Hot tubs are wonderful! A hot tub is one of the most rewarding investments a family or individual can make. That's why research is important. There are six factors (comfort, energy efficiency, construction, warranty, price and dealer reputation) that you should consider during your purchasing process.
A hot tub is meant to be relaxing. A hot tub that is not comfortable seems to take away from your rejuvenating time. There are several different seating arrangements that are offered in most hot tubs. The important thing to remember is to get the right fit for you. Take the time to get into the hot tub, whether the tub is dry or wet. Some hot tub dealers give you the opportunity to come into their showrooms to "test drive your new hot tub." You should take advantage of this opportunity to get the right ergonomic fit for you and your family.
The Top Six Things You Should Know ...
1. Get the right fit. Test-drive your hot tub by sitting in it -- wet or dry.
2. Finding the most energy-efficient hot tub will make a substantial difference in your monthly bills.
3. Quality and durable construction are key when choosing a hot tub.
4. Always acquire a solid warranty when making your spa purchase.
5. Features, benefits and dealer reputation are important considerations during your search for a hot tub.
6. Always check that the dealer has accredited awards and belongs to substantiated organizations such as the NSPI, has Aqua Hall of Fame Recognition, BBB, Chamber of Commerce, etc.
With the ever-increasing consumption of power and the cost of energy, a properly insulated hot tub designed to eliminate heat loss and drive down operational costs will save you money.
Imagine two hot tubs identical in size, holding the same amount of water, located in the same back yard, used identically, but they have dramatically different operating costs. How could one of these hot tubs cost as little as $15 per month to operate, while the other exceeds $90 per month? The difference is the type of control system and method of insulation. With the ever-increasing consumption of power and the cost of energy, a properly insulated hot tub designed to eliminate heat loss and drive down operational costs will save you money. No matter what type of insulation is used, as long as some form or method is employed, it will help reduce the operational cost of the spa.
Look for quality and the latest in ergonomic designs. The quality of the construction and materials used will determine how long you will get to enjoy your hot tub investment.
A hot tub made from a quality and durable acrylic/fiberglass structure will be a beautiful and long-lasting hot tub. An acrylic/fiberglass hot tub is the strongest, most durable type of structure available.
And if you are trying to color coordinate, a variety of color choices are also available for the latest and most modern acrylic tubs. The type of skirting is also important to remember. Cypress or cedar is the most durable skirting for a portable hot tub, or you might consider a maintenance free acrylic skirt.
As was mentioned earlier regarding the insulation of your hot tub, which is a part of the construction, it is important that you search for the proper method of insulation.
Most reputable manufacturers establish good, solid warranties for their hot tubs. It is important that the dealer have the warranty in writing for you to inspect. This includes the features and benefits of your hot tub and, in the long term, care of your hot tub is an important factor to consider. Remember, the warranty of your hot tub is only as good as the dealer that is providing the hot tub. Pay special attention to exclusions and add-on fees.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
This, to most, is a very important factor in choosing a hot tub that is right for you. This relates to not only the number of hydrotherapy jets, but also to the placement and performance of the jets. That's why it is so important for you to test-drive your hot tub -- wet and dry. This allows you to determine which model provides you with the best therapy for the pressure points of your body. If you are planning to invest in your hot tub for medicinal purposes, it is essential to look for the placement of the jets. Also, remember that a hot tub with a combination of water and air therapy jets will give you the best relaxing hydrotherapy experience.
An investment in your hot tub is only as good as the dealer who is providing the hot tub. A good reputable company will provide you with solid product knowledge to answer all of your hot tub questions. It is important to check references.
A quality dealer should be able to provide you with a host of customers who are satisfied with their experience with that company. Experience is very important. A dealer who has been around for a long time has probably been doing a good job satisfying customers. Remember, if you want the confidence that you have made the right choice in your hot tub investment, go to a professional.
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