• Frothy Fun

    by Eric Herman September 2018

    Designing and building beautiful aquatic spaces is often about reflecting the clients' personalities — at least it should be, according to Dennis Loy of Loy Custom Pool Designs in Austin, Texas. The project you see here offers a perfect example. The husband brews his own beer under the brand name Splash Craft Brewery, and his wife is an arts-and-crafts and gardening enthusiast. Loy's design integrates these passions into a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space that includes a backyard brewery...

  • September 2018 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors September 2018

    This month, we take a look at new and exciting pool and spa products, including the FrogLog, made to help critters escape pools, Abatron's Tread Spread, a slip-resistant coating, colorful fountains and more.



    Acrylic Goes Commercial

    by Eric Herman September 2018

    Although portable spas dominate the residential hot water market, concrete leads the way in commercial settings, where building codes and sizing needs give custom concrete hot tubs the advantage. There's a Canadian manufacturer, however, that's trying to change that perception a little.

    HydroTher, an acrylic hot tub manufacturer based in Mississauga, Ont., is making inroads into the commercial market by offering a line designed for high-use and commercial code compliance. According...

  • Hatching the Golden Egg Sauna

    by Eric Herman August 2018

    Last year, Swedish architectural firm Bigert & Bergstrom unveiled the "Solar Egg," a gold-plated 16-foot-tall wood-and-steel sauna designed for up to eight people. The wood-burning sauna was part of a...

  • How to Sell Hot Tubs Through Social Media

    by Dana Robinson August 2018

    Believe it or not, social media outlets aren’t just for posting vacation pictures and making people feel uncomfortable with your political rants. It’s been proven time and time again that these social vehicles can also help you sell more products and improve customer engagement, which can set you up for improved sales in years to come.

    We’ve turned to the experts to explore the social media secrets that can help hot tub dealers move more of those big, bubbling gateways to relaxation...

  • The Secret Life of Hot Tub Covers

    by Eric Herman August 2018

    Although often taken for granted, hot tub covers are in many ways indispensable — so much so, in fact, that it’s rare to find an outdoor hot tub that doesn’t have one.

    Covers are essential for heat retention, cleanliness, safety, security and overall enjoyment. Because they are so integral to the operation and service life of hot tubs, taking proper care of covers is crucial.

    When properly maintained, covers can provide years of durable service. Yet for all of their...

  • Yes, This Hot Tub is Really Made Out of Ice

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    Wait a minute, wouldn’t the hot tub melt from the water?

    Well, frankly, yes. But the fact of the matter is, a couple of YouTubers made a hot tub entirely of ice — no plastic molding or steel wires holding it together, just the solid form of water. As you can imagine, it was not long-lived and it required a lot of effort to make. But it worked!

    To make the ice hot tub, Finnish couple Lauri and Anni Vuohensiltas filled a 500-liter barrel (approximately 132 gallons) with water...

  • A High-Scoring Approach To Generating Leads

    by Cailley Hammel July 2018

    Let's face it: Lead generation can be a slog. While passive strategies like word-of-mouth are quite effective, lead generation often takes work. It's passing out business cards, sending direct mail to homeowners in your area, canvassing the neighborhood and setting up shop at home shows.

    Then there's the other side of the coin: following up on leads. If you've had a particularly strong home show, for example, you might have dozens of leads to sift through. With limited time and...

  • When Wellness and Entertainment Combine

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    Sauna-goers In Northern and Central Europe are revitalizing the sauna experience with an exciting ritual that blends wellness and entertainment. Called Sauna Aufguss, sometimes shortened to just Aufguss (which is the German word for “infusion”), the practice is rapidly gaining momentum as a global phenomenon.

    An Aufguss ritual is led by an Aufgussmeister, who essentially serves as the emcee of the Aufguss experience. After pouring water over the sauna rocks to increase humidity, he...

  • Hot Tub Tax Relief

    by Scott Webb June 2018

    I’ve always believed that one day hot tubs will get full credit for the health benefits they provide and be seen as the medical devices they really are. The research is out there to back this up; it seems like more arrives every year. But more importantly, you can feel it — physically sense the healing effects of hot tub use. When people feel it, they get it.

    The foundation of this official recognition exists today. Hot tub health benefits are recognized by the IRS and some state...