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21st November
Posted on 21st November, 2016 by Francesca

Where did it come from?

The term “Black Friday” dates back to the 1920s and there are several trains of thought.  Some think it referred to businesses coming out of the “red” and into the “black” as the Christmas shopping season began after Thanksgiving.  Others say it was how the police used to describe the Friday after Thanksgiving as the traffic congestion was so bad.  Perhaps it is a combination of many ideas but the Friday after Thanksgiving has been unofficially known as the start of the Christmas shopping season since 1924 when the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade began.

The popularity of Black Friday grew in the US as retailers realised they could draw in their customers by offering exclusive pre-Christmas discounts.  There has been footage of people fighting over toys and televisions desperate to get a bargain.

In the UK Black Friday hasn’t really been much of a feature.  We have become familiar with it through online shopping on sites such as Amazon and now over the past few years we have seen the Black Friday theme pop up on our high street too.  Thankfully in UK we have managed to restrain ourselves from fighting over items in the shopping aisles. 

The biggest excitement with Black Friday is that the retailers keep their discounts under wraps until the shops open their doors.  Will you be taking advantage of the Black Friday offer this year?  Electrical items are usually those with the biggest savings.  Maybe you are going to treat yourself to the latest panoramic screen television so that you can lie back of the sofa over the Christmas holidays and relax watching some films.  Or maybe you need a new fridge freezer or washing machine.

Imagine that you have dreamed of having your own area of peace and tranquillity in your garden.  A place you can go and relax and unwind and sink into the warm hydrotherapeutic water of a hot tub.  This need not be a dream anymore as we will be revealing our Black Friday discounts very soon. 

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21st November
Posted on 21st November, 2016 by Francesca

Are you thinking about buying a hot tub? 

Maybe you have been on holiday where a hot tub was available to use and you enjoyed it so much you would like one in your garden to use all the time.  Or maybe you have a friend with one and you like the idea but you’re not sure if it is for you so you are carrying out some of your own research.  You may have problems with your health and found the spending time in warm water helps.  Whatever your reasons it can be a daunting task selecting the perfect hot tub partner for you and your family.

 

There is no doubt about it hot tubs have been a popular addition to gardens throughout the UK with 10% of households in the country owning one.  With upwards of 30 different brands of hot tub available to choose from, how do you know which brand is the right one for you?

 

Researching Hot Tub Brands - Online

 

If you type “what hot tub brand should I buy” into Google you are provided with a number of sites that provide you with hints, tips and things to consider before making a purchase so read them.  Most reputable brands and independent hot tub businesses will provide some form of information on their websites about their brand and things to think about.

 

Researching Hot Tub Brands – Instore

 

Now that you have familiarised yourself with some of the brands take a look to see what is available in your local area.  Most hot tub outlets will travel 30-50 miles to an installation.  This is a suitable distance to maintain good after sales customer service.

 

Make a Short List

 

Visit the hot tub outlets that stock the brand/brands you are more interested in to find out more about the brand and the company.  Remember, a well established hot tub outlet with good support from the manufacturer and good after sales care is as important as the hot tub brand.

 

Have you thought about why you want a hot tub?

 

This question is something to think about as it is likely to affect your choice of size, the amount you wish to spend and the features available.

 

 

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Making a Purchase

Whilst hot tubs are available to buy online it is good idea to see brand and company you are buying from in person.  A good hot tub outlet with good customer service will put together a package specifically for you.  This will include as much or as little as you need.  It may include the concrete base, electrical supply or other ground work as well as your hot tub, starter chemicals, steps, cover lifter.  They will be able to visit your home to see where you would like your hot tub situated and ensure that on the day of installation everything goes smoothly.  They will be able to advise you on the location of the hot tub within your garden, the size and shape suitable for you and your family. 

 

Questions to ask

 

  • What kind of warranty does the brand come with?

All Sundance Spas hot tubs come with a well supported manufacturer’s warranty that provides up to 10yrs cover on the shell and 2yrs on cabinetry, jets, equipment, controls, plumbing and cover.  All parts and labour costs are covered.  Most other brands will come with something similar but remember the warranty is only as good as the ability of the manufacturer to support it.

  • What are the approximate running costs?

The running costs will vary depending on the hot tub insulation, the type of electrical connection, how often it is being used, the quality of the insulation cover and hot tub build.  All Sundance Spas hot tubs have a Rigid Bond™ shell construction, full foam insulation, a 1.5 pound foam density cover, efficient jet pumps.

  • How easy is it to maintain?

All hot tubs require some form of maintenance with the regular addition of chemicals.  The key is finding a hot tub with excellent water filtration and purification systems built in so that the amount of maintenance and addition of chemicals you are required to do is minimal

  • What size is suitable for me?

You need to think about how many people are going to be using the the hot tub together on a regular basis.  If you are planning to party with your friends then an open seated large hot tub will be for you.  If it is just you and your husband/wife/partner then perhaps a smaller hot tub model with a lounger may be more suitable.  Think about the height of your family member too.  You will all need room to stretch out and relax

  • Brand new or pre-owned

If you are choosing a quality brand then you may be able to grab yourself a bargain with a pre-owned model.  Reputable hot tub outlets will provide an in house warranty for the first 6 months.Pre-Owned 880 Series Optima

  • Payment options

You will most likely be required to pay a deposit at the point of ordering with the balance due just before or on the day of delivery.  Ask if your hot tub outlet provides finance options.  You may get the opportunity to take advantage of buy now pay later or interest free finance.

 

Try before you buy

 

You are about to make a considerable investment if you are unsure ask if you can have a try.  If you don’t fancy taking a dip at your local showroom at least take a seat in a dry model.  Some years ago I wanted to purchase a new car, I had my mind made up on a particular brand and model and so one Saturday afternoon I went out to make my purchase.  When I got to the showroom I was offered a test drive so just to enjoy the experience I agreed.  The car I had my heart set on didn’t live up to my expectations.  I couldn’t get comfortable in the seat and didn’t enjoy the experience at all.  This brand just wasn’t for me.

 

Good luck with your purchase and if you are local to us then pop in a look and we will be happy to show you are brand and answer any questions you may have.

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19th November
Posted on 19th November, 2016 by Francesca

Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Spa, Whirlpool which is it?

Let’s set the record straight. 

According to the Oxford English Dictionary online a hot tub is “a large tub filled with hot aerated water used by one or more people for recreation or physical therapy.” 

A spa on the other hand has a number of meanings such as “a mineral spring considered to have health-giving properties”; “a place or resort with a mineral spring”; “a commercial establishment offering health and beauty treatment through such means as steam baths, exercise equipment, and massage” and finally “a bath containing hot aerated water.” 

Water Whirlpool A whirlpool is defined as “a quickly rotating mass of water in a river or sea into which objects may be drawn, typically caused by the meeting of conflicting currents” or “a heated pool in which hot aerated water is continuously circulated.”

Looking at these definitions you can see why they all might be used to describe the same thing.  They are all directing us to use natural water therapies and massage to aid healing and relaxation.

Today the words or phrases hot tub, spa and whirlpool are interchangeable, with the former two being most popular.  We use them on a daily basis to describe a molded tub containing warm water and a jetting system that can be used for hydrotherapy, relaxation and socialising. 

There are many different brands of hot tub or spa available; Sundance Spas, Hotspring Spas and Jacuzzi are among the largest brands worldwide.  So, Jacuzzi is a brand of hot tub much like a Hoover is a brand of vacuum cleaner.

So where did the hot tub as we know it now begin? 

For centuries the human race has been aware that there are therapeutic and healing benefits to bathing in warm water.  Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used the healing powers of water therapy but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the real seed was planted to today’s hot tub.  Two brothers with the surname Jacuzzi invented a pump capable or harnessing the power of water to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis for a family member.  The pumps were then used to power small pools of warm water usually located at the end of a garden swimming pool. 

A few years further on (1979) and the start of Sundance Spas hot tubs began.  An acrylic molded spa with a water filtration system jets designed to target specific muscles groups was built.  Sundance Spas Aquajet Hot TubIt was called the AquaJet and provided hydrotherapy to patients who require rehabilitation following a trauma.  Since then Sundance Spas have been leading the way in hot tub design and technology with many industry firsts achieved.  Today 37 year on they still manufacture with the same 5 core values of Style, Comfort, Quality, Pure Water and Patented Hyrdrotherapy in mind.

If you want to find out more about the Sundance Spas hot tub models available please browse our site, call in for a chat or join our mailing list to keep up with the latest information on new products and special offers.

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