What Hot Tub Should I Buy?
Although buying a hot tub should be a very exciting time, it can often cause fear and stress. A lot of this has to do with the fact that the potential buyer is wading into a world that they don’t fully understand. However, a bit of knowledge is all that’s necessary to make an informed and smart buying decision. If you’re wondering, “What hot tub should I buy?” we’ve put together an article that will give you a better understanding of what you should be looking for.
Who Should You Buy Your Hot Tub From?
In this day and age, it’s incredibly easy to open up an internet browser and buy whatever it is we desire. However, when it comes to something as important and expensive as a hot tub, we strongly suggest you resort to old-school buying methods. Visit a reputable and established hot tub retailer rather than clicking on a link provided by an online retailer who sells everything from groceries to medical hardware. Not only will an experienced hot tub sales team be able to answer all of your questions in full, but they’ll also allow you to try out the hot tub and make sure it’s suited to your body type. They’ll also be able to provide aftercare and maintenance that you’ll never receive from an online retailing giant.
You might also be tempted by a pop-up hot tub retailer that appears in the parking lot of your local shopping mall or at the annual carnival. While you might find the prices are somewhat cheaper than what’s available at a brick and mortar hot tub store, as with most things, you usually end up getting what you paid for. Pop-up retailers typically sell cheaply-made, inferior-quality hot tubs with a large markup. And they’ll be long gone before you realize the problems with your purchase. Save yourself money in the long run by dealing with a reputable hot tub dealer.
Inflatable, Portable And Inground Hot Tubs
When choosing among inflatable, portable and inground hot tubs, you’ll largely be influenced by your budget and future outlook. Inflatable hot tubs are generally the cheapest, but won’t last anywhere near as long as an inground hot tub. Portable hot tubs give you a balance between price and longevity, while inground hot tubs will last for decades to come. Knowing how much money you’re willing to spend and how long you want your investment to last will inform your decision as to which type of hot tub will best suit you.
Hardwired Versus Plug And Play Hot Tubs
The main difference between hardwired and plug and play hot tubs is the type of power they use. Hardwired hot tubs run on 220 volts and require the installation of a specialized electrical outlet. This isn’t a DIY job and will require the services of an electrician. The electrician will also need to be present to connect the hot tub. Plug and play models, on the other hand, run on 110 volts and plug into any regular household electrical outlet.
The obvious advantage of plug and play hot tubs is that they do as the name suggests. You simply plug it into the wall, fill it up with water and allow it to heat up. No need for an electrician or the wiring of specialized electrical circuits. However, the reduced voltage that plug and play models require means there are some limitations when it comes to water heating and pumping. It can take a plug and play model up to three times as long to get the water up to a comfortable temperature. And once there, you can’t run the water heater at the same time as the water pump is running at full speed. This means you’ll either have to accept a gentler massage or allow your water temperature to drop while you enjoy the full massage capabilities.
Energy efficient models will typically pay for themselves after a few seasons. Similar to buying a hot tub from a fly-by-night dealer, you might save some money upfront, but you’ll probably pay more in the long run. This is especially true if you plan to use your hot tub in colder weather. Well-insulated models that rapidly filter the contents of the tub and use low energy, high flow pumps will reduce your energy bills and your reliance on water cleaning chemicals.
Now that you have some insight on what hot tub you should buy, download a free buyer’s guide to arm yourself with more information.