A Beginners Guide To Purchasing A Hot Tub
A hot tub is more than a home improvement product — it’s a self-improvement product. A soothing retreat that’s part of your home, an intimate oasis that you share with family and friends. A hot tub serves as a tangible investment in your mental and physical health, as well as your overall happiness. A place where you can unwind and truly feel your very best. Purchasing a hot tub should be fun. But before you purchase the first hot tub you find, take a moment to find out what you should consider before you even start your search and learn practical tips that will help you find your perfect hot tub.
Do Your Research Before Purchasing a Hot Tub
As you begin to shop for your hot tub, knowing the correct questions to ask is vital. Common questions may include:
- How do you get the hot tub from your driveway to the final site?
- Do you need hydrotherapy to certain parts of your body?
- How will you maintain your hot tub?
- What’s the best size/# of seats for your family?
- What are the electrical needs?
- What is your monthly cost to maintain?
Find a qualified dealer to help you answer these questions and get the perfect hot tub for you.
Differences in Hot Tub Water Care
Everyone has different needs and there may be options that are better than traditional chlorine/bromine systems, like ozone systems and salt water sanitation systems. Less time for maintenance means more time to relax in your spa. Though all spas require some simple water care maintenance (just like a car, all need to be maintained), the process should be easy and stress-free for you. When looking at a hot tub you’re interested in, ask a sales associate to explain your water care options. Three most common ways to maintain spa water are traditional chlorine, ozone system, and salt water sanitation systems.
The Right Amount of Jets, Not The Most
Hot tubs have a plethora of jet options, all targeted to certain muscle groups to help you emerge from your hot tub feeling your best, but remember with hydrotherapy, it is quality over quantity. Hot tubs generally have anywhere between 20 to 100 jets. Keep in mind, more jets doesn’t equate to better. Often, having fewer jets in targeted groups will conserve energy and give a better, more focused massage. Visit www.hotspring.com/jets to see all Hot Spring jet options!
Operating Costs of a Hot Tub
Because spas require electricity to power the jets, heat and circulate the water, new hot tub owners generally see an increase in their electricity bill after installing their spa. So how much will it cost you to run your hot tub? That depends on the type of spa you buy, seasonal ambient temperature, the temperature of the water, frequency of use and the cost of electricity where you live, but it can range from as little as a few dollars per month to much more. It’s important that you understand how the hot tub you choose is designed to keep operating costs low. When purchasing a hot tub, look for energy-efficient features like: high-density, complete insulation in the entire spa, a high-density spa cover that seals completely, a continuous, energy-efficient water circulation pump, jets and controls designed for the realities of use, and heaters that maximize heat-to-water transfer.
Test Soaking Before You Buy
Let’s face it, you wouldn’t purchase a car without taking it for a test drive, so don’t buy a hot tub without test soaking in one first. Many certified dealers will let you test soak in different models in their store. Test soaking ensures you find the best size for you and your family. You will be able to feel the difference in jets and how they massage your body, experiment with the different seating options and get a better feel for spa height and size. We also encourage people to come in and sit in a dry hot tub if they forget their bathing suit before purchasing a hot tub!
There are a lot of considerations when installing your first hot tub. Many dealerships provide a free in-home site consultation to help answer all your questions about delivery access, placement, electrical, site prep, etc. Where you place your new hot tub will be key to a happier enjoyment of the product. During a site consultation, we can go over the different foundation options, make sure there will be enough room to service/maintain the spa and how delivery will be achieved. You can schedule a site inspection with us here: Free in-home site consultation
Installation of Your New Hot Tub
Hot tubs are big, heavy and awkward to move. Unless you’re a trained professional, you probably want to avoid installing your new hot tub yourself. Often times a spa will need to be lifted by a boom truck (or boom boat!). Having a great rapport with crane operators and electricians will make the delivery and install less stressful. Some companies will only deliver the spa to the end of your driveway. Purchasing a hot tub from a dealer that delivers to the final destination can greatly relieve stress and anxiety. Some dealers will even fill the spa and get it operating to confirm proper installation.
After the Sale and What to Look For
Choosing the right dealership is just as important as choosing the right hot tub model. A good hot tub can last you more than 20 years, so find a good dealership that will continue to serve you many years after the sale. Try to find a dealership that specializes in hot tubs and hot tub service/maintenance to help provide the absolute best hot tub ownership experience. New hot tub owners will have many questions and concerns at the beginning so having a resource available is key. Also, it is very important to test your water weekly and we recommend bringing in a water sample to our water test station monthly to ensure healthy water.