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Beachcomber Brand Review
Please note that this is a BRAND REVIEW and not model specific. There may be differences in the models and lines so this is an overview of the brand itself. For a drill down on a specific model why not try out our hot tub evaluator for the true picture on a given model
Overall Rating: B
Beachcomber hot tubs are a mixed bag. I find them really overpriced by a long shot, I saw the summer saver deal for last year and laughed so hard I almost cried. Some of the suggested retail prices are literally twice what they are really worth.
Performance wise Beachcomber hot tubs 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.
- Solidly Built Hot Tub
- Quality Components
- Shell is a little on the weak side
- The Hybrid system
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The shell of a Beachcomber hot tub is a fiberglass, hand-rolled, self-supporting shell which is what we like to see in any hot tub. However, the shell strength score we get in our tub evaluator puts it in the mid range so the shell is not as heavy or thick as it should be for a given size of hot tub.
Beachcomber hot tubs use all the right components from Balboa control systems to Waterways pumps and jets. The pumps are well-powered for the number and size of jets so they won’t run overly hot and while the jets are mostly smaller jets, they are at least of good quality and readily available from many sources.
One terrible thing Beachcomber has done for a long time was to make the hot tub with a non-removable skirt! If 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. With the Beachcomber hot tubs, the hot tub has to go back to dealer where they have special cradles to lift the tub so, even during warranty, you may be responsible for transportation charges. Most dealers will cover that if you buy directly from the dealer but you are still without your tub for days and maybe weeks. If you happen to buy a Beachcomber hot tub from a mass merchant though look out - no dealer is going to pony up for the transport charges for a tub you bought somewhere else so you could be talking about hundreds to a couple thousand dollars to get the tub there and back, even if it’s still under warranty!!!!
I’m 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. It does make for an efficient hot tub while the water is under the tub but with the pumps outside the skirt, that warm water is being cooled by the outside air every time it flows through the pumps.
In short, Beachcomber hot tubs could be a top-tier brand and on our highly recommended list but, with the hybrid system and non-removable skirt, it falls to the low-to mid-grade range. Not smart - make a great tub and then screw it up completely with two boneheaded decisions, likely driven by the marketing department