Monthly Archives: September 2017

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Jacuzzi vs. Hot Tub – What’s the Difference

When someone says “Klennex” what is it that you think of? Those thin papers in a box you wipe your nose with, right? While many people call them Klennex, the truth is, Klennex is a brand — the actual word for that particular product is “tissue.”

This is a cultural phenomenon, if you will; a brand name is so saturated in the market — or has simply been around for so long — that it becomes the norm to associate it with all of the products in an industry, rather than only the ones made by that particular manufacturer.

Such is the case with hot tubs. When people hear “Jacuzzi” they think it is a stand-alone product, in a completely different industry. But the reality is, Jacuzzi is simply a brand of hot tub. While a Jacuzzi may have differing components and designs than other hot tubs, it’s virtually the same product. It’s like comparing Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks; sure, they have different features and customizations, but they’re all trucks.

It comes down to a matter of finding the brand that provides the quality, features and elements you want in a hot tub within your budget. At Brothers Pool, we like to attach our name to brands like Dream Maker, Marquis and Celebrity spas. Through our research, we’ve found these brands to be favorable in quality and offering several different options for varying budgets.

Dream Maker portable hot tubs, for example, are designed and engineered to be simple, durable and long-lasting. Marquis spas are not only appealing to the eye, but feature advanced hydrotherapy and powerful performance in their Signature series, E-Series, Vector21 series and even their swim spas. And energy-efficient Celebrity hot tubs are designed with therapy, ease of ownership and just plain fun in mind.

Don’t let a name you’ve heard before be the deciding factor in the brand you choose for your hot tub purchase. Do some research and learn about other brands to find out what the best option for your backyard is before making a purchase. And, as always, we’re here and happy to help!

Join us for an online tour of our showroom

Attention, everyone! Your tour guide is here. Please stay together and follow along as we travel through today’s stop, the Brothers Pool showroom. Ready? Here we go …

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Our first stop is an incredible display of hot tubs. Check out the luxurious Marquis line, with features like high-output therapy massage zones, reflexology footbeds, programmable cleaning cycles and more. Or the Celebrity line, combining hydrotherapy, soothing waterfall features, energy efficiency and more, in one slick package. Oh – and be sure you don’t overlook the Dream Maker collection – simple, durable, long-lasting portable spas that may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Ok, everyone. We’re moving … we’re moving …

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And we’ve arrived at the Water Lab, Brothers Pool’s state-of-the-art water testing and analysis service. Bring in a water sample and the staff will test it, then provide the exact chemical solution your pool or hot tub needs. Plus, the water lab is fast – results are available in 60 seconds and stored in your Brothers Pool history.

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Brother’s Pool also keeps all the pool and spa chemicals you need in stock. Just look at those shelves! Whether you’re looking for traditional chlorine, easy-care or chlorine-free systems, Brothers Pool has it. Near here, you’ll also see a large selection of toys to make pool and spa time fun.

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Ok group, let’s keep moving. There’s still so much to see.

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Rounding out this corner is outdoor living. Kamado Joe grills, outdoor furniture and kitchens, firepits – it’s all here, folks. Already have a Kamado Joe? Stop by Brothers Pool for all the accessories you need to make the most of it – charcoal, wood chips, seasonings, racks, grates and more. Dreaming of an outdoor kitchen? Check out the display and choose the features you like the most. Try out the furniture. Need a patio umbrella? You can purchase one and take it home today!

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And we’re moving again – believe it or not, there’s still more one more stop!

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Here we are – swimming pools! Check out the above ground pool displays. Learn about the options. Questions about pump and filter sizes and types? Above ground pool wall designs? Liner options? It’s all here, plus an experienced staff that can answer all your questions.

That concludes our tour of the Brothers Pool showroom! Thank you all for coming, and we hope to see you again soon!

Come on Baby Light my Firepit

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Backyard firepits are hotter than ever. Like moths to a flame, friends and family love to gather around an open fire for weenie roasts, making s’mores, or simply for the cozy atmosphere and great conversation. Plus, firepits can greatly extend your outdoor season – making your backyard a place you can enjoy nearly all year long.

