American Spas and Hot Tubs Reviews

In short, American Spas hot tubs is parent manufacturer Cal Spas (LMS, Inc) answer to big box retailers wanting an entry to mid level hot tub for everyday consumers.  As of writing this article there are 15 models of various sizes and shapes ranging in price from $3500-$7000 and are available through big box retailers such as Home Depot, Walmart, Wayfair, Amazon, Lowe’s, and Overstock.com.  It’s important to note that these models are available only online even through retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowe’s who have physical stores because they are large items that are difficult to stock.

American Spas (Cal Spas) is not alone in their quest to capture business from these mass merchants. Many of the hot tub industry’s premium manufacturers are dipping their toes in the online and big box arena by creating specialty lines of hot tubs for the budget minded hot tub buyer.  Cal Spas is only one of many.  For example, Strong Spas of Pennsylvania builds a brand exclusively for the Costco called Evolution Spas and Watkins Manufacturing who owns premium brands like Hotspring Spas and Caldera Spas builds the AquaTerra Spas lineup for Costco too. In the past, we saw manufactures outside the hot tub industry try to take a bite out of big box retail such as Image Spas, Proform Spas, and Weslo Spas built by Icon Fitness.  Icon Fitness had a run for several years selling thousands of spas through Costco, Home Depot, and others and failed miserably due to customer returns, poor customer service, and inferior quality.  Maybe it was because Icon Fitness had little experience in the hot tub industry and didn’t quite grasp all of the nuances of the hot tub supply chain,  hot tub ownership, and warranty/customer service without a proper dealer network in place to handle it.  For now it seems the new crop of manufacturers supplying these big retailers have a handle on things and are managing to avoid the pitfalls of the past.

A few things remain that are important to consider when buying an American Spa hot tub or any of the aforementioned big box brands versus buying from an independent, local hot tub dealer;

  1. The brand is sold online so you aren’t able to look at the spa in person to have the peace of mind knowing that the fit, quality, and performance are what you would expect.
  2. It can be a hassle is you don’t like the hot tub for any reason because you will be responsible for returning it to the retailer or shipping it back if purchased online (in most cases at your expense)
  3. Limited shell, cabinet, and cover color selections available. Usually one shell color option and one or two cabinet options.
  4. Shorter warranty and no local dealer support.
  5. Limited Features and no customization options.
  6. Delivery is usually curbside which means you’ll have to get it to the backyard on your own.

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Here’s a list of the American Spas models currently available through the aforementioned online retailers;

  • American Spas AM418BW –  Perfect for small spaces and can run on 110v electrical (plug and play)
    • 48″ x 86″ x 33″
    • 2 Person
    • 18 Jets
    • 110v or 220v electrical connection
    • 200 Gallons (580 lbs dry weight / 2146 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas AM420BW – Perfect for small spaces, has lots of jets, and larger pump for higher performance
    • 48″ x 86″ x 33″
    • 2 Person
    • 20 Jets
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 200 Gallons (580 lbs dry weight / 2146 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas AM511RS – Very basic round hot tub for 3-5 people and can run on 110v electrical (plug and play)
    • 78″ x 36″
    • 3-5 Person
    • 11 Jets
    • 110v or 220v electrical connection
    • 300 Gallons (350 lbs dry weigh / 2855 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spa 628TS – Nicely equipped, small spa for 2-3 people.  Great for corner applications and can run on 110v electrical (plug and play)
    • 72″ x 72″ x 36″
    • 2-3 Person
    • 28 Jets
    • 110v or 220v electrical connection
    • 130 Gallons (600 lbs dry / 1685 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 630LS – Basic single pump hot tub with lounger.
    • 78″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 5 Person
    • 30 Jets
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 337  Gallons (600 lbs dry / 3407 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 730LS – Basic, seven foot hot tub with a single pump and lounger.
    • 84″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 30 Jets
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 730BS – Basic, seven foot hot tub with a single pump and all bucket seats great for entertaining.
    • 84″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 30 Jets
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 534LS – Nicely equipped, 2-3 person hot tub that is perfect for small spaces and features one lounger.  Offers great hydrotherapy with a larger jet pump and 34 jets.
    • 64″ x 84″ x 35″
    • 3 Person
    • 34 Jets
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 226 Gallons (535 lbs dry / 2423 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 637LS – Basic, single lounger hot tub that has a narrow dimension of 74″ great for space limitations.
    • 84″ x 74″ x 35″
    • 4-5 Person
    • 37 Jets
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 340 Gallons (740 lbs dry / 3577 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 756LS – Nice dual pump, seven foot hot tub with lots of jets and power (features one lounger).
    • 84″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 56 Jets (2 x 5 hp motors)
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 756BS – Nice dual pump, seven foot hot tub with lots of jets and power. All open, bucket seating which is great for entertaining.
    • 84″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 56 Jets (2 x 5hp motors)
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 740BSi “Freedom” – Well equipped, dual pump, seven foot hot tub with open seats for maximum occupancy
    • 84″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 40 Jets (2 x 5 hp motors)
    • 220v electrical connection
      425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 740LSi “Glory” – Dual pump, seven foot hot tub with lounger.
    • 84″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 40 Jets (2 x 5 hp motors)
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 745LW “Aqua” – Well equipped, dual pump, seven foot hot tub with open seats for maximum occupancy
    • 84″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 45 Jets (2 motors)
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)
  • American Spas 885LG  – Well equipped, dual pump, seven foot hot tub with open seats for maximum occupancy
    • 93″ x 84″ x 36″
    • 6 Person
    • 85 Jets (2 x 5hp motors)
    • 220v electrical connection
    • 425 Gallons (800 lbs dry / 4340 lbs filled weight)

 

For more information you can visit our brands pages, buyers guides, or simply fill out our “Free Local Hot Tub Quotes” form to get competitive prices on hot tubs in your local area.

 

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