For those who have decided to buy a hot tub we congratulate you! You have many days and nights of a relaxing, warm and massaging environment to look forward to. However, we know that entering the hot tub marketplace for the first time can be somewhat intimidating. There’s a whole new language to learn and an array of decisions to be made that could make even the steadiest of decision makers head spin. So, if you’re about to wade into the hot tub market it’s a good idea to figure out what to know before buying a hot tub. To help you prepare for the hot tub buying process, we’ve put together this list.
Inground, Portable or Inflatable?
First of all, you’ll need to know what kind of hot tub you want to buy. The best one for you will depend on your budget and living situation. When it comes to price, the most expensive hot tub is the inground model. It’s also much more permanent which makes it more suitable for those who own their own property or plan on staying in place for a long time. Portable hot tubs are the middle ground when it comes to price and portability. Even though they’re called portable, these types of hot tubs have an acrylic shell surrounded by a frame which can take some effort if you actually want to move it. The least expensive hot tubs are inflatable, but they will also have the shortest lifespan of the three. Critically assessing your situation will help you decide which option is best for you.
Plug and Play or Hardwired?
It’s also important to understand the electrical requirements of a potential hot tub. When it comes to power, the two main types of hot tub are plug and play models and hardwired models. Plug and play hot tubs run on 110 Volts which means they can be plugged into any three pronged electrical outlet which you’ll find in and around your house. Conversely, hardwired hot tubs will require the installation of a GFCI protected 220 Volt 50 Amp (or more) circuit. If this doesn’t already exist it will require the services of an electrician – it’s not a DIY job. The electrician will also need to be on hand to connect the hot tub, so you might want to consider combining these jobs. The biggest drawback of the plug and play hot tub’s reduced access to power is that the water heater can’t run at the same time the water jets are running at maximum power. This won’t be a problem if you’re having a short soaking session or if you don’t want to run the jets on high. But if you’re looking to use the hot tub for longer periods of time at maximum power, you’ll find your water temperature will eventually start to drop.
New hot tub owners often want to know how much maintenance their hot tub will require. And this is understandable – you don’t want to spend more time working on your hot tub than soaking in it! But the fact is that hot tub maintenance procedures can be separated into weekly, monthly and quarterly tasks. The timing of these jobs will depend on how much your hot tub gets used, but the actual jobs remain the same regardless of how frequently they need to be carried out. You’ll need to test the water chemistry on a weekly basis. This is a simple procedure that will soon become second nature. Every month you’ll need to clean your water filters by removing them and spraying them down with a garden hose. Again, a simple task that requires a minimal amount of time and effort. And every three to six months you’ll need to do a deep cleaning which will require you to empty the hot tub and scrub down its interior. This will take a few hours, even though most of that time will be spent passively draining and refilling the tub.
Now you’ve got a better idea of what to know before buying a hot tub, download a free buyer’s guide today.