Once upon a time, adding a firepit to your backyard oasis meant building it yourself – no small feat. Levelling the ground, properly constructing the pit from heavy materials, hauling and stocking wood for burning and more. While traditional firepits are enjoyable, they can be a lot of work.

Today’s firepits are unique and available in a variety of configurations to fit any backyard environment.  Propane or natural gas powered, so there’s no messy wood. Just flip the switch and you’re enjoying a nice, cozy fire.

Many modern firepits are a table style, making them a great place to set snacks and drinks, or to rest your feet. As with any firepit, be sure to follow common-sense precautions:

*Don’t place anything flammable near the flame.

*Don’t set your firepit too near your home, outdoor furniture, or other flammable materials or foliage.

*Don’t use your firepit in an enclosed area. They’re for outdoor use only.

*As with any propane or natural gas appliance, periodically check the valves, attachments and hoses to make certain there aren’t any leaks or holes. Make sure you know how to cut off the gas supply in case of an emergency.

Don’t let your firepit dreams go up in smoke. If you’ve been dreaming of a longer outdoor season and a better way to spend time with your family and friends, this may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Stop by the showroom to see what we have to offer. We won’t hold your feet to the fire – but we’ll happily answer all your questions.

Our Best Patio Furniture Shopping Tips

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Your outdoor space really comes to life when you add great patio furniture. A functional table and comfortable chairs can transform a boring patio into a delightful dining space. If you pick the right furniture, your outdoor patio will act like a second family room when the weather is nice! We know that finding quality patio furniture can break the bank, but you don’t want to choose items based solely on the price, either. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best patio furniture, and get a good deal at the same time.

Try Before You Buy

There’s a big downside to ordering furniture online… you don’t know if it’s comfortable! We highly recommend sitting on your potential patio furniture so you know it’s comfortable and the materials are the same quality you expect. After all, it’s not a good deal if you never use it.

Look for Patio Furniture That’s Easy to Maintain

Spend your time outdoors enjoying the view… not washing the cushions! Patio furniture that’s easy to maintain might cost a little more in the beginning… but it’ll last for years to come. And – truthfully – the time you spend cleaning cheap cushions is worth a lot.

Patio Furniture Storage

Our winters are cold and downright ugly sometimes. Many people choose to store their patio furniture over the winter to protect it from ice and snow. Before you buy, determine if it’s a set that requires winter storage… or if it can sit outside all year long.

Consider Dual Purpose Patio Furniture

Make the most out of the outside with pieces that work just as hard as you do. Perhaps you want an ottoman that doubles as extra seating. Or maybe you can find a garden bench that you can pull up to your table when you host a large dinner. Any piece that adds extra seating or extra storage (or both) is worth a lot!

Size Matters

Don’t buy a dinky patio table from a big box store if you have a large deck or patio outside. On the flip side, it doesn’t make sense to buy a large table just because it’s a good deal… but then you don’t have room for all of the chairs in your space. Make sure you buy items that are the appropriate scale for the size of your space.

Remember to Add Shade

Sitting outside in the hottest part of the day quickly feels really unpleasant. If you don’t have a big shade tree placed in the perfect location, you’ll need some sort of shade cover… like an umberella. Cheap patio furniture sets come with stationary umbrellas that only work with your table, or you can choose stand-alone umbrellas that you can adjust as the sun moves across the sky each day.

The team here at Brothers Pool would love to be part of your patio furniture shopping journey! Before you buy, come check out our selection of quality patio furniture that will complement the exterior of your home and will provide you with a wonderful space for your family and/or guests to relax.

 

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Brothers Pool

250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
P: (203) 265-5980
F: (203) 294-1601
E: info@brotherspool.com

Driving Directions

In Connecticut take I-91 North or South to exit 15. Take Route 68 West towards Wallingford and Cheshire. Turn left at the intersection of 68 and 150 (Main Street). Brothers Pool is about 1 mile on the left.

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Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

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