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HOT TUBS


Tub Technology That’s Hot!


WITH SO MANY HOT TUB BRANDS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK, MANUFACTURERS ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING TO INTRODUCE THE VERY LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO GIVE THEIR MODELS THE EDGE OVER THE COMPETITION. WE LOOK AT THE LATEST PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS COMPETITIVE AND EVER EVOLVING MARKET


By Jon Wadeson


examine the latest specification of each model and it’s apparent that there’s a technology war going on behind the scenes as manufacturers try to get the upper hand against their competitors. That’s great news for anyone looking to buy or indeed sell a hot tub and we look at the latest innovations on the market.


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ARCTIC APP LETS USERS ACCESS CHEAPER ENERGY


Arctic Spas continually assesses how their spas can be more energy efficient. Often, their efforts are ahead of the curve in terms of what consumers need and want. Nowhere does this ring more true than in the UK, where OnSpa, a smartphone app that controls the functions of an Arctic Spa, has facilitated programming of hot tubs so that UK customers can change their energy usage patterns and utilise off-peak energy tariffs and be financially rewarded for doing so – in the form of lower rates.


The OnSpa app is a remote control for a spa that allows a user to change filtration rates, operate jets, stereos, and lighting systems, and monitor the spa’s temperature without actually being in the tub. Most importantly, though, it allows Arctic Spas owners to programme the spa’s filtration and heating


The OnSpa app from Arctic Spas allows users to control their hot tub remotely


56 August 2013 SPN


o the untrained consumer’s eye and those not ‘in the know’, at first glance many hot tubs can appear to be very similar. But delve a little deeper,


Artesian have patented technology including their Helix™ jets


cycles to occur whenever they choose. While many users choose to run their spas based on the schedule on which they use their tub – heating it right before they get home from work, and setting filters to run shortly after they usually get out in the evening – this technology allows the tub to run on schedules determined by local electricity pricing structures too. Available for iPhone, Blackberry and Android, the OnSpa app is the lone feature of its kind in an industry that is increasingly addressing consumer demand for energy conserving features in spas. The OnSpa app makes an Arctic Spas hot tub completely programmable: just another way Arctic Spas is ensuring that their tubs are some of the most technologically advanced and financially efficient option for the discerning consumer.


ARTESIAN PRIDES ITSELF ON INNOVATION Artesian Spas have always strived


to be at the forefront of spa technology and pride themselves on being an innovative company. They have always sought to discover the most useful innovations that focus mainly around hydrotherapy, energy efficiency, water quality and user experience. As most are already aware, Artesian have an array of patented technology including their Helix™ jet design and DirectFlow™ technology. The Helix™ jet utilises a special shaped jet cylinder to create a powerful double helix spiral of water flow, providing one of the best deep tissue massages possible from a hot tub. This technology is exclusively available on their premium ranges, the Island and Platinum Elite class spas. The DirectFlow™ technology is another innovation of recent years, whereby each person within the spa have their own personal control for their specific seat. This technology introduces a Variable Flow Control (VFC™) which can be likened to a dimmer switch, allowing the user to set their massage pressure to low, high or anywhere in between without affecting the water pressure anywhere else in the spa as a diverter would.


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