If you’re thinking about investing in a hot tub, you probably have an idea of the features that are important to you. Still, it’s important to take the time to compare several hot tubs to ensure that you make the best choice.
Below, you’ll learn how to find a hot tub that is perfect for your lifestyle.
Choose a Comfortable Design
Different hot tubs will provide you with different levels of comfort. Seating, jets, spaciousness, and more can all affect how comfortable your soak is. Start by looking for hot tubs with multi-level, ergonomically designed seating. This will ensure that your hot tub is a great fit for users of all different sizes and shapes.
Next, request a wet test so you can experience the hot tub while it is full. As you sit in the water, pay attention to how spacious the hot tub is. Will it accommodate the number of bathers that will frequently use it? Also pay attention to how comfortable the seats are, remembering that they should be just as comfortable even when you lean back against the jets. Make sure to sit in the lounger and lean back. As you recline, your feet should easily remain on the floor.
Look Into Massage Options
Hot tubs are excellent therapeutic tools. They can help eliminate back and leg pain, provide recovery after a workout, and even treat stress and insomnia. The best hot tubs feature wellness programs that can be selected by using a touch-pad, making it easy to select a program that will meet your therapeutic needs.
You’ll want to look for a hot tub with various jet types and positions. In fact, each seat should provide a different therapy experience. Having enough jets is also important, but make sure they are also the right style for your needs.
Choose Energy Efficiency
Cheaper hot tubs often skimp on insulation, but the better your insulation is the more comfortable your soak will be and the more energy and money you’ll save. Choose an option that has the ability to trap waste heat in the cabinet and features a hardcover as well as thermal vents and a thermal shield. A high-flow, low-energy pump will also save you on energy. Commission for Environmental Cooperation approved hot tubs are guaranteed to be the most energy-efficient on the market. And finally, always ask the dealer how much it will cost you monthly to run your hot tub.
Focus on Maintenance
If you’re like most hot tub owners, you want to spend your time relaxing, not maintaining your hot tub. For the fastest, easiest maintenance options, choose a self-cleaning hot tub you can easily clean and maintain. Also look for quick, easy cleaning and draining capabilities and an in-line chemical feeder that will do the disinfection work for you. For even more convenience, choose a fully self-cleaning model that will vacuum and skim and that can filter the water in 15 minutes. As a final tip, make sure the plumbing can be easily accessed from each side. This will come in handy when the hot tub requires maintenance.
Choose the Right Dealer
A good dealer will make your experience as a hot tub owner much easier than working with a less reputable one. Visit websites that feature independent reviews and read customer input for dealers and manufacturers you’re interested in. At the dealer, ask about how easy it will be to get parts for repair, whether they offer on-site water tests, and if they do in-house maintenance. Anything that is done in-house will make your experience better.
Don’t Overlook the Warranty
The best warranties include a 10-year structural warranty, 5-year acrylic surface warranty, and a 3-year parts and labor warranty. A warranty of this caliber will cover your repair needs. Before buying a warranty, make sure the company doesn’t charge trip fees if you make a warranty call.
Pay Attention to Personalized Features
Before you invest in any hot tub, make sure it has the perks that are right for your lifestyle. Stereo systems, ice buckets, drink holders, and lighting are all ways you can enhance your hot tub to make your experience even more special. There are also many cabinet styles that will appeal to different aesthetics, including wood and synthetic, so make sure to look at a wide variety. Noise level and voltage are other areas you should ask about if they are important to you.
Now that you have more information on how to start your hot tub search, click below to download our buyer’s guide.