seeing here! I live in the Vernon BC area and our family is looking for a hot tub. I heard good things about beachcombers so had them out to look at our space and make some suggestions. That said, the price did seem a bit high—which is supported by what I found here! Is there a dealer in this area (V1B 3B7) that you’d recommend we talk to?

Beachcomber is a solid well build spa.

It’s overpriced and the performance his middle of the road.

The only thing I really dislike is the nonremovable skirt, they are a nightmare to repair when they leak and really expensive even under warranty.

Hello,

We are looking into buying a hot tub, and found what we thought was a good one ( beachcomber through Costco). After reading your input, we have decided not to go with a big box retailer for our hot tub. We are in the Windsor area, can you recommend a good company down here, we are looking to stay in the $8000 price range. Thank you for all of your expertise, it is greatly appreciated!!

Hi Crystal,

If you’re in Windsor Ontario, look up Premium Wholesale Leisure and ask about the Getaway line from Master Spas. The Bar Harbour is a great value!

I live near Moncton, NB E4Y2R8 code and was looking at the beachcomber tub from Costco. Can you suggest somewhere local with the best hot tub within the 7000 to $8000 price range

Coast – Waterworks Pools & Spas
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Hi there,

We are first time hot tub buyers with a range of 8,000.00-9,000.00. We were going to buy the beachcomber from Costco because of the price and quick delivery time but after reading the comments here it sounds like you wouldn’t recommend it. Could you recommend a place? We are in Oakville, Ontario and would really like a quick delivery time. Some places we went to said it would be 8 months before delivery! Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Hi Tina,

It seems that with everyone staying home due to Covid, they all decided to buy a new hot tub for their back yard and that has prices high wand wait times super long. The problem with this is that a lot of people are buying poor quality tubs because they can get them quicker but keep in mind that a hot tub is not a 1-2 year purchase – you are going to have this for at least 10 years so you want quality over timely delivery.

Hello Chris,
We narrowed down the search to coast spa and hydro pool.
We do like the lay out of hydro pool seats more than coast spas.
Coast spas has better rating but hydro pool has more positive reviews.

Your favourite pending factory verification is coast spas. Is there a specific reason to why you are not a fan of hydro pool?

Based on the reviews from hydro pool, self cleaning and insulation is better in hydro pool.

Please let us know.
Thank you Chris

Hi Nina, You may want to grab a coffee before you read this because I’m about to go on a rant!!!!! Hydropool is the poster child for what’s wrong with the hot tub industry right now. They weren’t bad a few years ago but then were bought by a large US corporation (the same one that owns Jacuzzi, etc.) and now they make a low to mid-grade tub and throw a bunch of money high-end marketing. I’ll go through the list of what’s weak about the Hydropool but here’s the most important point – ALL hot tubs are “self-cleaning”!!! Two… Read more »

Hello Chris,
Thank you for your info. I was gonna get
Beachcomber 654 LEEP 20-jet Bodies (81 FlexJets) 5-person Spa from Costco and ended up here.
Where would you recommend going in Vancouver, BC area please?
My budget is around 8k for 4-5 adults.
I don’t want a high maintenance hot tub, something with higher quality that lasts and doesn’t cause trouble like the skirt issue.
Thank you in advance

Hi Nina

The bar harbor SE is similar and bigger and has a removable skirt… try Fraiser valley hot tubs. or lifestyle sell coast spas in langley

Hi there, greetings from Calgary…
Looking into buy a Beachcomber from Costco (there are some “summer sales” they are advertising) and would like to ask your thoughts about their quality / durability.

Also if you could comment on their Filtration System and Water Treatment System (What do you think about their Ozone / UV System – are they worth it?)

Any particular Model you recommend?

Thanks again for your help!

Your web page is a great resource for Hot Tub newbies like me!

Hey Cesar Beachcomber is just out of my top 5 group from a build quality standpoint, the only thing keeping them out is the nonremovable skirt which is pure idiocy… If you ever have a leak it’s an expensive nightmare even under warranty. Its funny I always say mass merchants are the worst place to buy hot tubs because they are not good prices. They are just cheap crappy hot tubs sold for what they are worth, and seeing the prices on the Beachcomber just proves what I have always sad because those prices are bat shit crazy expensive… Between… Read more »

Hi
I’m looking to buy a hot tub however the only brand sold in my area are Hydropool, arctic spa, beachcomber. Witch would you recommend?

beachcomber for sure, the other two are fancy marketing but mid to low end tubs full of low price low R-value insulation, mid-grade build, and proprietary parts… the best thing about the hydro pool and the Arctic is the fancy marketing that fools you into thinking they are top-end really well-made spas…

Hi!

