Hot tubs and spas used to require the purchase and handling of big, clunky, expensive buckets of chemicals, powders and water conditioners. Without constant maintenance — and even with it, in a lot of cases — water could become cloudy or smelly. When getting out of a funky spa, your skin feels tight and itchy, which makes your hot tub experience all-around gross.

But then, really smart people brought incredible ideas to life. Amazing inventions created by geniuses are now enabling regular people of average intellect to enjoy crystal clear, odor-free water all the time.

First, there’s Silk Balance, which improves your water, your skin and your hot tub at the same time. Natural and void of harsh chemicals, Silk Balance uses non-caustic elements to keep your water stunningly clear and odor free while breaking down deposits on your tub. When you get out, your skin feels like, well, silk.   

ACESpaSticker_nobkgd1Next, take a look at the Ace Salt Water Sanitizing System. Although it’s backed up by moon landing-esque science, you’re not required to have even a basic understanding of the technological marvel it creates in your hot tub. Using little more than salt and electricity, the Ace system creates its own natural chlorine. Yeah, I know — mind blown.

Then, there is Cool tub technology, which lets you keep water fresh and crisp on the hottest summer days. Even on the most sweltering days, you can keep water cool enough to be comfy.

When it comes to hot tub water, it’s a brave, new world. You can achieve H2o perfection with less effort and expense than ever before. You used to have a choice between gross water or tons of chemicals. But now, your options might surprise you.