• 7 Tips for Spa Cover and Lifter Sales

    by Cailley Hammel August 2015

    When someone is considering a hot tub purchase, they're really focused on that lovely idea of relaxing in some steamy water. But as a retailer, it's your job to help your customers make the entire hot tub experience a relaxing one. In that respect, a hot tub cover or lifter is a priority. After all — how can a customer enjoy a hot tub after a wrestling match with a waterlogged cover?

    We asked spa cover and lifter manufacturers to pass along their best sales advice to retailers....

  • SLIDESHOW: Pool House Rock

    by Cailley Hammel August 2015

    As the outdoor room movement continues to blossom, outdoor structures like pergolas, gazebos and pool houses are flourishing as well. For George Arp, owner of Seacoast Pool Design in Jupiter, Fla., they're especially popular in the high-end market he serves.

    "Coming off the recession, customers were really looking at bare bones installations, which just included a basic pool and/or spa and decking. But now, things are really opening up. Construction is gearing up again. So it just...

  • Mermaid Fins: Pleasure or Peril?

    by Eric Herman July 2015

    Mermaid fins, a popular pool accouterment, were a hot topic at the annual Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel Conference in April.

    Although kids have taken to the slip on fins in a big way, officials in Alberta decided to establish a policy aimed at ensuring kids wearing the fins will do...

  • Luxe for Less

    by Cailley Hammel July 2015

    An infinity edge. An all-tile surface. Laminar jets. A rainbow of LED lights. Everyone loves dazzling high-end features in their swimming pool, but beyond a small percentage of upscale clients, few can afford them.

    But who says the mid-range pool can't be uniquely stylish?

    From unique diving boards and vinyl liner patterns to modern rails and fountains, manufacturers these days offer a slew of products that make it easy to make a backyard poolscape beautiful without breaking...

  • Chutes and Ladders

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    Slides and ladders; they go together. While the slide offers a thrilling way to get oneself into the pool, the ladder offers an easy way for swimmers to hop right out and do it all again. If you've ever built a pool for a family with young children, you know that's basically the cycle of life for a swimming pool: kids flying down a slide, eagerly splashing into the water, then eagerly swimming to the ladder to repeat the process.

    With that in mind, we thought we'd take a look at...

  • July 2015 New and Updated Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    What's new this month in pool and spa products? Check out an 8-person portable spa, a line of stairs and benches for vinyl-liner pools, a green way to drain pool water and more.

    Sensorex's SAM-1 Smart Aqua Meter is now globally compatible with Android devices. Already popular with...

  • Step On, Shower Off

    by AQUA Editors June 2015

    If you've ever been to a community pool, you're probably familiar with the "shower before you swim" practice. Viteo, an outdoor furniture company founded by Austrian architect Wolfgang Pichler, has created its own version of the outdoor shower that's far more sophisticated — and fun — than its community pool ancestor.

    At first glance, the Viteo Shower is rather nondescript — it's a

  • Sauna Selections: 2015 Roundup

    by Cailley Hammel June 2015

    Looking for a new sauna line to add to your roster? Take a look at these great options.


  • June 2015 New and Updated Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors May 2015

    An algae remover, corrosion-resistant rails and a submersible LED bar stool are just a few of the new products we have this month.


  • Meet Kover Kritters: Fun Covers for APCs

    by Cailley Hammel April 2015

    Automatic pool cleaners are great, but there’s just one problem: they could be cuter.