By Laura Christianson
When I stopped by Rich’s on Saturday to purchase a new bubble cover for my Clearwater Spa, I joked with the sales associate that they build these spas too well. We’ve owned our Clearwater Spa for 16 years. My family of four (which includes two teenage boys) uses it heavily, but all the jets still work and it cranks out the heat.
I live with chronic back pain, and I can’t tell you how many times a dose of hydrotherapy has helped me rest better at night.
While I was buying my bubble cover – officially known as a “floating thermal blanket” (which, incidentally, is the best spa accessory we’ve ever purchased because it traps the heat beneath the hard cover and significantly decreases our electric bill) – I picked up some literature on Clearwater Spas.
There are three levels of Clearwater Spas:
XS Series – I call these “entry level” spas. Although they’re engineered the same as the luxury models and they’re extremely energy efficient, the XS Series models come with fewer bells and whistles and are quite affordable.
Beachcraft Series – These “middle of the road” spas are a bit roomier and include features such as multi-level steps, cool-down seats and ergonomically designed seating configurations.
Resort Series – “Elegant” and “decadent” are words I’d use to describe these luxury spas. Lots of jets. Multiple pumps. Custom lighting. Custom waterfalls. Everything you could ever want in a spa.
Being a budget-minded person, I eyeballed the XS Series spas, which currently include eight models (new models for 2012 are now available for ordering). I asked the sales associate, “Which of these models would you recommend for folks who are buying their first spa?”
“It depends on the size of your family, and on the size of the people who will be using the spa,” he replied.
For a couple with young kids, he recommended the XS84NL. It also seats 6 adults and has a kid-friendly cool-off bench so young ones can get their little bodies mostly out of the spa for a few minutes while still dangling their feet in.
For a family with teens (or several adult-sized people), he recommended the XS93NL - Signature (pictured, top right), which seats 8 adults. The largest of the XL Series line, this spa holds 450 gallons of water and has 40 jets.
All Clearwater Spas come in a variety of shell colors and cabinet styles colors, and Rich’s carries a full line of spa accessories and chemicals.
I can’t recommend Clearwater Spas highly enough. If and when my hardy Clearwater Spa ever dies, I’ll replace it with another Clearwater Spa.
All this writing about spas is making my back ache; I’ll give you one guess where I’m heading next.
More Spa Articles on Rich's Blog:
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- Bling for your hot tub
- Rich’s Spas: Try Before You Buy
- Spa Care Products – Rich’s Stocks Everything You Need
- How to turn your Hot Tub into a Salt Water Spa
- How to Shop for a Hot Tub or Spa Cover
- Myrtle Beach Spa: A Mini Resort for Your Backyard
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