As previously noted, I recently realized that we write blogs about many hot tub topics - how much they cost, how to maintain your hot tub, the benefits of owning a hot tub, but we haven't spent very much time looking at each particular model in depth, and the benefits of each one. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible to you, so that you can research, shop, analyze, etc at your convenience.
Some prefer to come and see all the hot tubs in person and that's great. For others, making a trip to the store, might not be ideal - hopefully, we can walk you through each model in an effort to help you narrow down your choices, and potentially save you a trip to the store if you prefer!
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We are going to continue our in depth look with what I would refer to as the 'older sister' to the Vanto - the Caldera Salina. This hot tub is in Caldera's Paradise Series, which is their mid level hot tub series. The Salina is also an open seating concept, meaning it has no loungers. This allows for more seating options and is very conducive to chatting and social interaction. If you look at the Salina compared to the Vanto, it is virtually the same hot tub shell - it offers more jets, increased variety of jets, and updated features throughout, allowing for a more customized massage and overall hot tub experience.
The Salina has seats for 7 adults and includes a 'cool off' seat. This is a seat that keeps your upper body out of the water and allows for you to regulate your body temperature if you get a bit too warm. Each seat has it's own focused circuit therapy layout - to ensure a full body massage if you spend time in each seat. Or, just focus on the areas that need a bit of TLC that day.
With the Salina hot tub, you will find 4 different types of jets and 2 seats in the hot tub focused on specific large muscle groups. The EcstaSeat focuses on the large muscles in your upper back and calves, while the LumbarSsage Seat focuses on the lower back and lumbar region.
One of the features I love about Caldera hot tubs is the design of their footwells - they design them to not only massage your feet, but to also help you stay in your seat while the jets are on. The Salina sports a nice big footwell with some fantastic foot massaging jets, including the Euphoria Jet.
This hot tub comes with 2 pumps to allow for maximum customization of water pressure to the jets. These pumps are a bit larger than the pumps on the Vanto, allowing for a bit more water pressure if desired. The Salina also comes equipped with a dedicated recirculation pump, which allows the ozone to run 24/7 and keeps the water circulating and therefore, filtering non-stop. This allows for easier water maintenance overall.
The Salina, like all Caldera hot tubs, has the Frog In-Line system built in to the acrylic shell, allowing for quick and easy maintenance of your water sanitizer - and we will install ozone standard on this hot tub.
You will also find LED lights and a waterfall on this hot tub. Doesn't seem like a huge deal, but these two things can increase the ambiance in your space with the touch of a button!
On the more functional side, the Salina is fully insulated with Caldera's FiberCor insulation, and has an EcoTech cabinet for easy maintenance and superb durability.
Caldera has a fantastic in depth page on the Salina that shows the types of jets in action and where they are placed. This page also allows you to play around with color combos for your hot tub cabinet and shell to find the perfect colors for you.
Shopping around and not sure how the Salina stacks up to other hot tubs you have looked at? Here is a link to an in depth comparison of the Caldera Paradise Series to an equivalent Bullfrog Series. While this doesn't compare the Paradise Series to all the competitors out there, it highlights the areas where you will find the main differences between the brands, and then you can determine which differences are most important for your purchase.
The Salina is a fantastic hot tub for hosting friends, or just getting together at the end of a busy day to touch base with your family and enjoy each other's company without all the distractions of technology. The open seating is great for conversation, and with targeted jets in each seat, you are sure to find your favorite spot!
Interested in shopping for a new hot tub from the comfort of your own living room? Let us know and we will be happy to come to you with a free in home consult where we can walk through all of your questions and help you find the best hot tub for you and your family.