How to Pick the Perfect Hot Tub

If you’re ready to invest in a hot tub but aren’t sure what to look for, there are many considerations you can make to help you make the right choice. One size doesn’t fit all, so you’ll want to think about your lifestyle, therapeutic requirements, and budget.

Below, you’ll learn how to decide on the perfect hot tub for you!

Prioritize Comfort

There are many things to think about to make sure you choose a hot tub that provides the level of comfort you need. Comfort and design go hand in hand, so there are many design features you can be on the lookout for.

First, determine how many guests you’ll typically entertain at one time. Look for a hot tub with a sufficient number of seats, a foot well that is spacious enough, and a model that provides loungers and plenty of space for your guests to relax.

Once you’ve found options that are the right size, evaluate each to see how comfortable it is to sit in. Don’t be afraid to ask your dealer for a “wet test.” This will allow you to see how comfortable the hot tub is when it’s full. During the wet test, notice how well the seats accommodate the shape of your body. Also look for multi-level seating that will be comfortable for a range of body types. Next, lean back and notice how the jets feel against your back. Sometimes jets that jut out sharply can cause back pain.

It’s important to note that the most comfortable hot tubs will let your feet stay on the floor as you lounge. Another important feature to consider if you have guests who have trouble entering or exiting the hot tub is safety steps. Choose a hot tub with steps that can be easily used by everyone.

Massage Options

No matter what your therapeutic needs, you want to choose a hot tub that will address them. That means finding a hot tub with a range of high-quality jets. Many hot tubs have jets that are specially designed to provide therapy for back and leg pain, headaches, sports recovery, and even stress and insomnia.

Some of the most therapeutic hot tubs offer customizable wellness programs. These models have a variety of jet types and positions that will offer you and your guests individualized therapy.

As you sit in a hot tub during the wet test, consider whether there are enough jets to offer an adequate massage. Therapeutic programs that can be changed with the simple press of a touchpad are also great choices for their convenience.

Save Money with Quality Insulation

The quality of insulation your hot tub provides cannot be overlooked as insulation can save you extensive money and energy. Always carefully evaluate the type of insulation a hot tub has, whether it’s full foam, wall, or thermal shield insulation. Thermal shield insulation is the highest quality option and will allow you to keep your hot tub at the perfect temperature while saving you the most money.

Thermal vents are another terrific money-saving features. These vents expel cabinet heat and will prevent your hot tub from overheating. A hot tub that traps and reuses waste heat from the cabinet will also offer maximum energy savings. A high-quality hard cover that locks in heat from the water will also offer you incredible energy savings, especially during cold months.

Finally, make sure to ask about the monthly cost of running your hot tub. CEC approved models will always offer the highest level of energy efficiency. Also find out how much it costs per month to run the hot tub and look for an efficient model that is CEC approved. This information will also usually be on the hot tub’s label.

Make Maintenance and Filtration Easy

The best hot tubs allow you maximum relaxation time because of their superior maintenance and filtration systems. For the least maintenance possible, choose a self-cleaning hot tub. Also ensure that the hot tub’s plumbing can be accessed from all sides. Choosing an in-line chemical feeder will also save you time and money by helping your hot tub efficiently stay clean and disinfected.

Find a Reputable Dealer and Manufacturer

Choosing a reputable manufacturer and dealer will make your life as a hot tub owner much simpler. A knowledgeable and responsible dealer will be able to take care of any hot tub issues as they arise to save you money and stress. When choosing a manufacturer, look for a company that has been in business for a sufficient time period and receives positive reviews that show their reliability. Also read dealer reviews to find out about how others’ experiences have been.

When you first visit the dealer, it can be immensely helpful to ask questions that will determine whether the dealer will meet your needs. Will they be able to easily get parts if you need repairs? Do they provide onsite water testing? Is their maintenance service outsourced, or in-house? Ideally, you want to work with a dealer that will make your experience as a hot tub owner as simple as possible.

Reliable Warranties

A good warranty is one of the most important things to look for in a new hot tub. You should look for a company that doesn’t tack on additional charges during warranty calls. Also keep in mind that the highest quality hot tubs will come with a 10-year structural, 5-year acrylic surface, and a 3-year parts and labor warranty.

Additional Considerations

Perks and additional features are great ways to individualize your hot tub experience so it’s the right fit for your lifestyle. Depending on your style, you may want to choose wood or synthetic cabinets. If entertainment is important to you, look for ice buckets, stereos, and quality lighting. Quiet running hot tubs that operate at low voltages, or models that allow you to use salt water can also be important to your experience.

Hopefully you have a good idea of what to look for in a hot tub to ensure that it meets your needs.
To learn how to select the right hot tub for you, download our Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide!