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What to Expect From a Hot Tub Test Soak | Brothers Pool

The reason you test drive a car before you buy it is so you can first experience how it feels. Nuances like how the dash looks when you’re behind the wheel, or how you navigate the radio, can determine whether you buy a specific vehicle or not. The same is true of a hot tub. You want to make sure it not only looks right, but it also feels right. That’s the purpose of a hot tub test soak. To get the most out of your test soak, it helps to know exactly what to expect.

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What to Bring

Bring your bathing suit and towels with you. It might feel a little awkward, but you want to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible when you try out a hot tub.


Take a moment to enjoy the comfort of the hot tub, but don’t forget the reason that you’re here. You came in for your test soak to try before you buy. Think back to your wish list and see how this hot tub stacks up with what you want.

Just the Right Size

You want a spa that’s just the right size… not too big or too small. During your test soak, sit in there with everyone in your family – including your kids – so you can determine if that spa is the size that you need. While you’re in there, think about how the spa will fit in your backyard, because you want something that complements your landscape.

Remember Your Feet

When people test out a hot tub or a swim spa, they think about many details. However, people often forget about their feet. Do you have enough room for your feet in the foot well (even if all of your family is with you)? Do you want jets to massage your feet? How do they feel?

Seating Depth

Connecticut winters can be pretty chilly. With that in mind, you’ll want the seats to be deep enough that the water can cover your shoulders to keep you warm, even in the coldest months of the year.

Seat Comfort

If the seats are deep enough, are they comfortable? Several spas offer multi-level seating so adults and children can both be comfortable. Check to see if the seats are appropriate for your children and for yourself as well. Test the lounge seat as well, because some customers love them and others don’t (because they can float away). If you opt for lounge seats, make sure they work for you and all of your other family members who will use them.

Jets, Jets, Jets

Real estate is about location, location, location. In the spa industry, it’s all about the jets. Take note of the jets during your test soak and where those jets are placed. Hydrotherapy is one of the most common requests among spa customers, so you want to make sure the jets work for the areas that you want. A variety of jets are available, including those that work your back, shoulders, wrists, and even calves. Feel each jet, and don’t hesitate to ask questions while you’re there.


Nothing ruins a relaxing time in the spa like an annoying buzz or hum. When the water is circulating and the motor is running, you want to make sure you can still be at peace. You don’t want an irritating noise to spoil it. Take a moment in the silence to listen to the sound the hot tub makes when it’s running to make sure it’s up to your standard.

Experience the Water

The water in our spas is an experience of its own. It smells fresh and can provide a relaxing aromatherapy environment if you desire. You’ll also notice how great your skin feels after you’re in one of our spas. Your skin won’t dry out after spending time in a test soak; instead, it will feel silky smooth.

Check the Chemicals

Ask the sales representative about the chemicals we use in our test soak spas so you can replicate that same feeling at home. You want something that smells great, feels great, and is easy to maintain.

Call us today and set up your hotest soak so you can experience the relaxation a spa can provide for you and your family.

Swimming Pool Heater or Heat Pump? | Brothers Pool

If you’re interested in extending your pool season so it lasts from Spring to Fall, consider adding a pool heater or heat pump to your swimming pool. How do you know which one is best for you? Use this information to guide you.


About Pool Heaters

When it’s time to heat your water, swimming pool heaters are the most popular option. They use propane or gas to heat water that flows back into your pool. They cost less up front and they heat your pool water very quickly. Heaters cost less to purchase, but they cost more to operate because of the cost of natural gas or propane that you use to heat the water. Depending on the cost of the fuel you use, pool heaters can cost between $3 and $9 per hour to operate.

About Heat Pumps

Growing in popularity among pool owners, heat pumps use the air around it to heat the water in your swimming pool. The air passes over an evaporator coil that uses heated refrigerant to heat the water that flows back into your pool. Because it doesn’t require a fuel like propane or natural gas, heat pumps are much more affordable to operate when compared to pool heaters. An average heat pump costs $0.63 per hour to operate. However, heat pumps have a higher purchase price than pool heaters and they don’t heat the water effectively if the surrounding water is below 50 degrees.

How do you know if a pool heater or a heat pump is for you? Give us a call today or stop by the showroom. We can talk about your swimming pool setup and your budget to find the option that works best for you.

ENJOY Pool Chemicals | Brothers Pool

Simplify your pool sanitation by switching to ENJOY pool chemicals. One of the best features: ENJOY uses 80% less chlorine, so it’s a great option for anyone who has problems associated with the use of chlorine.


ENJOY Pool Chemicals: Two Part Sanitation

ENJOY is a two-part program that’s easy enough for anyone to follow. The first part is specially formulated tablets containing oxidizers and other special ingredients that reduce the amount of chlorine. The second part is a specially formulated, EPA registered chlorinating product used to maintain a minimum 0.5 chlorine reading. Use the tablets once a month and the chlorinating product every week.

Why You Should Consider ENJOY

ENJOY is a great option for pool owners because it’s compatible with all different types of pool filters and it won’t clog. It’s great for above ground pools too and comes in five convenient sizes: 10,000, 15,000, 20,000, 25,000, and 30,000 gallons. All of the chemicals you need for your pool come in one convenient box. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Do you have questions about pool maintenance or chemicals? Whether you choose our ENJOY products or not, we’re here to help. Give us a call or stop by our showroom today.

