Most of us are attracted to the idea of a saltwater hot tub for two reasons: first, because we don’t want the hassle of balancing and maintaining water chemistry, and second, because we want to eliminate harmful chemicals in the spa that can cause things like dry skin and rashes especially for those of us with sensitive skin and respiratory systems.
The Truth About Saltwater Hot Tubs
The newest and best version of saltwater hot tubs on the market includes the freshwater salt system from Hot Spring spas. This new salt system sounds good once you get everything perfect, but you are by no means eliminating chlorine from the hot tub. The instruction video tells you to bring the chlorine level up to 5PPM (which is a very high level). It also gives you a long list of things you will need to do to the water in preparation for adding the salt, and then explains: “this may take several days."
In addition, the freshwater salt system also requires replacement of the generator cell every 4 months. The generator cell is a part you can only purchase from a dealer.
Many people also enjoy the soft or silky feel of the water in a saltwater spa. However, this is not achieved with the salt system itself. Instead, it comes from using a hose pre-filter when filling your spa, and also reducing the calcium hardness level to 50 ppm. This can be done in any hot tub to get that soft water feeling.
Why Enzyme is Better
For those of us who want a truly chemical-free spa experience the best option is a good enzyme system. I have found that the Spa Marvel products deliver on the things we want, like super easy set-up and virtually no maintenance, as well as eliminating the harsh chemicals that irritate skin and make it hard to breathe.
Another nice feature is that you don’t need any expensive equipment add-ons because enzymes work in any hot tub or spa. I’ve experimented with enzymes in the past and I wasn’t impressed with the results but now I understand why: Most enzyme products are made by the chemical companies, and it’s just another bottle of stuff for them to sell you. Their enzymes don’t work well on their own so you need to add other things like chlorine or bromine, so why bother to use it?
Spa Marvel isn’t made by a chemical company, it’s made by an enzyme company, and that’s all they do. They are the best in the business and that’s why I use it in my own personal hot tub.
How to Use Enzymes in Your Hot Tub
It’s actually a very simple process. Here's an overview:
- Pave the way for enzyme success by using the cleaner. This removes the chemical and grime deposits in the plumbing and produces a clean environment for the enzymes to work.
- Drain the old water with the cleaner in it, then fill your tub using the X-10 pre-filter. This ensures your water is as pure as drinking water and ready for the enzyme product.
- After balancing the pH, alkalinity, and calcium levels, add the enzymes and you’re done.
Tip: Clean your filters at least once a month and add more enzyme every 3 months. You will have clean, clear, soft water for up to a year between changes. Super easy!
The Spa Marvel company also has a great solutions department that is there to provide help and answer any questions you might have. This is my absolute favorite product for clean spa water. I always recommend you do your own research but I think you’ll arrive at the same conclusion.
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