4 Things you should know before you buy a Hot Tub

4 Things you should know before you buy a Hot Tub
December 08/2015

Choosing a hot tub or spa for your home can be a very difficult task, especially if you have never owned one before. There are thousands of differenthot tubs on the market with an endless variety of features and accessories to choose from. In order to help you make the shopping process easier, we have compiled a list of questions to ask yourself before you begin shopping, and some helpful hints to assist you in the process

1. Where do I want to install my new Hot Tub ?
This is possibly the most important factor to determine before you begin shopping.  Although most people begin with aesthetic considerations when determining the location of their new hot tub, I suggest you consider function in order to maximize the enjoyment of your new investment.

In Canada, the best time to enjoy your hot tub is on those cold winter nights.  With a direct route and a reasonable distance of no more than 25’ from the doorway, accessing the hot tub in winter is surprisingly comfortable even during the coldest weather.  All you need is a bath robe or a sweatshirt and the cold weather will not have time to sink in before you are in the soothing hot water of your hot tub. Having a place to hook your bathrobe or towels within reach of the tub will also increase your enjoyment of the tub, but if no walls are available, then portable racks can always serve the same purpose.

Before going into the store, take measurements and make a drawing of your backyard so that you can discuss your options with your local professional.  The more details you include in your diagram, the more options they may be able to see for you.  Most professionals will offer a free sight inspection in order to ensure that the hot tub will fit where you are planning on putting it.  While on site they may also see a better locations due to their vast experience in installations.

2. What size hot tub would I prefer?
How many people are you going to want to seat in your hot tub AT ANY ONE TIME ? Remember, a hot tub is a very social environment and you can often fit a large number of people into any tub.  Don’t buy a hot tub for your friends who may “occasionally” use it.  Determine your needs based on “Regular” users, and start there.

3. What style of hot tub seating would I prefer?
How would you like the seating laid out? Do you want a lounge chair with deep contoured seating, or do you want simple bench style seating ?  A lounge chair allows you the comfort to stretch out and relax, but limits the number of seats (and thus people) that will fit.  Bench seating  allows more freedom of movement and more people to use the hot tub at once.  The best compromise is to get a mixture of deep contoured and bench style seats so that you can adapt the use to your mood or number of bathers.

In a hot tub, you are very buoyant, so the seats and positioning of the seats becomes less important once you have it installed in your back yard.  The best way to understand what YOU like is to try some hot tubs before buying.  Get an idea of the type of seats you like, and then find something similar.

Remember that most people love the hot tubs in hotels, and yet they are often just a concrete bench with a few jets.  It is the hot water that provides most of the comfort and relaxation, so don’t worry too much about the shape of the tub itself, just make sure it is the right size and has the right features and quality.

4. How much money am I willing to spend?
This is a very important element to consider. The amount of money you are willing to spend will determine your limitations when it comes to choosing a hot tub. Hot Tubs / Spas can range in price from about $2,999 to over $30,000 depending on the type you choose.
In the world of hot tubs, it is very much “you get what you pay for” since the price of materials is a very large component of the price.  If the price is less, then it is likely that there are fewer or cheaper components used to build that particular model or brand. Sometimes you can find what seems to be a great price at a discount store, but remember that SERVICE after the purchase is one of the most important factors when determining the overall value of your purchase.  If you can’t get the product serviced in the middle of winter, then the value of your “Great Deal” just got reduced.

If you don’t want to spend a large amount of money, you may want to consider looking at some used hot tub models in order to get a better quality used, than a lesser quality new hot tub. On the other hand, if you have always wanted a hot tub, then make sure you spend enough to get a quality product from a quality service centre.

For more information about what to look for when purchasing a hot tub, contact your local IPG member today!

Happy Hot Tub’ing !

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