How to Buy the Right Hot Tub the First Time: Key Questions Before You Build Your Backyard Getaway

Many homeowners find themselves soaked when it comes to shopping for a hot tub. However, a smart and knowledgeable spa purchase can be the difference between experiencing endless relaxation and hassle-free enjoyment and owning a burdensome, resource-draining machine that ends up costing more to operate and maintain than ever anticipated. Choosing a spa made by an unknown manufacturer or without a proper warranty can leave behind hassle and headaches instead of comfort and serenity. Ask the right questions and comparison shop accurately so you can be confident that the spa you choose will be easy to own and maintain, , and offer years of enjoyment.

How Do You Plan to Use Your Hot Tub?

One size doesn’t always fit all. Be sure to consider the primary purpose of your new hot tub and ask important questions. Is it for entertaining, family fun, relaxation? All of these? Depending on what it will be used for, choose a size that fits your lifestyle. If you do plan to entertain, how many people will be using the hot tub at once? Do you have a big family that wants to soak together? Or, will no more than two people share the spa for quiet relaxation and intimate conversation? The most popular size seats four adults comfortably. If you’re not sure, go larger. No one ever regrets buying a larger spa, yet buyers do regret buying one too small. A professional can help you measure your space carefully and recommend a spa that’s appropriate for the area. Choose a dealer who provides this in-home service.

Does This Spa fit Your Body? How Comfortable is It?

Try it wet before you buy it. Want to know if a spa is really right for you? Get wet. Take a test soak to judge seat comfort. Note the torso depth when you’re sitting up comfortably. For cooler climates, make sure the water depth reaches over the shoulders. Multi-level seating should accommodate both adults and children. The best option for all soakers is “barrier free” models with no confining seats or other obstructions to get in the way as you move around the spa.

It’s all about the jets. When shopping for a spa, don’t choose quantity over quality. Pay attention to jet types and jet placement. One good jet that provides the lower back pain relief you’re seeking is worth a dozen jets in the wrong places. Do the jets feel soothing or pummeling? Can individual jets be adjusted for direction? Find out if jet pressure can be regulated. Most spa users prefer to adjust jet pressure for the hydrotherapy they’re seeking. Look for jets that go up and down your back for a full back massage.

What are the Features of This Spa and What Will They Do For Me?

Hear the silence. Ask yourself, ‘Would I want this right outside my bedroom window at night?’ Your neighbors will appreciate a quiet spa, as well. A well-made spa will have no audible noise or vibration when the water is circulating, heating, and filtering. This is especially important if you plan to place it near sleeping areas, on a deck or rooftop.

Take a deep breath and smell the water. If you smell chlorine in the water or on you skin or notice a scent that masks chlorine odor, the sanitizing system is outmoded and not up to par. Look for a spa that’s sanitized with a Corona neustest antigenen kopen discharge ozonator (not a flimsily light bulb) with silver ion for boosting the cleanliness. Crystal clean water without effort or hassle should be your primary concern. This is especially important for your health and the health of your family.

Keep it simple. A simple on/off control panel is best. Avoid spas that need to be “programmed” for operations like filtering and heating. You’ll want your spa to be hot and clean and ready to use at all times. You’ll use a spa more often if it’s always ready when you are.

Keep it clean. Do not consider buying any spa without full, no “by-pass” filtration. That means that all of the water is passing though the filters when the jets are on. Soaking in dirty, unfiltered water is no fun and can be a health hazard. Filters should be top loading, readily accessible for cleaning, and not stuck in the equipment bay. Most importantly, filters should be sized for the spa’s gallonage. A major problem with poorly made spas is filters too small to adequately filter the amount of water in the spa.

Keep it safe. Select a spa with locking cover and locking control panel to keep out small children. Consider safety rails and non-slip steps for ease of entry.

How is this Spa Constructed?

Check under the hood. The quality of the construction and materials used will determine how long your spa will last, the actual long-term cost, and the maintenance involved in its upkeep. Ask your dealer for a product brochure or search the manufacturers’ Web site for the details on how each spa is made and the parts and materials used in construction.

Ensure rock solid construction and warranty protection. Be sure the shell is made from a durable material that has been tested over time. New pearl metalescent finishes should be laminated over the most durable material possible like ABS. Be sure the material you select is resistant to UV, chemical damage, and cracking and has a bona fide warranty to protect your investment. Seven-year warranties are the best way to go. So-called “lifetime” warranties are meaningless because most states put a limit on what constitutes “lifetime.” Avoid cabinets made of wood, which will quickly turn black and moldy. Embossed wood-look cabinets made from rigid polymers will give you low maintenance, high durability and retain their good looks for years. The cabinet warranty should be at least five years.

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