Hard-Sided Portable Hot Tubs by American Spas
American Spas is an extension of Cal-Spa, the well-reputed Californian Spa Company of Pomona, no doubt aimed at the broader U.S. market.
Because of this arrangement, your spa is made to order at the same premises – meaning up to a month or two delay is possible before delivery.
Each product is acrylic based with fiberglass reinforcing sprayed on as can be seen in this video, meaning each spa is individually designed to last.
Got to admit, CalSpa products are a bit pricey, but then, they are very well made and should last for years with no trouble at all, and the best of it is you get the same CalSpa hot tub without all the ‘Trade Name’ extra costing and marketing as American Spas simply use Amazon as their retail outlet.
There’s a lot to check out here, 20+ once we’ve found them all, so best find your reading glasses and get yourself a coffee, so we’ll start off with the least expensive first as usual…
American Spas Hot Tub AM-730-BM 6-Person 30-Jet Bench
with Free Cover
At 84 x 84 x 35 inches, this wood-effect, 929lb, 240volt hot tub is a great family hot tub using bench seating capable of holding six people with ease.
The pump and heating system are well tried and tested for reliability as this one, as all American Spas Hot Tubs, use a 5.5 Kw Whisper Hot Titanium Heater producing very little noise, but excellent long term power with no concerns about chemical damage should overdosing the acidity or alkalinity levels occur.
Because of the power rating, you’ll need to have an independent power source installed prior to delivery and it is delivered kerbside, so you’ll need several hands to get it in place owing to the weight.
Included, also, is a Hydroclear Ozonator to provide great bacteria-killing ozone while at the same time reduces considerably the needed chemical checks and water changes.
Quick Links to suppliers and their varieties shown on this site…
U.S. Hard Sided Portable Hot Tubs
Birch Bay Hot Tubs 2 options shown
Essential Hard-Sided Portable Hot Tubs 8 in total shown
Home and Garden Spas
Hudson Bay Spas
LifeSmart Hard-Sided Portable Hot Tubs 7 in total shown
Canadian Hard-Sided Portable Hot Tubs
American Spas Hot Tub AM-511RS 5-Person 11-Jet Round with Free Cover
This 78 x 78 x 36 inch round hot tub weighs in at 682lbs, so needs strong hands to roll it into place. It is very highly recommended, although there are only a few comments so far.
It is mentioned it is a ‘Plug and Play’ model, although with a 5.5kw heater and pump demand there needs to be a decent power supply to feed it, on the other hand, customers have said they simply plugged it in and ‘played’, just like it says on the box.
However, it is a bit vague as to whether you need a 110 or 240 volt supply. I would be more inclined to think it is the 240.
You may need extra hardware for an electrical hook-up, but that depends on what you’ve already got, plus you will definitely need a step.
Other spa surround ideas as well as a step can be found here.
On top of all this, you get a reliable pre-installed Hydro clear Ozonator that purifies your water using Active ozone bubbles from a corona discharge cell, keeping your water clear, sanitized, and clean – eliminating much of the routine maintenance.
Owing to that option, it’s Amazon feedback is pretty reasonable, but not perfect and that could be down to individual companies offering this model just for a quick buck.
Fundamentally, it is a CalSpa product so should be sound as some of the comments say and it comes with all the bells and whistles on, like all CalSpa products.
The dimensions are 84 x 74 x 35 inches – and NOT, as Amazon says, 84 x 84 x 35, as can be seen in the questions asked on Amazon’s sales page. Makes you wonder who to believe, doesn’t it? But most American Spas are built to the 84 x 84 size.
The pump is 240-volt with two speeds for more economy when the hot tub is not in use, making it ideal for wintertime, and variable lighting controlled with an easy to use control panel, much like all CalSpa products have.