Buying the Right Hot tub
So, you’re ready to take the plunge (pun intended) and buy a hot tub. You may be feeling overwhelmed with choices, and unsure what exactly makes for a good hot tub. Never fear, in this article we are going to take a look at the 5 things you need to look for when shopping for a Hot tub.
We’ll be giving you an in-depth look at the 5 points that make for a great hot tub, including...
- Brand & Retailer Reputation - what is the quality of the product
- Comfort & design - is it comfortable and does it work for the family
- The Massage and Types of Massage Available
- How easy is it to maintain? A hot tub is intended to relieve headaches, not create one.
- How energy efficient is it? Is it insulated for your climate?
Brand & Retailer Reputation
One of the biggest mistakes made when shopping for a Hot tub is focusing on “The Deal” instead of on the relationship and support you'll receive from the brand and retailer. Look for a brand and retailer that has been around for a long while and has a track record of excellent customer service and support. Even if you are an online research extraordinaire, you’ll find out that you still have a lot of questions when it comes time to install and maintain your new hot tub.
Choosing an established brand and retailer with exceptional customer service and support will ensure you not only enjoy the shopping experience, but all enjoy your hot tub for years to come.
- How do I maintain it, navigate the controls, etc.?
- Make sure that your brand and retailer have a comprehensive knowledge of the product so they can answer your questions.
- Is my retailer there for me when I need them?
- The last thing you would want is to purchase from a company who's here today and gone tomorrow. Find a brand and retailer that will answer your Sunday night phone call when you’re trying to warm up a freezing cold tub.
Comfort and Design
It's essential to look at comfort because, let's be honest, if the spa isn't comfortable and doesn't fit you, you are far less likely to spend time in it, relaxing and soothing your aches. The whole point of a hot tub is comfort, after all, so it would end up being a massive waste of money if you can’t enjoy it. Consider these factors to pick out the most comfortable hot tub for you.
Look for a tub that has a variety of seating depths, to ensure it fits everyone in that family. A Nice deep seat is great for full body immersion, getting a great massage, and staying warm in the colder weather. Shallow seats are a great place to sit and escape the heat and enjoy a beverage. They also provide an excellent spot for your kids to be comfortable and enjoy time together as a family.
Who doesn't love a great massage? Hydrotherapy boasts a ton of amazing health benefits (you can find more info on that in our other blog posts!) so getting a hot tub with great massage features is essential. Consider the following when selecting the right model for you.
Choosing a tub with a variety of jets and great placement will really help to provide you with relief from pain and tension, and ensure you genuinely enjoy every minute you spend in your hot tub.
Ease of Maintenance
The last thing you want to buy is a headache. A Hot tub is supposed to relieve stress, not create it. If you’ve selected a great brand and retailer, this can help provide a lot of support in keeping your hot tub maintained and running smoothly. However, you may still need to do some maintenance, yourself -- primarily, keeping the water clean.
Water can be cleaned 1 of 2 ways -- either through filtration or Chemicals. Look for a tub that has an excellent filtration system and can filter all of the water quickly. This will reduce cost and reduce chemical dependency and ensure you spend more time enjoying your tub instead of maintaining it.
Hydropool's Pure Water System and patented self-clean technology quickly, effectively and safely, treat 99.9% of all waterborne pathogens with a combination of UVC Light Minerals and Ozone, providing you with what we believe is the easiest to maintain hot tub in the world.
Climate and Energy Efficiency
Look for a spa that is well insulated and, more importantly, insulated for the climate where you live. Warmer climates like Florida, Arizona, Texas and California endure much warmer temperatures. A well-insulated and well ventilated hot tub is essential so that it doesn't overheat in 100-degree weather.
If you live in a colder climate, an excellent insulation system will help ensure your water is hot when you need it, and won't cost a fortune to run. Keep in mind that, depending on how frequently you use your hot tub, leaving the motor running is actually more energy efficient than turning it off after every use. This is especially true in colder climates, where heating up your hot tub may take more energy.