Do you remember when you bought your first car how it was exciting and scary at the same time? If you’re looking to buy a hot tub for the first time, you may be experiencing those same feelings. There are so many things to consider and this is an expensive product. You need to figure out what kind of material you want. You have to decide if you want hydrotherapy jets. You want to know how much maintenance is required. There’s a lot to consider, so here are some tips to make the decision a little easier for you.
The first thing you have to look at is the size. There are two things to consider here. How big is the area where you will put it and how many people will be using it at one time? Is it just something for you and perhaps your spouse or will you be using it as a focal point for parties that will be attended by many people? Once you have decided this, you can move on to cost.
The price of hot tubs, just like the price of cars, can vary greatly. You can get one for as little as $1000 or you can spend $10,000 or more. If you don’t have the money to buy the one you want, perhaps you should look for a less expensive model. If that’s not an option for you, wait until you have the money saved. Yes, you can finance it, but naturally this will end up costing you a lot more. What if something comes up where you can’t make the payment? You certainly don’t want to have to return it.
Now let’s talk about materials. You basically have two options here. The first is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic and the other is made of wood. Let’s face it, a wooden hot tub is beautiful. It is generally made of redwood, teak, or cedar. These are hardwoods that can handle water and will look a stunning part of your landscape. But plastic also has its advantages. These hot tubs are lighter, generally more comfortable, and less prone to leaks.
No matter what you decide, some maintenance is required. Fortunately it is not much. You will need some chemicals like a shock treatment to keep the water clean. And you will need to wash the filters weekly and replace them 3-4 times a year. Like I said, maintenance is minimal.
When shopping for a hot tub, research first is the key. If you know what you want and what you can afford, you don’t have to worry about some salesperson talking you into something you don’t need or can’t afford.