What Hot Tub Should I Buy?
When you’ve finally made the decision to buy a hot tub you may find yourself bewildered by the array of choices. Hot tubs have been around for long enough that it seems there are more models to choose from than there are types of dish soap or soda pop. We often get asked, “What hot tub should I buy?” Ultimately it will be a personal choice, but we’ve come up with an article that will go over various questions you should keep in mind when deciding where to spend your money. Read on to learn more.
Can You Use A Hot Tub?
It’s important to know that you’ll actually be able to use the hot tub you spent your money on. For people with heart problems or other medical issues, you should consult your doctor before buying a hot tub. For certain medical conditions, bathing in water that can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius can be a dangerous prospect. Pregnant women should also consult a doctor before using a hot tub. If you’re planning to use your hot tub as a hydrotherapy tool for issues such as arthritis, back pain or fibromyalgia it’s best to make sure your doctor thinks it appropriate.
Who Is Going to Use the Hot Tub?
If you’ve got the go-ahead from your doctor (or are already healthy enough to use a hot tub without issue,) you should ask yourself who else is going to use it. It doesn’t make very good sense to get a 2-person hot tub if you have a 5-person family. Someone will always be left out and it could cause hurt feelings. Do you foresee yourself entertaining very often? If so, you’re going to need a bigger tub. Hot tubs are a people magnet, even if you didn’t invite them. Plan accordingly!
What’s Your Body Type?
Many of today’s hot tubs have molded seating. This means if you’re taller than average you may have a tough time getting comfortable in a hot tub. Same thing if you’re quite short or different from average in any other way. If at all possible, test your potential hot tub in person when it’s full of water to make sure it fits you properly.
Where Will You Install the Tub?
The amount of space you have and the accessibility to that space will play a role in what kind of hot tub you buy. The last thing you want is to have your hot tub sitting in your driveway and realizing it’ll be impossible to install it without doing major renovations to your house or yard. Take care of this beforehand. Measure, measure and measure again!
How Much Do You Want to Spend?
The size of your budget will determine the range of choices you have when buying a hot tub. If you’ve got a very small budget, you’ll likely end up with an inflatable tub. It’ll do the job just fine but may not last very long. If you have more money you can go for above ground or inground hot tub models.
What Kind of Accessories Do You Want?
Hot tub accessories are where it really becomes a matter of preference. Of course, the fewer you get, the less you’ll spend, but you also want to be comfortable. Is it worth it to you to invest in more jets, adjustable jets or custom placed jets? To keep costs down you’ll likely want to invest in full foam insulation, an energy efficient heater, and an insulated cover. How much is durability worth to you? Materials can range from vinyl and acrylic to metal and concrete. Ease of maintenance, accessible repairs, and a good warranty can be important for people who are busy or don’t have a lot of DIY skills.