Long Term Parts Availability
Some brands are notorious for discontinuing model-specific parts a few years in, and fly-by-night brands may not be around for long. So keep this in mind if you plan to keep your hot tub for a long time.
The more unique parts and features in a particular model, the more dealer-reliant you become, with model-specific parts that are often eventually discontinued.
As the years go by, brand-name-specific parts become less available (“planned obsolescence”). As a result, spas with unique features and dealer-only parts tend to depreciate quickly and are hard to resell.
It’s best to go with spas that use jets, spa packs and filters that are not unique to that particular hot tub brand name.
Check to see if the manufacturer brand name is on the jets and bits and ask them if the parts are “standard” or unique to their brand.
When it comes to plumbing, lean toward brands that use regular plumbing parts with normal threads in standard sizes.
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