So what are the Best Hot Tubs in the World? And
how can we call them the best hot tubs in the
world? Here's and article on the evolution of hot
tubs to the level of making them products we can be
truly satisfied with.
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Havenmade, Haven Spas.
Our least expensive model line, is stronger, longer
lasting, better made has better performance than the so
called, "high end" from the major manufacturers.
here is an EXAMPLE
So, you can imagine the amazing design features built into
the rest of our models. Our customers are smarter than the
average consumer. They seek the best hot tubs they
can buy but are not stupid, so they cannot be
fooled. They are not the type to fall for
hype, fancy brochures and nonsense that is not backed up
with facts. We don't have "average consumers" as our
customers. Our customers are very discriminating.
The original Haven Spas across the country and in Europe,
now 19 years old, are still running with absolutely
minimal expense to operate and they still have better
therapy than some of the latest models from your average,
run of the mill hot tub company (as long as they are cared
for with normal care). Their performance is still
better than the latest models from the "main stream" hot
tub industry. That is fact. Our oldest spas
still have better therapy than some of the most expensive
spas today. See the best hot tubs in the world Click Here
(I used to get email and phone calls (I don't have
to answer the phone anymore, because all I do is
design/engineer work on new therapy machines and consult
on issues at the factory), quite often, from people who
own these other spas and are fed up, and now realize the
"hard way" what I was talking about. The average comment
from them, is as soon as this "thing" finally falls apart,
I will buy my last spa from the Haven line. One fellow who
was very angry with me because he had just spent his spa
money on a "high end" POS, when he found our website and
information....Now, after 5 years of leaking and problems
with getting warranty, constantly, called and apologized
to me for "dissing" his purchase. The worst time to find
our site is after you bought another spa. I
don't "dis" I just educate on design and construction of
spas. You will see that if your spa does not fit
with the model design we use, then it is inadequate to be
in my back yard. And if I would not own it, why would I
I mean; really? What are you looking for to satisfy
the need for warm water therapy, massage, and improved
life? Spas offer help for all aspects of life.
Quiet time, soaking in warm water, to Haven vigorous
massage. Then time with friends to talk. Haven spas
are almost like stopping the harshness of life in this
world for a bit of time every day if you want and not
having to deal with constant breakdown and pouring good
money after a bad decision. The sad thing is they project
this crap spa on the entire spa industry and tell friends
how horrible it is to own a hot tub. The spa industry has
been it's own worst enemy.
Why buy a Haven Spa?
- Shell structure. Acrylic backed with a vinyl
ester resin bonding agent, and hand rolled fiberglass
for a strong shell. We use 5 layer method with
three vinyl ester layers and two polyester for the
strongest shell, absolutely the best, currently in
production. This is well known as the best shell
structure. Most shells using other materials (or the
same materials not properly laminated) are still
experimental or have a known failure rate of
surface cracks and leaks. If you are going to
experiment with something on a consumer, it certainly
should not be the spa shell! (unfortunately this
is the most expensive part, so most use inferior
methods and/or materials.) Use fiberglass, with
a layered Vinyl Ester bonding agent behind acrylic.
(Don't buy a thin cheap single piece
Acrylic/ABS shell stuffed with structural
foam!) If you want cheap, then don't pay
high prices for it.
- The cabinet is fully engineered and structurally
framed in 94x44 MM (3.70" x 1.73") lumber, top rail,
bottoms frames are 145x44MM (5.70" x 1.73") and sides
all structural framing. We don't use plywood on
the bottom. The pumps are rubber mounted to the
frames to kill sound and hold them solid. The
more mass under the pumps the quieter they run. We
have a lot of sound deadening engineering use in Haven
Spas. This is stronger than any other form of
hot tub manufacturing. According to my engineering
reference a 94x44 has a vertical strength
of about 1500 LB per square inch or 1.5 x 3 x
1500 = 6750 PSI. So, don't tell me about cheap
steel frames that fall apart with rust or hollow
plastic that is untested over time. We have 40 years
of testing on wood frames and know how to use them.
