• The Best Hot Tub Accessories For Summer!

    The Best Hot Tub Accessories For Summer!

    With spring cleaning thankfully a distant memory, and the days of summer upon us, thoughts of vacations and trip planning are likely top of mind. If you plan on doing any staycationing by enjoying your own backyard oasis, you need to plan accordingly as well! Hopefully replenishing your sunscreen stash is at the top of your list, but are fun accessories? These five fun accessories will have you welcoming summer in style, and will help entertain guests of all ages. Which hopefully means less scrambling for popsicles (or margaritas), on your part, to keep them happy.

     

    Add these accessories to your hot tub for guaranteed summer fun!

     

    Skimmer Tray Holder

    The skimmer tray holder is the perfect pairing for your party cups. With three cupholders, it’s a handy accessory for transitioning deck drinks to your hot tub. And of course, the closed cup option is your best bet when enjoying the skimmer tray, to avoid spilling even if waters are choppy.

    The TM2 Floating Remote Control

    No backyard gathering or party is complete without a soundtrack, and the Beachcomber floating remote allows you to adjust your music from the comfort of your hot tub bubbles. Designed for use with the QSS/QSS+/QSSX stereo systems in Beachcomber models from February 2004 to December 2010, the TM-2 Remote has stereo controls as well as buttons for adjusting the hot tub pumps and lighting, making it the ultimate accessory for convenience.

    Hot Tub Squirt Toys

    Inspired by Northwest Native art styles indigenous to Beachcomber’s British Columbia home, these phthalate free rubber squirt toys will be loved by kids and provide endless hours of hot tub entertainment. There are twelve creature characters to choose from, ranging from the seafaring salmon and halibut, to the industrious beaver. Or forget choosing, and collect all twelve for a crew of party guests that will never overstay their welcome.

    Re-usable Party Cups

    Party Cup Express will let you custom print on re-usable party cups of all shapes and colours. You can shop by theme as well, for any event that summer throws at you.

    And for maximum spill proof safety, consider enclosed tumblers, with straws. The Hawaiian coconut cups available on Amazon, would be perfectly suited to a luau themed backyard gathering, and ensure that no fruity beverage ends up in your hot tub water!

    Umbrella Hats

    They may be goofy, but you can’t argue the functional advantage of having your own personal source of perma-shade. The online Umbrella Hat store offers an array of colour options, ranging from the trendy camouflage pattern to the classic rainbow version, which is sure to delight kids.

  • Tips for New Hot Tub Buyers

    Tips for New Hot Tub Buyers

    A hot tub can be an amazing investment for you and your family, and offer incredible benefits in therapy, relaxation, and stress-relief right at home. That said, hot tubs are a big investment and your hot tub purchase needs to be researched and evaluated before you make a decision on the right model for you. That means digging deeper than just the upfront costs and flashy gimmicks (do you really need a TV that pops out of the side?), and looking at what really makes a hot tub, a quality choice.

    Ask yourself the following questions if you’re considering buying a hot tub:

    What is my budget & what do I really need to spend up-front?

    Hot tub pricing can vary from $4,000 up to well over $20,000 depending on the retailer. Different price points can reflect different features, jetting, and size. When you’re making your decision for which hot tub to buy, you should start with quality. You also need to consider how much your hot tub will cost to operate over time and the expected life and durability based on product reviews. These factors, combined with your initial purchase price, will give you a better estimate of the lifetime cost of this investment.

    Where is the hot tub going?

    As you comparatively shop, you’ll start to find that most hot tubs are square or rectangular (the 321 is the only model we offer in a circular shape) and have a footprint between 6 and 8 feet. Before you enter into a showroom or start looking at models online, measure out the space where you intend to place your tub. Keep in mind, you will need an added space of 1 to 2 feet around at least two-sides of the hot tub to allow for maintenance and accommodate accessories.

    How many seats do you need? 

    If you are planning on using your hot tub for yourself or you and your spouse, a smaller 2-4 person capacity will be perfect. If you are a family of 5 and are looking for something you and your kids can enjoy together socially, look for a spa that fits more. When you’re looking at hot tubs, remember that price doesn’t necessarily equal number of seats. We have large and small hot tubs across our 700, 500, and 300 Series, so your budget doesn’t mean you won’t be able to afford a larger tub. If you have children, finding a model with a cool-down seat is important as it allows smaller bodies to safely perch higher above the water.

    What is the primary way you’ll be using it?

    Are you looking for a place for friends? For you and your spouse? Or is it deep-tissue hydrotherapy you’re after? There’s plenty of models that offer all of these benefits, but when you’re looking at how to maximize your investment, it’s smart to weigh your expectations and prioritize which benefits are the most important to you.

    If you are looking for a place for entertaining large groups, go for size and seating. If you are looking for more advanced jetting and massage seating, then look at options that have more horsepower and ergonomic moulding. This will also help you determine whether features like a lounger seat or a built-in sound system are really something you will get use of.

    What’s it made of? 

