What to Look for When Purchasing a Hot Tub  

by Pool Builders on 04-27-2010 in Articles

Whether you are buying a hot tub for social reasons, health reasons or for general relaxation, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration before you open your wallet.

One of the first things that must be determined is the place where the hot tub will be installed. Will it be used indoors or outdoors? How much space will be required? Is the anticipated location convenient to electricity and water sources, or will additional work and expense be necessary? What size will the hot tub be? How many people will the hot tub need to be able to fit at one time?

Comfort and convenience of use should be verified as well. Is the hot tub easy to get in and out of? Are the seats comfortable and not too close together? Do they have head rests? Are the seats low enough in the hot tub to ensure adequate immersion? Are the hot tub controls easy and convenient to reach from the seats? Is there enough room for each person to comfortably stretch their legs?

Don't be afraid to ask the dealer for a trial run with water. This is the quickest and most accurate way to find out if the hot tub fits your needs, and as a hot tub is a fairly expensive purchase, most dealers will be happy to oblige. An actual wet test run is also a good way to determine whether the hot tub air jets are correctly placed for your needs. Make sure the air jets can be easily adjusted to control the strength of the air and water flow.

The quality and reliability of both the hot tub manufacturer and the dealer are also important. An easy way to determine whether the dealer is reputable is to find out how long they have been in business. The longer a dealer has been in business, the greater the likelihood of good products and good customer service. Once you have found a reputable dealer, find out which hot tub manufacturers they prefer, and which manufacturers they have used the longest. Like the dealers, a good hot tub manufacturer will have stood the test of time. Reputable hot tub dealers and manufacturers are also much more likely to stand behind their warranties.

Ease of maintenance is another aspect that must be taken into consideration. A hot tub that is used regularly should be serviced weekly to ensure good water quality and cleanliness. The best system utilizes both chemical water sanitizers and ozone generators, as the ozone generators allow for less use of chemicals and keep water quality at an optimum level. Water filters should also be rinsed out each week. Plastic or synthetic exterior materials are easier to clean than wood, which tends to absorb dirt and spills.

As with most large appliances, pools and tubs, adequate safety measures should be taken. Make sure that the hot tub system is backed by a reputable independent electric appliance testing agency. It is also crucial to have a qualified electrician hook up the electrical components. To eliminate the risk of small children or pets accidentally falling into the hot tub when it is not in use, be sure to purchase a well fitting spa cover that can be securely latched on four sides.

If you follow these simple guidelines, you will end up with a great hot tub that will serve you for many years.

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