First-time shopper? Here’s your hot tub buying guide!
Buying a hot tub can rate right up there with buying a house or car in terms of shopping stress. It’s a big investment! If you’re feeling this stress, you aren’t alone. Most people become overwhelmed at just the thought of what to look for in a new hot tub.
Although it can seem daunting, by doing research and arming yourself with information, you can become a hot tub expert! So, pull out your pencil and pad of paper and begin taking notes. Your “How not to Look Like a Rookie when Buying a Hot Tub” course is now underway.
Don’t Buy the Lowest Priced Hot Tub
Price should never be the swaying point for your new hot tub. Unless of course, you have a strict budget. If you’re solely focused on the price, you’re likely to overlook the associated costs of hot tub ownership, like monthly operating costs and long-term maintenance. Sure, a lower price may save you a few dollars up front, but will that continue tomorrow?
Would you buy a house that was poorly insulated? No, of course not! Living there would cost you a fortune! The same goes for your new hot tub. When buying a new hot tub, make sure that the model you’re considering is well-insulated. This will keep your heating bill down. A note: Dead air space insulation is one of the best because it allows room for hot tub maintenance and repairs while also trapping the heat created by the motor.
Water Flow > Horsepower
Water flow trumps horsepower. Every time. Don’t let high horsepower ratings confuse you. If you don’t have a good gallon per minute water flow, you just have a souped-up hot tub with no power.
More Jets aren’t Necessarily Better
When shopping for a new hot tub, most people look for the most jets in their price range. That’s OK if you’re keeping other factors in mind, too. But ultimately it really doesn’t matter if your spa has 10 or 100 jets – what does matter is that those jets are properly positioned.
Take a Test Soak
Would you buy a car without test driving it? Of course not. A test soak is the same opportunity for your hot tub. Take time to sit in it and make sure that the jets hit you in the spots that hurt after a long day of work. Does your frame fit the seats comfortably? Can you easily get in and out of the hot tub? Can you move from one seat to the next with little effort? These are all things you should try during your test soak.
Come into Lake Air Pool Supply and allow our well-educated staff to help you find the hot tub that was “meant to be”!