Wood is found on the oldest of spas. And our lumber
comes from forests that have been cultivated for over
1000 years in Norway.
- The Pumps are all 56 Frame Century A.O. Smith motors
in the US or , and a new, high energy efficient, EMG's
from Europe (Italy) motors with class F insulation and
with dual cooling fans on Vista, Eclipse, SE and SC,
also available for upgrade on the other
models. These are the most modern of all
motors and the highest quality made for spas.
There is nothing better. The operating
temperature is 50 degrees C or 122 degrees F. ambient
air. The armature has an extremely tight
distance from the field coils to transfer magnetic
power much better. The windings are all larger
wire, and the bearing and starting circuit is more
along the commercial size, bigger. It basically
is a commercial size high energy efficiency motor
instead of a 48 frame consumer grade motor. The
HP range is from 1.5 HP to 4 HP.
- The maximum horsepower we need is 4, because of the
extremely clean large over-kill plumbing. We use
the cleanest, practical, plumbing available on
any spa today. It has fewer turns and larger
pipe than most any of the standard spas "out
there". We engineer the plumbing to a much
higher degree than anybody I know of. We follow
standard hydraulic design principles and make almost
no concessions. You will never see a standard 90 deg.
PVC fitting in our spas jet pumps. "Dynamic head loss"
is at an absolute minimum.
- Much of our plumbing is made of solid PVC pipe and
modern high density vinyl mass flex pipe. In the
high end models, we use more of it. It has
better water flow characteristics and a much longer
life expectancy than old flex pipe on a pressure
line. This gives water a clean smooth and
larger pipe. In the engineering design reference
manuals it states that solid PVC pipe and smooth
polished stainless steel have the least resistance to
water flow, or the most water can go through them
without restriction. Smooth inside pipe is the
best. (a child's arteries and veins are like this;
smooth and without tight bends) It is best to
make turns as sweeps, and to use smooth wall
pipe. Our flex has few ridges and is very smooth
as well. Old flex pipe has washboard ridges on
it, causing water turbulence, and we try not to use
that on our super high flow pumps. Our pumps use
a 2.5 inch suction inlet manifold pipe and a 2 to 2.38
inch pressure pipe to the manifold. And we avoid
"gaps" in the joints as much as possible. The
pipe is cut square on power-saws.
- We have the best insulation design available
today. It is the only truly engineered and fully
tested insulation. It has been tested in extreme
cold, to full summer with out problems.
With this system we extract all the energy used in the
pumps, both mechanical and heat. I don't
like to waste money on electricity being sent out into
the yard. Much better to have the heat pass into
the water first. Read about the DAIT system and Download a pdf
- The control system we use is better than anything I
have found. We use a high end custom made
control boxes with metal
enclosures, and electronics with 30 Ampere and
40 Ampere sealed relays and 30 and 40 AMP
contactor, relays on the high watt heaters.
Sealing the relays eliminates the air and oxygen to
burn the points. It also keeps the moisture out
of the relay. The circuit boards are designed to
take up to 155 degrees operating temperature.
The spa will never achieve that temperature in a
hundred years (unless we get hit by an
asteroid). We use air control methods to
separate the control box from the heat of the pumps.
We have a total control over the thermodynamics
of the Haven Spas. The control
is metal, instead of plastic. Steel and
aluminum manufacturing costs more but is much safer in
the event of a short or arc in the control box.
It will not escape the metal enclosure. I have seen my
share of spas that caught on fire and control box
fires will not happen in Haven Spas. (Google "hot tub
fire" and look at the photos. It is always the plastic
melted control box that caught fire.)
- We eliminate all of the loose filter lids.
They are dangerous and the first thing that people
break. I had a woman break her knee bone on a
spa with a loose filter lid on an Older Coleman spa
and I was showing it too her. This is how I
know. A loose filter lid is a bad
thing! It it the first thing your friends will
lean on when they get in. When they lean on it,
it slips out and bangs their elbows, arms, and
sometimes faces onto the hard shell. I remember
a fellow who came into the store I used to work
at. The lid had a lightening like tree crack
that spread out from the center of the pressure point
where it snapped. It also had a blood stain on
it. He told me, and this is the exact quote:
"They had to pull it off my ass." OUCH!!
