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I am looking for a good spa.
A letter from one of our readers
> My current spa (Seven Seas-Agean, ~350 gallons) has a lounger, two "deep"
> bucket seats in the corners, and three shallower seats one. Each
> seats has either one or two jets aligned down the middle of the seat.
> the side seats has a larger higher pressure "therapy jet" which unfortunately
> is in the middle of my back in line with my spine - I would prefer a
> position. In short, I find the jets to be somewhat inadequate for
> hydromassage - rather they serve more to keep the water swirling (in
> combination with bubbler vents in the seat bottoms).
> I am the primary user of my spa, 3-4 times per week. I and am
5'-11" and 180
> pounds. My kids (ages 6, 11, 14) also sometimes use it (once per
> maybe); my wife rarely. I like to use my spa for stress relief
> evenings, soaking for 30-45 minutes @~100 degrees F. I also occasionally
> would like to be able to use it for sore muscles (golf, work out, yard
> etc.). I sometimes get lower back and/or shoulder joint soreness/stiffness,
> which my current spa is not very effective at helping sore muscles (other
> than the benefit of soaking in 100 degree water).
> I would visualize an "ideal" spa as one having multiple level seating
> accomodate the various members of my family, with each seat having a
> different jet arrangement & character in order to accomodate my
> on any given day. Sometimes I might want vigorous/intense muscle
> other times I desire simply to relax and let the tension of the day drain
> away. Shoulder & neck jets are a necessity for stress relief,
and I would
> envision several jets at each seat location - NOT aligned down my spine,
> rather focusing on the adjacent muscle groups. The bubbler vents
on the seat
> do nothing for me - I would think that it would be better that air be
> in (user adjustable) with the water flow through the jets. Multiple
> speeds are desired, along with the ability to dampen the jets at any
> suit individual tastes on those occasions when there are several persons
> using the spa at once. Also, heated air is a requirement since
in the winter
> I currently have an impossible time maintining water temperature using
> outside air. My current size (~350 gal) seems to work well...
> Cost: I would expect that I will need to spend in the $5000 -
> Do you offer financing? If so, what are the terms?
07 Sep 1999 12:05:56 -0600
Spa Specialist Inc.
I love your comments on the "ideal" spa.
When people have owned spas before, they know from experience.
We developed our Haven spas, because I am a spa user and enjoy them
The Springville is the results of exactly the concepts you are describing.
We have made a couple of changes to the design since the photos
on the site were
The air controls are now positioned around the spa, and the hand rails are
over more in the middle.
Because of the thermal sealed cabinet design, the air inside the
spa is warmer
than the spa water as long as the pumps are running. (unless it is below
The heated air pump concept is inefficient. It is another device that
tremendous increase in electric use and it is not necessary in a thermal sealed
During my testing of this insulation method, we discovered
over 1,000 watts of
radiant heat on some pumps.
On the two pump models, that is more than any of the air blower heaters put
By design the air is heated, naturally, using the waste heat from
pumps. If it is 5 below zero, run the water pumps first to warm the
turn on the blower. As the air cools down after ten minutes or so,
turn off the
blower and wait five minutes, then turn on again.
Also the air may feel cool if you put your hand right on top of
injector, but it is still warmer than the spa water. This is because
evaporative cooling. The air is warm, but it still cools as the air
across your hand. If you hold your hand up a little, you will not feel
cold, and the water temperature holds up very well.
I have tested other designs and sometime the temperature will drop
as much as
one degree every five minutes, because of drawing in cold air. This
result of vented equipment compartments, allowing in cold air. Even
summer time, if the air outside is 80 degrees it is still 20 degrees colder
the spa water at 100 degrees. Very inefficient.
We use strong air injection and a two speed air pump.
The air jets are placed
where they do some real therapy. You actually get a great massage
from the air
jet seats in the Springville. By placing the jets in the backs
of the seats,
the air pulsates up your back. As you lean back it compresses the air
and intensifies the effect. It is like having some one pat your back
hands, although that isn't exactly what it feels like. (Like
describe what sugar tastes like to someone who doesn't know sweet).
