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Steel Frame

(Available on 400, 800 and 900 series only)

The American Whirlpool (formerly LA Spas) Steel Sub-Structure is the key feature of the Premium line of spas.  Engineered to exact tolerances, it allows for complete integration of all the systems of the spa.  The lightweight, high-strength steel frame will never rot, warp, split or crack.  It will never expand or contract with moisture, which over time can damage the spa’s exterior.  A 250% superior strength to weight ratio over conventional wood frames provides you with a lighter and stronger unit.  Plus, with the addition of greater long-term corrosion protection, your sub-structure is weatherproof, requiring zero maintenance.

Steel frame construction infographic

Solid ABS Bottom Pan

The ABS Sealed Base is an integral part of the support structure in an American Whirlpool  hot tub. Its one-piece construction provides a rugged foundation that seals the bottom of the spa to lock in heat, seal out moisture to protect from rot, and protect the spa from bugs, rodents, and other unwanted pests.

Spas without a Solid Bottom Pan

Example of rot from the lack of a bottom pan
Example of rot from the lack of a bottom pan


Northern Exposure Insulation System

(Available on 400, 800 and 900 series only)

Northern Exposure® is the ultimate hot tub insulation system. This unique thermal barrier technology recycles the free heat energy for more efficient heating and lower energy costs. All four sides of the spa, plus the floor and cover are lined with reflective copper material to reflect radiant heat energy generated from the pumps back into the spa. Heat is absorbed back into the plumbing helping raise and maintain water temperature. The exterior of the spa is then wrapped in BlueMAAX insulation. Finally the entire exterior of the hot tub is wrapped in 3M Thinsulate™ Insulation, the same incredible material utilized in winter clothing. This three layer patented system ensures energy created by the spa stays in the spa.

BlueMAAX Insulation

(All Models)

Made from recycled natural fiber, it is approved by the U.S. Green Building Council. The insulation contains no chemical irritants, is treated with a borate-based solution to prevent mold/mildew growth, pest infestation, and acts as a fire retardant. BlueMAAX® replaces the urethane foam in “foam filled” hot tubs. (Foam filling produces volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) which are harmful to the environment.) These panels also allow for easy access and can be taken out and put back together to factory specifications right in your own home. “Foam filled” hot tubs require the foam to be chipped out to access vital parts of your spa and need to send the spa back to the factory to safely refill these holes.


Clean Water Technology

Aqua Klean Filtration

(Optional 200 Series Only)

aqua-sockAmerican Whirlpools includes as an option the Aqua-Klean water filtration system. It is now optional on many spas. The patented Aqua-Klean filters have an incredible flow rate of 150 gallons per minute! This means they can filter ALL the water passing through the pumps, unlike traditional pleated filters with significantly lower flow rates which forces some water to bypass the filtration system letting unfiltered water return to the spa. In addition, these filters cost about half the price of conventional filters and are easier to maintain. Unlike pleated filters which can be hard to clean, Aqua-Klean filters are designed to be cleaned in your household washing machine with just a 1/4 cup of household bleach.

CleanZone – Ozone

Clean water is the cornerstone of spa enjoyment. American Whirlpool’s CleanZone™ water purification system will automatically maintain healthy, crystal clear water while greatly reducing chemical maintenance. CleanZone™ is a cartridge ozone system that disinfects and cleans your spa. And best of all, CleanZone™ does not require any cleaning or maintenance whatsoever. Worry-free enjoyment, throughout the life of your spa.

CleanZone II – UV

The CleanZone II™ system uses the power of UVC light, the same technology utilized in many communities around the world to purify drinking water. Clean Zone II™ kills 99.9%* of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses and parasites. This system is the perfect blend of hygiene, purity and technology.


Direct Drive Pumps

American Whirlpool hot tubs utilize industrial duty dual speed 56 frame pumps in all of their 240 volt models. The isolation pump mount  incorporates four shock absorbers to absorb vibration and noise. The 56 frame motor is 30% larger, more powerful and delivers higher water flow for better jet performance than the 48 frame motors found in most spas. They also run cooler for longer life and have lower amp draw for lower operating costs. High water flow with efficient, quiet operation – that’s better performance!

Flow Rate (gal/min)

6 bHP 5 bHP
High Speed > 250 > 225
Low Speed > 125 > 100

Worlds first fully Electronic Spa with no mechanical switches that can fail.

Top-Side Controls

Tablet Style Controls for 400, 800 and 900 Series

Fun, Simple, Engaging

A unique user interface and an engaging new way to control your spa equipment and accessories!

No buttons, keys and overlays! Mode and function selection wheels, all-on or all-off one touch activation key of last used settings, interactive display icons and on-screen messages are all elements of the new tablet style user interface designed to let spa users interact intuitively with their spa and its accessories.

  • 4.3” 256k color LCD Display with Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 5 Water Care modes including ‘Super Energy Saver’, ‘Away from Home’ and ‘Weekender’

200 Series Spa Controls

American Whirlpool control panel

These 6-button controllers feature a large LCD display and slightly raised keys that let users control all spa system functions and programming directly from spa side. Easily program the time, set temperature, set filtration cycles, and control pumps and lights. Use the economy mode to lower the temperature during certain times of the day and set a time for it to warm back up so it’s ready to use when you need it. Simple to use and easy to read, the Command Control System makes controlling the spa effortless.

100 Series Spa Controls

American Whirlpool control panel L402

These easy to use 3-button controls have been pre-programmed to be “plug and play.” Turn the power on, adjust the desired temperature and the system is ready to go. If there are situations that require additional filtering time, the filter settings can be customized to any special requirements. Simple to use and easy to read with an LED display, the Command Control System makes controlling the spa effortless.

Other Features

FX Fountains

Not Available on the
100 or 160 spas

A true laminar stream of water rises above the water’s surface providing a soothing visual and sound effect. The water stream is back lighted for further visual enhancement. Let the water cascade around you while you relax and rejuvenate.

Modern Cabinet Designs

Duramax body / cabinet design infographic

New Design shown
for 400, 800 and 900 Series Only

DuraMaax™ is a state of the art wood-alternative material that has the look and feel of natural wood, without the maintenance. The material is impact resistant, impervious to weather or insect damage and will never splinter, crack or rot. The attractive exterior locks in heat and seals out cold air – providing a beautiful look and feel.

M7 Powerpacks

balboa-heaterAn advanced, state of the art spa controller provides the ultimate in ease of use, safety and reliability for every spa user. The Powerworks™ with M7 technology is a revolutionary new hardware/software platform that completely eliminates mechanical sensor switches and remote through-wall temperature sensors. The M7 platform features two identical solid state sensors that mount inside the heater manifold. These “Smart Sensors” accurately and reliably measure water temperature while monitoring critical water conditions without the possibility of failure due to mechanical switch malfunction.

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