How to Choose the Best Hot Tub for You

No two hot tubs are created alike. Whether you’re looking for comfort, energy efficiency, or easy maintenance, when you visit your dealer you’ll have a huge range of features to choose from.

Below, you’ll find out more about how you can make the best decision and choose the right hot tub for you.

Tip #1: Consider comfort

When choosing a hot tub, comfort is key, but it can be hard to tell whether a hot tub will be comfortable just by looking. The best way to determine whether the comfort level is right for you is to request a wet test, where the dealer fills the tub so you can try it out.

If you can’t do a wet test, make sure to sit in the hot tub without water. As you do this, pay attention to how it feels to sit in the hot tub and whether the hot tub seems large enough for all bathers.

Also make sure the seats are comfortable. Ergonomically designed seats will typically provide superior comfort since they’re designed to fit all types of bodies. Non-floating lounger seats will also let you recline while your feet remain on the floor, providing added comfort. Finally, when you lean back against the jets, notice any discomfort you feel. If the jets aren’t comfortable, it’s a good idea to consider a different option.

Tip #2: Look for outstanding massage capabilities

Therapeutic benefits are among the top reasons people invest in hot tubs. Whether you want to alleviate pain in your back and legs, recover from a serious workout, or find a remedy for stress and insomnia, a hot tub can help.

If therapy is your top priority, you’ll want to choose a hot tub with a complete range of wellness programs. Jets and jet positions should be adjustable so you can receive the full range of therapies you need. There should also be enough jets to provide the specific type of massage you’re looking for, as well as a user-friendly touchpad so you can easily select from a variety of therapeutic programs. Don’t forget to pay attention to all of these features during your wet test!

Tip #3: Prioritize energy efficiency

Choosing a hot tub with high quality insulation will save you both money and energy. Today’s hot tubs utilize a variety of design features that improve energy efficiency including cabinets that trap waste heat and high-quality hard covers. Thermal vents can also prevent overheating and reduce energy loss.

For maximized energy savings, look for hot tubs that have thermal shields and high-flow, low-energy pumps, as well as models that are Commission for Environmental Commission approved. It’s also a good idea to find out how much it costs to run a particular hot tub. The dealer should be able to provide you with this information.

Tip #4: Minimize maintenance

If you don’t want to spend all of your time maintaining your hot tub, look into a self-cleaning option. These provide the easiest and fastest maintenance possible. In fact, the best self-cleaning hot tubs can filter all of their water in just 15 minutes. They will also skim the surface and vacuum to reduce your maintenance time.

Regardless of the type of hot tub you choose, make sure it is easy to clean, drain, and disinfect. In-line chemical feeders can be of great help in this area. Hot tubs with all-sided plumbing access will also significantly reduce your maintenance.

Tip #5: Choose a reliable dealer

The best dealers have been in business for a significant amount of time. To find a good dealer, start by reading reviews online. Before purchasing any hot tub, make sure the dealer is helpful, can easily get you parts, and offers on-site water testing. All hot tubs will need ongoing maintenance, so you’ll also want to determine whether the dealer does maintenance in-house or outsources it. In-house maintenance is usually the best option when you want to save time.

Tip #6: Ask about warranties

Hot tubs with good warranties are among the best investments you can make. A strong warranty will save you substantial money on repairs. Ideally, you’ll want a 10-year structural warranty, a 5-year acrylic surface warranty, and a 3-year parts and labor warranty. Also try to find a company that does not charge a fee for a warranty call.

Tip #7: Consider the perks

There are countless perks and features that can transform your hot tub experience, but you’ll want to choose them based on your lifestyle. From ice buckets and drink holders to wood or synthetic cabinets, there are many choices you can make to create the perfect soak for you. Other considerations include stereos, accent lighting, salt water options, voltage, and the noise level the hot tub creates.

To learn how to select the right hot tub for you, download our Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide.