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21 Aug 2020 6:37 PM by acer Star rating. 1456 posts Send private message

I've never been too sure of these things - always seems a bit decadent.  Someone I know bought one and used it non-stop for a week, then got bored with it and hardly used it since. 
But with the cooler weather on the horizon I'm thinking again.

Some basic feedback appreciated.  I've read the bleeb available as much as I can, but like some opinions:

~ is chemical or salt the better system?
~ do they cost much to run?
~ is much cleaning involved?
~ any make/model recommendations?
~ why are some sold as an indoor system?

Don't argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

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22 Aug 2020 10:27 AM by baz1946 Star rating. 2258 posts Send private message

My mate in Spain has one, on his top sun deck, to be fair he uses it a fair bit, I do know he puts a chemical in it. He has never complained about the cost of running it and the pump seems to be always going, but he has had two pumps?? He cleans it and lets the filters do the work, no idea if this is the correct way, never asked him. Don't know the make. I listened to a sales person last week at a garden centre telling a family about what you ask, sold as indoor, he said yes you can, but surely as they make a fair bit of steam and condensation the room has to be very open, most of the time I would think. My mate has often told me get your trunks and in we go, I have told him I don't ask you to come and sit in my bath at home with me....Not the same I know.

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22 Aug 2020 4:36 PM by Marksfish Star rating in Vera, Almeria. 2584 posts Send private message

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We had one a few years ago, sold it to raise the deposit on our Spanish apartment smiley. We had a hard wired installation on the patio which ran to an isolator on the wall, not a 3 pin plug and run off its own RCD and breaker in the dis board. We used chlorine granules and paper filters. It was all quite eay and simple to look after and when finished, we had a big thick polystyrene cover to help keep the heat in. Ours was a 4 person, 3 sitting and 1 lying down. It wasn't overly expensive to run, but electric was cheaper back then. That said, they have probably become more efficient since then anyway. They do produce an awful lot of "steam", especially when cold outside, but you can' beat sitting outside with a beer and watching the snow fall smiley. We keep threatening to get another one, but would now need a crane to get it in the back garden.

Cleaning wise, the chlorine does most of the work. If you make sure people don't get in with sun lotion or other greasy make up and stuff, it keeps it cleaner longer. Make sure your wife doen't drop a bottle of red wine in there either!! You won't necessarily notice it after a water change, but the filters always dry pink afterwards.

This was ours.


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22 Aug 2020 5:23 PM by acer Star rating. 1456 posts Send private message

Thanks for the replies Baz1946 & Markfish - all helps, tho I'm not sure I can keep the wife from spilling the red wine - break the habits of a lifetime?!


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22 Aug 2020 5:55 PM by floella Star rating in SE Spain. 789 posts Send private message

Bromo is the recommended chemical to use. Chlorine granguals inclined to leave stains.

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