Artesian – Brand Review

Artesian – Brand Review

I like Artesian in general, they build good spas the way they should be built. I’ve had a behind the scenes look at these guys, I was allowed to visit and check out their main factory and I liked what I saw. Great self supporting shells, a quality part lists and the plumbing is clamped and set up to last without leaks.

It is always a good sign when a company is open about how it does things, they are a small factory but are doing all the right things and using the same build quality on all the lines. So I am comfortable with keeping them on the A-list.

Their high end is still built great but the performance at the upper end isn’t quite up to par with some others like the Twilight Series by Master. It all comes down to what you are looking for though.

As they are smaller and the factory doesn’t deal with customers directly it is also important to check that you have good on the ground service options near you.

 

 

 

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Alejandra Guzman
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Alejandra Guzman

Hi there. We went to an Artisian Expo and liked the 12 footer swimming spa. But we know Nothing! on how to buy one. Would like to exercise and socialize; but would sacrifice the social part of it. If needed would take one spa that is only good for RA. Any thoughts? We live in Tucson, AZ πŸ™

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Hi If we were talking hot tubs I would say sure, Artesian makes great hot tubs and they build good quality swim spas, but where performance and especially depth really make a massive difference in a swim spa there is simply no one in the residential market that can tough the H2X right now. The build is top of the line and the flow rates are easily 40% higher and the depth is a massive difference, the Tidal fit you are up to your stomach in water you are up to your chest in the H2x… go see these guys,… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Chris,
Does your review apply to all Artesian lines. I’m looking at the SouthSeas 834B. Is Artesians build quality and components still good on thier β€œvalue” line?
Thanks,
Scott

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Yep, they build solid spas bottom to top. really just performance changes

Pete
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Pete

Chris, What is your opinion on Four Winds?
They use the good components you talk about Waterways jets, Balboa controls.
Thanks,
Pete

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Hi Pete we had a pile of them in the local market and they were okish except the shells, we had 12 shell failures, they were using a spray on rigidizer and they just had a lot of issues, they also used to put a particle board base under it and then a 1×1 frame, we saw a lot of them sagging and really starting to fall apart. Now in all fairness, it was a few years ago and I have not seen one recently but I would not expect there is any great change, it was always a middle… Read more »

Martin
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Martin

Hello Hot tub U appreacite the education. I am considering an artesian island spa, either the Antigua 84x84x36 or the Grand Bahama 91x91x36. First question is does the size increase really matter to performance? 7inches more makes it a 8 foot tub, is this recommended?
Last questions is options. Which options are worth it in your opinion ? I’m looking at function not glitz..

Thanks

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Hi Martin Sorry for the late response I was away for the week πŸ™‚ I typically don’t buy any add on options, certainly not any of the chemical reduction upgrades, the aftermarket stuff like the Spa Marvel Enzyme or Aquafinesse is, in my opinion, offers the the lowest chemical levels, easiest to manage water as well as longest lasting and least expensive… and you can order the spa marvel direct from my site now at the guaranteed lowest price. https://www.hottubuniversity.com/spa-marvel-us/ As for size, the biggest thing is the footwell size increases, which is key if you are tall or want… Read more »

Shane
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Shane

Chris,

I am a newbie when it comes to spas. My wife and I are in the market to purchase our first spa. We have have all three of your top brands (Masters, Artesian, and Marquis) very close to us in Greenville, SC. I like the Masters TS 7.2 but would like to know what models from the other two brands are comparable. There are so many lines of spas from each brand it’s hard to establish a starting point. We are looking for a 5-6 person spa with one lounge! Thanks for the continued help and your videos.

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Hi Shane Why I like and use a twilight is the jetting, loads of high flow jets and diverters to steal all the water for my chair only πŸ™‚ I specifically love the 3.5″ neck jets, they move enough water to really do good neck massage especially if they are just out of the water, they splash a lot but I don’t care, they really loosen up my neck. I then love the big 10″ floor jets, I sit down there for my lower back, glutes, calves, thighs, feet. From a build standpoint, they all are good spas, the artesian… Read more »

Derrick Mohs
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Derrick Mohs

Hello, we are thinking about purchasing a Artesian Platinum Elite Dove Canyon from Colorado Custom Spa in Denver. It’s a top end spa and we will expect it to perform as such. We weren’t able to wet test this model as they dont have one on display. We did wet test the Island elite and liked it. What is your opinion on this tub? Is $15,500 a good price?

