Compiled by Jason Cramp
Similar to the swimming pool industry, which was down slightly in 2013, the hot tub market also saw a minor dip in hot tub product last year.
According to Chris Robinson, sheet business manager for Lucite International, an acrylic-sheet manufacturer in Cordova, Tenn., the total number of hot tub units manufactured in 2013 was approximately 25,000, representing a 3.8 per cent decrease compared to 2012. In fact, between 2010 and 2012, hot tub manufacturing has remained relatively flat, hovering around 26,000 units per year. He also says the exchange rate has favoured Canadian company’s selling into the U.S., whereby imports have been growing; however, this is reversing now.
Don Elkington, president and CEO of Coast Spas, a manufacturer of prefabricated portable hot tubs and swim spas in Langley, B.C., says the company’s dealers showed increases in hot tub sales overall.
“Our average sale to our dealers and, therefore, to the end-consumer was at a much higher price tag,” he says. “The consumer is finally starting to understand the value of a proper hot tub and the benefits of buying from a respected manufacturer. So it is not just about a cheap hot tub and a low price it would seem. Customer service and aftermarket service are important.”
Doug Gillespie, director of marketing for Hydropool Hot Tubs, a manufacturer of prefabricated portable hot tubs and swim spas in Mississauga, Ont., also says his company had a good year.
“Hot tub sales were up 20 per cent; however, despite the fact more units were sold, the shift in the average price went down. That being said, the swim spa market grew significantly. More people are starting to understand what the product is and are installing them above-ground, which eliminate any complications.”
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