Buying a Hot Tub: What to Consider

couple enjoying inflatable hot tub

An inflatable hot tub is great for RV trips.

Hot tubs are an attractive option for many homeowners because they offer the opportunity for relaxation, stress reduction, and relief from tired, aching muscles right in their own homes. If you’re thinking about buying a hot tub, here are some tips on what to consider.

  • Number of Jets: Hot tub jets provide hydrotherapy that improves circulation, eases muscle tension, and increases relaxation. A higher number of jets offers the complete “bubbly” experience many people associate with hot tub use. However, if you prefer to simply “soak” in your hot tub, you may be content with fewer jets. Let your personal preferences guide you to the right number. Consider also the placement of the jets; multi-level jet placement provides hydrotherapy for more muscle groups.
  • Comfortable Seating: This is another subjective criterion for buying a hot tub, but in general, proper lumbar support offers a better opportunity for enjoying the hydrotherapy and relaxation of the hot tub experience.
  • Portability: Portable hot tubs are readily available; for true portability, consider an inflatable hot tub. These are especially useful for RV travel. Look for a portable hot tub that will self-inflate in minutes with the push of a button so you can enjoy your hot tub soon after a long day of sight-seeing, hiking, or other recreational activity.
  • Digital Lighting: LED lights offer mood enhancement while serving the practical function of providing some lighting when you are reaching for beverages, towels, etc.
  • Electrical Connection: For a true plug-and-play hot tub experience, buy a hot tub that plugs into a standard wall outlet. Otherwise, you will probably face increased electrical costs when setting up your hot tub. Large, portable spas that plug into 110-volt outlets are available and will make it easier to start enjoying your new hot tub right away.
  • Hot Tub Accessories: When buying a hot tub, find out what accessories are included with your purchase, such as the pump, filter, and hot tub cover, and evaluate the quality of those accessories.

Buying a hot tub is a worthwhile investment; considering many hot tub features and benefits will help you make an informed buying decision that will offer the greatest satisfaction in that investment.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 @ 6:46 pm
Categories: How Tos, Spas / Hot Tubs.
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