Buying a spa or hot tub is a decision you shouldn’t feel rushed or pressured into, so be sure to ask a lot of questions. Like shopping for anything else, knowledge is everything!
Before you take the plunge into buying a spa, ask for a private “test soak” so you can feel the jets and the overall comfort of the spa.
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How big is your family unit? Do you need a space for two and only see yourself entertaining another couple occasionally? OR do you have a family of six or a bunch of friends and relatives that are always around? A hot tub has a way of drawing people together. Think carefully about the seating capacity you need or want. There’s no sense paying for a big tub if it’s only for two of you; likewise, you can avoid family arguments by making sure there’s enough room for all. A hot tub with deep seating will also allow you to room to exercise
You don’t want to pay for jets that you’re not going to want or use and if you don’t like getting blasted, you might want to consider a hot tub with fewer jets. On the flip side, if you’re looking forward to a hydrotherapy experience, the more jets the better.
Is there a water-resistant radio nearby with waterproof speakers? Will there be a TV within viewing pleasure of the hot tub? For the most part, household stereo systems and speakers are not designed to survive a wet environment. For your listening pleasure, it is strongly suggested that a “marine grade” radio with a “marine grade” CD or DVD player be installed. Some units allow you to add auxiliary audio so you can enjoy other components (like a TV) through the hot tub speakers.
They provide enough light to help you locate items such as movies, CDs, drinks, towels, the stairs, and more without tripping over things.
If necessary, be sure to include the cost of an electrician in your total budget.
Check the warranty for the hot tub—some may require a hard, solid surface, while others may require something more substantial (concrete slab).
Not only will it help to keep the hot tub clean—it will also save on energy costs by helping to maintain the water temperature. Covers can be large and cumbersome and very difficult for one person to handle alone. A cover helper is a lever that allows the cover to be removed easily and placed alongside the hot tub. When placing your hot tub, you will need to ensure there is enough room for the cover to be lifted off and set to the side. If you have children, you should also consider a locking safety cover or alarm system for added protection.
There is a gravity drain at the bottom of a hot tub. Fully draining a hot tub can take all day. By using a utility pump, the draining process takes only a very short amount of time.
Will the hot tub be placed near a spigot and do you have a long enough hose?
You will need to clean the tub and jets on a regular basis.
Take a test soak before you buy. Notice the depth of the water, the seating capacity, and the location of the seats and power jets. Make sure you can stretch out comfortably.
Your contract should include a description of the equipment you’re buying and the set-up date, along with a statement indicating who pays for shipping, delivery, and set up. It should include a description of any aftercare service or schedule checkups and a copy of the warranty. Make sure you’re clear on what the warranty includes and doesn’t include. This list should include parts and labor and what out-of-pocket expenses you’ll be responsible for even if the hot tub is still under warranty.