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2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Pool & Patio

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Red carpet awards season is in full swing and we know you're anxious to let your voices be heard. About.com's annual Readers' Choice Awards showcase the best outdoor living, pool, patio and home and garden products -- the things that make your outdoor world look, feel and work better.

Think of it as the People's Choice Awards for home and garden, pool and outdoor living and design products. There won't be any shiny statuettes for the winners, nor will there be the gushing interviews on the red carpet or star-studded awards ceremony. Just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the Web.

Time to Vote

From January 14th through February 11, Pool & Patio readers nominated their favorite brands of decking, hot tub, patio furniture or pool cleaner.

From February 19th to March 19th 2013, About.com readers will be able to vote for their favorite finalists. You are allowed to vote once a day, every day during the voting period. Finalists should encourage their fans to vote for them during this period. Turn to Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to spread the word about the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. By doing so, you'll increase awareness of the awards. The winner is the choice of the readers. A win is a genuine testament to the quality of service and goods you provide.

Nominees were chosen based on the number of nominations and credibility.

The Pool & Patio Finalists

Three finalists from each category have advanced to the final round of voting. Finalists can display a badge in print and online publications to announce the honor. With hundreds of thousands of readers participating, it really is an honor just to be nominated!

The winner in each category will be announced on March 27, 2013.

Recipients of the Readers' Choice Awards will have the opportunity to display the coveted About.com Readers' Choice Awards badge on their site. This badge and other promotional assets will be available to both Winners and Finalists.

"The Readers' Choice Awards give our readers a chance to share their knowledge of and passion for the best products and services they've come across over the course of a year," said Margot Weiss, managing editor, About.com. "Each year we are impressed by readers' enthusiasm and involvement with the awards program, which directly speaks to their engagement with their favorite topics on About.com." More information on the Readers Choice Awards can be found at awards.about.com

To get weekly updates about the awards as well as the latest news about the world of outdoor living, subscribe to About.com's weekly Pool and Patio newsletter, which includes news, DIYs, photos and inspiration on Thursdays -- right before your DIY weekends.

OK: Ready to vote?

Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum

If you own one of these swimming pool or spa cleaners or vacuums and are more than satisfied with it, why not step up and vote? The finalists represent top companies in the pool and spa industry.

Vote for Best Pool Cleaner 2013

Best Hot Tub / Spa 2013

It's time to stand up for your favorite sit-down activity: relaxing in the hot tub. Specifically, voting for your favorite brand of hot tub / spa.

Vote for Best Hot Tub/Spa 2013

Want to find out more about hot tubs and spas? Check out these articles after voting for your favorite:

How to Contact Your Spa Manufacturer

Hot Tubs Built for Two

10 Things Not to Do in a Hot Tub

Hot Tub Don'ts

Best Decking 2013

The next category honors the year's Best Decking materials, brands and manufacturers. Vote for Best Decking 2013

Want to find out more about decking and materials? Check out these articles, then return to make your nomination:

Best Patio Furniture 2013

The About.com Reader's Choice Awards Best Patio Furniture category honors the year's top patio furniture brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers.

Vote for Best Patio Furniture 2013

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