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Outdoor Man Cave

What has metal, wood, fire, earth, and water? If you answered, “What are the five elements?” You may have been watching too much Jeopardy and need to get outside. You need a place to call your own, a man cave that can make your backyard more than just a place to use the lawn mower. Here are three tips for combining the five elements that make our outdoor world exciting and adventurous. Embrace the five elements…

Earth, Fire, and Metal

Earth and metal have been the means of cooking since man discovered fire. These three elements shout masculinity when it comes to cooking. Unlike, your prehistoric grandfather’s grill…the Kamado Joe Collection is modern and rugged. The Kamado Joe Collection has many options and a lifetime warranty, how can you not have this in your man cave?  It is exactly what your outdoor oasis needs!


Out of the five above-mentioned elements, water is the perfect element to melt away that hard day at the office. A spa paired with a big screen will make your dream man space even better. Imagine watching your favorite sports team from the best seat in the house, your spa. With a cold beverage in one hand and that perfectly cooked steak ready to be eaten, what could be better? At Brother’s Pool we know we have the spa that will fit your backyard and your budget.


The spa is placed, your grill is ready to cook a nice juicy New York steak and the only thing you are missing is a place to sit and enjoy your morning cup of coffee. The final element needs to be present…wood is one of the most versatile materials man has used from the beginning of time and the last element on your checklist to complete your outdoor man cave. Look no further than a nice set of patio furniture and a  Pine Ridge Fire Pit Table to warm you. The top has a barn wood look that will finish the five elements to your man cave.

Here at Brothers Pool, we have exactly what you need to complete the perfect outdoor man cave that you will enjoy time and time again.

Brothers Pool Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide

A hot tub is a significant investment, so you want to make sure you purchase the spa that’s a good fit for your family. Now is the time to do your homework, and make sure you have time to take a test soak before you buy. Check out our additional tips for finding the right spa in our Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide.


Shop the Dealer First

Buy your hot tub from a reputable dealer that will provide service and support after the sale. Some traveling groups sell spas from city to city, but they’re not around when you have questions or need support. Where you buy your spa is just as important as how much money you spend; it might be even more important. Make sure the business has a good reputation in your community, is trustworthy, and can offer advice about how to maintain your hot tub.

Ask the Dealer for References

A reputable dealer will have satisfied customers, and the owner won’t mind sharing some of that information with you. Ask friends and family members too because they probably have stories about hot tub brands and/or customer service. If you’re considering buying a spa from an online outlet, think again. There’s no way to verify how the company does business because they likely won’t share satisfied customer references with you.

Is Delivery Included? What About Accessories?

Ask your dealer what’s included in the price of the spa. Does it include an insulated hot tub cover, a cover lifter, steps, water care products, and instructions about how to use the spa? Does the price include delivery and setup? Believe it or not, some companies will deliver the spa to your house and leave it in the driveway. Don’t call your neighbors over and injure yourselves wrestling the hot tub into place. Instead, choose a company that will make hot tub delivery day one of the happiest days of your life!

Look Online, but Don’t Buy Online

Yes, we encourage you to research your purchase online. No, we don’t encourage you to buy your spa online! Never buy from an out of state seller or a company that’s exclusively “in home sales.” It’s been proven time and time again that these guys aren’t there after the sale when you have questions about your product or when you need service. When you buy online or in your own home, you also don’t have the opportunity to compare products side by side or try them out with a test soak.  The odds are very high that you’ll be disappointed.

Don’t Buy Your Spa & Trash Bags at the Same Store

Sure, “big box” retailers carry spas. Sometimes they’re less expensive. Every time, they’re stripped down versions and/or off-brands that don’t have solid warranties. These hot tubs have limited insulation and they’re almost always very noisy when they run. When you don’t have a chance to try out the spa before your purchase, you can’t test the noise levels. And when you buy from a “big box” store, the sales clerk has had as much training on a spa as he did the trash bags in Aisle 17, so he won’t be able to answer questions about the limited insulation. Any money you save up front will be spent in the long run because of maintenance, repair and your limited warranty.

Whatever You Do: Stay Away from Craigslist Spas

Sure, it’s possible you could get a clean spa in good working condition off of Craigslist. It’s more likely that you’ll win the lottery. People don’t sell spas on Craigslist because they work well, they sell them to get rid of them. Craigslist spas usually feature water that’s consistently cloudy and utility bills that skyrocket because it costs a ton of money to heat the spa. If you think you can’t afford a new spa, stop by the store and we’ll try to work with you. But please don’t throw your money away on a lemon.

