Things to know before buying a hot tub

April 29, 2022 / Sarah Watkins

If you have considered investing in a hot tub for sharing with family and friends, or for health and relaxation purposes, then you may have found the amount of information and options a bit overwhelming. 

Having your own hot tub is a fantastic way to relax and unwind and depending on whether you are using your tub purely for wellness or for entertainment, there may be a few questions that you need to have answered before making your purchase. Here are some of the most common queries that you will need to assess. 

Size and seating capacity

Before buying a hot tub, you should think about how many people will be using it. Hot tubs can vary dramatically in size and include a range of seating options that can accommodate  2 to 8 people

The style and formation of the seating will be an important choice as some hot tubs featuring upright seating and others have lounge style seats. If you are a person that likes to entertain and will have numerous friends using the hot tub, then more upright seating may be best. This will allow more people to be seated and use the tub. For smaller groups that simply want to relax, a couple of built-in loungers may be best for those who wish to enjoy the therapeutic properties of their spa. 

Running costs

Operating a hot tub will require filling it with water and running heaters, filters, and pumps to keep the water clean and aerated and help it stay at the chosen temperature. Hot tubs are made as both plug-and-play, and 32 AMP units. There are some pros and cons to both, but many people find that plug-and-play models are more than adequate for their needs.

This style of hot tub runs from a normal household power source and does not require any special wiring or installation. With low power usage and economical features, they are designed to operate economically and efficiently. There is of course a cost associated with using and running a hot tub, but most owners find that this is negligible when compared to the joy of ownership. 

Hot tub accessories

Along with choosing your ideal hot tub there are some accessories and extras that are fun to enjoy or that add essential functionality to the use of your hot tub. Things like cover lifters and steps are designed to help you use and access your hot tub safely and easily, while add-ons like gazebos can make your tub not only look aesthetically pleasing, but will help to reduce things like leaves and dirt from getting into the water. It can also help to provide a better level of privacy when the hot tub is in use. If entertaining friends and sharing cocktails or a bottle of wine, a floating drinks bar can be a fun and handy accessory to include. 

Delivery and maintenance

Hot tubs are generally quite large and heavy so you will want to ensure that delivery is included when you make your purchase. Miami Spas has a delivery team that will deliver, unload, and position your hot tub exactly where you want it and help you understand how to operate all the features and functions. Keeping your hot tub clean with routine maintenance and cleaning is necessary for keeping the buildup of dirt inside pipes at a minimum, and making sure that your tub keeps operating as well as possible. Service packages that handle routine cleaning, maintenance tasks, and things like annual winterisation can be a good idea, and will help to increase the lifespan of your hot tub. 

Best time to buy a hot tub

There is no ‘perfect’ time to buy a hot tub, but for those who have decided to invest in a spa of their own, you can take advantage of ‘in stock’ hot tubs which are ready to purchase and may offer favourable pricing terms. 

Miami Spas supplies a comprehensive range of swim spas and hot tubs – our experienced technicians are always happy to answer any questions.