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Thread: Gunite Spa vs. Stand Alone Spa

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    Gunite Spa vs. Stand Alone Spa

    So we are struggling with the subject matter. I can purchase a new Dimension One Nautique for about $5K less than the in-ground option. This would eliminate the heater but I would then substitute with solar heating for the pool. Curious if anyone has feedback on the advantages/disadvantages of gunite vs. stand alone? Anyone owned both and if so which did you prefer? Other than the obvious aesthetics, its difficult to justify the gunite spa but aesthetics can be huge!
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    Re: Gunite Spa vs. Stand Alone Spa

    I think there are a good number of discussion about this, have you tried searching the forum? Here are my 1 minute thoughts:

    With a gunite spa, you only have 1 body of water to deal with maintaining the chemistry. But you also have fewer jets and they are not usually as comfortable to sit in.

    With a stand alone, you have more jets and sculpted seats, but now have to deal with maintaining another body of water. Can keep it heated nearly all the time, but also may need a large power source for the heater. But, you have the big thing sitting in your backyard.
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    Re: Gunite Spa vs. Stand Alone Spa

    Thanks. I've done a few searches and found very little. Maybe I'm just using the wrong key words. Is there typical nomenclature the forum uses for a gunite vs stand alone spa?
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    Re: Gunite Spa vs. Stand Alone Spa

    more likly to use in ground spa or something like that instead or gunite, but not sure if that will narrow the results.

    I just search the Spa forum for "stand alone" and found this with some good discussion:
    hot-tub-vs-inground-spa-t45813.html?hilit=stand%20alone
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    Re: Gunite Spa vs. Stand Alone Spa

    Wow, super helpful. Thanks!
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