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  1. I am thinking of getting a Jetsetter LX with the Freshwater Salt system. Thanks for this post. Would any of you who have had the system consider posting a step by step of do's and don't for setting up and maintaining this system along with any other tips you might have? We need a stickie to help other Freshwater salt owners to avoid those types of mistakes. I know those salt cartridges are supposed to be replaced every 4 months but I have heard they can last 5 or even 6 months. Is that true? At $100 each that can add up. But I also know that ozonatators might need to be replaced after ar
  2. OK thanks. Once all the local dealers actually get some in stock that I can go look at again I will be better able to make a choice. Hopefully I can at least do a dry test if not wet one. I don't think it matters what I choose because it looks like I will be waiting a long time to get anything and also without any manufacturer rebates or sales. I wish I had bought last year and not waited. But hindsight ...20/20 yada yada.... Final question, I've heard some people recommended putting a piece of polycarbonate panel or other types of mats under the base between the bottom of the tub and and
  3. I will be the only one using it 98% of the time and the other 2% would only be 1 other person. I will never have more than 2 people in at a time. Also limited space even if I wanted a bigger tub due to where my patio sits. Unfortunately neither wet nor even dry testing is an option at the moment because of no stock at local dealers and also because of Covid they have stopped allowing that (At least temporarily) I am not in a huge rush and I will insist on at least a dry test before I buy locally at least. Powerful jets are a big factor for me though because I want deep tissue like massag
  4. Thanks for that link. I figured he was tied to the makers he recommended in some form. But he did make one point that seems valid. Balboa has a very good reputation and I worry about being locked in to proprietary parts from Jacuzzi or Hot Springs that may be of lower quality than Balboa and also more expensive. Once you buy a brand with proprietary you are locked with parts for that brand for life. Of course I am talking about after the warranty expires. Do you think I should add the criteria of a well-built spa that includes easily available and replaceable OEM parts? I took a look at
  5. I just got my patio finished today. Hooray! So I am ready to buy. As I said earlier I chose those particular 3 brands because they have dealers near me. But I also learned that Marquis also has a dealer that serves my area and I have heard you guys say good things about that brand. I am starting to take another look at that Bullfrog X5L model which is the cheapest by far at $6,285. This jet packs don't really impress me on the R and A series models and I don't really see much difference with the R5L which cost $2,100 more. By the way, any thoughts about Chris Wheatley at the Hot T
  6. I was mainly worried about rain and it puddling up on the patio but it is going to be 6 inches deep and well above the ground so no worries. Excess water should just fall off, I am also going to put a roof over the patio to give more protection from the elements for my hot tub.
  7. Thanks. That helps a lot. I want the strongest jets possible which is a major factor in my decision. Going by specs alone the Jacuzzi seems to have less power. Unfortunately I will not be able to wet test any of the 3 brands which is why I need all the help I can get to decide. The one plus for the Jacuzzi is the parts after the warranty goes out. I have heard Hot Springs is more proprietary in their parts and therefore harder and more expensive to repair after the warranty runs out.
  8. OK thanks. I was just worried about water drainage since it will be level without any slope.
  9. Hi, I am getting estimates for my new patio for my 3 seater hot tub. It's going to be about 10x8 feet. The hot tub will measure around 7x5.5 so I think that it big enough. Besides the patio being level and at least 4 inches thick or more is there anything else I need to request? I was concerned about water drainage so he gave me two options. Here is his quote if I pay cash. $1095 Concrete pad only $1215 including Cut lines $1450 with 2 drain and pipes
  10. I have 220 box already installed from my last Hot Tub. The Hot Spring dealer though told me it comes with it's own box and would need to replace the one I have. So that might factor into the final cost because Jacuzzi dealer told me they can use the one I already have. Even though the new box is included I will need to have an electrician install it. But I am leaning towards the Jetsetter LX though I haven't seen the Jacuzzi in person since they are out of stock.
  11. Hi, I posted a few weeks back and got some good replies. At that time I couldn't really buy because I had to get rid of my old Hot Tub and tear down the small wood deck it was on. I have finally done that and now contacting people to pour a concrete patio. As soon as that is done I will be ready to buy. I am not in a big hurry though so if any of these brands tend to run sales in certain months please let me know. I have narrowed my search based on dealers in my area. Here are my choices Jacuzzi J-315 runs at $9160 and that includes a cover, a chemical start up kit, delivery, &
  12. I have since learned that the Jetsetter LX has a choice between ozone and salt. I didn't know that when I posted above. The dealer recommends salt so I have time to think about it since I haven't even got rid or my old spa or torn down the deck and layed a cement slab yet.
  13. Yeah I emailed the dealer and will paste his reply. I also asked him about that dichlor method and he wasn't too keen on that. From Dealer " I was really looking forward to going with saltwater but it looks like due to costs and advice here I will go traditional.
  14. That's good to know. I didn't realize you had the option not to use saltwater in the Jetsetter LX. But I'm guessing the Ozonator is not standard and it is an upgrade. I thought the controller and everything else was set up to only use saltwater. That is good to know and thanks for letting me know what you use. I will email the dealer and see what he thinks. It's not only a cost issue but my worries about corrosion. I wonder how much the Ozonator upgrade cost?
  15. I have narrowed down my search for a new tub to the Hotspring Jetsetter LX which is saltwater and the Bullfrog R5L. But I just got a quote from a the Jacuzzi dealer for the J-215 for $6800 so I will need to go check them out before I decide. I'm waiting for the J-315 quote. I really thought I wanted to try a saltwater system but I read an article and it did give me pause. I also had a bit of sticker shock with those $100 salt cartridges that need to be replaces every 4 months. I have to think going freshwater is a lot cheaper annually for sanitization. I would love to hear from you pros and
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