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Astute salespeople know the hot tub purchase is only the beginning, because spa ownership involves far more than the tub itself. With accessories, spa buyers have the opportunity to personalize their spa experience and make it uniquely theirs. From big-ticket items like enclosures and automatic covers to the everyday luxury of fragrances, spa accessories work overtime by boosting your bottom line and enhancing your customer's spa experience.
COVANACOVANA manufactures automated hot tub and swim spa covers that elevate and close with a simple turn of a key. Users can enjoy their spa in less than 30 seconds without any effort, regardless of weather. Offered with optional retractable shades, COVANA creates an elegant, relaxed and intimate setting. covana.com | (877) 278-8010
SilkBalanceThe new SilkBalance Gems are designed to provide all the benefits of liquid SilkBalance in dissolvable packets. Hot tub owners simply toss one gem in spa water weekly for balanced, odor-free water that leaves skin feeling soft. Made in the U.S. silkbalance.com | (360) 392-2832
Merlin IndustriesMerlin Industries' custom spa covers are offered in five different grades, including Ultra fiberglass reinforced covers and Thermo-light floating spa covers (see photo). Every Merlin spa cover features heat seals to lock in heat and help lower operating costs. merlinindustries.com | (800) 289-1836
SpazazzSpazazz Rx Therapy Collection has two new aromas: Happy Therapy and Naked Therapy. Happy Therapy is great for soaking worries and blues away, while Naked Therapy reveals a healthy, natural glow. Spazazz products are all-natural. spazazz.com | 844-SPAZAZZ
Catalina Cover LiftersCatalina Cover Lifters offers remote-controlled, automatic covers for swim spas and hot tubs. The system hooks up directly to the spa equipment, so no additional electrical work is required. One-year warranty. catalinacoverlifters.com | (951) 691-5008
End 2 End Swim Spa CoversThe E2E Cover is designed to roll in either direction, making it perfect for dual-temperature swim spas. Users can roll back the pool side for daily swimming or the spa side for nightly relaxation. Made in Reno, Nev. end2endswimspacovers.com | (775) 583-8880
Freeflow SpasFreeflow's new roto-molded step styles are designed to complement the contemporary styling of the 2018 Freeflow Spa products. Will be offered in both straight and curved versions. freeflowspas.com | (888) 961-7727
Inter-FabInter-Fab's In-Spa table is a 30-inch round table that mounts in a 6-inch bronze anchor (included) and is easily removed without tools. Can be retrofitted into a 1 1/2 inch umbrella anchor. Eleven color options available. inter-fab.com | (800) 737-5386
SmartopAll Smartop spa covers now come standard with the exclusive Smartop Deco Series material — a high-performance, decorative overlay designed to match your customer's spa cabinet, patio furniture or decking. UV resistant and available in six attractive colors. smartopspacover.com | (888) 965-6694
Cover ValetAfter years of extensive product testing, the AirO Spa Cover is now available. The first spa cover of its kind features Dual Bladder drop stitch construction (think standup paddleboards) and supports over 500 pounds. It doesn't absorb water over time and provides consistent and superior insulation. covervalet.com | (800) 730-7727
Caldera SpasWith the CoolZone hot tub cooling system, spa water can be both heated and cooled to as low as 60 degrees — a feature that is not possible in most hot tubs. When the user is ready to warm things up, the system works with the spa heater to efficiently raise the temperature in just a few hours. calderapromises.com | (800) 669-1881 ext. 4379
Leisure ConceptsThe ModStep series is a line of modular steps that includes a 2-, 3- or 4-tread spa step. Can be used side-by-side for extra-wide steps. Optional solar lighting and SmartDrawer storage available. leisureconcepts.com | (800) 469-2428
Core CoversThe Roman Canopy by Core Covers provides extra shade and style to nearly any outdoor living space. The retractable, wire-hung canopy system is available in two sizes and 19 different fabric options, providing up to 100 percent shade coverage. corecovers.com | (800) 763-7450
Prestige Spa CoversPrestige Spa Covers produces covers in all shapes and sizes with quick turnaround times and competitive prices. Covers are custom made to your specifications with a wide variety of densities, tapers, upgrades and 14 color options to choose from. prestigespacovers.com | (800) 343-7661
EssentialsNew for 2018, the SpaEscort Hydraulic Lift features top-notch quality and a streamlined, attractive appearance. Comes with pre-assembled brackets to make installation a breeze. Also new for 2018 is the SpaEscort Cover Lift, an easy lift to install and operate. Essentials-SpaSupplies.com | (800) 866-2499
GAMEThe new Pool & Spa Digital Thermometer features a double-sided, easy-to-read screen with readings in both Fahrenheit and Celsius, as well as a spa setting to convert to hot tub mode. The display has a range of 300 feet and alerts the homeowner before water freezes. game-group.com | (888) DUCKY-88
Byron OriginalsThe Sure Step II offers quality, durability, numerous color options and simple setup with no tools required. Accommodates both round and rectangular spas. Made in the U.S. stepnstow.com | (800) 745-1472
Aquatic Specialty ManufacturingCover Butler has been lifting covers since 1994. Made with reliable, rust-free anodized aluminum, and now available in a black aluminum power-coat finish. Lifetime warranty available. coverbutler.com | (800) 940-9457
Fantasy SpasFantasy Spas is pleased to announce that all Fantasy Spa covers are built to include a new unique hinge seal. This seal is on the underside of the cover and produces a 10 percent improvement in the spa's energy efficiency by sealing in the heat from the hot water. fantasy-spas.com | (888) 961-7727
Fox Pool CorporationFox Pool's toddler insert makes it possible for parents to create a child-friendly space in the spa. Simply insert into the waterfall section of the spa, which coverts the spa into a wading pool. foxpool.com | (800) 723-1011
inSPArationinSPAration's new SpaBomb Aromatherapy products are specially formulated for spas, hot tubs, baths and jetted tubs. Made with Epsom salt, aloe vera extract and vitamins. insparation.com | (800) 882-0037
The Cover CompanyThe Cover Company's hot tub covers feature double-stitched, marine-grade vinyl, and each foam core is reinforced with a galvanized steel channel. Covers are custom made to your specifications and offer a variety of upgrades and options. coverlon.com | (908) 707-1122
Hot Tub ProductsThe VacuSeal cover/lifter increases spa energy efficiency and improves the ease of operation required by the user. The cover opens internally in one motion, eliminating the need to fold the cover in half first. As an added benefit, it easily converts into a canopy. hottubproducts.com | (860) 469-2580
UltraliftUsing a dual shock system, Visionlift lifts the cover and places it behind the tub, providing users with a clean visual line that allows them to see their backyard, socialize with guests and keep an eye on any children or pets while using the hot tub. ultrapoolandspa.com/visionlift | (800) 387-9789
SPAccessoriesThe New SPAccessories ProMax Cover Lift with dual-assist hydraulic shocks allows for effortless cover removal. Features a powder-coated aluminum frame and stainless steel hardware to ensure the lift's durability. 888spalift.com | (888) 772-5438
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From poor communication to inaccurate billing to awkward scheduling, a lot of hiccups can affect your daily routine. Fortunately, pool and spa business software can help smooth things over by using software to keep your team organized and informed. Below, take a look at just some of the software products on the market today.
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