I had a Coleman spa for years at a previous home and missed having one terribly when I moved. Did my homework and settled on either a Hot Spring or a Sundance. I was looking for a used unit, so I was open to either one. Finally, a 2005 Envoy turned up. It has exceeded my expectations, although I was brazen enough to ask the owner if I could test soak the spa before purchasing so I did know what I was getting into.
I've only had the spa for a couple of weeks, but it's everything I wanted. It's a great spa that works hard on sore muscles where they need it, but offers soothing relaxation when that's what I'm in the mood for. No extra bells and whistles, but I do enjoy the water feature and the light system.
My favorite thing about the spa is that there is no muscle group that can't be worked on well with this spa. It gets everything: Wrists, calves, back, neck, even quads, triceps and hips with very little effort. This is a high performance spa, and the strength and variety of the jets bear that out. Love the Moto Massage DX jet, and the twizzler jets and the calf jets are close seconds.
I also really love the clean cycle, which allows me to throw in the chemicals, turn it on and forget it. Much less hassle than my last good old spa.
I don't think I would change anything if I were to "do it all over." I'm very pleased with this unit. I did love the aromatherapy options that come with a new Sundance, but I wasn't prepared to pay more than $5,000 more for that.
As mentioned, this was a used unit purchased from a private party, and I had a couple small problems. First, the Moto Massage jet stopped working. Took about 5 minutes to remove the faceplate and re-seat the hose that operates the up-and-down motion of the jet. Second, the auxiliary control panel is not working. I understand this is something that commonly fails on these units. The manufacturer has built an improved replacement unit which I have ordered, and I can install it myself.
It's a pretty spa, low-maintenance exterior, great for one person or a party.
Power costs are reasonable. I figure an added increase of about $12 per month.
I don't think anyone could go wrong with this spa! It's a great, all-around winner.