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Have You Replaced Your CLEARRAY® Bulb?

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are easy to take care of, including all the small parts you may not think of on a weekly basis. Water maintenance, in particular the CLEARRAY® System, is a perfect example. Here’s what you need to know about this water care system and how to keep it operating at peak performance:

What is CLEARRAY®?

The CLEARRAY® System uses exclusive UV-C technology to neutralize 99.9% of waterborne pathogens and reduces the amount of sanitizer you use in your hot tub. Your water will be fresh and clean, without the uses of gasses.

Which Hot Tubs Models Include CLEARRAY®?

The CLEARRAY® System has been standard on all Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models since 2012, but can be retrofitted to 2006 models. You can easily add this to your older model with a CLEARRAY® aftermarket kit.

How Often Should the Bulb Be Replaced?

The bulb, the most important part of the CLEARRAY® System, lasts quite a bit longer than you’d think. Engineered for efficiency, this small tube just needs to be changed every 12 months to maintain optimal performance. (Remember not to touch the bulbs with your bare hands when swapping them out).

You can purchase the bulb at your local dealership, or online here.

What Else Can I Do to Keep Water Clear?

If you really want to crystalline, odor-free, and silky smooth water, use the ProClear®Spa Sanitizer in tandem with the CLEARRAY® System. Using trace elements of silver, it kills more bacteria than chlorine alone and “softens” your water.

To learn more, check out this video on water maintenance.

Understanding Hot Tub Chemicals

You’ve created an inviting backyard hot tub oasis with a masterfully designed stone patio, surrounded by lush and tropical plants. But the ambiance you worked so hard to create can be ruined with cloudy water. Don’t let spa maintenance keep you out of the warm waters. Follow our guide to hot tub chemicals to spend more time in your backyard paradise, and less time on water care:
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Stay Loose: Hot Tub Massage and Chronic Lower Back Pain

How Hydrotherapy Can Help

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According to survey results released in 2012 by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)1, nearly two-thirds of Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Anyone who owns a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub knows that the warm-water massage feels incredibly soothing on tender or tense back muscles, but does a hot tub help manage chronic back pain?

Here are some comments from our customers:

“Oh yes it does!!! Powerful jets massage my whole back, the heat soothes sore muscles. Our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is wonderful.”

“New Jacuzzi® Hot Tub owners and bought it because of my chronic back problems…it has helped.”

“It’s a blessing, with or without back troubles. Great to de-stress, relax, & unwind.”

Hydrotherapy revs up circulation to soothe muscles and relieve pain symptoms faster, making it an effective way to gain control over lower back pain. It also promotes spine flexibility to help with stiffness of the spine, which is often identified as a cause of lower back pain.

The research on hydrotherapeutic massage is convincing—hot tub jets may be a good tactic for relieving lower back pain relief:

  • A study comparing hydrotherapy and land-based exercise for lower back pain stated that both are helpful, but “hydrotherapy seems to be better for spinal flexibility.” The Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, Vol. 13, Issue 04, Dec. 2010.
  • Applied heat expands blood vessels, improves circulation, helps to relax muscles, and reduces pain, according to a book about complementary and alternative cancer therapies by the American Cancer Society.2 “Warm water in the form of a bath, massaging water jets, or hot tub also provides relaxation and stress relief,” it says. “An analysis of studies done on hydrotherapy for lower back pain suggested that it might be helpful, although further studies are needed.”
  • Other sources have also concluded that while more research is needed, “hydrotherapy currently remains an attractive treatment modality for low back pain to improve aerobic conditioning and initiate spinal stabilizing efforts.”3

Seventy-two percent of those surveyed in the APTA study used pain medication to relieve their symptoms1, but the APTA recommends that sufferers learn natural strategies for preventing and relieving chronic back pain. Hydrotherapy encourages the body to use its own responses to handle back pain. With a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub in your backyard, you can relieve chronic pain with regular hydromassage sessions and feel better naturally.

1American Physical Therapy Association™

2American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies

3Scoliosisnutty Blog

Play Hot Tub Music from Your Smartphone

If you store your music or save your favorite radio stations on a smartphone, the new BLUEWAVE® Spa Stereo System with Bluetooth® is an option that’s perfect for you. You can play music from your smartphone and get premium sound through the speakers in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.

We’ve made it easy to love this hot tub stereo system. BLUEWAVE® is available as an option on most Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models and integrates with the Jacuzzi® 1000™ Control System, where it displays track and playlist information on the topside control screen. On all hot tub models, you can use the water-resistant remote control or phone from up to 30 feet away. In J-400™ Collection hot tubs, the remote controls the temperature, lights, and jets, as well.

