Hot tubs typically refer to a type of over-ground portable spa. There are many well recognized health benefits of regularly using a hot tub, such as reducing stress, lowering anxiety, improving sleep, relieving pain, increasing mobility and more. However, buying a right hot tub could be quite challenging for many of the people who are the first time owners of a hot tub.
The following are some common hot tub buying mistakes that you should avoid when buying your first hot tub:
1. Focusing on iInitial cost only
The biggest mistake, especially for the first time buyers of a hot tub, is to put too much focus on the purchase cost of the hot tub and not to consider the ongoing costs. Although the purchase cost is certainly important, focusing only on it could end up costing you much more money down the road. It stands to reason that when buying a hot tub, you need to also consider its long term costs, which is usually how much the cost could be to run, maintain or fix it over the entire life. Thus, you need to make sure the hot tub is well built with good quality as well as it is energy efficient.
2. Forgetting about installation and hookup costs
Another common buying mistake of a hot tub is to forget about installation costs. When buying a new hot tub, be aware that you need to probably spend at least another $1,000-$2,000 more for installation, such as delivery, a base for the hot tub, electrical hook-up, chemicals and accessories.
3. Shopping without a goal
Buying a hot tub could be confusing and overwhelming. Since there are so many different makers as well as models, it could be tough to pick the best one to suit your needs. Therefore, it is important for you to define exactly why you want to buy a hot tub in the first place. In general, most of the people buy hot tubs for relaxing, relieving pain, and entertaining and connecting with family and friends.Therefore, to define exactly what you need could help you pick the hot tub with the features to best suit your needs. If you just look for a hot tub to relax, it is pointless to buy a hot tub having 100 jets.
4. Not considering hot tub placement
Nothing could be worse than buying the perfect hot tub that could not fit in your backyard. It goes without saying that figure out exactly where the hot tub will be placed before going shopping for hot tubs. Measure the available area first and look at the hot tubs that could fit in the area.
5. Underestimating maintenance
The number one complaint of the hot tub owners is always related to the maintenance, ranging from the chemicals needed to be added to the difficulty to drain and refill. If you do not have the time or patience for maintenance, you need to specially look at the filtration system. Good filtration systems will clean the water effectively and reduce the maintenance as well as the chemicals needed to be added.
6. Choosing the wrong jets
Another big buying mistake is to buy a hot tub based on the count of jets as well as the size of jet pumps. Although they are important for the massage quality, the size as well as placement of massage jets are as important as or even more important than them. Always pick the hot tub with jets following the shape of your back.