Hot Tub Shopping Tips

What to Look for When Buying a Hot Tub

By Mark J. Donovan

Installing a hot tub is a great addition to your home. Hot tubs provide both physical and mental benefits. Hot tubs and spas are excellent for relaxing sore muscles and releasing the tension of stressful days. So whether you plan on using your hot tub once or several times a week its a great investment. Just be aware that owning a hot tub takes disciplined responsibility if you want to have it ready for use at any time.
Before going out and shopping for a hot tub there are several hot tub shopping tips that you should be aware of.The first thing you need to do when shopping for hot tubs is to decide where you plan to locate it in or around your home.

There are many different sizes and shapes of hot tubs, or Jacuzzi tubs. In addition, there are hot tubs designed for both inside and outside the home. So knowing where you plan to locate your hot tub is critical before going out and shopping for one.

The second hot tub shopping tip you need to consider is how many people do you estimate will ever use the hot tub at any one time. If you anticipate just you and your spouse will regularly use it, then there is no point in buying a hot tub that supports more than 4 people. If on the other hand you like to regularly entertain large groups of people then you may want to consider buying a hot tub that can support 5 to 10 people.

The third hot tub shopping tip you should consider is the number of jets you’d like to see in the hot tub. The number of jets in a hot tub basically means the more therapeutic seating that is available in it. In addition, the more jets per seating area provides more overall body therapy.

Is a hot tub for you? A hot tub requires a great deal of maintenance.

However, the higher the quantity of jets in a hot tub, the higher the price. For the typical hot tub, expect to find around 24 jets in it. For larger hot tubs, or more expensive ones, you could see upwards of 50 jets or more in a tub.

Another major hot tub shopping tip is to consider what type of water filter treatment system to buy with your hot tub.

All hot tubs require a number of chemicals to treat the water and protect it from growing bacteria, fungus, and other pathogens. Ozone water treatment systems are commonly sold with hot tubs today and are well worth the extra expense. In the end, ozone water treatment systems reduce the amount of chemicals and associated costs for keeping your hot tub’s water in perfect condition.

The type of heating system for your hot tub is another important factor when buying a hot tub. There are several types of hot tub heating systems on the market today to choose from, including electric, gas, and even wood burning heaters. Regardless of what type of hot tub water heater you choose, make sure it’s installed by a professional so that you don’t endanger your home and family.

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With these hot tub shopping tips in mind you can now go out and shop a bit more intelligently for a hot tub. Again, deciding to install a hot tub is a great idea that will provide both physical and mental pleasure for both you, and your family and friends.

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