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Getting an area ready for a hot tub for our ground level deck. Our neighbor bought a Dynasty spa from Ace Hardware and says it has been good. He has had it for 2 years. Any suggestions on a good spa that isn’t too expensive. We live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Any suggestions on a hot tub or a dealer in the area would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Lisa
Dynasty is not a brand that we recommend, have a look at this video.
The problem with Hot tubs is they are expensive to build well, so finding a good one at a cheaper price is tricky. That’s where the Private Buyer Service can help, we can guide you to make sure you don’t end up buying junk.

Hello Kevin,

Thanks for the quick reply. In Quebec , they also offer a local product for a lower price around 9000$ . Can I know what are some of the qualities we should look for ? Below are the characteristics of the spa they offer :


Hi Ken
The main things to ask for on any tub are:-
1. Is it a self-supporting shell? – it should be
2. Heating and control system by Balboa – it should have this.
3. Plumbing, jets to pipe joint should be glued and clamped.
4. Insulation, ideally full foam, but you want a high ‘R’ value system, the number should be as close as the building code requirements for your home insulation.
If you have these four things, then you are up for a good start for sure.

We are shopping for a 4-5 person spa and came across Cal Spas EC-767L for 12000$. Any thoughts we are in Montreal, Quebec.

Hi Ken
Chris toured the Cal Spa factory, last year and they are right on the edge with him. Definitely not a bad spa and very close to being in our top group! As for price, sounds fair in the current market place in your area.

I’ve heard the newer dynasty tubs no longer use spray foam insulation and they are using the rmaxtm thermoboards.

Would this make a difference?

Here in southern Ontario I’m seeing a lot of these being sold and with great reviews and a friend of mine in Quebec says that this is almost 80% of what is being sold there.

I’m questioning buying one now after this review?

The warranty they are offering is a 5/7/20 as well.

This is a dilemma for sure

Hi Bruno
First question I would be asking them is, what is the ‘R’ rating on that insulation, you want it as high as possible, as near as you can to the building code guide in your area for your home.
Ask if the shell is self supporting – It should be
Does it have Balboa heating and control systems? It should, any thing else is second tier at best.
Does it have the pluming clamped and glued? Best practice.
Then you can make a choice, but we still wont be listing it as an approved brand anytime soon.

Hey Chris,

Love the info! Looking for an approx 7×7 saltwater spa under $10k. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!

Hi Ed Steer clear of salt water systems in hot tubs, they are well suited to swimming pools, with their constant UV exposure, but not good in a hot tub. Go for standard tub, then use Spa Marvel. A standard system in hot tubs puts your chlorine at 5-6 parts per million and salt systems get you to 3-4 ppm (along with the maintenance nightmare) but Spa Marvel gets you to near drinking water levels at 0.5-1 ppm. Don’t fall for the marketing hype of “new” salt systems or other “high-tech” water treatment systems. Instead go with the Spa Marvel… Read more »

Looking to buy a Dynasty Palma for a good price , Now im readint this review and disappointed, I have it on Order, Im looking for a 7 person tub, without the bells and whistles like the stereo.
Im in SW ontario. canada

Hi Deb
Dealers in your neck of the woods are a bit thin on the ground, these guys might be a bit far from you?
Display – International
1065 Dugald Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2J 0G8, Canada
+1 204-233-8822

Just saw a spectacular looking 7L today. I am looking for the best head/neck shoulder massage possible as heavy duty on the computer and it’s killing me. This looked like my hot tub! But then I see you say the brand is crap. So sad. So confused. What else would have good massage but isn’t a Dynasty? Bullfrog? Those are a 7-10 month wait now during COVID. COuldn’t even see one today. I am near Tampa/Orlando/Crystal River. What a crazy world.

Hi Lizzy,

If you want good neck and shoulder massage then you have one option in my opinion. The only tub that has the high-flow therapy jets in the neck area is the Twilight series from Master Spas. Every other tub has the small low flow high pressure jets that feel good on the skin but do nothing for the muscles underneath. I’ve had a broken neck and know the value of high-quality neck and shoulder massage and there’s really nothing like the Twilight

I see that now in your other pages. What a great resource you guys are! I will go hunt those down.

Is the Signature Spa – NS6 good value?

Last edited 5 months ago by Greg LeBlanc

Hi Greg,

Signature is one of those middle of the road brands that are, in my opinion, overpriced. At the same price point you can get much better quality from someone like Master Spas or Artesian. They use terms like hydro-lock plumbing which means they don’t clamp their plumbing joints. They do use full foam insulation but have a cradle supported shell so it’s a mixed bag. It would be a better deal if it was a few thousand less

Looking at purchasing a used 2014 Dynasty Spa model GL754L-9M2. Current owner is a friend of mine who’s had no issues with it. Any thoughts?

no issues so likely not a nightmare… some of these can be good buys

Looking at a Dynasty hot tub. Currently I am seeing tubs for $8,999 & $9,999 CAD. Sales guy was good, showed us a few differences between the models. I saw your review video and I’m concerned about the insulation and fittings or leaking. Has thisnissie gotten amy better with time since you made that video, I cant referenced when you posted it. Any insight would be helpful. Thank you and these videos are great. A sales person suggested your site to me.

Greg Halliday

Hey Greg,

I’d stay away from Dynasty man. They haven’t changed and are still poorly built and over-priced. There are much better options. Where are you located?

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