I've always liked hot tubs, but I find the hotel ones are always too hot. Now that I can afford one I decided to purchase one last September after many months of research. I looked at Aber Pacific, Sunrise, Beachcomber, Arctic, and Aruba(costco). I narrowed it down to the Artic and Beachcomber based on quality. The Artic as nice, but the seating wasn't as comfortable as the Beachcomber.
The spa was delevered Sept 8, 2004 and the dealer set everything up, filled the tub, and put in the first chemicals. It was a turnkey operation. The first night I was out in the rain trying it out. It is very relaxing and I am very happy with my purchase.
The special edition included a hushpump, everlight, foot massage, and maintenance free cabinet. We also purchased a cover lifter, which I highly recommend for one person operation. The only thing I wished I had bought was the built in stereo. Our model has a second control pad on the other side of the tub, but I find it is not neccesary.
Several weeks after getting the tub I noticed a very small leak on the concrete. The dealer came out and took a picture and several days later they arranged a time to fix it. Turns out the filter unit was cross threaded and was leaking a small amount. The dealer came and fixed it and I haven't had any leaks since. Dealer support is one of the most important things to consider when selecting a brand and Beachcomber seems to have a good program for acrediting their dealers.
The tub works very well and I would reccomend anyone wet test their tub. I would have bought an Artic until I tried one out and found it didn't comfortably fit my large perportions.