Calorie Burning Pool Exercises | Brothers Pool

Swimming is an exercise that you can do no matter your age, and the water makes it possible for people to exercise even if they normally can’t on dry ground. When you think of burning calories in the pool, the first thing you think of is swimming laps. It’s one of the best known pool exercises, but it’s not the only one.


Underwater Bicycle

Biking is a great way to burn calories, and you don’t need any special equipment to do this exercise in your swimming pool. Rest your elbows on the edge of the pool and then pedal an imaginary bike with your feet. If the edge of the pool isn’t available or doesn’t work right, rest your elbows on a pool noodle, instead. It’s a great way to work your legs, your core, and your shoulders.

Double Leg Lift

Lean back on the edge of your pool with your legs straight down, then left them up as high as you can. Keep your legs straight and together as you lift them. If it’s too difficult, sit on the edge of the pool and build your strength so you can one day do this exercise in the pool. This exercise is a great one because you fight against your body’s natural buoyancy to control your legs, which is a great way to build strength.

Bicep Curl

Doing a traditional bicep curl when you’re in the pool means you get twice the workout, because you build strength when you lift the weight up, and you work harder to lower your arm because of the resistance of the water. Hold your weight firmly in your hand, keep your elbow at your side, and lift the weight in and out of the water.

Flutter Kick

With a firm grip on the edge of the pool, a noodle, or your paddleboard, swiftly kick your legs behind you. It might be fun to splash the kids, but you’ll burn more calories if you keep your legs underwater. Move them faster, not higher, for the best workout.

Knees to Elbows

Stand in your pool, then bring one elbow down to meet the opposite knee. Hold your core tight for two seconds, then switch sides. Add some variety by doing this workout in the shallow end and then again in the deep end.

Knee Tuck

The knee tuck is a great aerobic exercise, but moving it to the pool gives you the same great benefits without the high-impact. Stand in your pool then jump and bring both knees up to your chest. Start in the shallower end of the pool, eventually working your way up to the deep end where you can do this while treading water.

Cross Country Skiing

You can do the same motions you would do on the cross country exercise machine when you’re in the pool. Jump your legs back and forth while your arms move in the opposite direction. This is easiest in the shallow end, and the difficulty increases as you move deeper into the water.

Noodle Crunch

Place a pool noodle under your shoulders and pull your abs in towards your body to do a crunch in the pool. This is a great exercise for your core, because you stable your body vertically and horizontally while your abs work laterally. You can also do this on the edge of the pool if your noodle comes out from under you.

If you’re looking for a great way to enjoy pool exercises from the comfort of your own home, consider a pool. Our team can help you determine the type of pool that’s best for you, and we can find something that works within your budget. Give us a call today.

Fiberglass Pools vs. Vinyl Liner Pools

There are different types of inground pools to choose from; our team is happy to help you determine which one will best fit your needs. What’s best for you and your family: a vinyl liner pool or a fiberglass pool? Let’s find out.


Fiberglass Pools: Pros

  • Low Maintenance: The fiberglass pool shell is a solid, nonporous surface. That means there’s a reduced potential for algae growth, and you won’t need as many chemicals to keep the pool water clean and sanitized.
  • Longevity: There’s no need for a replacement liner when you choose a fiberglass pool, so there’s little to no lifetime cost.
  • Smooth Surface: The surface of your fiberglass inground pool is non-abrasive, meaning you won’t have cuts and scrapes when your skin hits the surface of the pool.
  • Built In Options: Many of our fiberglass pools have optional seats, tanning ledges, and steps incorporated into the shell.
  • Installation: Fiberglass pool shells are built off-site, meaning your installation happens quickly. On average, it takes just a few weeks to install an in ground fiberglass pool.
  • Repairs: If your pool cracks or if the surface is scratched, it’s easy to repair a fiberglass pool. When it is repaired, it’s done in a way that you’ll likely never notice it.

Fiberglass Pools: Cons

  • Customization: Fiberglass inground pools are built from a mold, so there aren’t many options to customize the size and shape of the pool.
  • Depth & Width: Fiberglass pool shells are trucked to their destination, which limits the width of the fiberglass shell to 16 feet. Fiberglass inground pools also aren’t very deep; very few are certified for diving.
  • Cost: While there are very few long-term maintenance costs with a fiberglass pool, it costs several thousands dollars more up front (when compared to a vinyl liner pool that’s about the same size).

Vinyl Liner Pools: Pros

  • Lower Initial Cost: When comparing different types of inground pools, vinyl liner pools have the lowest initial cost.
  • Cost Efficient: Because their up front cost is lower, you get more “bang for your buck.” You can buy a larger vinyl liner pool for the same or less money when compared to fiberglass.
  • Customization: You can make your vinyl liner pool the length, width, and depth that you choose.
  • Smooth Surface: Vinyl pool liners are smooth to the touch, meaning your skin won’t have scratches after you’re in the pool.
  • Lower Maintenance: Because the surface of the vinyl pool liner is non-porous, there’s a limited potential for algae growth and you’ll need fewer chemicals to sanitize the pool water.
  • Repairs: It’s easy to repair and/or replace a vinyl liner if needed.

Vinyl Liner Pools: Cons

  • Liner Replacement: A vinyl pool liner will typically last between 7 and 15 years; you’ll need to replace your pool liner during the lifespan of your pool.
  • Customization: Vinyl liner pools don’t come with customized built-ins like steps, tanning ledges, and seating.
Our team of professionals can help you weigh the pros and cons of a fiberglass vs. vinyl liner pool. If you’re interested in an inground pool for your yard this summer, give us a call and we can help you get the process started.


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

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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