Here are some other reasons BLUEWAVE® is the talk of the industry:

• It streams audio from up to 30 feet away.
• USB power (an Apple USB cable is included) allows you to direct-connect and charge while you listen.
• Docking compartment features a marine-rated seal to keep moisture out.
• AUX input lets you plug in other devices.
• J-500™ Collection, J-400™ Collection and J-300™ Collection hot tubs have marine-grade speakers plus a subwoofer.

BLUEWAVE® gives you the ability to personalize your hot tub experience like never before. Tap into your party playlist, stream the relaxing sounds of nature, listen to your favorite sports announcer, or tune in to a talk radio show. Doesn’t a new Jacuzzi® Hot Tub with BLUEWAVE® sound amazing? You can also ask your local dealership about retrofitting your existing hot tub with a BLUEWAVE® Spa Stereo System.

Good Value vs. Cheaply Made Hot Tub

How to Tell the Difference

Affordable doesn’t necessarily mean cheap, and you don’t need to break the bank to get a quality hot tub. Here are some questions to ask to find the perfect balance between quality and affordability when shopping for the a great hot tub for your family:

Is it a brand name you trust?

A hot tub is a major purchase for most people. Just as consumers rely on the reputations of well-known automobile manufacturers and appliance makers, it’s smart to consider the brand name on a hot tub. A “cheaply made” hot tub from an unreliable brand can cost you more over the life of the hot tub than a model from a reputable manufacturer such as the Jacuzzi® Brand.

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Does the hot tub have the features you need?

To determine good value versus a cheaply made tube, weigh the long- and short-term benefits of your needs versus available options and compare them to the costs of each model. Are you looking for a warm oasis to relax with your family? Then a large hot tub may be a better value to you. Or do you have a physical issue that needs some targeted hydrotherapy? Placement of the jets is more important than the quantity of jets. In an area where temperatures tend to top records? A hot tub with durable cabinetry could be your best investment. Be wary of buying a lower cost hot tub at the expense of the features you find most important otherwise you may not get the full value of your purchase.

Does the hot tub have a good warranty?

Hot tubs that are truly “cheap” often lack a comprehensive warranty. Hot tub manufacturers using low-quality materials and methods sometimes won’t offer the assurance of replacement parts and service.

If you’re thinking of buying a no-warranty hot tub, buyer beware. Cheaply made hot tubs can become expensive if they aren’t protected by a solid warranty. Jacuzzi offers comprehensive warranties for up to 10 years on its hot tubs, with a worldwide network of authorized dealers available to back up the warranty provisions.

Looking for a price on a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub? Request a free quote.

Or find hot tubs for sale at a Jacuzzi dealer near you.

Hot Tub Maintenance: 101

Hot Tub Maintenance Is Not Nearly as Hard as You May Think

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If you have never owned a hot tub, the thought of maintaining one may seem overwhelming. But in reality, maintenance is rather simple!

A few minutes a week are all you need to maintain your hot tub so you and your family can enjoy using it for years to come. Hot tub maintenance doesn’t require a lot of skill, but you do have to know what to do and when to do it. From the exterior shell to the water chemistry, here are some tips for proper hot tub maintenance:

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Best Hot Tubs – Hot Tub Reviews

Jacuzzi® J-470Model Named Top 10 Best Hot Tub

Best Hot Tub Pick: J-470

The Jacuzzi® J-470™ model hot tub was named a best hot tub pick in PoolAndSpa.com’s list of the “Top 10 Hot Tub Spas” in 2010, and today is still one of the best-selling models in our collections.

Why does it continue to be so popular? Like all of our Jacuzzi® J-400™ Collection hot tubs, the J-470™ model includes a variety of the best hot tub features and options. The J-470™ Hot Tub comfortably seats 6 to 7 adults at a variety of depths, with molded seats to support the body and adjustable pillow headrests that move up and down to accommodate different body heights.

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Hot Tub Covers: Put a Lid On Your Precious Investment

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The backyard of your dreams is nearly complete. You have decided on your perfect spa and have had it installed in just the right spot. Don’t forget to put a lid on it! It is crucial that a hot tub cover accompany your dream spa on its first day home.

Hot tub covers are one of the most important accessories for a hot tub. Here’s why:

Heat Insulation

The cover insulates against heat loss, which occurs when heat rises from the spa water. Preventing heat loss helps the water heat up faster; without a good cover, the homeowner will incur additional costs as more electricity will be needed to heat the water.