    Most high-quality hot tubs are made with acrylic. Acrylic is a hard, durable plastic that is resistant to chemical and UV damage. When you look at hot tubs at a lower price point from unreliable manufacturers, you are likely seeing moulding that is made from rotary plastics. This is the same kind of material you will find in a kayak or a portable table. This is why it is so important to pay particular attention and educate yourself on the materials that are used. Ensure you find a durable, acrylic shell that is stain and scratch resistant, long-lasting cabinetry, and look for an intuitive control system that is accessible and easy-to-use at nighttime.

    What about on-going costs? 

    It should come as no surprise that hot tubs require electricity to heat and circulate water, and power the jets and lights. New hot tub owners should therefore expect a rise in their electricity bill following installation. So how much? That really depends on the type of hot tub you end up buying (many tubs list out their estimated energy usage online, so be sure to check up and compare), the temperature you set the water, and the frequency of use. Outside of the hot tub itself, fluctuations will also occur due to the climate you live in and the cost of electricity in your specific location.

     

    So what’s the best way to make the best decision for you? Do your research online about the questions above, find reviews from existing owners, and if you can, try before you buy! When you come into your local Beachcomber Store you can not only find all the answers you’re looking for, you can also try it for yourself with a wet test!

  • [Infographic] Where Beachcomber FlexJets Target Your Muscle Groups

    [Infographic] Where Beachcomber FlexJets Target Your Muscle Groups

    What makes the jetting inside a Beachcomber Hot Tub truly unique is the ability to personalize the massage therapy experience just for you!

    Not only can you and your fellow bathers choose from our line-up of FlexJet inserts, but you can you dial the intensity up and down for deep tissue and gentle results, depending on your mood. Changing a FlexJet is as simple as changing a lightbulb, and each one is configured with specific hydrotherapy results in mind. To find the massage you want and where the key muscle groups are located that have been targeted in each design, have a read through The Ultimate Hot Tub Massage Infographic below.

     

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    Have a look at more Beachcomber Jetting Features and some of the most sought after patterns available using our FlexJets.

  • How to Relieve a Headache

    How to Relieve a Headache

    While many look at hot tubs as a place to socialize with their friends and family, there are also innumerable health benefits that have been proven from incorporating a daily soak into your routine. Hydrotherapy has been shown to lower blood pressure, help cure the common cold, improve the condition of your skin, and help arthritis sufferers, among other health benefits.

     

    But can a hot tub really help relieve a headache?

    Let’s start with tension headaches.

    Tension headaches are caused by muscle contractions in the head and neck regions. Even the slightest pain can result in chronic headaches that can prevent you from successfully getting the most out of your day. Jumping in a hot tub with powerful water jets stimulating the muscles in the back and neck, allows for muscle relaxation and helps effectively eliminate the problem at the source.

    What about migraines? 

    There’s nothing worse than trying to get through your normal day-to-day with a unrelenting migraine. Some of the common causes for these more serious headaches include stress and not getting enough sleep and fluids. Keeping your fluid intake up is vital, as experts will tell you that the amount of water in your system is essential for combatting and avoiding migraines. For sleep and stress relief, a hot tub soak raises your body temperature and helps and increase blood flow, helping you sleep deeper and for longer periods. Soaking in warm water is also a natural release for endorphins in our body, which interact directly with the receptors in our brain and create a heightened sense of euphoria. This helps our body overcome perceptions of pain and stress, and has been shown to help reduce the adverse effects of migraines on sufferers.

    So next time you can’t think because of headache pain, make sure you are keeping up your fluid intake, and give hydrotherapy a try as a natural, effective remedy!

  • 5 of the World’s Greatest Healing Waters

    5 of the World’s Greatest Healing Waters

    Water really is everything. As we all know, without water we simply wouldn’t survive. Not only that, but staying properly hydrated each and every day is essential for increasing our energy, adding a glow to the skin, and even revving up the metabolism.

    Besides drinking adequate amounts, soaking our bodies in water can be hugely beneficial to our health – even more so than exercise.

    Not all water is created equal, however, and there’s a few spots around the world where people have flocked for centuries to experience the natural, healing effects. Get inspired by our list of some of the most famous healing waters across the globe and discover your very own fountain of youth, (it might be closer than you think!)

     

    Healing Waters Around the World (and at Home in Your Hot Tub)

     

    Bath UK

    Bath, United Kingdom

    The only spot in Britain where you can soak in natural mineral waters, the town was first frequented by the Romans and Celts over 2,000 years ago. Ancient sites meet modern amenities, with historic spa buildings blending in with the contemporary design of the modern city. It’s a true oasis just outside of the London sprawl. 

    The Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea, Israel & Jordan 

    This famed body of water is 33% salt and has 8X the amount of magnesium, calcium, and potassium compared to regular sea water. At 400M below sea level, the Dead Sea is famous for being the lowest point on Earth. It is also famous for its amazing healing waters – so chock full of minerals that nothing can live in it.

    Budapest Spa

    Budapest, Hungary

    Soaking in the baths is a way of life in Budapest, sometimes referred as the “City of Spas”, thanks to the healing waters found throughout, including the Szechenyi, the largest outdoor thermal bath in all of Europe. The massive pools rich in fluoride and metabolic acid are all over and it’s said that the city’s well water can treat ulcer and gallbladder issues and calcium deficiency.

