I don't live in Calgary so I gain nothing by this.
Jacuzzi is excellent value. It is definitly more money then Artic, Beachcomber and other Canadian - made models, but you get so much more. I dont mean just features as well, I mean the quality of build and the awesome support from not just the dealer (wich I have heard is getting rave reviews, we have the same rep) but by Jacuzzi as well. Example: Jacuzzi is the parent company of Sundance Spas, back in the mid 90's there was a dealer in our area that was the typical used car high pressure sales guys. The second they got their money the service was gone. Needles to say they went out of business. They actually started to manufacturer spas - no I won't tell you which ones.
Anyways, I get a phone call from one of there old clients. There spa is out of warranty and leaks very bad. The entire spa industry had a bad "batch" of glue in part of 1995. Problem is the leaks didnt start till after warrantys ran out. What Sundance (AKA Jacuzzi) did was started offering people prices way below dealer cost for new spas. Prices that were below even what a dealer would pay for a personal tub (wich we are only allowed 1 a year).
They do everything to take care of the customer.
I used to sell Beachcomber. some facts about them. This year the entire line up changes. EVERYTHING about the spa is different. You can take that as a good or bad I guess. Also, they use a outside company for warranty. If you have a good dealer then this shouldnt bother the consumer much. If you have a lazy dealer that deleys processing warranties then comes back at you saying it was denied - then worry. Currenty we are covering all warranty costs for all of our beachcombers that are still covered. The pain with dealing with the outside company is not worth it, unless it is a big bill.
As for Artic, my mother said I should say nothing at all
And as for all spas: Probably the only thing made in Canada is the cover. all the controls and parts would be shipped in from over seas, or the US. It's just the way it is. Almost every thing that says it is MADE IN CANADA, is simply assembled in Canada.
My best advice would be to test soak as many spas as you can. but pay attention to how well the dealer knows his/her own spa and not the competition. I find thats a good way to tell if your dealing with someone genuine or someone that is constantly bashing the competitor to make theres look good.
Sorry I rambled and now I'm late for work.
is our website and I have a forum setup if you have more questions. Ther is no one on it yet... but it is set up. lol