Buying a new hot tub can be an exciting, but overwhelming situation to be in. You can envision the warm, swirling waters, but before that can be realized you have to part with thousands of dollars. Buying the right hot tub can be fraught with indecision, confusion and the fear of making the wrong choice. So, what is the best outdoor hot tub? To help you figure this out we’ve come up with a list of things you should be considering when trying to decide on the right model for you.
Knowing how much you want to spend will at least get you in the right range of models to choose from. You can get inflatable hot tubs for quite cheap, but they won’t last very long either. You’ll pay more for materials that are more durable, but you’ll be able to enjoy your hot tub for years to come. Accessories, add ons and options are also something that you’ll want to keep in mind as they can add up to cost more than the hot tub itself. At the very least, establishing a budget will prevent you from paying for more than you can afford.
The size of your hot tub will depend on how you plan on using it. A single or couple who just want a nightly soak will have very different size requirements compared to a full-sized family who like to entertain guests every weekend. The size will also play a role in how much the hot tub will cost – both in the purchase price and the cost of keeping it running. You’ll also want to pay attention to the area that you’re planning on installing the hot tub. Improperly accounting for space considerations can lead to unintended property renovations or dealing with the hassle of swapping for a properly sized model.
Having a well-insulated system is incredibly important for a Canadian planning to use their hot tub all year round. A poorly insulated model will not only increase your energy bills, but it may also be near impossible to keep the water comfortably warm in the depths of the winter months. You’ll also want to invest in a good fitting, highly insulated hot tub cover. Most heat loss will occur through the water’s surface when the tub isn’t being used. A good cover will bring down your water heating costs as well as the time it takes to get it up to temperature.
To get years of use out of your new hot tub, you’ll want to ensure it’s actually comfortable. With most of today’s hot tubs featuring molded seating, you should do some shopping around to find a model that fits your body properly. This is especially true if you’re taller or larger than average. For multiple user hot tubs, pay special attention to the footwell. Touching knees or feet may not be an issue between you and your partner, but it could be uncomfortable with your neighbours or co-workers. If at all possible, test out the hot tub when it’s full of water as it’s the only way to make sure your soaking experience will be pleasant. Most reputable dealers will allow you to do this in-store.
As already mentioned, kitting out your hot tub with all the best options can cost more than the hot tub itself. But there’s much to be said about things such as an automatic cover lift, entrance stairway, Bluetooth capable surround sound system or an app-based water monitor. You’ll be amazed at the number of things that can enhance your soaking experience. Do your research beforehand so you don’t become overwhelmed when it comes time to choose your package.
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