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About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Hot Tub / Spa
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2012 Best Hot Tub / Spa category will honor the year's top portable spa and hot tub brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. Don't simply go by looks or familiar name alone -- follow links provided to read about each finalist, and make an informed choice.
About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Best Hot Tub / Spa
Who makes the best hot tub spa? The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2013 Best Hot Tub / Spa category honors the year's top portable spa and hot tub brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers.
2012 Best Hot Tub / Spa: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
The 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards honors the year's top hot tubs and spas, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This year's Best Pool and Patio awards seeks to honor the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum, Best Pool Test Kit, Best Hot Tub/Spa, and Best Decking.
Best Hot Tub Spa 2013: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Introducing the finalists in the 2013 Bet Hot Tub / Spa category of About.com's Readers' Choice Awards. Read about these winning companies before casting your vote!
Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs Recalled
The CPSC has announced a recall of about 5,600 Hot Spring spas and Limelight hot tubs because a loose internal electrical connection of the spa heaters can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard.
Presenting the Winner, Best Hot Tub / Spa: Bullfrog Spas
It was a tight contest, but Bullfrog Spas has earned the most votes from the readers of About.com's Pool and Patio site. To make it official, the winner for 2012 Best Hot Tub / Spa is Bullfrog Spas. Learn more about the contest, winner and finalists.
Top 12 Hot Tub Films
A mere glimpse of a hot tub on screen suggests something has or will happen, and it's usually not a scene with grandpa soaking in the hot water. We've polled friends and colleagues for suggestions-- the following is a list of films from a broad range of years with favorite or memorable hot tub scenes.
What is a Spool?
Is it a spa, or is it a pool? We know it is a body of water that can be built in your backyard for leisure and therapeutic benefits. Find out why you may or may not want one.
10 Things Not To Do In a Hot Tub
If you own a hot tub or spa, then you probably know all the things you should and shouldn't do in and around the tub, like issues of safety, care and maintenance. Or do you? Read this list before setting foot in your spa.
Hot Tubs Built for Two
Hot Tubs don't always have to be expensive, especially if you choose a tub that's designed for 2-3 people, rather than a party-full. Not everyone loves the idea of wearing a swimsuit while sitting knee-to-knee in someone's hot tub. Assess what your needs are, and how often you'll use it. If the hot tub would mostly be used by you and your...
How to Contact Your Hot Tub or Spa Manufacturer
Here are the names and contact information for manufacturers and makers for hot tubs and spas. If you don't see your spa manufacturer on the list, let us know. Not sure if your hot tub maker is still in business? They could have merged with another company(ies). Consulting the website of your hot tub or spa manufacturer is the first step you...
About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Best Hot Tub/Spa Finalists
Meet the five finalists in the Best Hot Tub/Spa category for About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Consider their merits, then cast your vote!
Hot Tub Rules: The Do's
Like any activity, there are safety rules, etiquette and just plain common sense when it comes to using and owning a hot tub spa. Here, the do's.
DIY Swimming Pool & Spa Cleaning and Maintenance
When trimming your budget, you look to the money you're forking over each month to have someone else do something that you could potentially do yourself. While many don't like the idea of venturing into unfamiliar waters, it certainly is possible to clean and maintain your swimming pool, spa or hot tub on your own. There's a big world out there...
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFIC) Can Save Your Life
We’ve all heard the terms GFCI or GFI outlets, but what in the world are they used for? Why would we buy outlets that cost between $5.00 and $10.00 when regular outlets only cost a dollar or two? Seems silly, right? Not so fast. GFCI’s are specifically designed to save your life. They automatically turn themselves off when there is a short circuit or there’s an unbalanced load to ground.
Feel Better With Hydrotherapy
You've heard of hydrotherapy, and know it has something to do with heat and water. But, what exactly is hydrotherapy? This comprehensive guide answers all your questions and more. Ready for some hydrotherapy?
The Top 5 Pools, Spas & Equipment for People with Arthritis
Warm-water exercise is one of the best ways for people with arthritis to increase their strength, relieve joint pain and relax sore muscles. Take a look at these five recommendations, including pool ramps and lifts for easier access in and out of in-ground and above-ground swimming pools
The History of the Jacuzzi
A Jacuzzi is a trademarked name for the first self-contained, fully integrated whirlpool bath incorporating jets into the sides of the tub. In 1968, Roy Jacuzzi introduced the Whirlpool Jacuzzi at the Orange County Fair in California. Consumers liked its connection with the growing health and fitness movement, and the Jacuzzi became a hot item to own during the free-and-easy 1970s.
Code Requirements for Swimming Pools and Spas
Swimming pools, spas and hot tubs all require some sort of electrical connection to keep them working properly. Electric pumps, filters, heaters and lighting all play a part in their day-to-day operation and maintenance. These electrical connections have to be done according to the electrical code in your area. In most cases, a licensed electrician will have to do the installation for you.
Randall Cunningham's Son's Death Reminds Parents of Hot Tub Safety
The death of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham's young son in a hot tub should draw attention to ways to keep children safe in the water, according to this article from "USA Today." Cunningham's 2-year-old son drowned in a hot tub in the backyard of his father's Nevada home.
Turn Your Portable Hot Tub or Spa into an Outdoor Showpiece
The idea of putting a hot tub or spa outdoors sounds appealing, especially with some of the affordable portable models available. When it arrives, however, it can often seem bulky and out of place with the rest of your yard. What to do? Follow Sunset's design ideas that will transform your hot tub or spa into a showpiece.
Nature-Inspired Alpine Retreat for Backyard Spa
Take a step into a secluded alpine spa retreat, right in your own backyard. By incorporating landscape design elements reminiscent of a mountain hot spring, you can transform your spa into an outdoor escape. Large rocks, the right plants and decking help to complete the alpine setting.
Solar Hybrid Hot Tub
For DIYers: this simple and inexpensive solar system adds heat to a hot tub during the day so that the main electric heater doesn’t have to work as hard at night -- saving energy and money. From Make Magazine.
Online Hot Tub Dealer in Hot Water
A San Francisco-based online hot tub dealer is in hot water with customers and the Better Business Bureau. Customers of ChooseHotTubsDirect.com have criticized the vendor for late deliveries, incomplete orders and poor customer service. The San Francisco District Attorney’s office told CBS 5 ConsumerWatch it is now investigating the company.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Hot Tub / Spa
Vote for your favorite brand of hot tub/spa in this year's About.com Readers' Choice Awards.