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Downsides to buying a Production Run model - Hot Springs Sycamore


Rachaelk
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Hello community, I am trying to decide between a Caldera Marino and a Hot Springs Spa Sycamore. They would be exactly the same price, $5995. The Sycamore is a bit larger and has more jets, but it it's a special offer because they are doing a "production run on a certain model and offering it to key accounts. Dealers have to buy in truckload quantities to get the deal and pass on savings." Does this sound legit? Any thoughts?

 

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The Sycamore is a real hot tub.  It is offered to larger Hot Spring dealers and you do have to buy a truckload at a time.  The shell design is based off the older Caldera Moorea, which was available from 2006 - 2010.  I have never personally seen this hot tub and am not a large enough dealer to have been offered this deal.  I cannot comment on the ergonomics of the shell, the components, insulation, build quality, etc.  Based on the few pictures I have seen and the dealers I have talked to, I would stick with the Marino.  

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Thanks so much for your reply. I am planning to have decking around it so you won't see any of the cabinet. It is 7 inches bigger on one side and has 50 more jets, so i was leaning toward the Sycamore. Do you think production run models have the same quality as the rest of the Hot Springs brand models?

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My thought for sticking with the Marino is that I know what I am getting with it.  With the Sycamore, I see a nice looking layout, in my opinion.  However, I see a different cabinet, different electronics, and a lot of little precision jets (not the most therapeutic).  What I cannot tell is how it is insulated, what the warranty is, or the build quality.  

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