Buying a hot tub can be a really exciting process, but it can also be pretty scary if you’ve never done it before. Sometimes you need someone there who knows all the right things to ask and any top tips that you can use. This blog offers you 5 tips when buying a hot tub.
If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that you’ve already decided that you want to treat yourself to a hot tub. Hot tubs provide a lot of fun and relaxation, once you’ve learned how to care for your tub properly. Buying your first hot tub can be hard, they do cost a lot of money, so it’s natural to feel quite pressured to ensure that you buy the right one for your needs.
Tip 1 – Do your research
Since you made the decision to purchase a hot tub, you have probably spent a lot of time reading up on the different specifications to find the perfect tub for you. However, seeing a hot tub in person can provide you with a much better idea of what the tub has to offer, so it’s definitely worth visiting a showroom to have a look if you can.
Running costs are a factor that some people don’t think about before they purchase their luxury hot tub. These are very important. A high quality tub with a good cover will cost less in the long run than a cheap, poorly manufactured tub. Running costs are also dependent on the location of your hot tub and weather conditions. One tip that we have is not to turn off your tub after each use, because your tub will require a lot more energy each time it has to heat the water up, instead buy a quality cover so that your tub retains its heat.
There are lots of features that you’ll have to consider, including size, shape, seats and more.
Tip 2 – Test out the tub
Like we mentioned, visiting a showroom will be very valuable before you make your purchase. If you are able to visit a showroom, you could ask a sales advisor to show you how each of the jets work and they may even let you have a sit inside so you can get a feel for how comfortable the tub is.
Before you’ve considered the various specifications in detail, you should have a good idea on the size and shape of the hot tub that you want. The size of your tub is a huge factor, you need to ensure that you have checked the dimensions and know if the tub will fit in your garden. You should also consider how many people on average will be using your hot tub, so you’ll definitely have enough seats. Generally, as the size increases, so does the price.
Tip 3 – Price comparison
Buying a hot tub is a big decision and they do cost a lot of money, so you need to make sure you’re making the right decision. It’s a good idea to narrow down your research to 3-5 hot tubs that you are really interested in. If you create a document with the features and price of each tub, you can make direct comparisons in an attempt to narrow the choices down further.
It is quite likely that if the hot tubs are similar, then the prices will be too, so you may have to look further into the features, such as jets and loungers to make your final decision.
If you’re still not sure on which tub would suit you and your lifestyle, you can always call up our showroom for some advice, we’re more than happy to help.
Tip 4 – Closing the deal
Closing the deal is a big step in the process, but it’s not the end. While you’re closing the deal, it’s important that you read any documents that are given to you thoroughly and you ask the important questions regarding the purchase of your hot tub.
Important questions may include – delivery queries, any accessories that are included and insulation quality. You’ve probably got plenty of your own questions that you’d like to ask, but there’s just a few for you to consider.
Tip 5 – The chemical balance
Often when you purchase a hot tub, you’ll be given a lot of information to take home and read before your new tub is delivered and installed. Included in this information might be some aftercare details, such as which chemicals you’ll need to use to make sure your hot tub is safe to use.
When you first set up your hot tub you’ll have to test the water frequently for bromine, chlorine, alkalinity, and PH. You should buy a testing kit for each of these chemicals which will give you an idea of the optimal level for each. You can find a beginner’s guide to hot tub care here.
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a luxury hot tub, why not contact us and book an appointment to view one of our fantastic tubs. We’re more than happy to help you with any queries you may have.