Protection

Covers stop leaves, dirt and other debris from falling into the water, which means less cleaning. Covers also protect the top of the spa from damage resulting from extreme weather conditions. The skirt of your hot tub cover should be long enough to prevent the spa’s acrylic edge from being exposed to harmful sunlight and other weather conditions.

Safety

Another very important property is that hot tub covers are large and heavy enough to prevent children, pets, and other animals from accessing the spa when it is not in use.

What to look for when shopping for a hot tub cover:

Perfect Fit

A good fit is the most important part of the cover, and accurate measurements are key. It is easiest to buy a cover from the manufacturer of your hot tub, who will have detailed drawings for the spas they manufacture and can ensure the fit is exact.

If you are purchasing a spa cover from a company other than the original manufacturer, you will be asked for various measurements. These will be followed exactly, so if you mistakenly give the wrong information to the cover maker, you will be stuck with a custom-built cover that does not fit. The results can be disastrous in that you will have an ill-fitting cover that does not retain heat, and that you cannot return.

Solid Reputation

If your hot tub cover comes with a warranty, ensure the company that makes the cover has a solid reputation and long business history. There are plenty of cover manufacturers who will promise a great cover replacement and then go out of business; it is up to you to make sure the company will be around to honor the warranty.

Important facts about Jacuzzi® Hot Tub covers:

Strict Specifications

Jacuzzi has developed strict specifications for its hot tub covers that include specific requirements for: foam density, vapor barrier bag density, vinyl weight, c-channel support, stitching, thread, skirt length, handle material and zipper material, along with a variety of other requirements. These standards ensure you are getting one of the best hot tub covers and cover lifters in the industry, built specifically for your spa.

Customization

Our vinyl covers can be customized in many colors, and on select models we offer an optional upgrade to ProLast™ cover, which is made with superior marine-grade material that is 25-percent lighter and boasts greater durability. In addition, our hot tub covers meet the safety requirements of ASTM F-1346-91, the internationally recognized safety standards for pools and spas.

Caring for your hot tub cover:

Hot tub covers need to be cared for just like any outdoor product. Keeping them cleaned and conditioned will help extend the life of your cover. For vinyl covers, use a high-quality cleaner and conditioner for vinyl that is not petroleum based. For ProLast™ covers, use mild soap and soft nylon brush. Your cover is exposed to air pollutants, acid rain, bird droppings and strong UV rays. Failure to maintain your hot tub cover properly can prematurely age your cover.

For more information on spa accessories including hot tub covers, hot tub cover lifters and cover protectant, please visit our hot tub accessories page.

 

Hot Tub Shopping Tips from Real Buyers

Perhaps you’re looking to upgrade your backyard parties, or maybe you need frequent access to hydromassage to alleviate physical pain. Whatever the reason you’re in the market for a new hot tub, these tips and testimonials from actual Jacuzzi® Hot Tub owners might be a helpful aid in your decision-making.

Family Bonding

Kirsten and Edward Aleman were looking to bring their family together in a central gathering spot outdoors, which led them to consider a spa for their backyard. Find out about the research they did, and how the showroom experience at their local Jacuzzi® Dealer changed their lives.

Relaxation and Communication

The Millers were interested in both the relaxation and communication benefits provided by a hot tub, including the opportunity for one-on-one time between Stacy and Barry. Learn the main reasons why the Millers decided to choose a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, and how their shopping decisions helped bring their family.

Quality Engineering and Size

As longtime hot tub owners, the Jobs were in the market for a new model that could comfortably seat their children and grandchildren, and last them the rest of their lives. During their research into more than 100 different models, they discovered a few size and seating factors that led them to visit their local Jacuzzi® Dealer, opening their eyes to a new level of service and satisfaction.

Hydrotherapy and Socializing

For a few years, Carrie Robinson and her husband were thinking about getting a hot tub, for both its social draw and hydrotherapeutic benefits. After researching their options online, Carrie filled out a form on the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub website and was immediately contacted by her local sales specialist. From there, the Robinsons received expert help on choosing the right hot tub and finding the perfect placement for it in their home.

To watch more customer videos and learn all about the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Collections, go to the official Jacuzzi® Brand YouTube channel.

Introducing the ProLink™ App

Continuing the tradition of leading the industry with ground-breaking innovations, the Jacuzzi® Brand is proud to announce the new ProLink™ App, which puts the power to control your J-500™ Collection hot tub right in the palm of your hand. Here’s a look at how this cutting-edge app works and why you’ll want to add it to your phone’s home screen today.

What It Does

Whether in your living room or your office, the ProLink™ App lets you use your iOS or Android device to set your hot tub’s water temperature, turn jets on or off, and schedule maintenance operations. The remote monitoring app also allows you to adjust your spa’s lights, review your owner’s manual, and can alert both you and your local dealership of any service needs.

