You will be surprised to know that not all hot tubs are the same. In the hot tub category itself there are two type of hot tubs, portable hot tubs and inground spas. A portable hot tub is manufactured with all the equipment required for operational use (pumps, heaters, filters, etc), and requires no plumbing on site when it is delivered to your home. Once delivered it is attached to your home with an electrical connection and if you move, the tub can be moved with you. This differs from an inground spa because once an inground spa is built into your backyard it is designed to stay with the house.
What makes certain hot tubs “better” than others? Lucky for you, like many products and services you have the ability to shop around for the best hot tub to fit your budget and needs.
If you walked into your local hot tub store and were thrown right into the mix for the first time, before you make any buying decisions we highly recommend you do some research on the models you were initially drawn to. In the case that you have been thinking about buying a hot tub for some time and don’t really know where to begin your search, a great place to start is by searching for local hot tub dealers that are here before the sale and will still be here after the sale. The benefit of buying from a local hot tub dealer is that you can see, touch and test the hot tub you are buying before you purchase. Ultimately your local dealer will be the one installing, servicing, and answering all questions about your hot tub so assurance in them is important. Here are a couple important questions to consider when narrowing down your local dealer:
- How long have they been in business and how long have they sold the brand you are interested in? Stay away from dealers that consistently change the brands they sell. It would also be helpful to know why they chose to sell this brand.
- Do they service the products they sell? Great dealers stand behind the products they sell. Be sure to find a dealer that provides year around service so you can enjoy your hot tub in complete confidence.
- Site Inspection: Are they willing to come to your house to provide a site inspection at little to no cost?
Once you have narrowed down your search to the local hot tub dealer you stand behind you should begin researching the hot tub manufacturers they have available.
Here are a couple things to consider when researching the different manufacturers:
- Safety Standards: Make sure that the hot tub you are choosing is UL listed like any other electrical appliance. The UL listing states the product is safe to use and meets the required safety standards.
- Components: Research the overall quality of the different components that go into your spa as well as the efficiency and ease of maintenance. Components to keep your eye out for are; *spa shell, internal frame, exterior cabinet material, heater, pumps, blower, filtration system, insulation and cover. *spa shell is a critical component.
- Cost of Operation: Make sure the model you choose meets the industry energy standards. The method and type of insulation, quality of cover, and type of energy saving components will assist in making your hot tub the most energy efficient and cost effective.
- Ease of Maintenance: A hot tub designed for easy maintenance will save you time and money. Please keep in mind, a hot tub, like any other appliance will require regular maintenance and replacement parts from time to time, this is not something to be alarmed about. Be mindful of where you install your hot tub to make sure there is easy access for servicing the internal components, this will save you money in the long run when your hot tub needs repairs.
- Warranty: The length of warranty is just as important as the manufacturer that is supporting the warranty. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that the manufacturer has been in business for a long time in order to support the warranties they are providing.
Now that you have chosen the local dealer you want to give your business to and the manufacturer you trust, deciding on the brand is the final stage in your hot tub purchasing lifecycle.
There are five aspects of choosing a brand that should be considered before making your purchase:
- Focus on your desires and envision how they can be achieved by owning a hot tub. With your hot tub are you looking for a place to relax, the perfect venue to connect with others, a place to entertain your friends or warm-water therapy that promotes health benefits. It’s all about you.
- Preferences for your hot tub selection. What size and shape will work best for your needs?
- Consider the special features available in a hot tub. How many jets will you need or want? What about Bluetooth stereo, touch screen controls, waterfalls and illuminated controls? Are programmable filter cycles and automated sanitizing systems a must? Do you want multiple seating options in your spa, maybe a lounge seat or deep seats for tall hot tub users.
- From deck to patio, there’s a hot tub for almost any setting. Decide on the hot tub features that will enhance your hot tub environment. Will it run quietly and efficiently? What landscaping or fencing will need to be done to complete the picture?
- Consider affordability. With hundreds of styles and options to choose from, there’s truly a hot tub for every budget. Lucky for us hot tubs are more cost-effective in time and money- than ever before! Energy efficiency and ease of maintenance is key when calculating your cost of ownership.
Find your perfect hot tub and accessories at Spa Kingdom! We exclusively offer Maax Collection hot tubs. “Built to the MAAX” is the term we use to describe how we build the best hot tubs in the industry. Our spas are engineered with the best materials and manufacture them to the highest standards. From the steel structure and the US Green Builder Council approved insulation, to the mechanical components, it’s easy to see MAAX® Spas’ products are built to the highest quality. ‘Built to the MAAX’ ensures the long-term durability of your hot tub backed by industry leading warranties.