There are many things to think about when purchasing a luxury hot tub. You might wonder how many seats you need and how many jets you’d like. After all, a hot tub is a significant investment, and you’ll want it to be right for you. In this blog, we’re looking at the difference between 13 amp vs 32 amp hot tubs.
We get asked many things by hot tub shoppers, and one question we get asked a lot is regarding 13 amp hot tubs and 32 amp hot tubs. Check out our blog on 5 tips when buying a hot tub if you’re currently in the market for a quality spa.
What does 13 amp vs 32 amp mean?
A hot tub’s amp refers to the electrical configuration and requirements. Depending on the hot tub model you select, you may have to consider these different electrical requirements. Don’t worry; our sales team will ensure everything is prepared for your hot tub delivery, including checking the access space, hot tub space, ground level and power supply required.
What is a 13 amp hot tub?
A 13 amp hot tub can be powered using a standard plug socket. This is often referred to as a plug-and-play hot tub. These hot tubs require the same electrical supply as an inflatable hot tub. However, regular hot tubs are much more luxurious and are definitely longer lasting with regular maintenance and care.
A 13 amp hot tub installation requires an outdoor socket for the power supply.
What is a 32 amp hot tub?
A 32 amp hot tub requires more power supply, and there are often many reasons for this. These hot tubs require a 32 amp electrical supply. A qualified electrician may need to be present for electrical installations of a 32 amp hot tub. This is to ensure that everything is connected correctly and safely.
New equipment, such as an RCD circuit breaker, should be used so that you can be confident that the equipment is in good working condition. This enhanced installation will cost around £300 – £350 and can take about 2 hours to complete.
13 amp vs 32 amp hot tub: What are the key differences?
There are a few reasons why a 13 amp hot tub and a 32 amp hot tub have different electrical requirements. These can include the number of jets and the number of pumps.
Hot tub heaters
Every hot tub needs a good quality heater to keep you warm when you’re bubbling away on a winter evening. There is less power to a 13 amp hot tub, which means some features cannot run together. For example, the heater cannot run at the same time as the jet pump in a 13 amp hot tub.
If you prefer to relax with the jets on every so often, rather than all the time, then this might not be a problem for you. Our hot tubs are manufactured by Master Spas™ and Platinum Spas, meaning they are built with top-quality insulation to retain heat. This means that even if you have to turn off the heater while using the jets, the hot tub temperature should not drop to a level that is considered cold.
In a 32 amp hot tub, there are usually no restrictions on which features can run simultaneously. This means you’re free to keep the water at your desired temperature and enjoy the jets at the same time.
Hot tub jet pumps
Your hot tub’s pumps provide power to your jets and keep clear water circulating around your hot tub. Every hot tub needs at least one pump to run efficiently. 13 amp hot tubs usually only have enough electrical supply to power one pump, whereas a 32 amp hot tub can typically power two pumps.
There is potential for both hot tub types to have a smaller additional circulation pump too. A circulation pump can help to provide clearer water.
Hot tub jet technology
Your jets are responsible for that relaxing bubbling inside your hot tub. During the process, water and air are released through the jet to cause bubbles. People often praise jets for their ability to create a massage experience inside the tub. There are many health benefits associated with owning a hot tub.
More jets need more power to work, so it may come as no surprise that 13 amp hot tubs may have fewer jets. With that being said, 13 amp tubs usually still have an impressive number of jets. Having fewer jets to power means the jets will be stronger and more efficient. We all know what that means…a more intense massage!
13 amp vs 32 amp hot tub costs
With less power and therefore fewer features, a 13 amp hot tub should be cheaper than a 32 amp option. So if you’re looking for a more affordable option for your hot tub, a 13 amp is certainly an option to consider.
Many hot tub owners prefer to be able to use each feature whenever they want to and therefore opt for the 32 amp hot tub due to convenience. There is no right or wrong hot tub to choose from; it all depends on what’s right for you and meets your needs. Our friendly team are always happy to offer advice on hot tub models and features.
Hot tub running costs
Hot tub running costs are an important part of research before a hot tub purchase. When it comes to purchasing a quality hot tub from The Hot Tub Superstore, we are transparent. That’s why we provide an estimated running cost for each hot tub based on the newest energy prices in the UK (October 2022).
Choosing to shop with us means you don’t have to worry about your installation cost. We provide Nationwide delivery and installation of each hot tub.
How to find an energy-efficient hot tub
Our Master Spas™ hot tubs are built using high-quality insulation materials and are energy efficiency approved by the CEC™. Additionally, our Icon series by Platinum Spas are made with premium insulation to help retain heat.
We hope this blog has been helpful if you’re choosing between a 13 amp hot tub or a 32 amp hot tub. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need advice. Our knowledgeable team are happy to help.