When you’re ready to invest in a hot tub, it’s crucial to take the time to make the right decision. Knowing which factors to consider can be difficult, but by taking into account a variety of features and benefits, you’ll find the perfect hot tub for your lifestyle.
To help make your decision easier, we’ve created a list of seven areas you should think about as you review your hot tub options.
1. Choose the right design for maximum comfort
Comfort is one of the most important factors to evaluate when choosing a hot tub and you should always try out several models to make sure the hot tub you select will be as comfortable as possible. While sitting in a dry hot tub can give you some sense of this, it’s best to do a “wet test” in a full tub. Don’t be afraid to ask the dealer if you can test out a hot tub when it’s full: a good dealer will allow you to do this.
As you ease in, first notice whether there is enough room for everyone who will be using the hot tub to sit comfortably. Then, notice how it feels to sit in your particular seat. An ergonomically designed seat that fits a variety of body shapes is best, and multi-level seating will provide added comfort for all sizes. Non-floating lounger seats will also let you recline while your feet remain planted and improve your hot tub experience. Next, lean back against the jets and notice how it feels: if the jets cause discomfort, this may not be the model for you. Finally, check to see whether the hot tub has safety steps so you and your guests can enter and exit with ease.
2. Select the right massage options for you
Consumers often invest in hot tubs for therapeutic purposes. Whether you’re looking for back and leg pain relief, sports recovery, stress relief, or a remedy for your insomnia, there are hot tubs that have the wellness programs that will help improve your life.
Ideally, you should look for a model with a variety of jet styles and positions that can provide a wide range of therapies you’re looking for. While it’s a good idea to choose a hot tub with a sufficient number of jets, this isn’t all you’ll need to look for. In some models, you can get a different type of therapy in each seat, so if this is important to you, make sure the hot tub you choose has this option. Touchpads that allow you to easily select a complete therapeutic program are also essential.
3. Simplify maintenance with a self-cleaning unit
Maintenance can truly make or break your hot tub experience. When you want the fastest and easiest maintenance possible, a self-cleaning hot tub is the way to go. The ability to easily clean and drain your hot tub is also a must, and an in-line chemical feeder will keep your hot tub sparkling while reducing your workload.
If you truly want the most minimal time investment possible, seek out a hot tub that will skim the surface and vacuum the floor on its own. If a hot tub can filter all of its water in 15 minutes, this will significantly minimize the amount of maintenance you have to do. Plumbing access from all four sides will also make maintenance substantially simpler.
4. Invest in proper insulation
When you want to achieve a high comfort level while saving energy, choosing a hot tub with exceptional insulation is a must. While many hot tubs may claim to be energy efficient, there are many features you can look for to ensure that a hot tub will minimize energy use.
First, look for a hot tub that is Commission for Environmental Cooperation approved. Only the most efficient hot tubs are endorsed by the CEC. Next, focus on hot tubs that trap waste heat within the cabinet to reduce heat loss. A hardcover will also trap heat and reduce energy use, while thermal vents will keep the hot tub from overheating and ensure that you don’t use more energy than necessary. Thermal shields and pumps that offer a high flow rate with low energy consumption will also save you a substantial amount of money. You should also ask the dealer how much it costs to run each hot tub per month and compare these figures before making a decision.
5. Work with a dealer you can trust
Before you begin your hot tub search, look for a reliable dealer. You’ll know a dealer is reliable if they have been in business for several years and if independent reviews show that they are respected by their customers.
As you shop for your hot tub, the dealer should be willing and able to answer all of your questions. Don’t forget to find out if they can easily provide parts if your hot tub needs repairs and whether they do on-site water testing, as these options will make your life easier. A dealer that provides ongoing maintenance, including in-house maintenance, is also a plus as you can quickly get the help you need when you need it.
6. Save money with a good warranty
Many hot tubs seem inexpensive at a glance, but when something goes wrong, you’ll spend a lot of money very quickly unless you have an outstanding warranty. The best warranties should include a 5-year surface warranty, a 3-year parts and labor warranty, and a 10-year structural warranty. A company that does not charge you for a warranty call is also a plus.
7. Find out about extra features
Ideally, the hot tub you choose will fully fit your lifestyle. Ice buckets, drink holders, stereos from good manufacturers, and accent lighting can improve your entertainment experience. Choosing the proper cabinet materials, such as wood or synthetic, can also enhance the style of your outdoor area. Finally, pay attention to the hot tub’s voltage and also to how much noise it makes while it’s running. The ability to use salt water is also a feature that may be valuable to you, depending on your needs.
Now that you have the tools you need to choose the perfect hot tub, download our free hot tub buyer’s guide to learn how to select the perfect spa for you.