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What To Know Before Buying a Hot Tub

Looking to turn your backyard into a tranquil retreat with a spa? Discover what to know before buying a hot tub to ensure you end up with the perfect one.

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Are you looking to turn your backyard into a bubbly paradise? Before you can slip into your very own hot tub, you should consider a few things to ensure you end up with a tranquil retreat instead of a hot, sweaty nightmare. Come with us as we highlight what to know before buying a hot tub.

What Are You Going to Use Your Hot Tub For?

Knowing ‘why’ is just as important as knowing ‘what’ before buying a hot tub. Whether you’re looking for a bubbly 5-person spa or the ultimate entertainment area, how you plan to use your tub will influence the model you should buy. Here are a few of the most common reasons people purchase spa pools.

Become the Life of the Party

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a couple of wines or more with friends, a hot tub is a great way to encourage socialising and turn your home into an entertaining hot spot (literally!). For entertaining, bigger models like our 5-6-person spas are ideal. The more seats, the more guests and the more fun you’ll have! To go the extra mile, you can even look into audio and systems for that extra wow factor.

Relaxation and Stress Relief

A hot tub can be your watery therapy session, a place to unwind and let the day’s stress float away. If relaxation is the driving force behind purchasing a hot tub, you will want to focus on tubs with an arsenal of jets. Keep a sharp eye on jet placement and power level adjustment.

Post-Workout Recovery

If you consider yourself a bit of an athlete or work a labour-intensive job, you can use your hot tub as a recovery device. The high temperatures of hot tubs will encourage blood circulation and stimulate the release of endorphins, your body’s natural pain reliever. For those focused on the recovery benefits of hot tubs, finding a model with jets that pack a punch is vital.

How to Evaluate Hot Tub Models

With so many hot tub models and brands on the market, it can feel like you’re drowning in choices when deciding. Beyond the best fit for your needs, here are some key features you should know before buying a hot tub.

Quality Materials

The perfect hot tub begins with high-quality materials and ends with ultimate relaxation. Acrylic is the go-to choice for The Spa Family and leading brands due to its durability, no-porous surface, and impressive resistance to heat and chemicals. It also has a stunning glossy appearance providing a sleek, luxurious look.

Jets That Pack a Punch

A hot tub without quality jets is like hot chips without tomato sauce. It just doesn’t work! Jets provide targeted pressure and massage specific areas of the body, helping to alleviate tension, soreness, and pain. A good hot tub will have a variety of jets that you can adjust to suit your needs and may include features like massage jets, directional jets, and pulsating jets.

Unexpected Costs

The price of having a bubbly paradise in your home is often a hefty power bill. However, many hot tubs have energy-efficient features to lessen that utility bill. Look for features such as high-performance insulation, low-wattage pumps and heaters, and programmable controls that allow you to optimise your energy usage.

What to Know Before Installing a Hot Tub

Installation concerns are high on the list of what to know before buying a hot tub. These factors will influence how your spa functions, what type of spa is right for you, and how much it will sting you.

Location, Location, Location

When choosing a spot to install your backyard paradise, consider things such as privacy and accessibility to power and water outlets. A hot tub without access to water or power isn’t exactly useful.  

Where you plan to install your hot tub will also determine the type of tub you can purchase. Be sure to take precise measurements of the area and be mindful of the potential weight-bearing issues.

Consider Any Extra Costs

Hot tubs aren’t exactly a one size fits all feature. Depending on the type of hot tub you choose, installation may involve significant work, including electrical and plumbing considerations. Hiring a professional to handle the installation may be necessary, which can add to the overall cost.

Slip into Relaxation with The Spa Family

When it comes to what to know before buying a hot tub, the short answer is - a lot! Luckily the team at The Spa Family have the passion and know-how to ensure you end up with the perfect spa. We have something for everyone, from large 4-person spas to our classic cedar-clad hot tub. Explore our range online and chat with the team to learn more. 

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