Tips for Purchasing the Right Spa or Hot Tub  

Did you know that one size does not fit all when it comes to buying a spa or hot tub? Therefore it's a good idea to do a little homework before investing in one.

Spas and Hot Tubs are often associated with warm water treatment and are designed to aid in relaxation and hydrotherapy.

So what's the difference between the two?

  • Both a spa and hot tub can be portable or can be built in-ground.
  • Hot tubs are usually made from wood while most portable spas are made of acrylic or concrete (if in-ground).

  • Hot tubs are usually round in shape while spas can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

A spa or hot tub can provide warmth, relaxation and hydrotherapy.

A spa or hot tub can provide warmth, relaxation and hydrotherapy.

Consider the following 10 key issues before purchasing a unit:

  • Do you want a spa or a hot tub?

  • How many people do you need seating for?

  • Do you want a certain seating arrangement?

  • How many massaging jets would you like?

  • Would you like your unit to be indoors or outdoors?

  • Do you want a unit that is portable or in-ground?

  • Will your homeowners' insurance be affected?

  • Are there any zoning restrictions?

  • Do you want your unit to have a radio/CD player, speakers and/or remote control?

  • Which shape and color work best for your home?

A portable spa or hot tub can be enjoyed nearly anywhere.

A portable spa or hot tub can be enjoyed nearly anywhere.

Portable

Both a portable spa and a portable hot tub definitely have their advantages. They are both fairly easy to install and can usually be set up in a day. In addition, these portable units are great for small yards and usually come equipped with more jets than in-ground units. They are generally energy efficient and the accessories are economical. The unit can also be moved to a new location if need be.

The downside is that the unit is noticeable because it sits on top of the ground. Also, since portable spas and hot tubs can easily hold 100 to 500 gallons of water (not to mention the added weight of people), be sure that the surface you are placing the unit on is level, sturdy and can support the weight.

Establish the best location before installing an in-ground spa or hot tub.

Establish the best location before installing an in-ground spa or hot tub.

In-Ground

In-ground spas and hot tubs have their own advantages such as their size and shape and can easily be customized. They also make a great pool companion and can easily be combined with a deck or patio.

The downside is that they are usually more costly and much like a swimming pool, an in-ground spa or hot tub usually involves a zoning restriction. An in-ground unit will also take several days to install.

Consider an indoor spa or hot tub.

Consider an indoor spa or hot tub.

Indoors

An indoor spa or hot tub will provide you with the perfect climate all year long as well as granting you the comfort and privacy of your own home. In turn, you may find that you use your spa or hot tub more often.

The downside is that you will need to properly vent and dehumidify the room to keep excess moisture from causing water problems in your home. Therefore you may consider building a separate waterproof hot tub room.

Enjoy nature as you soak in your spa.

Enjoy nature as you soak in your spa.

Outdoors

Outdoor spas and hot tubs can actually make a great addition to your landscape, especially when teamed with a pool or other structures such as a gazebo or pergola. Surrounding yourself with nature as you soak in your spa or hot tub can also have a calming effect. There really is something magical about gazing into the night sky while immersed in warm, bubbly water.

The downside is that bad weather can prevent you from using your spa. You also should note that when not in use, you'll want to keep your unit covered to prevent animals and debris from landing in it.

Safety should be the number one concern for spa or hot tub owners.

Safety should be the number one concern for spa or hot tub owners.

Because safety is of the utmost importance, consider investing in special safety products designed specifically for spa and hot tub owners. Items such as a spa or hot tub cover and a non-slip safety step are well worth the money.

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By Linda from Blessed Beyond Crazy

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