Buying a hot tub is a serious investment and it is important to select one that will suit your needs and lifestyle for many years to come. The benefits, options and quality can significantly vary amongst manufacturers as well as what personalized features are available. Knowing what to look for and what to avoid will ultimately help you choose the best hot tub for your needs. Below, we will highlight both important features to look for as well as what to avoid when buying a hot tub.
Things to Look For:
These three features are incredibly important to ensure that you have a hot tub that is comfortable and suits your lifestyle.
One of the main reasons people enjoy using hot tubs is because of their massage jets and therapeutic programs. Each hot tub model has different styles or shapes of jets with various pressure settings and program features. Search for a model that has custom massage options and wellness programs to target the specific areas that your body needs the most. Hot tubs are great for assisting with back and joint pain, however, there are models that are designed to treat other health issues such as insomnia.
Comfort & Design
A hot tub is a big investment and one that will last for many years, so you want to be sure that it is comfortable. In order to find the best one, you need to test different models and make sure to ask your dealer if you can perform a wet test. This is where they will fill with it water so that you can truly test what the comfort and experience will be. Also, make sure to look for additional features such as ergonomic or multi-level seating to accommodate the different sizes and shapes of users.
Different makes and models have very different cleaning requirements. Knowing what to expect in maintaining and cleaning your hot tub is important before you make the decision to purchase a model. Hot tubs have a wide range of maintenance requirements and if you want to minimize the amount of time you need to spend scrubbing and cleaning, you will want to select a self-cleaning model which will skim and filter the water as well as vacuum the floor.
Things to Avoid:
There are three important factors that you should be aware of so that you can avoid high utility bills or being stuck with poor service or support.
Lower-quality models usually come with a basic or limited warranty. This can often cause buyer’s remorse if a major component fails and needs to be replaced down the road. Make sure that your model has a comprehensive warranty that supports parts and labor for 3 years, the structure for 10 years and 5 years for the acrylic surface.
Poor Dealer Support
Never buy a hot tub until you have researched your local dealer and read independent reviews of their business and service quality. Also, make sure to review the manufacturers that they stock to find out their reputation for product quality and durability. Sometimes a price tag that seems too good to be true is just that. Purchasing a hot tub is a large investment and you want to have confidence that your dealer will be around and able to properly service your unit should an issue arise. Ask about their local service and support guarantees, how long they have been operating for and if they stock parts on the hot tub models that they carry.
Don’t be shocked when you receive your first energy bill after installing your hot tub. Hot tub models that only have insulation on the exterior will end up costing much more to run as they use more electricity to heat the unit. Search for models that have hardcovers which retain heat and are equipped with thermal vents and shields as well as use high-flow/low-flow energy pumps. Models that are approved by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation are the most energy efficient hot tubs on the market and will cost very little to run. Make sure to ask your hot tub dealer about how much the average monthly cost is to run the unit you are interested in.
Now that you know the important facts to consider before purchasing a hot tub, you can be confident that you have the knowledge to find the perfect model to suit your needs and lifestyle.
About the Author: Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years. As a sales manager in the leisure industry he knows hot tubs inside and out. Right now, he works sales while writing about consumer goods on the side. If you want to contact him, you can do so at his LinkedIn.