Buying Guide: Best Hot Tub Models and Features
Can you think of anything more relaxing than kicking back an ice cold beverage while dipping into your very own hot tub, allowing all of the stress and pressure of the day melt away almost instantly?
It’s pretty hard to top that kind of experience – especially when you know that you can enjoy it any time you want when you purchase your very own hot tub and have it installed in your home or on your property.
Responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in sales each and every single year, hot tubs have absolutely exploded in popularity over the last few decades. Originally built on the back of the Japanese luxury baths, modern-day hot tubs aren’t anything like those ancient relaxation vessels – and that’s a good thing!
Today, you’re just as likely to find all kinds of “chromatherapy” lights inside of your hot town as you are massaging jets, and that’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to be modern technological advances that hot tubs bring to the table.
But it’s not that easy to get your hands on the picture-perfect hot tub for your specific needs unless you know exactly what you’re supposed to be looking for – which is exactly why this quick guide was created.
Instead of having to worry about whether or not you’re really purchasing a high quality hot tub or just an expensive waste of time and money, you’re going to know (beyond a shadow of a doubt) that you’ve made the right decision and invested in your health and well-being by purchasing the right piece of equipment.
By the time you finish with this quick guide, you are going to be armed with everything you need to know to buy your new hot tub (or even buy a used hot tub, if that’s something that you’re interested in) with absolutely zero headache or hassle along the way.
Ready to jump right in? Let’s get right to it!
Types of Models You Might Be Interested In
There are really two types of hot tubs out there:
- Permanent hot tub installations and
- Portable hot tub systems
Permanent systems are probably the most popular type available on the market today, and are also (considerably) less expensive than most of the portable systems you’ll find.
In fact, the odds are pretty good that if you’ve ever spent time in a hot tub it was of the permanent a variety, as portable systems have really only started to become popular in the last 10 years or so – and technology didn’t really make them a viable option until just a few short years ago.
Permanent hot tubs will pretty much run you anywhere between $1500 or so and $10,000 or more, depending almost entirely upon all of the special features and extras that you decide to invest in. Almost always able to seat at least five people comfortably (with options out there available to seat more than 15 people at once), permanent hot tubs will require a bit of extra space on your property to be set up properly – and where they are installed is where they are going to sit forever.
Portable hot tub systems, on the other hand, are absolutely exploding in popularity. This is because they take advantage of environmentally conscious construction materials, are designed to have a minimal impact on your home, your property, or anywhere else that you decide to set up your portable system, and because they are going to use so much less water every single time you set them up.
The real reason to get your hands on a portable system, though, has everything to do with the flexibility of setting it up anywhere and everywhere you want to, provided that you’re able to fill it with water that you’ve already heated (or water that you can heat on site).
Aside from these two major types of hot tubs out there today, there are also a number of other sub classifications that you might be interested in.
Hot tubs that have been designed specifically to:
- Help you relax and unwind with therapeutic technology built right in
- Sports related tubs that increase your performance
- Single or double person tubs that are designed for intimate encounters
- Indoor hot tubs that aren’t designed or engineer for exterior use
And a whole host of other sub classifications that you’ll want to do a bit of extra research on before you pull the trigger and purchase a new tub.
Features to Look for in Your New Jacuzzi
And though there are really only two major types of hot tubs out there, there are all kinds of extra features and special benefits (not to mention accessories that can be purchased and added to your tub later down the line) that you’ll have the opportunity to invest in if you are looking to really maximize the potential that your system offers.
Some of these features are pretty critical to the optimal operation of your new tub set up, while others are “creature comforts” that will definitely boost the value of your system (as well as the amount of time you spend in it). You’ll have to decide which of these features are best for you, which of them you can probably skip over, and which ones are complete and total deal breakers if they aren’t included in the package that you are purchasing.
Some of the features that you’ll want to be on the lookout for including (but certainly aren’t limited to):
- Cleaning and filtration units that eliminate much of the maintenance you would have had to tackle on your own
- Water recycling technology to make use of “gray water” in your hot tub
- Insulated covers/alternative energy water heaters that reduce your energy bill without compromising your set up
- Extra space and built in seating for maximum comfort
- Underwater massage jets that help you to relax and unwind completely hands-free
- Self-regulating temperature and thermostat systems
- Energy/fuel-efficient operation
- LED lighting technology and chromatherapy installations
- Remote activation systems
- Built in sound system and entertainment platform
- And so much more!
Honestly, if you’ve ever wanted a hot tub that had “X” feature built right in, the odds are pretty good that there is a company out there making a hot tell with that specific bonus built right in – that’s just how prolific the industry has become, and how competitive each and every manufacturer is at delivering the widest variety of special features and extras.
Again, this is all something that you’re going to want to research on your own before it comes time to pull the trigger a multifaceted dollar investment in your new hot tub.
How to Find the Right Hot Tub Installation Experts
Even if you have already found a supplier for your new hot tub (online, off-line, or through a recommendation from someone that you know makes little difference), you’re going to want to make sure that you are teaming up with the right experts to pull off the installation of your new hot tub.
You see, there are all kinds of plumbing and electrical issues that need to be tackled when you decide to hook up a hot tub in/at your home. Some of these issues (probably) could be tackled by someone with a rudimentary experience in the plumbing and electrical world – but why take the risk?
After all, we’re talking about multi-thousand dollar pieces of equipment here, and if you don’t have it installed properly the first time around you’re going to either have to scrap it entirely or have another team of experts come out and do the kind of job that the first batch should have.
Google is Going to Be Your Best Friend
One of the easiest (and the fastest) ways to find the right team of installation experts in your local area is to get on Google, search for “local area hot tub experts”, and then choose from amongst the results that pop up on the first page.
You want to compare and contrast at least three different companies, trying to separate the ones that are just going to promise you everything and anything in an effort to get their hands on your money and the professionals that are going to transform your backyard or your home into something really special with a hot tub.
A hot tub just might be what the doctor ordered, but you need to be sure that you are buying a high quality piece of equipment and then having it installed by professionals that you’re going to be able to trust.
With all of the information above, you shouldn’t have too terribly much trouble finding the right experts (or the right tub, for that matter), and the whole process should be pretty simple, pretty streamlined, and pretty successful from start to finish.
It doesn’t have to be a nightmare when you’re looking for a new hot tub or a team of pros to come in and install it for you.
In fact, it can actually be a lot of fun!
Take advantage of everything mentioned above, and you’ll be just fine!