Things to Consider when Buying a Hot Tub
Purchasing a hot tub is a significant investment, and there are several factors to consider to ensure you choose the right one for your needs and preferences. Here are some important things to consider when buying a hot tub:
Determine your budget before you start shopping. Hot tub prices can vary widely, and having a clear budget will help you narrow down your options. Some upgrades can be more upfront but worth the long term investment, specially if you plan to keep the hot tub for a number of years.
Size and Capacity:
Consider how many people will typically use the hot tub at once. Hot tubs come in various sizes, ranging from smaller two-person models to larger ones that can accommodate six people or more. Even bigger options are available with Swim Spa Models.
Choose a suitable location for the hot tub. Consider factors such as privacy, accessibility, and the proximity to your house. Think about whether you want it indoors, outdoors, on a deck, or in a specific area of your yard. Be mindful of where precipitations land from your roof. If you plan to use your hot tub over the winter month consider locating the spa close to a doorway to avoid having to shovel far.
Indoor or Outdoor Installation:
Decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor hot tub. Each option has its advantages and considerations, such as space availability, ventilation, and the overall environment. Gazebos can be a happy medium that is easier then installing indoors.
Consider your local climate. If you live in an area with cold winters, you might want to invest in a well-insulated hot tub with a good heating system. You want a reliable hot tub that will offer you a few days worth of heat retention should you lose power during the cold months.
Pay attention to the jet configuration. Different hot tubs offer various jet placements and types to provide targeted massage and hydrotherapy. While many jets can seem attractive, it is important that they target the right areas according to your needs.
Seating and Comfort:
Sit in hot tubs you're considering to evaluate the comfort of the seats and the overall layout. Check for ergonomic designs and comfortable headrests. Some models offer more customization by offering alternating seat configurations. There are models available with and without loungers. Consider how you will use the tub.
Look for energy-efficient models with good insulation, efficient pumps, and advanced heating systems. Plumbing configuration can significantly impacted the efficiency of the spa and in return the cost of operating it. Consider how long you. will have the hot tub and how much it will cost in the long run.
Water Filtration and Maintenance:
Consider the water filtration system. Look for hot tubs with effective filtration systems that are easy to maintain. Some models come with advanced water treatment technologies. Hot tub water will last roughly 3 months with regular maintenance, but some water treatment features can extent that to 6 months. Saving you on the extra draining, cleaning, refilling, heating, and balancing.
Shell Material and Construction:
Evaluate the construction materials and quality of the hot tub shell. Durable materials like acrylic or high-density polyethylene are common for hot tub shells. Check for reinforced frames and strong support structures.
Installation and Delivery:
Check if the hot tub can be easily delivered and installed in your chosen location. Consider any potential challenges such as narrow pathways or the need for a crane for delivery. Concrete pads, levelled pavers, and reinforced decks are recommended for set up.
Warranty and Customer Support:
Review the warranty offered by the manufacturer. A comprehensive warranty can provide peace of mind, and good customer support is essential for addressing any issues that may arise.
Research the reputation of the hot tub brand. Look for customer reviews and ratings to gauge the satisfaction of other users with the brand and specific models.
Ease of Use:
Consider the user interface and ease of operation. Look for hot tubs with intuitive controls and user-friendly features.
Additional Features & Accessories:
Decide on any additional features you may want, such as built-in sound systems, LED lighting, water features, or smartphone connectivity. Cover lifters, steps, and handrails are among the most commonly used.
Check local regulations and building codes regarding the installation of hot tubs. Ensure that you comply with any safety requirements or zoning restrictions.
Taking the time to carefully consider these factors will help you choose a hot tub that meets your specific needs and provides long-term satisfaction. Visit our showroom, ask questions, and gather as much information as possible before making your final decision.