You’re ready to improve your life and your home with a hot tub, but you’re not sure where to start your search. You might have questions, like, “How much will it cost? What features are am I looking for?” To answer these questions and more, Hot Spring Spas created a Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide — a simple, printable guide that guides you through every step of shopping for a hot tub. The guide takes you through the following:
- Initial questions you should ask yourself
- Hot tub water care basics
- Discovering what hot tub features matter to you
- What to look for in spa filtration systems
- Estimating your monthly operating costs
- Selecting a hot tub brand
- Finding a hot tub model
- How to avoid common hot tub buying mistakes
Here is a checklist of things to consider:
- Learn about the spa’s specific features, quality of components, ease of use and maintenance.
- When the spa is not in use, does the water always remain hot and clean?
- Do the jets and jet systems allow you to customize your hydro massage experience?
- Ask about the filtration system; is the water filtered 24 hours a day?
- Can you adjust the filtration cycles to meet your needs?
- Is the heating and filtration system automatic?
- Are the spa controls user-friendly?
- How is the seating configured; are you able to move about easily?
- Get into the spa; does it feel comfortable to you without water?
- Take a tub test soak to get the full effect.
- Learn how the tub is constructed and its energy efficiency.
- The components should be backed by the manufacturers warranty.
- How long does the manufacturer been in business?
- How long has the dealer been in business?
- Does the dealer have local service or do they have to travel a long distance? This can be important in the middle of winter if your spa requires immediate attention.
How much should I spend? How much do you want to spend? There’s a hot tub for every budget! However, don’t kid yourself – compare apples to apples. You get what you pay for! A spa with a separate high efficiency filtration pump, full foam insulation, or multiple jet pumps will cost you more than a spa built without these features.
Beware of the inexpensive flashy no name spas sold by some of the big box variety stores. These spas are normally built to a price spec, not a quality specification. Who is going to service it? Service should be a major concern when you purchase a spa. When you buy a spa off the Internet or stores that don’t have factory trained technicians you’re gambling with a lot of money.
Download Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide