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I am the MD here at WhatSpa Magazine and spend most of my time either working on the Magazine and website or travelling throughout the UK and abroad working with hot tub manufacturers, importers and showroom based retailers. I try to get onto the blog as often as possible so feel free to drop me a question or suggestion and I'll answer it as quickly as possible. Cheers Nick

Panache Hot TubsDo you have a passion that pervades every area of your lifestyle or perhaps you just simply want to display how patriotic you are next time your buddies come round to help you support your national side and drink your liquor cabinet dry?  The ultimate in customisation has hit the UK hot tub market with a huge splash…Panache Spas in Kettering have partnered with a leading European hot tub manufacturer to offer a hot tub shell that can be customised to whatever image, colour scheme or design you could possibly wish for.

Mark Jackson, the Director of Panache Spas sent us some photos of his most recent project…one of his hot tub clients loves his Kawasaki more than life itself and can’t bear to be away from it, even when he is relaxing in his top-of-the-range hot tub.  So Mark got busy, colour matched the bike and hey presto a Kawasaki-themed hot tub was born. 

Mark recently exhibited a Union Jack hot tub design and has since sold both Scottish and Welsh hot tub designs as well in the run up to the 6 Nations Rugby Championship.  For more information visit www.panachepools.com or email Mark on mark@panachepools.com

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Hot Tub CoupleIf you have recently quite literally taken the plunge and bought your hot tub, share your experience and knowhow with your fellow hot tub buyers.  How did you find the buying experience?, which hot tubs did you shortlist and which hot tub model did you choose and why?  Post your very own hot tub buyers blog to our site or email it to us at info@whatspa.co.uk entitled “Hot Tub Blog” along with any installation photos  and we will upload it for you.

The best hot tub buyers’ blog each month as judged by our editorial team will receive a FREE £25 voucher for hot tub chemicals and accessories so sharpen your pencils (or typing fingers) and get writing.

Nick

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Pound SignWith Easter weekend now just 2 days away, this long weekend is one of the best weekends of the year for snapping up bargain hot tub deals before the main Summer season kicks in.  Hot tub showrooms will be selling off any remaining 2006 ex-display models at knock down prices as US manufactured 2007 hot tubs start to hit the UK shores.

Again, here are some of my top tips to buying the right hot tub model:

  1. Shop locally – Hot tubs are specialist items and therefore you will need specialist after-sales and service support for years to come.  If you buy from someone in Outer Mongolia the chances of getting them out for any advice or warranty work is negligable to non-existant.  Be safe, check out the local hot tub showroooms and the professionalism of the staff and put as much effort into choosing the right spa retailer as you do in choosing the hot tub model that you eventually buy.
  2. Wet Test, Wet Test, Wet Test – Another reason to buy from a hot tub showroom rather than a picture on ebay…you can’t tell by looking if a spa will suit you for comfort, depth and hydrotherapy without jumping in and trying it first.  Always take the family as the water depth will change with the number of hot tub bathers (displacement…physics and stuff!) and always wet test the actual hot tub model that you are interested in buying rather than a similiar one in the range.  Professional spa retailers will have great facilities for wet testing in private so that you can have at least half an hour to try each hot tub model.  If you’re not too shy, always get the staff to demonstrate the spa features whist you’re in it so that you can get the best from the spa rather than trying to remember what they said in their presentation.
  3. Getting the right deal – Take Dom Littlewood’s approach and negotiate!  Hot tubs are big ticket items and the more expensive the tub generally the more retailers will have to play with so work on the price and try to get any extras like delivery, installation, commissioning, steps, cover lifters and chemicals thrown in.  If you’re feeling really cheeky go for a free bottle of bubbly and some robes/towels/rubber ducks…keep asking until they say no or throw you out!  Remember you’re not trying to put them out of business as you do actually want them to make a profit and stay in business to offer that invaluable after-sales support.
  4. Always pay by credit card – Always pay your hot tub deposit which should be maximum 30% of the final balance by credit card.  This covers you if the spa retailer runs off with the milkman or goes belly up in the period between paying your deposit and delivering your hot tub.  Even if there is a surcharge (should be no more than 2%) still use this payment option as it offers real peace of mind.  If you are requested to pay the whole final balance before receipt of your hot tub, ensure that you pay by credit card…again this will afford you the protection of your credit card supplier should anything go wrong.

That’s about it for now.  Happy Easter hot tub shopping.

Nick

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Spring has hit us early this year and as the sun shines the buying public are out in droves in hot tub showrooms around the UK, bathing costumes and excited families in tow, leaping into different hot tub models to find out which suits them best.

Before you part with your hard-earned cash don’t forget to visit our Find a Retailer area and see which hot tub compdiscount-voucher-icon.jpganies are offering that extra bit of discount with our Print Discount Voucher feature.  Look for the hot tub retailers with this logo and click on the icon to see what extra goodies or savings are on offer.  These offers do change from time to time so check them out regularly, print off the current voucher and poke it under the nose of the showroom staff when you get to the checkout.

Here is an example of a voucher:

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Happy hot tub shopping!

Nick

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Hi everyone,

Over the next 6 weeks we are going to be doing in-depth reviews of all the movers and shakers in the hot tub manufacturing fraternity.  This will include company information but also and more importantly we will be ‘road testing’ or ‘garden testing/soak testing??’ all of the best selling hot tub models available in the UK.Home Made Hot Tub

Our independent tests will include hot tub ratings and reviews and we will post them to the blog as and when we do them so you’ll catch the very latest news here first before it hits the main site or the magazine.  If there are any particular hot tub makes and models that you would like us to put to the WhatSpa? test just let us know by leaving a comment on this post.  We won’t be trying this one on the right by the way before you ask!!

Nick

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