It's been a great tub. The tub is about a year old and no problems. I, as well, spent a considerable amount of time researching brands and in the end, Arctic Spa seemed to have a superior tub. As for the price...the only tub I would compare them to is Jacuzzi Premium, and apples to apples, they are in line.
My only issue...the jets pop out of the fixture alot, and I have to shut the pumps down to screw them back in.