Firewire Posted September 23, 2008 Report Share Posted September 23, 2008 We are buying a Swim Spa and have narrowed our choices down to two. Both can be purchased and serviced locally. Sunbelt Spa - Olympic 15'7" with the 2 Badu Swim Jet System (2500 gal) Master Spas - H2X 17' with Propulsion system (2150 gal I think) One of my biggest concerns is the monthly electric bill. H2X only requires a 50 amp hook up while the Sunbelt requires a 60 amp and 30 amp hookup. I have a 200 amp panel with 7 open slots, so I am not worried about that, but what I am worried about is the over all operations costs of the higher Amped unit. I will be including a 4" cover and it will be on a 6" concrete slab. I'd like to know if the price of additional monthly electric service may sway my opinion on which spa to get. I already know the cost to install the 60/30 service is $300-$400 more, but the cost of the Sunbelt spa might be $3000-$4000 less similarly equipped. I just can't find much info on Sunbelt Spas and what little info I have found hasn't been negative really. The flash of the H2X website definitely works and makes theirs sound like the obvious choice even if it does cost more. I also looked at Hydropool, but wasn't sold on their Patented Swim Jets or cedar cabinet (instead of synthetic). Endless Pools, Swimex, etc. are just toooooo expensive for a Swim Spa that I am looking for ($20K-$24K complete and I am not sure the H2X can be had below $26K). Hydroworx uses the badu jets and has many praises, so Sunbelt has it's pluses since it uses the same technology. And Endless Pools has many praises using the propulsion, so H2X has it's pluses since it uses that technology. And I am not concerned so much with a serious swim. It's just an exercise and play place for me and my family. Considering price, the decision might be easy in that the Sunbelt is a good value (loaded out $22k w/ crane delivery and install, cover, led lights, microban, etc.). It has the Badu Swim Jets (not just a series of 6 regular jets at the end), Balboa controls, etc. The frame has me somewhat concerned in that I guess it's only wood and not steel. And the insulation I really don't know the quality of that. H2X touts the Icyelene. Thank you for any help! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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