How To Get The Best (And Most!) Hot Tub For Your Budget
So you’ve made the decision to buy a portable hot tub. That’s the first step on your path to enjoying hot tub health benefits and daily transformation through hot water therapy. The next steps on your journey are crucial ones. You’ll decide which is the best hot tub model to buy, what hot tub accessories you want and who will earn your business. Buying from a trusted brand and an established local dealer can make or break your ownership experience.
The Value Sweet Spot: Cost/Value, Quality, & Experience
Buying a hot tub is an investment for your family. A hot tub can provide health benefits that will improve your well-being. Regular hydrotherapy can promote relaxation, stress relief, muscle recovery, meaningful connection with loved ones, self-reflection and even improved sleep.
A lot of hot tub makers claim to be the “best hot tub.” What does that really mean? How do you know you’re really getting the most value for your money? And how much does a quality hot tub cost?
We broke it all down into a purchase decision flow that addresses questions you may have – and maybe a few you didn’t think of!
Q: I know how much money I have to spend. Aren’t all portable hot tubs pretty much the same? They hold warm water and they have jets, right? It’s just a matter of who is willing to give me the best price and most for my money.
A: That’s not true at all! First, there are key questions you need to ask yourself before choosing a spa. Aside from differences in size – do you need an 8-person hot tub or a 2-person hot tub? – there are many variables on your journey to find your perfect hot tub. Quality, reliability, energy efficiency, jet performance, warranty, service and even beauty should all be considerations.
Ask about special financing options that can help you purchase the right spa for your needs at the best value.
Q: How do I know I’m getting the best quality hot tub and service from a reliable dealer?
A: Do your research! Most shoppers start with online research today. Hot tub consumers are no exception. Compare top-rated hot tub brands and determine which manufacturer consistently delivers on its promises. Authentic (non-paid) consumer reviews are an invaluable tool – you’ll hear from real people like you who already bought a hot tub. But your purchase is only the beginning; you’ll have delivery and installation, regular maintenance and at some point you may need parts or service.
You want a reliable brand with a proven track record, and a friendly dealer you can trust. Buying online can be tricky too; you can’t see or test the spa, and if it is delivered and you’re not happy, what happens then? Who will service it going forward? Before you buy, you want to make sure you are getting a superior experience every step of the way, and for the full life of your spa.
Be cautious about buying your hot tub from a super blow out stadium sale or road-show seller who shows up on Friday and pulls out of town on Sunday.
YOUR HOT TUB EXPERIENCE
Q: The more jets the better, right? Same with a bigger motor and pump?
A: Not necessarily. You want powerful, precise and innovative jet designs placed in different locations and configurations that apply just the right amount of pressure and massage for each muscle group. All jets are not equal …it’s quality over quantity.
You’ll also want adjustability that allows you to control airflow, dial in just the right experience and save energy by directing flow to only the jets you want to use. Pumps with impressive-sounding horsepower do nothing more than raise your electric bill if the jets aren’t designed and positioned to make the most of that power.
Ask about the overall horsepower operation rating, rather than just the startup rating. And a dedicated circulation pump moves water continuously and uses only a small amount of energy. One of the very best ways to find the best hot tub is to take a test soak, Any good dealer will be impressed that you asked and know that you’ve done your homework!
Find the best hot tub for YOU that balances cost/value, quality and your overall experience.