Proud to Serve Connecticut

The Brothers Pool team is proud to serve you and help you find the spa of your dreams. Our entire staff must pass a rigorous 10-part test in order to work at Brothers Pool. Every employee is trained to answer almost any question asked by a customer. Our staff also attends trade shows and educational seminars to provide you with the most up-to-date information about the latest pool and spa systems. Let us help you in your search for the perfect hot tub that fits both your wish list and your budget.

Take Advantage of the Health Benefits of Hot Tubs & Home Spas

Hot Tub Home SpaThe health benefits of hot tubs and home spas are many, and combine to create holistic wellness in varied ways, including:

  • Reducing stress
  • Relieving muscle pain
  • Exfoliating skin
  • Improving circulation

Warm water therapy and oxygen bubbles allow you to indulge in benefits to your physical, emotional, and mental health, fortifying overall wellness. Warm water therapy works because, in addition to improved circulation, it provides all-around support for stiff joints and sore muscles while reducing the effect of gravity on your body. Continue reading

Tips for Enjoying Your Hot Tub or Spa in Cold Weather

hot tub spa winterMany people enjoy using a hot tub or spa in the winter. This can be a relaxing experience, but there are some steps you will need to take to keep your hot tub or spa working properly so you can enjoy it.

The greatest concern in the winter is the possibility of water freezing in the piping system. Most portable or self-contained spas have a system to keep that from occurring. Many have a switch on the main control box labeled “timer/thermostat” or “timer/no-freeze.”

If the switch is set to the timer mode, the spa will only heat up at pre-set times. The heating system will be off the rest of the time, creating the possibility of freezing. Set the switch to the “thermostat” or “no-freeze” setting to maintain a constant temperature and turn it to the normal operating setting.

If your hot tub or spa does not have this setting and only operates on a timer, you will need to program it to turn on the heating system for at least 15 minutes every hour to prevent freezing. This will keep hot water circulating through the pipes and equipment. If it is colder than -10 degrees Fahrenheit, 15 minutes per hour may not be enough time to keep water from freezing in the pipes.

The colder it is, the longer it will take for your spa or hot tub to heat up. It will need to run longer in the winter than in other months to maintain the same temperature.

You can reduce your energy requirements by covering your spa or hot tub with an insulating cover. You can also use a floating thermal blanket to keep heat in, reduce the amount of chemicals needed, and prolong the life of the insulating cover.

Most spa covers are not designed to support the weight of snow. Lay a tarp over the cover so you can remove snow with a shovel without damaging the cover or just pull off the tarp.

Draining and cleaning a spa or hot tub in the winter is not fun. Do this in late fall so you will be ready for winter and will not have to do it again until the cold weather is over.

If you are interested in purchasing a hot tub or spa to enjoy this winter, visit Brothers Pool. We have a selection of products from leading manufacturers to help you relax and enjoy the season outdoors.

The Pros and Cons of In-Ground Hot Tubs and Spas

A photo of an in-ground hot tub adjacent to a swimming pool.

With cool weather on the way in Connecticut, many people are starting to think about getting a hot tub or spa to keep their temperatures up and back yards occupied. And while almost everyone is familiar with the image of aboveground hot tubs from manufacturers like Dream Maker and Marquis, fewer are aware that they can have custom-built in-ground spas designed and installed specifically for them.

Brothers Pool in Wallingford is one of the leading providers of hot tubs and spas in Connecticut, and custom options are no exception. If you’re interested in an in-ground, custom hot tub for your Connecticut home, call Brothers Pool at (203) 265-5980.

The Benefits of Custom In-Ground Spas

Like an in-ground pool, a good in-ground hot tub has a low profile that blends into and accents the landscape of your property rather than cluttering it up.

In-ground spas are also custom-built, meaning that they can be made with colors, designs, and materials that complement the existing décor.  In short, in-ground spas and hot tubs are much more aesthetically pleasing than many alternatives.

In-ground spas are easier to install when done in conjunction with an in-ground pool, using the same filtration systems to reducing labor costs.

