If you’re preparing to invest in a hot tub, it’s important to know what to look for so you make the right decision. There are many features to consider, but if you take the time to learn about them, it will be easy to choose the perfect hot tub for your lifestyle.
Below, you’ll learn about seven areas that are crucial to consider before purchasing a hot tub.
1. A comfortable design
Comfort is among the most essential considerations when looking for a hot tub. It can be hard to know just how comfortable a hot tub is without comparing it to others, so the best plan is to try out several hot tubs and determine which one is most comfortable.
You can get some sense of how comfortable a hot tub is by sitting in a dry tub, but a “wet test” in a full tub will give you the clearest idea of whether a hot tub is right for you. Any good dealer will allow you to sit in a full hot tub if you ask.
As you sit in the full tub, pay attention to how much room there is. There should always be enough space for each person in the hot tub to sit comfortably. Also consider whether you are comfortable in your seat. The most comfortable hot tubs are typically those that feature ergonomically designed seats and can accommodate a wide range of body shapes and sizes. Multi-level seating also makes using the hot tub more comfortable for a range of sizes.
Don’t forget to look for specific features that can enhance your comfort. Non-floating lounger seats (where you can fully recline while your feet remain on the ground) are among the most comfortable seats available. Also make sure to lean against the jets and make sure they don’t cause you pain. Last but not least, make sure the hot tub is equipped with safety steps. This will ensure that all of your guests can easily get in and out of the hot tub.
2. The right massage options
Therapeutic relief is a major reason consumers invest in hot tubs. The right hot tub can be effective in relieving back and leg pain, help you recover after strenuous workouts or athletic events, and can even alleviate stress and insomnia.
Hot tubs with a wide variety of jet styles are usually most equipped to provide you with a wide range of therapies. Don’t assume that just because a hot tub has a large number of jets that it is the most therapeutic option. While having a sufficient number of jets is important, you’ll want to look for additional massage features as well.
To ensure that you can receive a variety of therapies, seek out a model that provides different massages in each seat. To make your massage experience as convenient as possible, look for a hot tub with a touchpad that makes choosing a therapeutic program easy.
3. Easy maintenance
If you want to spend your time relaxing in your hot tub rather than maintaining it, choosing a model that minimizes maintenance can be a game changer. Self-cleaning hot tubs are the best option for fast, minimal maintenance. You should also look for easy cleaning and draining options including in-line chemical feeders that will keep your water clear while saving you time on maintenance.
The best self-cleaning hot tubs are able to skim the surface and vacuum the floor so you don’t have to. A hot tub that can filter all of its water in 15 minutes will also significantly reduce your maintenance level while maximizing energy efficiency. Finally, make sure that plumbing can be accessed from every side of the hot tub. This will truly create an easier maintenance experience.
4. The best insulation
Insulation is one of the most important features to consider when choosing a hot tub. Not only will good insulation create a more comfortable experience, but it will also save you energy and money.
Although many hot tubs are marketed as energy efficient models, there are specific features you should be on the lookout for to make sure the hot tub is as energy efficient as possible. A key indicator of a hot tub’s energy efficiency is Commission for Environmental Cooperation approval. Since this endorsement is given to only the most energy efficient hot tubs, if you choose a CEC approved option you’ll know you’re getting the most energy savings for your money.
You can also look for hot tubs that retain and reuse heat by trapping waste heat inside the cabinet. Good hardcovers can also minimize energy use and thermal vents can make sure the hot tub doesn’t overheat or overuse energy.
Finally, thermal shields and pumps with high flow rates and reduced energy consumption will also save you money. To be sure you’re making the best choice for your budget, ask the dealer about the monthly cost of running the hot tub and compare it to the cost of other models before you decide.
5. A great dealer
Finding a good dealer will make your experience as a hot tub owner much easier. Try to choose a dealer that has been in business for many years and that has positive independent customer reviews.
A good dealer will also be a wealth of knowledge concerning any questions you have. Dealers that do on-site water testing, are able to provide parts for repairs, and are equipped to do ongoing in-house maintenance will also make things much faster and easier for you.
6: A strong warranty
Beware of hot tubs that seem affordable but don’t come with a warranty or include a warranty that covers very little. Seek out a warranty that includes a 3-year parts and labor warranty, a 10-year structural warranty, and a 5-year surface warranty. It’s also ideal to work with a company that allows free warranty calls.
7. Features that fit your lifestyle
Depending on your lifestyle, a range of additional features may be important to you. If you plan to entertain, look for a hot tub with a good-quality stereo, ice bucket, drink holders, and accent lighting. Depending on your style, you may choose a model with a wood or synthetic cabinet. Voltage and noise level are other factors that may be important to you. Some users also prefer hot tubs that can be used with salt water, so this may be something to ask about.
Now that you know what to look for in a hot tub, you’re ready to start your search. Download our free hot tub buyer’s guide to learn how to select the right hot tub for you.