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Considerations for Buying a Hot Tub

Updated on June 15, 2010

Things to Consider When Buying a Hot Tub

Nothing sounds more ideal that having a hot tub in your own backyard. That is, until you actually start looking in to making the purchase of a hot tub. It's at that time that you realize that there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration when making a hot tub purchase. These include things related to what type of hot tub to purchase as well as considerations about owning a hot tub that may make you think twice about the decision. Having a hot tub at home is a really great thing and summer is a great time to put one in but you should carefully consider all of the factors before deciding to make this purchase.

Here are some of the things to consider when buying a hot tub:

  • 1. Size of hot tub. There are many different hot tub sizes that you can consider purchasing and only one or two could be right for you. There are two major things to think about when choosing the size of the hot tub. The first is how many people you're going to want to fit in this thing. Do you live alone and only need a 1-2 person hot tub or do you have a whole family that will be using it with friends? Secondly, consider the location of the hot tub because it may not be able to accommodate the large size that you think you want.
  • 2. Location of the hot tub. This is something else that's going to be important to consider, in large part because it's going to determine the size of the hot tub and may also impact other decisions in the hot tub buying process. You'll want to make sure that the area you plan for the hot tub is large enough to accommodate the size that you want. More importantly, you want to make sure that it can accommodate the weight of the tub with people in it. A hot tub on a second floor deck is great but not if the deck is going to cave in under its weight.
  • 3. What the hot tub is made out of. There are different materials that can be used in the construction of the hot tub. Do you want one what's made of wood, one designed from fiberglass or the more common kind which is made out of acrylic? The size and weight concerns that you have will factor in to this decision, as well your personal aesthetic preferences, any eco-concerns that you may have and the budget that you have available for a hot tub.
  • 4. Paying for the hot tub. You need to make sure that you choose a hot tub that you can afford. Make sure that you don't only look at the outright cost of the hot tub. You need to factor in the cost of installation as well as the ongoing costs that will be involved in the upkeep of the hot tub. When considering this, make sure to think about the fact that the hot tub may add value to your home which can bring you extra money if you rent out or sell the home down the line.
  • 5. Review the safety features of the hot tub. This is particularly important if the hot tub is going to be placed at a home where children live or visit. You need to make sure that it has a cover that locks and that there are safety features which keep the water from being too hot.
  • 6. Review the additional amenities offered by the hot tub. When you get to this point of the selection process, it's all going to come down to the details. Is there a particular layout of seating that would be right for you? Are there specific design patterns or water control features that appeal to you? Weigh the benefits of these extras against any added cost to find the right hot tub.
  • 7. Make sure that you're making the right decision. You should do your research (or ask your hot tub salesman) about what it means to own a hot tub. How will it affect your home insurance, if at all? What will you need to do to maintain the hot tub over time? What's going to be involved in the installation of the hot tub. Having a hot tub is nice and relaxing but getting one set up can be taxing. Be aware of this before getting started so that you're certain you're making the right decision going in.


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    Tisha Smith 7 years ago

    Nice hub, we have similar hub. If you want, you can take a look. Thanks kath.. :)

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    kubth 7 years ago from UK

    Nice Hub Kathryn!

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    Casey Ollson 8 years ago

    There are many options to consider when thinking of purchasing a hot tub. Remember to think about delivery of the tub. Often buyers don't consider how they will get the large tub indoors or passed the narrow gate to their backyard.

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    inflatable hot tubs 8 years ago

    It is extremely important that you make the best and smartest decision as far as hot tubs, jacuzzi's and spas are concerned. You don't want to spend a lot of money only to find out that you bought a lemon. Great hub!

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    Sarah 8 years ago

    I agree, great hub! We need to make smart decisions when making any purchase. Spas are no different.

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    Best Hot Tubs 8 years ago

    Great article for anyone looking to buy a hot tub. Thanks for the info.

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    JohnBee 9 years ago

    Great article! Just what I needed.