The 5 most important things to consider before buying a hot tub

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How do you find the best hot tub?

Searching for a hot tub can be confusing. 

Everybody says they do the best hot tub. 

But who is telling the truth? 

Let’s talk about what really matters. 

Sure there are lots of things that are important. And these will vary person to person. But, what is completely non-negotiable when you are looking for a hot tub to buy for you and your family?

Chris Wheatley, the genius behind Hot Tub University. Has an article on what really matters when buying a hot tub. And we really love it. It mirrors most of what we’ve been banging on about since we can remember.

So we thought we’d do our own version. With a few additions and revisions to account for changes in the industry.

  1. The best hot tub supplier
  2. Efficient hot tub filtration
  3. Strong hot tub shell construction
  4. Quality hot tub components
  5. Hot tub insulation
  6. What doesn’t matter when buying a hot tub?

 

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What to look for before buying a hot tub

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When you’re looking for a hot tub it can be easy to get carried away with the number of jets. The lighting. Or the music system. Don’t get me wrong. These things are great. They help to personalise your hot tub. But picking a hot tub based on these things alone. Is like choosing a car manufacturer based on colour. It might look great. But it might not be what you are looking for. Or last you very long. 

These 5 things, should be non-negotiable when you are buying your hot tub. 

1. The best hot tub supplier

Hot Tub University says:

There is no substitute for experience and a good dealer will make more difference to you than any other single factor…

We agree. A well manufactured hot tub is half the battle. But a great supplier. One who will help you not only before, but after the sale. Is going to make or break your experience. A great supplier might not be on your essentials list. But if you face any after sales problems, it is imperative that you have the experience of a team who are able to fix it. And the integrity of a team willing too.

Chris Wheatley says:

If you are lucky enough to have an expert in your area then you are golden

How lucky is Scotland in that case…

Our advice…

♦ Find a local dealer who is close enough to provide in-person support after the sale.

♦ Look for a dealer who has a team of experienced and qualified technicians to carry out after sales and warranty support.

♦ Make sure full delivery and installation is included in the final price (and not just kerbside delivery).

2. Efficient hot tub filtration

Coast Spas filterDid you know that humans lost approximately 1 litre of body fat per hour in a hot tub?

YUK! 

I bet you that hot tub filtration suddenly seems a whole lot more interesting than it did a second ago.

We recommend looking for a hot tub with pressurised filtration or a 24-hour circulation pump. To ensure to water clarity and cleanliness.

3. Strong shell construction

Hot tub shells are the one part of a hot tub that cannot be economically fixed. If the shell cracks or leaks you usually have to get a new hot tub.

Almost all hot tubs use the same acrylic sheet. But how this is treated during the manufacturing process makes a massive difference to the strength of the shell and the life of the hot tub. 

You are looking for an acrylic sheet backed with multiple layers of hand-rolled fibreglass. 

You also want to make sure the hot tub is self-supporting. Essentially if you took it away from the frame it could hold water by itself, without the need for props. Supports under the seat are bad. They mean they shell alone is not strong enough to support the heat and water pressure. 

Want to test the shell?

Get in an empty spa and jump around. It shouldn’t move too much. You’ll know the difference between a cheap and quality hot tub.

 

4. Quality hot tub components

hot tub pumps and jetsIf a company is using good quality hot tub components like Balboa or Waterways they are going to talk about them. They are quality components, with a good track record.

What I would say, is that in recent years there has been a rise in cheap hot tubs that are fitted with Balboa packs and pumps. While this is technically good. Good components don’t make up for a badly built hot tub.

You want to look for Balboa controls. While still paying attention to the other non-negotiable features. There is no point in having good components if your hot tub is leaking and costing a fortune to run.

5. Hot tub insulation

If we had a penny for everyone who’s bought a cheap hot tub only to find it costs them a fortune to run we’d, sadly, be rich.

Cabinet and cover insulation are so important. All hot tub should come with an insulated cover. And we always recommend that you get full foam cabinet insulation. 

Hot tubs should cost on average £30-£40/month for a well insulated hot tub. But a poorly insulated hot tub can cost up to £120/month. 

While skipping the full foam insulation will save you on purchase. It will cost you in the long run.

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What doesn't matter when you are buying a hot tub?

This list could go on forever. 

Lights. Shell colour. Music.

Important? Yes. Of course. They will help you end up with a hot tub that you love. But don’t put too much weight on them or other “gimmicky” features. 

Focus on the features above to get a quality hot tub that lasts a long time.

 

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In summary

There is a lot that is important with hot tubs on a superficial level. It’s what makes the purchase personal. It’s what makes you love your hot tub.

But there are some thing, that might not be the most exciting to think about. But are absolutely crucial in ensuring you have a top quality hot tub that is going to last.

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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