    Natural Spa

    Arima Onsen, Japan

    Located just north of Kobe, this hot spring has been attracting wellness-seekers since 631 and is the oldest spa destination in Japan. Scientists have studied the health benefits of nine substances found in the springs, including sulfur, carbon dioxide, hydrogen carbonate, chloride, sulfate and iron. A trip to the Onsen is a part of Japanese culture, and locals head to the natural hot springs water for relaxing and relief from muscle pain, hypertension and other ailments.

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    Your Backyard, Anywhere, Anytime.

    Can’t decide on where to head next and want to experience the best in hydrotherapy without ever having to leave home? The heat, buoyancy, and massage of a Beachcomber Hot Tub creates tremendous benefits for your health, including promoting the flow of endorphins, helping you fall asleep faster, improving your circulation, decreasing joint and muscle pain, decreasing stress, and amplifying natural healing processes within your body. Unlike a vacation the only lasts for a short time, creating a backyard oasis featuring a hot tub can create enjoyment for the whole family for years and years.

  • What’s the typical life span of a hot tub or spa?

    What’s the typical life span of a hot tub or spa?

    As you start thinking about investing into a hot tub, one of the big questions that comes up is “how long will it really last?” There’s no one answer here, and the outcome is really dependent on first, the hot tub you buy, and second, the way you take care of it.

    Based on the results of independent studies carried out to determine energy usage, environmental impact, and the life of hot tubs and spas, the average life expectancy of a hot tub was found to be only 5 – 8 years in most cases. When the results only included a list of more reputable manufacturers, the rate went up to 10 to 15 years.

     

    How Long Can Your Hot Tub Last?

    The Importance of Quality in Construction

    So why so much disparity? It comes down to the quality in the construction of the hot tub you buy. If you buy an inexpensive, budget hot tub from a retailer without a strong brand reputation, you can most likely expect cheap construction and poor insulation. By cutting corners in production costs, manufacturers are able to offer these models at far lower price points. However, don’t be fooled by a low upfront cost. Not only will they offer you a much shorter lifespan, they will also be way more costly to operate and maintain due to the low-quality of the parts.

    Think Long-Term When Investing

    Just think about it this way: if a hot tub potentially costs $5,000 and only lasts five years, that would be like spending $1,000 on that hot tub per year. If you purchase a hot tub that costs $7,500 and lasts twenty years, your usage cost would really be only $375. Even without factoring in the added operational costs of a cheaper construction, you’re still getting far less bang for your buck when you choose a budget-model and bargain retailer.

    This return on investment, and more importantly, years of added enjoyment for you and your family, is one of the many reasons why we believe that purchasing high-quality hot tubs, like a Beachcomber Hot Tub, will help you save money in the long run and give you a product that lasts.

    Many of our owners have had their Beachcombers for over 25 years, and continue enjoying regular usage from their hot tubs! 

    Our products are 100% hand-crafted, from start to finish, in our Surrey, BC factory. Just take a look at what goes into the construction of every tub – no matter the price point or model – that Beachcomber produces.

  • Just How Much Media Are We Consuming?

    Just How Much Media Are We Consuming?

    It should come as no surprise that our daily technology consumption is on the rise. But just how drastic is the spike?

    According to CNN, teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms, with 60% of this happening on their mobile devices. And it’s not just teens who are in need of a severe digital detox, with U.S. adults spending 10 hours and 40 minutes on average consuming media.

    Currently, total time spent on social media beats time spent eating and drinking, socializing, and grooming.

    As parents, there’s never been a more important time than today to find ways to spend time with your children, away from the screens.

     

    Here are a few ways to keep the family connected:

     

    Get Outside & Go Airplane Mode.

    While the living room and kitchen might be the places families find themselves gathering most often, these settings are also full of distractions. Watching television together while surfing the internet on your phones might not be the best quality time spent. Instead, try to plan regular outdoor adventures that require everyone to not only get together, but get off their phones and find fun in nature. Simply getting fresh air outside has been shown to have big positive effects on our health and well-being, so don’t let a colder, wet climate stop you from getting back to the great outdoors. Take turns planning out what activity to try next.

     

    Eat At The Table, Not On The Couch

    In a survey, US teens were asked when they were most likely to talk with their parents: dinner was their top answer. Stacks of studies link regular family dinners with lowering high risk teenage behaviours parents often fear, such as experimenting with drugs and alcohol. This has also been shown to improve overall parent-child relationships and reduce the stress your kids might be feeling.

     

    Create A Daily Family Ritual That’s Rewarding For Everyone 

    So how we can put the screen down, and keep the conversation going with the people right in front of us? Hot tubs are a fantastic place where family and friends of any age can find enjoyment and bonding. Just 10 to 15 minutes together in your Beachcomber Hot Tub every night can provide relaxation, stress relief, and a special place to connect and really discuss what’s important to the people you love the most. Enjoying time together in a hot tub is a low-stress activity that requires minimal planning for everyone.

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