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Hot Tub Buying Guide

Hot Tub buying guide
Before you purchase a hot tub, there are a few initial steps recommended to help you find the right one for your space. First, determine where you want to place it and the proximity to a power source. Then, measure the area and take into account walking room to move around the hot tub. Keep this information in mind when reading about the types of hot tubs, tub materials, and voltage information below.

Types of Hot Tubs

There are various types of hot tubs to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. 

Portable: These hot tubs are self-contained and sit above the ground. Some models require very little installation aside from finding an appropriate power source.

Permanent: These hot tubs are typically hard wall hot tubs and weigh a lot more than soft wall tubs, which often means they are less portable. Permanent hot tubs are also known to be more expensive, making them a good backyard investment if you are looking to enjoy the same hot tub for a long period of time.

Hot Tub Filtration and Sanitization

Hot tub filters circulate the water and separate particles of dirt, hair, or other bojects from the water. Spa owners must also treat the water with chemical santizers such as chlorine or bromine to kill bacteria. 
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​Hard Wall Hot Tubs

Made from hard materials like acrylic or Roto-Molded UniCast, hard wall hot tubs have substantial weight. They typically offer molded seats rather than open seating. 

  • More permanent option
  • Durable materials
  • Less portable than soft wall tubs

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Soft Wall Hot Tubs

Made of vinyl liner, soft wall hot tubs are lightweight and often inflatable. They offer open seating instead of molded seats. Due to their low weight and ease of installation, soft wall tubs are usually portable.
  • Easy to move and store when not in use
  • More affordable than hard wall tubs
  • Less durable

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Hot Tub Materials

Acrylic: Durable yet relatively lightweight, acrylic is a high quality, long-lasting material with a higher-end, glossy look. Acrylic tubs are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price points. 

Vinyl: This lightweight, budget-friendly material is used in the construction of portable, soft wall tubs. Many vinyl tubs are inflatable, which allows for easy storage when not in use. 

Roto-Molded: Rotational molding is a process by which a hot tub's hard shell and surrounding cabinet are molded together, providing uniform thickness and a lighter weight. Roto-Molded tubs are an inexpensive, hard-sided tub option and generally come with a lower
voltage requirement.

Hot Tub Voltage

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Hot tub heaters can require different amounts of energy. Plug & Play tubs require lower voltage, while permanent tubs require at least 220V. When it comes to powering your hot tub, electric heaters come in different sizes to match the variously sized tubs.

Referred to as Plug & Play, these heaters can be plugged into a standard outlet and require no professional installation.

Higher voltage heaters require professional installation and
outdoor wiring.

Tip! Lower voltages lose heat faster than higher voltages, making lower voltage heaters best-suited for warmer climates or shorter periods
of use.

Hot Tub Occupancy

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It is important to consider how many people will be using your hot tub. If you entertain frequently, you may want to opt for a larger capacity. Planning to use the hot tub as a personal getaway? A two-person model will suit your needs.

Hot Tub Filtration and Sanitization

Hot tub filters circulate the water and separate particles of dirt, hair, or other objects from the water. Spa owners must also treat the water with chemical sanitizers, such as chlorine or bromine, to kill bacteria. 

Hot Tub Features

Hot Tub Jets

Jets:  The more jets in a hot tub the more massaging power it will have. You will want jets that are placed to point at the major muscle groups for the most relaxation and therapy.

Waterfall: A style of jet that creates a relaxing waterfall effect.

Adjustable Jets: Allows users to manually position nozzles.

Hot Tub Cover
Covers: Most people cover their hot tubs after use. This helps retain the heat and keep the water clear of falling leaves, dirt, and any wildlife. Locking covers that clip and can be locked by key are ideal for keeping out small children. 

Air Blower: Creates bubbles by blowing air into the tub.

Stereo: Enjoy AM/FM radio. Some stereos accommodate MP3 music as well.

LED & Built-In Lighting: Built-in LED lights offer colorful effects, while built-in lighting is ideal for nighttime use.

Make sure to properly prepare the area where you will place your hot tub. If you are placing it on the ground, make sure you have leveled the site and have adequate drainage so rain water does not pool around the base. If your hot tub will live on a deck, make sure to assess how much weight the deck can hold.

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