What Hot Tub Should I Buy?

Deciding to buy a hot tub can be a very exciting resolution. However, it can also induce a lot of anxiety and stress. There are many different kinds of hot tubs on the market and a wide range of prices. Making a decision with a wide array of choices can be very difficult. If you’re asking yourself, “What kind of hot tub should I buy?” we’ve put together a guide to help narrow down your choices so that you’re more likely to end up with a hot tub that meets your needs.

Where Should You Buy Your Hot Tub?

In this era of increased online shopping, it’s very easy to buy a cheap hot tub from one of the big online retailers. However, there are very real drawbacks that come with the convenience of online purchases. First of all, you won’t really know what you’re getting until it shows up. You can read the reviews and study the specifications, but we’ve all had that experience of being disappointed when something isn’t what it seemed. This can be especially costly with something like a hot tub. Another thing you miss out on when buying online is service and aftercare. It’s for these reasons that we strongly suggest you buy a hot tub from a reputable dealership. Visit an established brick-and-mortar store and talk to a knowledgeable salesperson rather than taking a chance online or being sucked in by a fast-talking, roadside huckster.

Inflatable, Portable And Inground Hot Tubs

The type of hot tub you end up buying will depend on your timeline and budget. If you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful, you might find value in an inflatable hot tub. It won’t last as long as a portable or inground model, but it’ll be affordable and easy to get up and running. Portable models inhabit the middle ground in that they’re relatively durable, but won’t require invasive landscaping for installation. You can expect a good portable hot tub to last you 10 years or more. Inground hot tubs are the most permanent of the bunch but also the most expensive and labor-intensive when it comes to installation. An in-ground hot tub can last decades, but you won’t be able to bring it along with you if you end up moving.

Plug And Play Versus Hardwired

Plug and play hot tubs run on 110 volts which means they plug into a regular electrical circuit which you can find anywhere around your house. This will get you up and running without having to worry about hiring an electrician or having a special electrical circuit installed. However, there are some drawbacks to running on this type of power. The main disadvantage of a plug-and-play hot tub is that you can’t run the water heater at the same time your water pump is running at full speed. This means that if you want the full massage experience, your water temperature will eventually start to drop. This temperature drop will be even more noticeable in cold weather. Plug and play hot tubs also generally take longer to bring the water up to maximum temperature.

Hardwired hot tubs, on the other hand, have access to sufficient power to run the water pumps and heater at top speed at the same time. They can also heat the water up to proper bathing temperatures as much as three times faster than plug and play models. Probably the biggest drawback with hardwired hot tubs is that they require a licensed electrician for installation. Not only do they require the installation of a specialized electrical outlet, but the electrician will also need to be on hand to connect the hot tub to the power source.

Energy Efficiency

When it comes to energy efficiency, not all hot tubs are built the same. Investing upfront in an energy-efficient model can save you plenty of money in the long run. Insulation will play a role, especially if the hot tub is used in cold weather, but it’s also important to find a model that filters the entire contents of the hot tub quickly and efficiently. High flow, low amperage water pumps will greatly reduce the usage of electricity.

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