I’m looking for a hot tub for around 4-6 people. There are so many options and after reading the comments, I think the best solution is to ask you for a recommendation of a nearby dealer. I live in Edmonton, AB. T5J 0G6. Can you please kindly direct me to a knowledgeable location?

Thank you!

You have loads of good options there…

Master Spas and Coast are by far your best two, then beachcomber but BC performance doesn’t get to the high end and the non-removable sides are an expensive freeking nightmare if you get a leak

I’m considering buying a Beachcomber 720 Hybrid4 or something relatively close in size/seating configuration (possibly 300 or 500 series). I love the option to place the “guts” in the steps and build it to the configuration of our choice. There are no other known quality hot tubs where the control panel and inner step (cooling seat) are not along the same wall. Because of our backyard design, we want to push the tub against our deck and step down into it. Buuuuuuut, we want to avoid having the guts closed off and inaccessible (without having to drain and move). So… Read more »

Hi Brian You are correct beachcomber is only guys still doing this equipment under the step. I remember in the ’80s there were loads of guys doing this. First off you can put any tub against a deck without having to drain and move it, it is a simple matter to frame in a removable trap door in the deck. The trade-off is big… You lose the ability to reclaim the waste heat from the pumps, big deal on an integrated system you can disconnect the heater and stay warm with just the waste heat from the motor, you are… Read more »

We just purchased the Beachcomber 740. Can’t wait to receive it!

Good buy you will have years of reliable performance.

Make sure you download the app SpaStar it makes everything easy.

Also, buy spa marvel… beachcomber is so behind on water care they remarketing their chemicals under goofy names to fool you… its standard high chemical chlorine and or bromine systems.

Hi Chris, Beachcomber water care certainly does not have any product that contains carcinogens. All Beachcomber products are approved to be sold by Health Canada and the PMRA. Your professional opinion is respected and it would be appreciated if you kept to the facts when advising your audience, Thank-you kindly

Corrected sir, my bad. it meant to say high chemical I was mistaken in referring to chlorine as a carcinogen. NUt just barely… I should have said these high chemical systems create more byproducts and that the by-products ingestion into the body has shown to cause an increase in cancer rates… High levels of chlorine and specifically inhalation as occurs in steam from hot tubs are dangerous and some of the by-products of the chlorine interaction with organics create other chemicals some of which are classed as a possible source of cancer. When chlorine mixes with organic matter (such as… Read more »

So after all the bad comments you have voiced about Beachcomber Hot Tubs, it clearly sees you are very bias and haVE NO credibility. They are the oldest Canadian Hot Tub dealer since 1978 manufactured in Surrey BC.
You obviously don’t support Canadian products. TOO BAD! I
THEY HAVENT BEEN AROUND FOR 42 YEARS AND STILL AT THE TOP OF THE BEST TUB OUT THERE, DO SOME MORE RESEARCH.
NOT SURE WHO MAKES YOU THE EXPERT!

Hey Karen! Are you drunk? Beachcomber is my number 5 tub in the market… I like it 🙂 But there are some issues… The Hybrid is dumb… Even Kieth Scott knows this, I remember in Toronto back in the ’80s when Kieth and Sean Casey his number one were gathering all the tubs up to test them because Kieth was convinced the Hybrid was a more efficient way to do it… Kieth always was more of a hippy than a science guy 🙂 Halfway through when it became clear the numbers were not going to go his way they abandoned… Read more »

Hi Hot Tub University, sorry to hear your dissatisfaction of how Beachcomber prices their tubs and the advertising methods used (such as how they count their jets). There has been certain improvements made to the brand over the last year though, and although some of the issues you raised remains valid, we invite you to revisit the brand and give them another look.

Hi Guys!

I have always liked beachcomber, build wise they do the right things… Hand rolled self-supporting shell with a vinyl ester resin barrier layer, glued and clamped plumbing lines, good full foam insulation… Hybrid is old tech everyone went away from it decades ago, and yeah the jet count thing is annoying but the non-hybrid model is in my top 5. good solid built spa. Performance wise they could use a higher-end therapy line but for build quality its right up there.

beachcomber leep is it good at costco…7,400$ series 655 leep ?? is it better to put 2000$. more for have hybrid to save energy$ (sorry for my bad english i seak french!)

