How to Buy a Hot Tub

So, you’re ready to improve your life with a hot tub, but you aren’t sure where to begin.

We often hear some of the same questions:

  • How much will it cost?
  • What features do I need?
  • Does it use a lot of energy?
  • How do I take care of it?
  • How do I make the right choice?

To help you answer these questions and more, we’ve put together some tips here. If you’d like more information, download our free Hot Tub Buying Guide . We want to help you make an informed buying decision when purchasing a new hot tub. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to buy a hot tub.

The first thing we’ll explain is the difference between the terms: hot tub and spa.

What’s the Difference? Hot Tub or Spa?

These terms are often used interchangeably. Spas and hot tubs are similar since they both use swirling water and therapeutic heat to soak and massage sore muscles and painful joints.

Historically hot tubs are made of wood, and the bubbling water comes from under and around the seats.

Spas are usually constructed of material other than wood, and the bubbling water comes directly from floor and seat. In most spa models today, you won’t find any air channels with holes in the seats because of cools off the water too quickly.

Today’s hot tubs use variety of jets to create the swirling, bubbly water.

Take the time to weigh the best value for your budget within the portable ( a self-contained freestanding unit that can be moved from location to location) hot tub or spa categories.

How to Get the Right Fit

Here are some important questions to ask when deciding hot tub size:

  • How many people will use your hot tub at any given time?
  • Consider space in your yard – how much space do you have for the tub itself?

You’ll spend a lot of time in your spa, so seating comfort is very important. Sit in the spa before purchasing it. Consider a “wet test” to decide if it will work for you, your family and friends.

Here what’s to think about when testing the inside of the spa:

  • Seating depth and variety
  • Foot-well space
  • Lounge fit
  • Access to hot tub controls
  • Ease of entry and exit
  • Cushioned headrests.

Choose Hot Tub THERAPY

Do you want a powerful hydro massage for sore muscles? Or, do you mainly want your hot tub for soaking and stress relief?

If you want the ultimate hydro massage experience, think about the types of jets and jet placement. Look at jet variety and their placement within the seats. Your best hydrotherapy comes in tubs that address all of your major muscle groups. Also consider the adjustability of the jets.

Hot Spring Spas come in a wide variety of sizes with multiple options for jet number and placement. View the different models on our website or stop by to see them in person.