His skin tissue was caught in the lid when it
cracked. That store made a lot of money on
replacement filter lids. On all of the Haven
models you can sit on top of our filter area with not
problems because it is part of the acrylic and
fiberglass structured shell.
- All of our spas follow the ANSI/NSPI ASTM, UL and
ETL, CE and TUV for safety. We actually go way
beyond the minimums. For instance, most of our
suction fittings are rated for 230 gallons per
minute and we use two on each second pump, as well as
on the filter side we have way over kill for a safety
reason. The velocity of water per square inch is
much less on the suctions if you use too large
of a fitting. It costs more, but it will
save lives, because nobody will be held by one of
them, and hair is never drawn and held near the
fittings. I am a parent (grandparent now) and I
feel that the ANSI standard
is lacking and was written partially by stupid greedy
people (I am not kidding.). Our control system
is modern with redundant safety shut-off's. It
will never have the pump stuck in the on
position. ( Never buy a modern spa
with old fashioned air button controls that do not
have safety shutdown timers on them. Click here to read
control article) The controls have
automatic clean-out on the second pump and
blower at the start of the filter cycles to insure no
yukky, stale, bacteria laden water in the
plumbing. If that water isn't purged daily it
If you can give me one, even one good reason to buy
another brand, I would like to hear it. Really!
Please email me, I would love to hear about it. email@example.com,
- The ergonomics of the design incorporates flat areas
to place cups and drinks. As a spa lover, I find
that you must have water or you will get dehydrated
and feel tired if you don't drink water or Gator aid
or juice or some drink to re-hydrate
yourself.. Most Haven spas have a really
nice area above the filter to put a tray and this
makes a great serving area. Rounded tops on the
acrylic are antique and come from the really old days
of spas, the same as filter lids. The top area
is nice to sit up on out of the water, since it is
flat, it does not press into your bottom. If you wet
test any spa sit up on the upper lip and tell me how
comfortable it is. I can't sit up on a rounded
spa lip for more than a few seconds without pain. It
will "pressure point your rear". All of the
convolutions on most spas are like wearing high heel
shoes when you need to be wearing sneakers. They
are for design, not functional for relaxing.
- All of the main jets are adjustable, the inserts are
removable by the owners, and you can put in different
jets in the same body without tools. This makes
our spa the most customizable for the spa owners.
The jet pressure is adjustable both up and
down, by several controls.
- We put in hand rails in our spas. Most spa
companies are eliminating them even though the ANSI
says you need them for safety. Only on the
smallest spas do we not have them. Hand rails by
definition are round and you can wrap your fingers
around them. The hand grips, molded into the shell on
some spas, are not hand rails.
- Since we have a warm air chamber in our spas, we can
have a nice, very quiet, air blower system and
full turbo air.
This turbo air makes the jets stream much larger and
give a great therapy effect. It is similar to
having a third speed on the water pumps. All of
our two or three pump spas have two speeds on each
pump. (Most spas will have the first pump at 2
speeds and cut costs on the second or third pump by
making it one speed.) It is only on our 4 pump
spa that we have a 4th pump one speed. This is about
to change as we are developing and up to five pump
control box with 40 Ampere Relays. Haven spas
with the optional air injection, have the air
injectors placed in the most effective positions and
we use the 9 Hole air jets on many models that act
like 9 individual air jets in one spot. This
option is $2000 now. This causes the air
to burst out and give a great pulsating massage.
We are the only spa company to take full
advantage of the air blower system, without the extra
energy cost of blowers that draw in cold air.
The blower uses the heat from the jet pumps to
maintain warm air into the spa water. On the Super
Custom Magnum spas we use two air pumps at 2 HP.
This is "killer massage".
