Buying a hot tub is a lot like buying a car. You can’t just buy the first one you see. It is essential to educate yourself before you go shopping. That way, you will end up with a hot tub that is most suitable for you. Your hot tub is going to be with you for many years. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a hot tub that costs a lot of money and provides little satisfaction and enjoyment. Let’s talk about 8 rookie hot tub buying mistakes you can easily avoid making.
1) Price Over Time
There are hot tubs for every budget. With that in mind, it is crucial to get the best quality, most energy-efficient hot tub you can afford. A higher-quality hot tub will have better insulation plus quieter and more reliable components. When shopping, don’t focus just on the price to purchase. You may pay more upfront, but over time a more energy-efficient hot tub will last longer and cost you less to operate than a cheaper model.
Many people assume that a hot tub with the most jets is the better choice. Not so. First, the jets on the hot tub need to be positioned appropriately for you. Do you have neck and shoulder pain? A hot tub that focuses its jets on your mid and lower back will not give you the hydrotherapy benefits you need. Jets in a range of sizes that are appropriately placed and are repositionable are a great feature. Lastly, if you can adjust the degree of pressure of the water flow, you will be able to customize your hydrotherapy experience even more. Many dealers will allow you to test out your model in their showroom. This is a great way to check out jet placement, seat height, and other features.
Consider how you will typically use your hot tub. Is it just you and your spouse? Will you be entertaining the neighbors? There is no reason to buy an eight-person hot tub if you are a family of four and just some of you will be using it. As a matter of fact, if you do not need a large hot tub, a smaller model with higher-end features may suit you better in the long run.
Buying a hot tub involves committing to maintaining it properly. It is vital to understand what keeping your hot tub running safely and efficiently entails. You will need to test the water, add chemicals as appropriate, clean the filter monthly, occasionally drain and sanitize the tub, maintain the cover, etc. It is all quite manageable, but you do not want to be surprised when you realize you will need to perform regular chores to keep your hot tub in the best shape.
5) Installation Costs
Don’t forget that you will probably need to pay something extra to have your hot tub installed. These costs could include site preparation, foundation work, electrical and plumbing expenses, delivery charges, and necessary add-ons such as a cover and entry steps.
Where will you place your hot tub? If on a deck, is it strong enough to withstand the weight of the tub? You may need an engineer to check the structural integrity of the support. If placed outside, you may need to add a concrete or gravel foundation.
Don’t underestimate the value of having the hot tub in proximity to your house. Trekking across the garden may not seem like an issue, but having the hot tub closer to the house will be so much more convenient. Wherever you place your hot tub, you will want to ensure there is sufficient space surrounding it for you to get in and around it to do your regular maintenance. And this last consideration may seem basic, but is there ample delivery access?
The manufacturer’s warranty is an essential feature of your hot tub purchase. The manufacturer makes the product and sells it to the dealer. The warranty is a promise that if something goes wrong with the product, the manufacturer will stand behind it and replace or repair any problems within a specific time frame. Even if your dealer goes out of business, the warranty will hold and you will be covered in case of issues with a faulty product. A quality warranty will cover leaks, major components (such as pumps, motors, heaters, control panels) and the hot tub’s surface and structure. Ask about your warranty, read it, and understand what is covered.
8) Choose a Reputable Dealer
Choosing a reputable local dealer is one of the most critical factors of your hot tub purchase. Your relationship with your dealer should not end with the conclusion of the transaction. When you have questions or need water care advice, you want your dealer to be responsive and available. Ideally, you will make your purchase from a dealer with a good reputation, who sells a high-quality product and has been in business for a while. Read reviews, check their social media presence, and talk to other customers.
When purchasing a hot tub, it is essential to consider why you want it, what features you would like, where you will put it, how you will care for it, and from whom you will buy it. Take your time, do your homework, and make a list of the most important criteria to you and your family. We hope our tips will help you avoid these 8 rookie hot tub buying mistakes and make the best choice.
Aqua Pools has been in business since 1978 and has legions of satisfied customers. There is a reason for our longevity in the Chicagoland area- we offer the highest quality products and the best professional service and advice to our customers. If you have questions about purchasing a hot tub, look no further. Call or stop by our showrooms and talk with our experts. We are here to help with all your pool and spa concerns.