Hot tub & Hot tub covers
Purchasing a Hot Tub
If you have already made the decision to buy a hot tub, than you may have only done the easiest part. Consumers today have a broader selection of models and an almost unlimited selection of features to choose from.
Some of the key items to consider when buying a hot tub or spa are:
- What type of spa you want.
- Whether the retailer provides installation services and what those will entail.
- What type of warranty and maintenance plan you should purchase.
Before walking into a hot tub spa retailer it is important to do some research into what exactly you want. There is an endless amount of information online that will show you some of the key differences between the available tubs. While most spas are meant for relaxation and socializing, there are also options for improving your fitness such as a swim spa.
It is also important to decide whether you want to go with a lessor known brand or a big name such as Cal Spas. Many smaller retailers have taken to selling cheaper less known brands, however, some of the more well established companies have a longer tradition in building hot tubs. If you are buying it with your spouse make sure that you agree on color as most models are offered in a multitude of colours and you will be looking at it for a long time.
Once the style of spa is decided on and you are ready to make your purchase, it is important to ensure that you discuss the retailer's options for installation. Some places will not install the product; instead you have to hire the workers to put the tub in place. It is also worth taking into consideration what kind of work will be required to install the spa; are you going to need to build a supporting structure; will you have to expand the decking? The retailer should be able to provide you some advice on what you will need to consider with regard to this, including whether you will need any city permits.
Be prepared to discuss both the warranty options for your new spa and what types of ongoing maintenance plan you require. Many people try to do their own work and upkeep and perhaps over time as your comfort level grows that might be a good idea, but at the outset you may just want to enjoy your new tub and not think about changing the water all the time or cleaning it top to bottom so a maintenance plan may be worthwhile. With warranties ask which specific parts are covered and if there are any that are not included. A wise investment from the outset is to look at the various covers available for your spa, they help keep the tub clean and also ensure you are not spending money on heating that simply steams into the air.
While the search for hot tubs may seem a daunting task, the warmth and relaxation at the end will make it all worthwhile.
- Do your research and see what types of hot tubs you are interested in before going into the store.
- Some retailers offer a full build package, while others only supply the tub. Make sure you discuss your needs at the outset.
- Warranties are different depending on the retailer and the brand you are considering.
- Having a maintenance plan for when you first purchase your spa lets you relax and enjoy your new purchase.