What Hot Tub Should I Get?
Deciding what hot tub to get can seem a bit overwhelming at first. With so many brands, sizes, features, and accessories it can be difficult to know what exactly to look for if you are not familiar with hot tubs. Plus, what might be the best hot tub for your neighbour may not be the hot tub that is right for you and your family.
The best way to answer the question of “what hot tub should I get” is by understanding the most important factors of buying a hot tub. In the article below, we will review what you need to look out for so you can make an informed decision.
The jets in a hot tub are one of the most important features and typically are largely responsible for how often you use your hot tub and how much you enjoy it. A mistake that first time hot tub buyers often make is assuming that the hot tub that has the most jets is the best. The truth is, the best hot tubs on the market will not have the most jets, they will have the best jet technology instead. Leading hot tubs, like Hydropool, have cutting edge jet technology and place water jets very strategically within their hot tubs.
Being able to control the water flow from the jets as well as customize your hydrotherapy massage programs is what will make your hot tub time enjoyable and effective in treating sore muscles, ailments and more.
Good jets are different sizes, adjustable and upgradeable. Another reason to shy away from hot tubs boasting the ‘most’ amount of jets is because they will require larger pumps, which cost more in electricity and even with a large pump it is rarely enough to supply enough water pressure or flow through all the unnecessary jets, which just ends up feeling like a lackluster massage.
Another very important aspect of a good, quality hot tub is its insulation. Especially if you live in a colder climate and are planning on using your hot tub year-round, the type of insulation that is in your hot tub will have a big impact on how stable your water temperature stays as well as how much your monthly utility bill will cost.
Full foam is common these days and it is effective for trapping heat in the water. However, one downside to full foam insulation is that if there is ever an issue with your hot tub and it needs to be serviced, it can make it difficult to reach the area in need or likely that a portion of your insulation will need to be removed in order to service.
Hydropool is an industry leader in hot tub insulation. Their hot tubs are equipped with cutting edge Thermal Shield technology, which was actually inspired by technology from NASA. By incorporating a cover, thermal shield blanket and polyfilm barrier, waste heat of the motor, shell, and pipes are trapped and reused to heat the water. The aluminum foil sides of the thermal shield itself reflect heat back into the water to be reabsorbed. In addition to being the most energy efficient insulation on the market, it is also easy to service if needed.
Warranty and Price
Cheap hot tubs typically cost more in the long run. Inferior parts and design can quickly breakdown and if not properly supported by a comprehensive warranty and be incredibly costly to repair. Always make sure to thoroughly review what type of warranty your hot tub will be supported by. It is important to have coverage not only for parts but for labour as well.
A quality well-made hot tub will be supported by a solid warranty. If the warranty on the model that you are looking at only covers certain parts and only for a couple of years, it is probably a red flag that the quality is inferior.
Now that you know the basics of what is important to look for in a hot tub, you can start thinking about the fun questions such as what size or extra features like aromatherapy accessories to include. To learn more about Hydropool hot tubs, download a hot tub buyer’s guide.