A hot tub is a major purchase that can add value to your home and your life. There are a number of decisions you'll need to make in order to find one that's just right for you and your lifestyle. Make a good purchasing plan and stick to it--you'll be soaking in bubbles in no time.
Determine Your Budget
This is a good place to start, but it's also a tricky one. As you go through and make other choices, you may find you need to shift your budget or make compromises to stay in budget.
Hot tubs can vary drastically in cost. A small inflatable hot tub can start around $700, and a large hot tub with all the bells and whistles can run tens of thousands of dollars.
Our Alpine Portable Inflatable Hot Tub is only $665! A great starter spa.
You can either make a list of features you want and shop for the best deal, or you can set a dollar amount and shop within that range. It's up to you! Just make sure you stick to your budget and don't get swayed by features you don't actually want or need.
How Many Bells? How Many Whistles?
When crafting your budget, ask yourself what features you must have, what features would be nice, and what features you simply don't need or want. Do some online research --there are a lot of options for hot tubs these days. Color therapy, cascading waterfalls, speakers and dvd players ... .
Or maybe you just want the basics: tub, heater.
The Bellagrande SLT has ALL the bells and whistles and free shipping too!
Portable or Permanent?
What bells and whistles you can get, of course, depends on whether you get a portable or a permanent hot tub.
Portable tubs are soft-sided, sometimes inflatable, and they permit you to move the hot tub whenever you wish. Some are even designed for easy set up and travel, such as for camping trips. Typically, they'll have fewer fancy features but are more affordable. They can be plugged into wall outlets, too.
Permanent hot tubs are hard-sided and will be long-term occupants of the space where you install them. They'll need access to plumbing and electricity, and the electrical work will need to be inspected by a licensed electrician. The costs are higher, but they'll last longer and have more choices for features.
The Matter of Size
Hot tub for just you? Or maybe a romantic partner too? Or maybe a couple of kids as well? Or maybe the whole family and some of the neighbors?
Quite simply, the bigger the hot tub the more it will cost to purchase and maintain. The smaller the tub, the easier the cleaning and care. Or maybe you need a hot tub for hydrotherapy--there are models available that let you stretch out and swim against the jets. Don't forget to consider the size of the space where you will be putting the tub.
Our Swim Spa is 16 feet long! When you're done swimming, get the whole neighborhood in there!
Is it Comfy?
Ostensibly, you'll be spending some quality time in your hot tub, so it needs to be comfortable. A tub that is comfortable for one person may not be for another. It's important to choose one that accommodates your height and weight comfortably. Also consider whether you want to stretch out lounge-style or sit upright. When others are in the tub, will they all have space or be crowded together? If you are getting one with a screen for viewing movies, can you comfortably watch without straining your neck? If you are getting one with speakers, can you easily hear the music or is it too close to your ears? Do any waterfall features or control panels get in the way? These are all things to consider.
Check Out the Jets
With hot tub jets, more is not necessarily better. Placement and functionality is much more important. Consider where the jets are placed--do they actually cause discomfort when you sit in the tub? Are they adjustable? Do they have too much power? Not enough?
Find a Reputable Retailer
Once you've got your budget and you've planned out what you are looking for in a hot tub, it's crucial you find a good retailer who will help you select a hot tub. Here at Spasandstuff.com, we are more than happy to answer all your questions and assist you with selecting the perfect tub. We stay with our customers after their purchases, helping them with their maintenance questions, assisting them with choosing cleaning supplies, and in return they stay with us because they know we are looking out for them.