Are you looking to buy a hot tub? If you've never owned one before, it can be difficult to know what to look for, how much to spend, or even where to start!
There are many options for hot tubs, from huge permanent fixtures with all the bells and whistles to low-budget inflatables.
If you're stuck or looking for some help in your search, read on to discover what to look for when buying a hot tub.
1. Type of Hot Tub
The term "Hot tub" itself is quite a general term for what is a diverse range of products.
Before you buy, it's important to decide exactly what it is you want. Are you looking for a spa experience with water jets and lighting? Or simply a wooden tank filled with warm water?
Hot tubs can be portable, or permanently connected to your plumbing. They can be indoors or outdoors. The options are vast so make sure you have an idea of exactly what you want.
2. Size of Hot Tub
Once you've established the type of hot tub you want and where you're going to put it, it's a good idea to measure the area.
The last thing you want is for your hot tub to be crammed into an area that is only just big enough to fit it. If you're unsure about how much space you might need, speak to a pool and spa retailer for advice.
3. Identify the Purpose of the Hot Tub
Hot tubs are best known as somewhere to relax and socialize, but they have some other purposes which may help you decide what exactly to go for.
People with certain medical needs may benefit from having a hot tub. For example, those with chronic pain conditions.
This may mean you don't need too many extra features such as lights and music.
4. Consider Costs
As we've established, hot tubs come in all shapes and sizes, and therefore the costs vary massively.
One thing to keep in mind is any costs you might incur beyond the actual hot tub itself. For example, a permanent hot tub will cost a reasonable amount of money to install.
You must also consider the cost of heating the water. Many hot tubs keep the water at a permanent temperature, which can hike up your heating bills.
Always make sure you can afford to run the hot tub—it's not a good idea to buy one if it's going to sit obsolete!
5. Look Into Used Hot Tubs
While the idea of a sparkling new hot tub might be enticing, it's definitely worth taking a look into buying a used hot tub.
There are huge savings to be made by buying second-hand. A used hot tub won't necessarily be of poorer quality.
Often, people are looking to get rid of their hot tub without much thought for making as much money back as possible.
What to Look For When Buying a Hot Tub
Hopefully, this guide will help you know what to look for when buying a hot tub.
Once you've established your budget, the type of tub you'd like, and where you want to put it, you can shop around with confidence!
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