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What Hot Tub Should I Buy?

For those who are deciding to buy a hot tub, it can be an exciting time.  However, after looking at all the options available it can also be a confusing and trying time.  The fact is that hot tubs have been around long enough that there’s an incredibly wide variety of choices available.  Narrowing down the models to those that would work best for you is part of the process of buying a hot tub.  For those who are asking the question, “What hot tub should I buy?” we’ve come up with an article to help you make sense of the market.

Should You Buy A Hot Tub?

Before asking what type of hot tub you should buy, you should probably first ask the question of whether it’s a good idea to actually buy one.  For people with certain medical conditions such as heart problems, spending time in a hot tub wouldn’t be recommended by a doctor.  Pregnant women should also consult a doctor before using a hot tub.  And if you’re considering using a hot tub to help with conditions such as arthritis, joint pain or mobility issues, it’s probably best to get your doctor’s advice beforehand.

Who Will Be Using Your Hot Tub?

How many people plan on using your new addition will play a large role in what type of hot tub you should buy.  If you have a four-person family, it probably wouldn’t be very fair if you bought a two-person tub.  Also, if you envision regular hot tub parties, you should plan to accommodate all the people you plan to invite.  You should also consider your body size when shopping for a hot tub.  Most tubs these days have molded seats, so if you’re very tall or very short, these types of seats may or may not work for you.  Getting the right sized hot tub for your needs will narrow down your choices.

How Often Do You Plan on Using It?

When you first think about buying a hot tub, you’re probably telling yourself you would use it every day, multiple times per day.  But the reality might be very different.  Estimating how much use your tub will get will play a role in choosing the appropriate energy efficiency specifications, ease of maintenance abilities, accessibility to repair shops and length of warranty. 

How Will You Install the Tub?

Pretty much every professional hot tub installer has a horror story of showing up to install a new hot tub and finding they couldn’t actually get it into the area where it was supposed to be installed without extensive remodelling.  Save yourself (and your hot tub installer) the headache by making sure your hot tub will fit where you want it to go.  Confirm your measurements before you buy to maintain your sanity.

How Much Are You Prepared to Spend?

The amount of money you have to spend will dictate what type of hot tub you can consider.  Those at the lower end of the budget spectrum will likely be looking at inflatable hot tubs.  Those with more money to spend can go for inground tubs with all the bells and whistles.  Be realistic about the size of your bankroll so as not to be disappointed.

What Accessories Do You Need?

Do you envision mood lighting and in tub stereo system?  What about adjustable or customized jets?  Or are you more worried about how much it’s going to cost you to run the thing?  The accessories are where you get to customize the hot tub to meet your needs.  The possibilities are seemingly endless but take your time to check out what’s available and decide what would make sense for you.

Now that you know what to look for when buying a hot tub, download a hot tub buyer’s guide to find out more about our models.