From energy efficiency and automation to style and function, manufacturers are continuing to release innovative products that will help to make pool and hot tub ownership a more enjoyable experience for your clients. So, if you're interested in updating your store's inventory look no further than these latest new items to meet your customers needs and freshen your offerings.

Recently, Covana debuted its automated cover for hot tubs and swim spas, Evolution. Available for use on square 7-foot and 8-foot hot tubs, rectangular 8-by-9 to 8-by-11-foot hot tubs, and round hot tubs up to 8 feet, the covers are fully adjustable and can be raised within 20 seconds.

Providing the total backyard retail experience is an increasing trend and includes offering everything including games, such as  Backyard Pool Products' Poolside Water Checkers game table. The table, which seats up to six adults and comes with cup and game piece holders for each player, can transform from checkers to chess and more.

Interest in variable speed pumps remains high for consumers, and Hayward Pool Products' latest model is the only one on the market with a magnet motor, according to the manufacturer. Designed as a replacement for its single-speed 115V model, the SuperPump VS 115V comes with a built-in time clock and a 110-cubic-inch basket for extra leaf-holding capacity.

SimPoolTec is keeping pace with consumer demands for products to help maintain clean swimming pools with its updated Skimmer Arm.  Built to improve surface skimming in above- and inground pools, its flexible, curved arms offer a 30-inch reach to channel floating debris into the skimmer. Want even more new product ideas? Be sure to visit regularly for the latest to hit the market.