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Helping you Choose a Hot Tub

Posted by Dave McIntosh on August 23rd, 2009

If you want to shed all your tensions, worries and stresses of the day, then there is nothing like getting into a hot tub to help you unwind. They are not only a great place for relaxation but also for entertaining and healing. Unfortunately there are many kinds of hot tubs available, so choosing the right one can take some time and research.

Choosing a Hot TubFor many consumers, purchasing a hot tub (or spa) is a “once in a lifetime” event. The current spa market in North America has over 100 manufacturers offering more than 1,500 spa models, many look virtually identical. So here are a few things to consider when choosing a hot tub for your home.

First, consider why you want a hot tub. Most people it for relaxation and massage therapy, but there are also other good uses. Exercise spas are becoming increasingly popular for those seeking low impact cardiovascular workouts. Families might use one as a wading pool, those who love to entertain might use one for parties, and couples for romantic dates. Deciding how you will use a hot tub will help you decide on the size, type and location of the tub.

Next, decide your hot tub’s location. Do you want an indoor or an outdoor tub? Once you have determined the location, establish whether you prefer an above ground model or an in ground model?

Choosing a Hot Tub A backyard hot tub is a major addition to a house, it may require you to build a new deck or significantly alter the yard in order to accommodate it. The amount of modification you’re willing to make is just one of the issues to resolve before a hot tub is purchased.

You may ask yourself, does the size or shape of my hot tub matter? The answer is yes. How many seats do you want in your hot tub? How would you like the seating laid out? The number of seats you choose will have great impact on the size of hot tub you choose. If you prefer a 2 seater, a square model may be best; whereas if you prefer a 4 or 6 seat model you will probably need a larger shape, such as an octagon or possibly even a large rectangle. They also come in different styles; Lounger and Non-Lounger. Non-Lounger spas tend to hold more people but lack a lay down seat called a lounger.

Hot tub features include: size of pumps, number of pumps, amount of jets, pillows, and grab rails for easier movement in the spa. Blowers, electronic controls, and ozone systems are features which make taking care of water chemistry easier.

Choosing a Hot Tub Decide on the amount you would like to spend! Small spas and small hot tubs tend to cost less depending on the features. They hold less people but also take up less space when space is an issue. A small hot tub works well for a couple or small family who do not plan on entertaining a lot. If you have a large family or plan to entertain frequently a large spa is a better choice simply because it fits more people. Large spas or hot tubs also tend to have more features. The different features mean there is a wide range of prices. They range from just over a thousand dollars for a small and relatively simple hot tub to over fifteen thousand dollars for large and elaborate models.

Spa salespeople can put great pressure on shoppers to buy a hot tub. It is important that you have some knowledge of hot tubs before going into a spa store so that you are not fooled by any fancy sounding sales pitches. Of course, some spa salespeople are really helpful, but it is always a good idea to be careful. A good way to help you make the right decision would be to try some out at a friends or neighbors house.

Now the good thing is that hot tubs come in all shapes and sizes, so I am pretty sure you will be able to find one that will fit your needs. Also, hot tubs are pretty easy to maintain, which is what you need if it is going to be something you want to relax in.