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Man, that is a lot of money for a tub that really only has 7 of the expensive hi flow therapy massage jets. even the foot jets are only the 5″ ones I really prefer the big high flow 10″ jets like they have on their island elite spas or the twilights or LSX spas, these 5″ jets just don’t flow enough water for feet, glutes, thighs and lower back, I like to get down into the footwell and uses those monsters for massage… And again the neck jet system is pants, don’t get me wrong I love the build… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Hello and thanks for your site and help. There is dealer here in spokane that sells signature spas with balboa control,jets and polar pack insulation all for around 5000 for 6 person tub. Any help would be so much help and also what do you think of prianos artesian dealer in cda id.

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Man I dont know the dealer. They have never reached out. And when yer hitting half the buyers in a market they should all be reaching out but just because they are not net savy doesnt mean they are a bad dealer πŸ™‚

Like the brands its goo build and mid to upper end performance

Richard W. Amberger
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Richard W. Amberger

Hey Chris, Like many other people this whole hot tub world has been a challenge trying not to make a bad decision. I’m in Indianapolis and Family Leisure is offer us the Artesian Spas (Island Spas) Isla Margarita 71 with an extended warranty for in the range pf $9600. Good or bad idea? I’ve got another dealer offering the Signature Spa S10000 for $8500, but research revealed many bad reviews. The S10000 information mentioned the Balboa jets and full foam installation. But again, many bad review about the company. I have not idea what the hardware, etc. is on the… Read more »

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The Artesian is a much better spa the price is ok not crazy good but relatively good.

Richard W. Amberger
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Richard W. Amberger

I took a look at the Master Spas and saw one the same size (LSX 900). I id look at various reviews to include BBB and of course there were good and bad reviews, which sort of concerns me. Many reviews focused around quality and poor service. I’m going tonight to look at it at the Indiana State Fair.

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Yeah master gets a bad rap from the expos. Some legit form bad support and some unwarranted from competitors. πŸ™‚

Good build, good parts, good insulation. It’s a good place to start.

The real key is on the ground support. Even if the dealer sucks master has a pretty robust back end customer service in some areas with good on the ground service it’s fine, even of the seller fucks up the factory can help.

Dude yet in Indiana! That’s masters home state.. forget it yer fine. They will take care of you or master will cut thier nuts off lmfao

Richard W. Amberger
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Richard W. Amberger

Thanks for the information. I did check out Master Spas (LSX900) online and I’m going to Indiana State Fair tonight to look at them, but I was concerned about the bad reviews related to quality and customer service that read on BBB and their own website. Anything you can add to lessen my concerns?

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Some.of the expo guys have a bad rep. In some areas if there is not good local support it can be risky.

Build quality they are great but local support is area specific. I dont have a lot of independants there but the factory is one of the largest employers in the area so I imagine you would be ok there

Trevor Wilkshire
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Trevor Wilkshire

Hello Chris, I am currently looking at purchasing the Tidalfit Pro EP 15 swim spa by Artesian. Can you advise if it is a good product. I am comparing to the H2X Trainer 15 Deep. With so much confusing information online, I would greatly appreciate your advice. Thank you in advance.

MDR
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MDR

Currently looking at the 965L South Seas Spa from a local dealer who has been in the business for over 20 years. The warranty is only 3 years and that concerned me. Also looked at a Jacuzzi J375 and of course Costco Evolution Spas Oxford not sure if Costco spas are getting better than your initial review.

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No mass merchants are what they are, the product is too complex for them they screw it up again and again…

South Seas is artesian, 3 years is standard, anyone offering you more than that has just built the extended warranty into the price, the guarantee is almost always more an indication of you paying for it than any quality issues Im pretty sure the south seas would sell you additional years for $200-$300 a year if you wanted it.

John Choriatis
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John Choriatis

HI Chris. I am so glad I found your site – too bad I didn’t find it earlier because i’ve spent hours upon hours trying to educate myself and sort out all of the BS i’ve been feed by various retailers. My question is about Artesian Spas sub-brand, Tropic Seas. My budget doesn’t allow for the cost of a Master Spa 7.2 (~ $9500), but the TS-Maui is more affordable at ~$7k. My comparisons seem to indicate similar qualities such as clamped connections, PVC base, full Icynene insulation, etc. What do you see as any weaknesses or areas of concern… Read more »

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Hey John

When I toured the factory this winter my big concern was they were building the entry level lines to a lower spec. they seem to have a good build quality right across the board.

I would have a look at the Clarity or getaway lines from these guys it will compare nicely.

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