Buying a hot tub? Congratulations! It’s one of the best investments you can make to your home and well-being. However, before taking the plunge and making this life-changing investment, do your homework first to avoid getting the wrong one and ending up with buyer’s remorse! Here are five things you need to consider before taking the plunge!
Why Do You Need a Hot Tub?
Seems like an obvious question! However, the way you answer this will determine the kind of hot tub purchase you need to make. Do you have any physical therapy needs? Perhaps a chronic illness or a past injury you are looking to heal? If so, a hot tub that delivers soothing and stimulating hydrotherapy will be your best bet.
Features such as the jets, seating, controls, and heating systems will be important considerations. On the other hand, if you want to party like it’s 1999, then additional hot tub features, such as stereo speakers or an LCD screen might take priority.
Your hot tub can be an attractive focal point or an unfortunate eyesore – depending on where in your backyard you place it. So, it’s a good idea to bring in a rough sketch of your backyard to your local hot tub dealer. That way, you can review the layout together and find the best hot tub to fit into your outdoor living space. If you’re still feeling unsure you can also ask your local hot tub expert to schedule an on-site evaluation.
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How many people do you think will be in the hot tub at any given time? Do you need a hot tub that seats 2-3 people? Or will you need more space? Also, keep in mind that the number of seats will also impact the size of the tub, so you’ll need to know where it’s going and if any size restrictions apply before you begin comparing options.
For many, the cost will be the most important consideration. You’ll certainly want to know how much the hot tub will cost to operate and maintain, along with the initial investment and possible repairs. Hot tub prices and the range for initial purchase will depend on the brand, model, year, size, number of jets, and accessories you might like to add.
The cost of an entry-level hot tub can start as low as $3,500. You can expect to spend anywhere from a $5,000 to $15,000 or more for a premium one. Be sure to ask your hot tub dealer about financing options, energy-efficiency ratings and how much it will cost to run each month. including repairs, electricity, and chemicals.
Modern hot tubs offer a lot of features, from strobe lights and speakers to hot tub covers and towel racks, but by far the most important ones to consider are the jets and shell surface.
It’s a good idea to have a combination of water and air jets. They work well together to have a positive effect on a variety of muscle areas. Your back, for example, may need a deep, penetrating water jet massage, while some areas, like your feet, may enjoy a softer air bubble massage.
The shell of the hot tub is the basic body. It comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Experts recommend purchasing a shell with a rough surface rather than a smooth one, to minimize the risk of slipping inside. A small shell can hold two or three people, while a larger can hold up to eight.
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Now we’ve got you thinking about some important outdoor hot tub considerations and hot tub supplies, why not visit Jacuzzi Outdoor Living in store? We’re proud suppliers of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs and our backyard specialists will be more than happy to help.