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Tips on Buying Your First Hot Tub
If you’re a first time buyer in the hot tub market, the vast amount of choices and information out there can seem daunting. What factors should affect your decision? Should you get a hot tub with a lot of jets? Should you be worried about maintenance?
Doing your research beforehand can substantially improve the hot tub buying experience for you. We’re bringing you a list of our favorite tips when it comes to buying your first hot tub:
Consider Why You’re Buying It
Different people have different explanations for why they’re purchasing a hot tub. It can vary according to age, priorities, and preferences. Some of the common reasons for getting a hot tub are:
- Health Benefits
When you define for yourself your purpose of getting a hot tub, you can pin point which model carries features suited to your needs. For instance, if you just want a hot tub for relaxation purposes, you might not want to be looking at a model with a huge number of jets.
If, however, you’re interested in the health benefits of soaking in a hot tub, you should consider buying a hot tub that will help with hydrotherapy. For such a use, you should consider buying a hot tub with an ample number of massage jets. Wellis Spa’s Monte Rosa hot tub has an astounding number of jets with 64 in total, each designed to target a specific area of your body.
Where Will You Place It?
Another one of the considerations you should take into account is the placement of the hot tub. If you were to buy a hot tub where will you place it? Indoors or outdoors? If outdoors, make sure it has an appropriate cover to retain hot water and keep out debris. You may also want to consider getting a hot tub with an attached cover lifter to make the process of getting in and out even more convenient. If you intend to place your hot tub indoors, you will most likely need a smaller one, to make it easier to get it through the door.
Once you’ve decided on the location, the next step is to consider the placement. Would you prefer to have it on a deck? If so, have you had one built into your backyard? You might be among those people who prefer an inground hot tub. If that’s the case, you’ll have to have your yard prepped well in advance before your hot tub arrives.
Hot tubs also require power to function, so make sure that your tub is within easy access to an electrical hookup. Make sure you have a power outlet in the spot you choose or have an electrician rewire to the tub’s location. In addition, your hot tub location should also have nearby drainage to make the process of draining and refilling water convenient.
How Many People Will Use It?
The number of people who will use your hot tub will greatly affect your hot tub buying decision. If you are buying a hot tub just for yourself and your spouse, you are most likely going to lean towards a smaller hot tub model.
If you have a bigger family, you will want to pick one that will fit the entire family. For this purpose, you’ll want to browse a collection of large hot tubs that can seat 6-9 people. If you like to host parties and will be inviting friends into your hot tub you could also pick a one with additional exciting features such as LED lights and WiFi control!
Consider Ongoing Costs
A common mistake people make when buying their first hot tub is focussing too much on the initial cost. While the purchase price is definitely important, you also need to take into account the ongoing costs of hot tub ownership. This is how much it costs to maintain a hot tub and keep it running.
While one hot tub could be $1,000 less, it could cost you more in the long run in terms of power and water usage. It is recommended to spend that extra money while purchasing to save you hundreds of dollars in energy bills later on.
You should also consider any chemicals that will be required for cleaning and sanitization. Investing in a cover also adds to the longevity of a hot tub so you should keep that in mind as well.
Purchasing a hot tub is a big decision. It requires plenty of research and preparation, but once you have done all of the heavy lifting, you will be left with a purchase you can enjoy for many years to come. Epic Hot Tubs would be happy to answer any question you have in your hot tub buying process. You can give us a call at 888-884-EPIC, visit our Durham or Raleigh Hot Tub Showroom, or fill out the form below.
Manny has been in the Pool & Spa industry for over 15 years and is considered a pool, swim spa, & hot tub expert. He has been a Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) since 2009 and worked 15 years in aquatic training and development for the largest pool chemical and customer care company. He also has been an outside consultant for the Pool and Spa industry in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles since 2018. In the past few years Manny has become Director of Operations for Epic Hot Tubs with a priority of providing customers with the most reliable information and best service possible.