Any way if
Air therapy is the number one therapy used in hospitals. They
use strong air
pumps in stainless steel tanks to invigorate the healing of the body.
highly recommended by doctors. In particular, it massages
the skin. The skin
is the largest eliminative organ on your body. A lot of gunk comes
out of it.
When the skin is invigorated it helps with your overall health.
It is like
spinach. Some people like it some don't. Even if you don't like it,
it is good
for you. I love the way the jets feel in our spas.
I have written a book on spas in it I describe almost exactly what
talking about in terms of the jet therapy.
There is even one spa company today that still has a hose in the
wall that goes
up and down in the middle of your spine where there is very little muscle.
. I find that funny in a sad sort of way, because thousands of people
spas out of ignorance. They have no clue what they are missing.
If you look at the jet patterns in the Springville as an example,
the jets are
large rotating cyclone jets that make a big circular pattern on the muscles
your back. The captains chair has 17 jets in it and when you stick
you feet out
there are a couple of foot jets also available. This seat destroys
competition when it comes to therapy.
The neck jets are placed where the neck muscles are and they are smaller jets
for smaller neck muscles. The downward shoulder jets are strong,
(I have to
adjust them down a bit). The back jet patterns are well designed.
shoulder are three cyclone jets. Lower are two smaller medium sized
jets so we
have no "kidney blasters". The lower jet is a single large jet that
sacrum area. We have found that the lower back just loves this single
rotating jet. Occasionally I will adjust it so it sprays
The cyclone jets are fully adjustable for intensity (flow rate),
and direction. You can change the angle of deflection so the
jet rotate in a
large circle or in a smaller circle. When adjusted to a small deflection,
becomes like a powerful vibrator. I love the cyclone jets!
There are hip jets on the sids of the captains chair, and wrist
jets on the arm
rests. This finishes the therapy.
We have had many customers "wet test" the spas.
The comments from them say a lot:
"There is no comparison!" (From a person who wet tested
about six different
"This is like a real massage! The tension is completely gone
in my upper neck
and shoulders" ( A woman who works on a computer all day long)
"This is the best spa I have ever tried!" (Another marathon
wet tester who
tested a bunch of competition spas)
"I aahh like this spa! No! I love this spa!"
( A 40 ish woman while sitting
in the captains chair)
The second Hot Seat, is better than the main hot seat in our competitors
The angle of the two downward, above water, neck and shoulder jets is very
nice. The seat sits a bit higher and is often the seat preference
gals, but I am 6' 3" and I just slide down a little to get the shoulder jets.
The arrangement of the jets in the second "hot seat" is to compliment the
captains chair. Anything missed in the captains chair is taken care
The lounge has a great angle and is a non flotation design.
The foot well
allows a mooring while the jets are on. I always tell people that
isn't a lounge until the jets are turned off. In the mean time you
something to hold on to. This is true in any lounge. There are
three jets in
the foot well two foot jets and one calf jet. The placement of the
in this spa is very nice. The cupped head cushion allows your head
cradled while in the seat. The neck/shoulder area where the shoulder
come together is massaged very well with this jet. We get a lot of
wet testers on this feature. The outward medium sized rotating shoulder/
back jets are also very well placed.
All of the jets are adjustable for intensity, and the air controls
are also use
to turn down the jets. All of the rotational jets are adjustable for
The foot well in the main part of the spa allows enough room for
feet. This sound sort of silly, but may spas have humps in the middle
tiny foot wells. If you have five or six people in a spa there should
for five or six (twelve individual) sets of feet. I really dislike
in the middle of the foot well. The first time I got into a one of
those spas with the
hump, I tripped and almost fell. I hurt my wrist trying to stop the
could just see some older person getting hurt by it.
After the massage is over, the lounge is a great place to set back
I always take a few minutes, at least, to set back an soak after a
massage. Sometimes I don't turn on the water jets at all and just soak
want. The spa is totally equipped to do what ever you want.
We are selling these spas "like hot cakes" all across the country
and even to
Hawaii and now to Scotland. We are expanding our area of friends/customers.
We treat our customers like gold.
The Springville and all of our Haven spas are priced less than the
comparably equipped spas. (They have similar numbers of jets, etc.,
but not the
The engineering of the Haven spas is clean of all gimmicks.
We do not have
exclusive parts either. If the spa has a problem in the distant future,
buy the parts from any spa supply store.
We use solid PVC as much as possible to eliminate leaks and give
the main plumbing. Solid PVC doesn't dry out and crack over time as
so we only use flex where there is an odd angle.
Solid PVC offers less resistance to the water flow. There are no ripples
walls of solid as there is in flex PVC. Those ripples cause turbulence
resistance to flow.
The suctions fittings are 2.5 inches and the pressure is 2 inches.
This is the
proper size for the huge pumps in the Spas. All of our spas use this
There are very few 90 degree turns. Each and every 90
degree turn causes a lot
of back pressure and lowers the jet pressure. We want as much
as possible to
reach the jets. This gives an extremely high rate of pump energy efficiency
the same time the most jet pressure available.
All of the joints in the plumbing are primed and glued with proper
The barbed fittings are also primed glued, and spring steel clamped,
of just silicone and crimp clamped. The primer removes the flash
plastic injection molding process and cleans the surface for a proper join.
glue seals the joint and causes the best leak protection I know of.
is a line along the mold that sticks up and some times cause leaks.
It is a
thin raised portion on the barb that needs to go away for proper sealing.
spring steel clamps are insurance against future leaks. Plastic, over
shrinks. As it shrinks, the spring steel clamp shrinks with the plastic.
The jets are all silicone sealed in place and sealed properly.
The shell is as good as it gets. Because we do not have to
make a cheap shell
to compete, we don't. Our shells are full vinyl ester bonded
fiberglass. The fiber glass is hand rolled after the application.
thickness varies from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in some places. This is
of the art" in shell longevity and strength. There ain't noting better.
The cabinet is made form 2x4 framing lumber, with pressure treated
bottom. It is fully framed even on the bottom, where most spas just
or foam. The bottom is sealed with a sheet of ABS plastic.
This is an inert plastic used in sewer drains. Has a life expectancy
than the spa. 40 or 50 Years.
(We do not use ABS in the shell. This is the cheapest method
of acrylic shell
manufacturing and it causes cracks all over the shell in a short time.)
The outside of the cabinet is done in 1/2 inch clear, beautiful,
Inside the 2x4 frames are insulation board to create the outer insulation,
similar to home construction. The spa equipment never gets cold air
on it, and
the waste heat is put back into the spa water.
The thermal pane or thermal sealed design is the best insulation
for spa there
The pumps are 56 frame Century Magnetek, (now just called
These are the best you can find. If you go into a commercial spa
and look in
the pump house you will see a $1500 to $2000 pump with a Magnetek motor on
We use a modified 100% filtration design. The pump on
filter speed draws
almost all the water through the filter. When the pump is turned to
a bypass valve is opened to allow full jet pressure as the filters clog up.
There is 100 sq. ft of filter in the Springville. Other
designs force all the water through the filters creating, pump over heat,
lower jet pressure as the filters get dirty.
There are no loose filter lids on the Springville. These things
It seems like "Murphy's Law" applies to spas as well. For some reason
friends will always sit on or lean on a loose filter lid and get hurt
the filter lid. The filter housing on the Springville is very
It tucks in at the foot of the lounge and is easy to get the filters out.
filter weir door frame lifts off and exposes the basket.
The basket is pulled
out slowly and raised to keep the leaves and large debris in the basket.
reach in and unscrew the filters and lift them out. EASY!
There are no metals in the spa to deteriorate over time.
Even the hand rails
are made of tough acrylic. This is the same type of material used in
windows. I have tried to break them by jerking up and down with
strength and they just flex a little.
The tops of our spas are all flat with lots of places to put drinks.
area makes a great serving table to put your ice chest or pitchers.
There is no other spa, that I know of with this level of engineering
for such a
I hope this answers your questions.
I just wrote this over a couple of hours. I am going to use
this as a "Spa Care
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