How to Buy a Hot Tub

How to Buy a Hot Tub

Finding the perfect hot tub for your home can be a pain, especially when there are so many different models available on the market. You also need to factor in things like the ongoing running costs of the hot tub, the size of hot tub you require, and which design is right for you and your family.

I have prepared this guide to aid you in your quest for the perfect hot tub for your home. Here are a few factors to consider:

1. Size

Size is the most important factor to consider when buying a hot tub. Modern designs vary from 2 people, going all the way up to 11 to 12 people. You need to think about what is best for you, your family and who you plan to invite round.

Depending on how many people you intend to use the hot tub at any one time, the size obviously increases with the number of people that can fit in it. If you have a family of five and have frequent visitors, you should consider going for a larger hot tub. If you have a small family and a small garden and don’t plan to invite many guests round, then you should consider going for a smaller design.

There’s no point in going for a 12-seat hot tub when you are only going to have a 2 or 3 people in it most of the time. It’s not just a waste of money to buy the hot tub initially, but you also have to think about the ongoing costs of running and maintaining such a large hot tub.

Another factor to consider is lounger seats. Lounger seats have been designed for users to enjoy the hot tub in a reclined position and keep their feet raised. The lounger seat comes with an added advantage to the user, offering a full body massage, helping you have the best experience ever. If you intend to buy one with a lounger seat, then go for a larger hot tub which offers enough space for your entire body.

2. Materials

The number of companies offering hot tubs has increased significantly over the years which means there is a huge variety of different design options on the market to explore, namely portable hot tubs, in-ground hot tubs, custom designed hot tubs and many more. 

Most portable hot tubs are made from materials such as acrylic, fiberglass, polyethylene, and other plastics such as vinyl. However, quality, portable hot tubs are built with an acrylic shell mounted on a structure (it can either be wood or metal). Custom designed hot tubs are based on creativity and uniqueness.

Most designed hot tubs (also known as spas) are generally constructed to be a permanent feature and are designed to suit a specific taste. They are primarily made of materials like granite, concrete, fiberglass, stainless steel, copper and tile. Custom designed hot tubs are the best to add to your backyard. Their aesthetic beauty leaves your home at the centre of fun for your guests. They are not cheap though.

3. Technology

Technology advances every day in all areas of our lives. Hot tubs are not left behind either in that respect. You should go for a hot tub that has the latest technology installed like Beachcomber Hot Tubs, as you could save a lot of money over time in running costs despite it costing a little more upfront.

Energy efficient technology

Ultra-energy efficient hot tubs can help to save on your electricity bill tremendously as they are incorporated with pumps that consume less energy than a 40-watt bulb. This can result in your energy bill increasing only around £30 at most.

Water maintenance technology

To keep the water clean and fresh, hot tubs must be have a proper water maintenance procedure. Water sanitization and pH balancing need to be done before you jump into your new hot tub.

The modern hot tub has been designed to balance pH levels ensuring the water is not harmful to the user. They come with an ozonator installed, which has the ability to transform oxygen to ozone, which pairs easily with salt turning it into a chlorine sanitizer. The chlorine sanitizer reduces the production of Chloramines which can cause red eyes and dry skin.

Water sanitization requires some time to allow the conversion of oxygen to ozone. Chemicals like chlorine and bromine are essential to kill bacteria, but ozone tends to reduce the general chemical demand.

Entertainment systems

Most modern tubs are equipped with either a TV or a music player. This not only gives you access to information from the hot tubs computer on how to use and maintain the hot tub, it also allows you enjoy your favorite jam whilst in the comfort of the hot tub so you can sit back and relax.

4. Covering your hot tub

Prevents accidents 

Accidents are prone to happen around a hot tub, which is why you should keep it covered. The water in the hot tub might not be that deep, but it could be very harmful to a child or your pets. Keeping your hot tub covered when not in use ensures there’s no risk of drowning. 

Protects the water

Your hot tub could be in an area with falling leaves and debris from trees. This can leave the water dirty and mean extra work cleaning the water every time you use want to the use your hot tub. Keeping it covered will prevent this.

Keeps water warm

Covering your hot tub keeps the water warm, saving you that extra cost on power. It also helps to maintain the pH level of the water. Leaving it uncovered for long periods of time changes the pH of the water. 

5. Benefits of hot tub use

Hot tubs have been proven to improve general health and help individuals relax, leading to a positive life. Using it daily can bring you a sense of balance. A hot tub is a place you can socialize with friends and neighbours and have a good time. It can be a great thing to have if you’re looking to throw a small party of around ten people. 

The radiation from the hot tub is said to also increase circulation by dilating blood vessels. The buoyancy from the water reduces your weight by 90 percent, while the jet massage moves through you releasing tension. 

According to the NHS, over a third of the population suffer from a sleeping disorder. A hot tub could be the best solution to a deep and relaxed nights sleep.

6. What to look for in the showroom

The best hot tubs have stunning designs and are designed to be comfortable for both short and tall individuals. Go for one that suits everyone in the family and ensures they can all fit in it without it feeling cramped.

Also, read through the hot tub specification to get more information about the seating, dimensions, water jets, water capacity, pumps, wattage, and the heater, to ensure it meets your needs. You’ll want to get the best hot tub you can for your allocated budget.

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