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How do I Decide What Hot Tub to Get?

Purchasing a hot tub can be overwhelming with the numerous options and styles available. Below we talk about some factors you should think about when picking out a hot tub that is right for you and your family.

Features of a Quality Hot Tub

When you purchase a hot tub, it can become a significant investment. You will want to make sure you are buying a quality model that will last for years and is simple to maintain over those years. People often go for the entry-level or budget models because of the low-price tag. However, the missing features will damper your enjoyment and these often break down and need repairs more frequently. Here is a checklist that will help you consider some essential features to keep in mind when selecting a hot tub.

Energy Efficiency

To make sure your utility bill does not skyrocket, invest in an energy efficient model. You can look for models that are CEC certified, which means they trap heat waste and reuse it to reduce energy consumption.

Durable Construction

Harsh weather elements do not stand a chance against sturdy materials like stainless steel, thermal plastic, and thick wood. Avoid weaker materials like inflatable tubs or soft-sided vinyl. These tend to be flimsy and deteriorate quickly.

Massage Jets

When you purchase a hot tub with customizable massage jets you are allowing yourself more opportunities to get use out of the hot tub. This way everyone in the family can benefit when facing various body pains or aches.

Cover

Often people forget about the importance of a quality cover. However, a cover should be durable, well-sealed and lockable. This will prevent excess heat loss and debris from entering or damaging the unit.

Easy Maintenance

You bought your hot tub to enjoy, not to spend time worrying about how clean it is. One way to avoid this is by investing in a self-cleaning model. These models have specialized water filters that reduce the maintenance time needed as well as required chemicals to keep your hot tub clean.

Insulation

To minimize the amount of heat lost invest in proper insulation. Models with quality full-foam insulation will be best. Avoid basic or partial insulation coverage.

Warranty

One way to make sure you can relax in your hot tub is with a good warranty. The best hot tubs will come with a comprehensive warranty covering all structure, shell, parts and repair costs.

Location

After considering the types of features you want in your hot tub, you now need to decide on where to install, indoors or outdoors. There are benefits to both and it really depends on your own preference and situation. Some people love outdoor hot tubs because they can incorporate landscaping and enjoy their backyard more. They can socialize around their hot tub and make it the focal point in their home. Some enjoy hot tubs for medical purposes and want to be able to use it 365 days a year in the privacy of their own home.

Size

Before you decide on a location you should also think about the size. How much room do you have available? How many people will be using the hot tub? If you are considering parties and get-togethers a larger model may be best. Consider the users of the hot tub and how much room they will need to enjoy the experience and feel comfortable. Multi-level seating may be a favorable option for different size users.

Now that you know some of the key features that make a hot tub so enjoyable and some of the most important points to consider, it is time to get searching. To get started on browsing models, download a hot tub buyer’s guide.