Tips on Buying Hot Tubs

by Pool Builders on 05-26-2011 in Articles

A hot tub is a great alternative to a swimming pool, if you cannot afford the large costs of a pool construction or have space constraints. But these are not as cheap as you may imagine, with overheads adding quite a bit to the price tag when you buy one from a showroom. Here are some tips you can keep in mind when you decide on a hot tub purchase.

Showroom prices may be quite high

Showrooms selling hot tubs may quote exorbitantly high prices as the showroom dealers have to pay the distributors and the salespersons. The overheads to the dealer translate into higher prices for you. But the variety, in terms of brands, designs and features will be large enough to satisfy the most demanding consumer visiting the showroom. If you decide to buy one from a showroom, consider VAT, delivery and installation charges, and watch out for hidden costs before you make the purchase.

Look for good deals online

The internet is a good resource to find cheap deals on different brands. You can find online e-commerce sites that offer hot tubs at factory rates. They deal directly with the customers and do not entertain middle-men like retailers or distributors. While online purchases may keep you cost-effective, opt for reputed sites selling products from good brands.

Warehouse and retail outlets

The small retail outlets specializing in swimming pool accessories, products and other back door equipments also offer decent deals and sell at a much lower price than show-rooms. You can go for this option to see and try a host of options. You can also check the warehouse outlets which offer good deals with solid warranty. But keep in mind that they may not provide as many options as the retail outlets.

Things to remember when buying a hot tub

There are numerous hot-tub brands available, offering an array of features. However, you should be careful while choosing them, trying out different models to see which best suits your needs and budget. Make sure you wet-test before you commit to the purchase. Almost all dealers provide such wet-tests to consumers. If the particular dealer you visit does not offer such a test, it is better to buy from a different outlet.

Carefully examine the portable spa and assess whether it is suitable for your needs, for example, a party spa is much different from a therapy spa. You should assess the hot-tub features and compare them against your requirements. You should also be careful about the warranty that comes with the hot-tub. The warranty differs with the companies, so be sure to make the right choice. A comparison of warranty, maintenance services and costs of different brands will help you make a judicious decision.

These have become extremely popular among homeowners owing to the recreational and health benefits they offer. When you decide to invest in a hot tub, assess your needs carefully and look for cheap deals on quality products.

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