Buying a Hot Tub or Spa

Hot tubs and spas have a relatively wide range of prices, but for most people, the purchase of one does represent a significant expense. As a result, it’s important to take the time necessary to research hot tub brands and models before finalizing the deal.

First, think about the purpose of the hot tub. Will it be used primarily for recreation, as a complement to a pool, or will someone in the household be using it for hydrotherapy purposes? Will the hot tub be freestanding or built into the ground? The answers to these questions will largely inform what type of hot tub or spa will work best. Traditional hot tubs may not have as many massage and therapy features as a spa, hence the slightly different—but often interchangeably used—names. A spa, on the other hand, may come equipped with many different jets and water pressure settings, an interior configuration designed for complete submersion in the water from the neck down, and even the option of colored lighting schemes to help set a relaxing mood.

Another element to consider before purchasing a hot tub is the sanitizing system. There are several options for hot tub sanitizers, and each one has pros and cons. Copper ion technology and saltwater chlorine generators are two effective, low-maintenance options. Speak to a knowledgeable salesperson to determine the best solution. Don’t forget to inquire about energy efficiency, warranties, operating costs, and the details of the hot tub’s heating and filtration system—these are all important pieces of information that every spa owner should have