The Disadvantages of In-Ground Hot Tubs

The main disadvantage for most people will be financial. Even when installed alongside an in-ground swimming pool, the costs of installing an in-ground spa are higher than those of a standard above ground model. They can also use more energy to operate than many modern above ground hot tubs.

In-ground spas are often more difficult to maintain, especially through the winter. Custom designs may be difficult to find covers for, unlike above ground options, and winterization can be a hassle.

Finally, in-ground hot tubs typically feature far fewer jets and many above ground spas, usually fewer than ten at the most.


If you’re looking for a home spa that beautifies your home and you’re willing and able to spend a little extra time and money on it, a custom in-ground hot tub is very likely what you’re looking for.

If you’re on a tighter budget, or your primary reason for wanting a spa is the relaxing benefits of modern water jets, an aboveground model might be more appropriate.

To learn more and talk to an expert about the right spa for your needs, contact Brothers Pool today.

Microsilk Hot Tub Accessories: Aging & Beauty Treatment

A woman relaxing in a Marquis hot tub with Microsilk.
If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time and effort taking care of your skin. Sunscreens, lotions, creams, and expensive spa treatments are all more popular than ever thanks to their purported anti-aging and moisturizing properties. Unfortunately, whether or not they work is still open to debate.

If you’re looking for an effective alternative to these anti-aging and skin-softening creams, consider a Marquis® hot tub with a MicroSilk® spa upgrade.

MicroSilk® is an advanced, unique hydrotherapy system that turns your home hot tub into a hydrotherapy spa. The MicroSilk® system oxygenates your hot tub’s water 70% more than normal tap water, using microbubbles small enough to enter your skin’s pores. This carries pure oxygen – a necessary building block of life and a metabolic booster – beneath the skin’s surface, exfoliating, improving hydration, increasing collagen production, and removing toxins in the process.

While normal hot tub bubbles float to the top of the water’s surface and release their heat into the air, MicroSilk® bubbles stay suspended and burst in the water itself. This creates a more consistent water temperature and enhances the hot tub’s sauna effect. The results? Improved circulation, increase opening of the pores, and even cardiovascular benefits.

MicroSilk® baths also cause microscopic anions to be released into the air from dissolving microbubbles. In high concentrations like those released by MicroSilk® microbubbles, anions have therapeutic effects caused by increased serotonin levels in the brain.

How does MicroSilk® work? The MicroSilk® process is created by a water jet system which superficially resembles that of any hot tub. The difference is that the specially-designed MicroSilk® pump takes in ambient air and dissolves it at elevated pressures into the water, creating its unique microbubbles. MicroSilk® jets produce microbubbles at such a high concentration that they form a cloud which surrounds the entire body, removing impurities and hydrating from head to toe.

In a nutshell, MicroSilk® hydrotherapy is a relaxing, non-invasive anti-aging and general skin health treatment that enhances metabolism and cell growth, eases wrinkles and fine lines, increases hydration, cleanses the pores, and more. If you want a way to truly take care of your skin without taking chances on over-the-counter creams or breaking the bank at an expensive day spa, MicroSilk® hydrotherapy is what you’ve been looking for.

To learn more about MicroSilk® hot tubs from Marquis® and take the first step toward getting one for your Connecticut home, contact Brothers Pool in Wallingford by calling (203) 265-5980 or sending an email to

Get Ready to Save this July 4th

dream maker spasThe Fourth of July is this weekend, time for swimming pools and cookouts as we celebrate the birth of our nation.

It’s also a great time to save on home spas and swimming pool essentials.

Dream Maker home spas are among the most popular home spas on the market today. Dream Maker also offers the Stonehenge Collection of spa filters and filter cartridges. Take advantage of a great Independence Day Special. Great a free DreamWave Audio and Cover Lifter with any Stonehenge Collection Spa purchase through July 5th. Prices start at $2,999.

A custom spa is a great addition to any home. Just because it is summer does not mean you can’t add a new hot tub to your home. If you are considering a custom home spa and have never bought one before, you probably have a few questions.

First, understand that cost should not be the only factor in your hot tub decision. Dream Maker delivers custom spas that will enhance your home without messing up your budget or emptying your bank account.

Brothers Pool is proud to offer Dream Maker spas. Stop into Brothers Pool this weekend and find out about these great deals. It’s a great way to spend your July 4th weekend.


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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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