About Spa Features

Before purchasing a spa, we urge you to check all of these points and only purchase a spa if satisfied that it has ALL of these features. If not, you’ll regret your decision if the spa is uncomfortable or noisy, it doesn’t give the level of performance required for good hydro-massage, it doesn’t last more than a few years or it costs too much for affordable all year round use. Unfortunately many people get burnt buying inferior spas.

Structural Frame: Pressure treated pine ensures long life for spas and being a natural product withstands moisture, vibrations and temperature variances found in the cabinet area. Stainless steel or galvanised steel frames are normally found on budget spas, cheap imports & Polyethylene (plastic) spas. Metal frames aren’t recommended due to being noisier when using the spa, they cause more vibrations so the potential for leaks is increased and they still rust, especially where welding joins and drilled holes are located. Note: Stainless Steel frames used in cheap Chinese spas aren’t Marine Grade ‘316’ Stainless Steel and will not endure the harsh elements found inside a spas’ cabinet. Note: The oldest and best brands in the world use treated pine.

Plumbing: Consistent pressure for hydro-massage and good filtration requires that the correct plumbing is used. 50mm ‘Kanaflex’ (high flow flexi plumbing) enables optimum performance for hydro-massage, ensuring long pump life and less noise while the spa is running. Poor quality / budget spas use narrow diameter PVC pipes with many glued joins which greatly increase the potential for leaks (costly when repairing or replacing lost chemicals and water). PVC plumbing also requires an excess of right angle bends which reduce pressure and increases back pressure on pumps, reducing pump life expectancy.

Filtration: Is one of the most important spa features and vital for your health and safety. If the spa filtration isn’t capable of maintaining good quality water for regular use, there can be serious issues. When looking at the different types of filter systems available, consider how easy it is to access the filters, you’ll need to clean them every week and after large bather loads. Ensure the filters are large enough for the size spa you’re purchasing. Spas with disposable filters aren’t recommended due to ongoing replacement costs, many spa owners using disposable filters don’t replace them often enough due to the cost (which is not safe for spa users). Note: In January, 2011, legislation in regards to the type of accepted spa filtration systems allowed in Australia changed and not all brands in South East Qld comply with these changes. Note: All spas sold by Simply Spas comply with ALL relevant Australian Standards and have full Australian electrical approvals.

Jets & Hydro-massage: There are many sizes and types of jets available (Hand Held, Directional, Single Swirl, Dual Spin, Variable Wave, Seven Port Pulse, Multi Massage etc). All of these jets deliver a different type of massage experience and the jet size also determines the strength of massage that’s received from the jet. It’s important that your spa has a variety of jet styles as well as sizes and that every seat in the spa has jets positioned in different locations (or you’ll get the same massage in every seat). Spas with undersized pumps tend to use a lot of small jets or directional jets which deliver a hard flow of water to a very small area of your body, pressure from these jets quickly become annoying and tend to make you itchy. All jets need to be adjustable, allowing you to shut down entire seats if they are not being used.

Ongoing Costs: Not all spas cost $1.00 per day as some sales staff will have you believe. It’s impossible to say how much a spa will cost to run as the water temperature, amount of use and location of the spa will ultimately determine this however the following points will give you a better idea of what to look for when choosing a spa.

Insulation: Is crucial for effective heat retention, if a spa isn’t extremely well insulated it will cost a small fortune to heat and you won’t use your spa all year round (or even at night in summer). The most effective insulation for spas is 'Closed Cell Foam' which is sprayed beneath the spa shell and in some cases on the base of the spa. A thick spa shell adds to heat retention as does a good amount of insulation on the inside of the spa cabinet. The more insulation your spa has the better, ensuring affordable all year round use. Note: If the cabinet on a spa that you’re looking at is closed, ask the sales people to open it up show you inside the cabinet and make sure it has excellent insulation in all areas mentioned. Spas lose just as much heat through the base and cabinet area as from the top of the spa without a properly fitted cover. A sealed & insulated base is crucial for retaining heat, keeping moisture out of the cabinet area and stopping rats, mice, snakes, frogs, ants etc. from entering the cabinet area and damaging expensive equipment.

Electric Heaters: Cost approximately $0.20 per kilowatt hour when operating (i.e. 2kW Heaters = $0.40 per hour & 3kW Heaters = $0.60 / hour. All spas use electric heaters and all spa heaters use the same amount of energy to heat the water. The amount of insulation and the type of filter pump will have more of an impact on ongoing costs than the actual heater does however larger heaters heat quicker than small heaters, which reduces the length of time the pump is required to operate - which will reduce running costs considerably.