I've had my softub for 6 years and love it. I use it year round, have had no problems with it . A couple things I really like about the softub over a permanent tub: 1) its easy to move around. I have it in the far back corner of my yard in the summer, so may patio is used for the usual patio furniture, then when I am emptying and cleaning it in the fall I move it (by myself) to my patio so its just steps to the door (important in Ontario winters!). 2) if you do have any issues with the motor, you can just bring the hydromate in to the shop, unlike permanent tubs where everything is built in and you need to pay for someone to come to you to repair it. I just replaced the gaskets on it myself. No problem. So I think its a great tub and can't imagine not having it. I've never had any problems like the ones mentioned here, vinyl cracking, motor shutting off, etc. Stay on top of the chemicals and you'll be fine.