When you’re ready to buy a hot tub, you’ll want to consider all of your options to find the best value for your budget. You will likely be looking for a “portable” hot tub or spa, which is a self-contained, freestanding unit that can be moved if necessary, for the added convenience.
At Great Lakes Pool & Spa we want to make sure that you are getting the hot tub that is right for you. Here are a few important factors to help guide you in making your next hot tub purchase.
The Right Fit
Size: The size of your spa is typically determined by the amount of space you have available and the number of people you want your hot tub to hold.
Comfort: When choosing a tub, you’ll want to consider the spa’s seating. To ensure that your comfort level is met, be sure to sit in the spa before purchasing it. In addition, we highly recommend that you “wet test” the spa as it will give you the best indication of how comfortable it really is. You can schedule a wet test with Great Lakes Pool & Spa and try out some of our top-notch tubs.
Other comfort factors include seating depth and variety, footwell space, lounge fit, access to hot tub controls, ease of entry and exit and cushioned headrests. Be sure to test out all of the features before making a final decision.
Hot Tub Therapy
Hydrotherapy: This function of the tub is highly subjective and varies based on personal preference. Some people prefer a powerful hydromassage experience, while others want to enjoy a calmer soak. If you’re looking to optimize your hydromassage experience, be sure to consider the types of jets and jet placement within the spa. Jet count alone is not necessarily the most important thing to look for. Instead, ask about jet variety and how the jets are positioned throughout the tub. Tubs that maximize the hydrotherapy experience will cater to all of the body’s major muscle groups. Lastly, you’ll want to consider just flow adjustability that will allow you to customize the massage by regulating the air and water flow in the jet system.
Air Jet System: Most hot tubs feature an air jet system that produces air bubbles through the spa. While this system is not essential, it provides a gentle soft-tissue massage that many people enjoy.
Reliability: Hot tubs are a large investment and you want to make sure that yours is going to last for a long time. Looking for a spa that is well-built, uses high-quality materials and components, and is backed by a reputable dealer and spa manufacturer is your best option. Manufacturer reputations can tell you a lot about the quality and durability of their products. Do your research. Read reviews online and ask for a copy of the warranty to determine if the dealer and the manufacturer are prepared to support their product.
Safety: Safety should always be a big priority. Make sure that the hot tub you are considering is listed by a recognized, independent testing agency like UL or ETL. Additionally, make sure that a qualified electrician installs the tub and connects the electrical service to the spa. Other things to consider include a locking spa cover for the safety of your family, using common sense when using the spa and adhering to the safety recommendations in the owner’s manual.
Spa Maintenance Costs
Ease of Maintenance: Spas not only cost a of lot of money, but they also require some of your time. You will likely want to look into options that will be easier to clean and will hold their appearance over time.
Consider a Corona Discharge (CD) ozone generator to maintain good water quality. This generator will reduce the amount of sanitizer needed to keep the water crisp and clean. These systems also last longer than alternative ozone systems. Filtration systems are another aspect of maintenance to consider. Generally, premium spas feature small circulation pumps that continuously filter water and provide the spa with the necessary flow for the heater to maintain the set temperature.
For a more aesthetically appealing look, consider a spa that features a simulated wood exterior. Spas with this feature require much less maintenance, time and effort than real wood.
Energy Efficiency: Tubs that retain heat more effectively will have lower operating costs. Ensure that your tub has effective insulation for the shell and plumbing. Having this full foam insulation surrounding the shell, combined with a custom-fit spa cover, allows the tub to keep the heat in and the cold out.
For further information and assistance in purchasing a hot tub, contact us today!
For all of your Hot Tub needs, contact Great Lakes Pool & Spa at 262-242-7793.