• How To Choose the Right Manufacturers

    by Mario Rossetti December 2018

    I am too often asked for my opinion on which manufacturer a business should choose. I say “too often” because it’s always difficult for me to frame an answer to this question. Unless I’m consulting for a company, I am hesitant to offer specific names because I know it would make someone upset.

    I do however feel strongly that choosing a manufacturer deserves serious contemplation; and probably for reasons that may not seem obviously apparent.

    If you make the right choice, you...

  • Pentair Wins Best New Product at 2018 PSP Expo

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Pentair’s latest automation innovation, the IntelliConnect Control and Monitoring System, was named Best New Product at the 2018 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. Pentair received the award for the second year in a row, having won Best New Product for its energy-efficient UltraTemp ETi...

  • Service Sidekicks

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Essential for both technicians and homeowners alike, the automatic pool cleaner is a trusty service sidekick, helping service technicians multitask and saving pool owners from extra work. Patrolling the pool floors and climbing walls, no debris big or small is safe within a cleaner's path. Quick and efficient, they are an invaluable industry tool and, for the entrepreneurial technician, a bestseller.

    As technology evolves, APCs continue to gain new and exciting features that make...

  • LEDs: The New Direction of Pool Lighting

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    LED lights have taken the pool industry in bold new directions — and have done so in increasingly rapid fashion in only the past few years. In terms of sales, the new compact-LED fixtures have reportedly overtaken traditional incandescent lights, which are increasingly relegated to replacement sales.

    According to James Carter, lighting product manager for Hayward Industries, "From an LED perspective, the rate of adoption is extremely high because the entire lighting industry has...

  • Consider the Skimmer

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    They are among the most common components on all types of pools, spas, fountains and other man-made bodies of water. The humble skimmer is truly ever present — so much so, in fact, that it predates pumps and filters. Back in the early 1900s when the modern pool industry was still in its infancy, there were no recirculation systems; water generally entered the pool at or near the bottom and exited through "scum gutters" that were essentially massive skimmers.

    In terms of what...

  • Sneak Peek: 2018 PSP Expo Products

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    The 2018 PSP Expo is predicted to draw more than 10,500 buyers from all regions of the U.S. and around the world. You don't have to wait for Vegas, however, to see the new and best-selling products hitting the show floor. Here's a look at what you can expect this year.



  • OxiClean Introduces Pool and Spa Chemical Line

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    OxiClean, one of the most highly-recognized names in household cleaners, is making its debut in the pool and spa industry. Developed in partnership with NC Brands, the new line currently includes four pool products and two spa products, with plans to expand with additional offerings in the future.

    While OxiClean laundry and household products are widely available at large brick-and-mortar retailers and online, the pool and spa line will be distributed by POOLCORP and is intended for...

  • October 2018 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    What's new this month? From TUUCI's Infrared Heater to Zodiac's MX6 Elite automatic pool cleaner, October proves to be big month for new spa and pool products.



    Zodiac Pool Systems

  • This Pool Float Got a Serious Upgrade

    by Kathryn Howard September 2018

    While pool floats epitomize fun, their currently popularity has created somewhat of an arms race among manufacturers. Who can create the biggest pool float? The most Instagram-worthy pool float? The wackiest, high-concept float?

    Sound Float, from Spika International, is targeting another...

  • The Humble Slide, Amplified

    by Eric Herman September 2018

    For some products, form and function can be difficult to marry, and for years, waterslides have largely fallen into that category. While slides add big fun to many an aquatic environment, they also typically rank among the more visually awkward features.

    Enter Splinter Works, a British manufacturer that has introduced a line of waterslides that completely reinvents the concept. The company was formed in 2009 as a collaboration between design pioneers Miles Hartwell and Matt...