Pas de problème, mon français craint donc je vais utiliser l’anglais 🙂 Beachcomber is the only spa at any mass merchant that’s worth a damn and yep it’s good… And no don’t go to Hybrid… Hybrid is bad tech it’s not more efficient, its bullshit marketing crap called a unique selling feature 🙂 It just proves what I always say… mass merchants are not a good deal on great spas they just sell cheap crappy hot tubs for mid prices 🙂 as soon as they get a good spa, like the Beachcomber, the price is higher than the retailers 🙂… Read more »

i live in montreal ! thans you for your help !!!! I saw on costco h9s4m8
https://www.costco.ca/evolution-spas-%e2%80%93-spa-ashbury-%c3%a0-60-jets.product.100286853.html

I shot a video about this tub… all the Costco stubs are crap except the Beachcomber

Hi
We were looking at the Evolution Ashbury from Costco and then saw your video. We’re now thinking about the Beachcomber 654 from Costco. Thoughts on this model?
Also do you have information on systems with an ozonator?
Thanks

I was also looking at the Beachcomber 655 from costco. I had called around a few places and it seemed to be the best bang for the buck, however if you know of any other deals in area to consider I would greatly appreciate it! Postal code is V4S1C8

beachcomber is a good spa. well built and using good parts, the only real bad is the nonremovable skirt which is a crazy corner to cut because if it leaks then you are looking at major costs even under warranty to fix it… but good value for the money??? no… its a super low end 23 jet one pump spa! you can get the same build quality and parts and insulation with removable skirts for that money from any decent dealer… I love that Costco sells this tub because it is proof of what I always say… mass merchants are… Read more »

Appreciate your reply, there is much to consider when buying a tub so any help is great. I would prefer to go through a dealer for numerous reasons, I did look through a few other dealers, coast spa, jacuzzi and a couple dealer sold beachcomber 350 which is the identical tub, but they all seemed to be about $1500-$3000 more for a similar featured tub. I would love more options to consider in this price range of $7500, but I have yet to talk to a dealer who can get to that price with a 5 seater with lounge seat… Read more »

Ken, are you really comparing the same jetting packages? its a 23 jet single pump tub… So you want the absolutely lowest entry-level Coast called Northwinds,

forget Jacuzzi, overpriced mid-grade spas full of proprietary parts and sold as high-end on the back of massively expensive marketing, branding, and advertising

Hi! I am in way over my head looking for a tub. I was somewhat set on a costco tub until I watched your video. I’m not looking for anything fancy or too large (getting the tub into my yard will take some serious dedication) and I am looking at this Beachcomber 654 at Costco for $7k. Googling the model is how I ended up here. You say that $7k for this tub is a scam, but I am not finding anything even remotely close for the quality and the price. $7k really is my limit (in reality, a couple… Read more »

Hey Andrew, great question, id love to help! I’m gonna say that what you have to think about when looking at spas like this is what you’re actually getting from the tub. No matter how well it’s made 7k is a lot for a tub with only 20 something jets and one pump. It could be made by my favourite manufacture and id still say it because frankly that amount of power doesn’t and shouldn’t cost that much money. If you want to reply to this comment with your Zipcode I can give you some specific dealer recommendations in your… Read more »

Hello! I was also looking at possibly buying a Costco beachcomber tub. It’s overwhelming all the different companies and options. We live in N5A 6B1 and if you have some recommendations we would love that! We are looking at something in the 80×88 ish range

Hi Chris, I’m looking at the Leep 655 , not hybrid – like you said, it’s one pump 23 jets with a lounger, 80X88X38- right now on for 8500 at costco (inludes delivery and cover / step) – can you suggest a better tub for that pricepoint?

Yeah for sure… that’s expensive for a good tub but it just proves what I always say… Mass merchants are not good prices on good tubs they are just cheap crappy spas… as soon as they get a decent spa the price is high… The only drawback to beachcomber besides the stupid high p[ricing is they are mid to low end performance wise and they have nonremovable skirts which is idiocy… if you get a leak (and yes they do leak from time to time like any spa) you can’t fix them without removing them to a facility… it costs… Read more »

Hi Chris, I leave near Montreal. I have been doing research about the hot tub brands you recommend (Brands in the top group). I have been looking for dealers of the brands in my area. I have found dealers for Beachcomber, Coast, Marquis and Bullfrog. Out of those brands, which one do you recommend the most? Do you know any other dealers near Montreal for the other brands that I should look at? We are looking at longivity over gadjets.

Hi

Of the local guys, the best is Coast then Beachcomberthe other two are not in the running.

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