- All of the Haven Spas are designed to be easily
repaired. That sounds simple and you would think
that all spas would do this, (modern cars don't do
this) but it costs more to install the pumps in
different places and individually bolt them down,
rather than stick them all on a skid and drop them in
for less expensive factory production. All of
the side panels are fully removable to get to the
components. This is very,( super) much
better for service. Saves you a lot of labor
charges on out of warranty repairs. All of the
components plug in, unbolt, unscrew to be repaired and
most of the water joints can be repaired instead of
replacing the parts.
- With all the refinements in design we have the
quietest spas with full filtering and full powerful
therapy you can get. If your spa is outside your
bedroom you might hear, (if you are very young and
have powerful hearing) a hum when it comes on to
filter or heat: super quiet. While the spas are
on high speed, you hear water, not loud equipment
sounds. The sound of a Haven Spa on full is "music to
my ears". As an engineer I hear other spas and they
sound like they are on self destruct mode...because
- The filters can't be any easier to access.
Programming can't be any easier. Most models
take 30 seconds to program the filter times and if you
don't want to program it, that is fine. It will
function automatically. It is important to be
able to adjust the filter duration to match the use of
the spa, so we make that available. If a spa
needs more filtering, we have that, less we have
that. If you are stuck with a tiny circ pump
that is inadequate to begin with, you can't add
additional filter times, only chemicals.
- On our upgraded cover we feature a much higher level
of safety for children with 8 locking
tie-downs. This makes it twice as hard for
a toddler to gain access to the spa. It also
helps a great deal with high winds of up to 80 to 90
mph gusts. You have to use a key to open
them for safety around children.
- Our Haven Wood steps are super strong as well.
We use 52 deck screws in the construction to insure
that it never collapses under normal loads , even two
or three people standing on it. (now priced at $350,
but they are very nice) We offer several of the
composite steps as well. Composite siding and steps
are much more popular these days.
- Our complete set of supplies is huge and is not a
start up kit. I don't believe in playing that
game with customers. Why not supply the spa with
all the necessary chemicals? If you want a
starter kit, we have them. I think we did
one in the last 20 years. We don't stock them.
We are proven to be the nicest and best hot tub company to
deal with. Our products have made a lot of spa sales
people angry, but so what? They being nasty on the
net and making up false stories of Jim, has never
stopped smart people from getting what they want.
You need to see that we are making a huge impact on the
spa industry. If you really want to be
satisfied, like Haven owners, then, it is obvious. You've
got one choice.
I am known in Europe as the "de Massagebad Professor"
While the major brands continue to find ways to be
profitable, like cutting the cost of everything,
lowering the quality, and raising the prices we keep the
quality high and add more durability and quality each
year, while we cut out the food chain and sell direct.
The "spa dealer" is a thing of the past, because there is
no need for them. The internet has removed that
link. There is no other way in this modern world to
offer this product at these bargain prices. Consider that
just advertising in a spa store (if you want to sell any
of them), per spa is about $500 each spa. Then add the
cost for space, $10,000 per month min for a very small
store, then add the commissions for sales people, and then
add the cost of the spa factory's advertising, and sales
people who go out and solicit dealers, and so on.
You can see why the spas, themselves are very low quality
all dressed up to look nice. It is a dying idea of the
past, as proven by the market today. When I started
out as the number one, first pioneer of internet spa
sales, people hated me then and did all they could to stop
me; telling direct lies to my prospective customers and
other evil actions in order to save a dying marketing
We sleep well at night knowing that we do the best
possible for our customers and we know they are benefiting
from a hot tub with better design, therapy, and energy
savings that will outlast all the rest.That is what I have
given to them, from nearly 47 years of hard work and
James Arjuna, the most "dissed" spa professional on earth,
and very satisfied with that classification. The
competition hates me, and I mean I have had death threats
by one of two of them. How is it that modern humans
are so controlled by money and desires. Contentment is
true wealth. It gives peace and rest; allowing the
mind to be creative. If one is stuck in some archaic
concepts that have made money in the past, and I came
along and was a threat to that system of livelihood, then
it is true that fear of loss is a mental disease and it
does cause people to hate. Fear of change, fear of
better and fear of improved life is a disease as
well. In a world where change is the only
thing that is real, why is change such a threat?