How to Choose a Hot Tub
As the weather begins to cool off, we often take to the indoors for fall and winter hibernation. But what if fall and winter brought you outside for more fun, relaxation and family time? If owning a hot tub has been on your mind, now is the best time to shop. With everyone staying home more often, home entertainment has been tricky when it comes to supply and demand - But not anymore. While we've been lucky to get our hands on a great selection of hot tubs, we thought we would help make it that much easier to help you choose the right one for you and your needs. Check out our list of handy "know before you go" tips below to help you warm up this fall.
When it comes to buying a hot tub, the number one concern buyers have is where they'll put it, if it will fit and whether or not their space will accommodate the hot tub logistics. Well, when there's a will, there's a way! Depending on your concerns, we've got a few solutions to ease your mind.
Measurements - With the average hot tub size being seven to eight feet squared, measure an additional foot of space around the area of your choice. This extra space is necessary for lifting and placing the cover.
Outdoor Hot Tubs - If placing your hot tub outdoors is what you're looking to do, it's as easy as having a 110V or 220V outlet. When placing the hot tub on a surface, you can safely ensure the weight capacity by dividing the square footage of the hot tub (often times 88lbs per square foot) and reference your surface requirements as needed.
Indoor Hot Tubs - Though a more lengthy process, indoor hot tubs create a beautiful indoor oasis that can be enjoyed during the hottest or coldest times. With the exact requirements of setting up an outdoor hot tub, indoor hot tubs require adequate height for lifting the hot tub cover, access to a faucet with a hose pipe and proper ventilation. It is also great to check with your local municipality on local regulations.
Most hot tub shoppers think that the number of seats determines how many people you can fit in the tub, and that's all. Not entirely, though; this is true. Choosing more seats to invite the whole family in for a dip can be crucial. It's not the only thing to consider. The seating you choose will determine the use you get from your tub. You'll want a lounge chair if you prefer soaking from the neck. If you need extra attention to massaging your lower back, arms, neck or more, take a seat in the tub to ensure those areas are targeted accurately by the jets. If you want versatility for stiff posture, you might want to try a tub that offers a few options.
In hot tubs, jets aren't one size fits all. With various jets to choose from, it's essential to know all about the jets your hot tub has to offer. Below are five standard jets to read up on if you're in the market to get a hot tub while the timing is hot.
Ozone/Cluster - This standard jet offers direct streamed water pressure. Not usually adjustable but reliable for good, low-maintenance pressure.
Multi-massage - As good as it sounds, the multi-massage jet consists of smaller jet holes, dividing the water into several streams. This allows for gentle massaging with adjustable pressure to help treat those aches and pains after a long day.
Directional - For more motion, directional jets are equipped with the ability to move. Manually adjusting your jet's direction will help create long-lasting comfort by adjusting the jet exactly where you need it to go without ever getting stiff.
Rotational - Similar to the directional jet, rotational jets are automatic. Allowing the direction of the jet to constantly rotate, creating a wide range of motion for impact.
Personalized - New to the market are personalized jets that can be tailored to your needs. This gives you the perfect seat in the house, and they're also modular! If someone's in your seat, you can just sit back, relax and switch jet-packs! Currently only offered by Bull Frog Spas.
Hot tubs have come a long way in a short period of time. With technology growing rapidly, you will want to ensure you know all about the bells and whistles that come into play for the newest and best hot tubs. To get the most out of your hot tub, we've listed some of our favourite new features to look out for when shopping.
Above all, we understand hot tub shopping can be a little scary. On average, you can expect to spend $4,000 and more with operational costs from $20-$40 a month, depending on use. While shopping, be sure to ask your Sales Representative what options are available to you for financing, as well as the expected monthly cost for service per tub. Good luck & happy soaking!