How It Works

The advanced Jacuzzi® ProTouch™ Control Panel on models in the J-500™ Collection employs Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies to pair with the ProLink™ App. Your hot tub will need to be within range of your home’s Wi-Fi network in order to use the ProLink™ service, which is free for the first year and $25 annually after that.

Why Use It

Use the ProLink™ App to heat up your hot tub on your way home from work, or set it to vacation mode to reduce energy consumption while you’re away. The handy app also helps make water care and maintenance worry-free so you can concentrate on enjoying your hot tub. And you can also lock your spa while you’re away to keep both your kids and your spa safe.

Whether you already own a hot tub from the Jacuzzi® J-500™ Collection, or are considering adding one to your home soon, the ProLink™ App is a must-have addition that can increase your convenience, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Visit Google Play or the iTunes App Store to download the app today.

Integrating Your Portable Hot Tub into Your Backyard

Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub not only feels good, it can dramatically enhance your outdoor area, too, depending on how you place it. Take your backyard to the next level by integrating your hot tub into the landscape of your home with these tips:

Careful Consideration

Look at the angles of your yard and assess where your spa’s shape would fit in the most complimentary way. Make sure there will be enough space to enter and walk around the hot tub. Remember to leave room for smaller items you may add to the yard like barbeque grills, children’s toys, etc. And, of course, don’t forget to consider easy access from your house.

Seclude Your Sanctuary

Add outdoor curtains or a pre-built screen to foster a feeling of privacy in your yard, along with genuine Jacuzzi® Brand steps to simultaneously create a sophisticated spa-like look.

Make It a Centerpiece

Make your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub a focal point of your property by installing lights, a walkway, mosaic tiles, and other décor elements that highlight and lead up to your soaking spot.

Keep it Green

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Add trees and shrubbery around your hot tub to create a gorgeous green grotto. You can also trail some vines along latticework to create a natural privacy screen.

Let the Sunshine In

Build a surrounding sundeck to accentuate your spa. The slatted wood will add an appearance of warmth and give you and your family a place to lounge and enjoy the outdoors before or after you use your hot tub.

Make a Statement

Surround your hot tub with contrasting materials and textures to create a bold, modern look that’s certain to turn heads and add unique appeal to your yard.

There’s no limit to the innovative ways in which you can integrate your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub into your yard. Get more inspiration and see how others have highlighted their spas with this showcase of fantasy backyards.

Bachelorette Hot Tub Party Ideas

If you’re a maid of honor or bridesmaid responsible for organizing a bachelorette party for a bride-to-be, you’re under pressure to come up with something creative that everyone will enjoy. What better way to send off one of your besties than with a backyard bachelorette party that incorporates your hot tub? Here are some ideas to get your party planning started:

Theme It Up

Add an air of enchantment to the festivities by decorating your yard like a bright beach scene or luscious luau. Grab some beach balls and a volleyball net for fun before you hit the hot tub, and set up Tiki torches and a thatch umbrella to get the ladies in an island state of mind.

Pamper Yourselves

Prior to her big walk down the aisle, treat the nearly newlywed to her own home-based spa session. Start with a hydromassage in your hot tub, followed by facials and hot tea. Take things to the next level by hiring a mobile day spa to bring professional manis and pedis to your party.

Celebrate Cinematics

Rent a projector and inflatable screen (or hang a drop cloth), and watch the bride-to-be’s favorite films from the warmth of a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. You can even get the bride’s family and friends to send you videos of her best (or most embarrassing) moments that you can all watch together. Add a gourmet popcorn bar and candy concession stand to bring the big-screen experience to life.

Play Ex-Charades

While relaxing in the hot tub, pass around a fishbowl with slips of laminated paper naming the future wife’s former crushes, hook-ups, and significant others. Take turns acting out the old flames to see if the bachelorette can guess who they are.

Go Gourmet

Hire a personal chef to prepare a delicious at-home dinner for your group, and to teach everyone some new recipes. Chow down on the enticing edibles and digest the meal while unwinding in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.

Sweeten the Deal

Host a game night with some waterproof playing cards and a large upside-down Frisbee as your “table.” Then deal up your favorite card games from the comfort of your hot tub, awarding winners with beach towels, flip-flops, or gift cards for a local salon.

These are just a few ideas to help you host a backyard bash the bride-to-be will never forget. Curious about what else people are doing to incorporate their hot tub into their lifestyle? Check out these backyard hobbies you can enjoy right from a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.

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