Five Questions to Ask Before Buying a Hot Tub

Five Questions to Ask Before Buying a Hot Tub

Choosing a hot tub takes some consideration and planning, but the rewards will be long lasting with the right choice!  

If you’re considering the lifetime investment of a hot tub, ask yourself these five questions…

1) What is my budget?

Look not only at up-front cost, but consider the expected lifespan and operational costs as you weigh your investment. When you go for a low-budget hot tub, you’re looking at a very short-term no-frills experience. Hot tubs at the price point at or below $6,000 most often are so poorly insulated you’ll end up paying far more in the long run to operate them. At Beachcomber, we use the same construction standards and materials across every hot tub series, so whether you purchase an entry level model or one of our premium signature tubs, you can expect the same durability and quality.  

2) What will be my primary purpose of use?

Are you looking for a place to socialize with friends and family? Or is it deep-tissue hydrotherapy you’re after? When you’re looking at how to maximize your investment, it’s smart to weigh your expectations and prioritize which features and benefits are the most important to you. If you are looking for a place for entertaining large groups, prioritize hot tub size and seating. If your main focus is jetting and massage capabilities for muscle soreness relief, consider tubs that have more horsepower and ergonomic moulding. Defining your main purpose for a hot tub will also help you determine whether features like a lounger seat or a built-in sound system are really something you will get use out of.  

3) How many seats do I need?

Remember that price doesn’t necessarily equal number of seats. We have large and small hot tubs across our 700, 500, and 300 Series, so a smaller budget doesn’t mean you won’t be able to afford a larger tub. Our hot tubs come in sizes that accommodate anywhere from 2 to 8 people, with the average size accommodating between 5 and 6 adults. If you are planning on using your hot tub mainly alone or with a spouse, a smaller 2-4 person capacity will be perfect. If you are a family of five and are looking for something to enjoy with your kids, look for a tub that fits more. And if you have children, finding a model with a cool-down seat is important as it allows smaller bodies to safely perch higher above the water.  

4) What can I expect in on-going operational costs?

Because hot tubs require electricity to heat and circulate water and to power the jets and lights, new owners should expect a rise in their electricity bill following installation. But how much? That really depends on the type of hot tub you end up buying, the temperature you set the water, and the frequency of use. Make sure that the tub you choose is designed to keep operating costs down. Look closely at the insulation, the density of the cover you choose, the pump, and the heaters.  

5) Can I still go on vacation if I own a hot tub?

Owning a hot tub will bring you a convenient staycation option right into your backyard. But it shouldn’t prevent you from getting away from home if you feel like going on a getaway instead. Consider also that just because you own a property that isn’t your full-time residence (like a vacation home), it doesn’t mean that installing a hot tub there is a poor choice if you think it would add to the value of your experience there. Hot tubs need to be drained and refilled 3 to 4 times per year, so before you head out on a long vacation, draining and cleaning is a wise option. For shorter absences, you can ask a neighbour to come by for a quick maintenance once or twice. There are also various water treatment options available dependent on the duration of your absence, that will keep your hot tub water and equipment healthy and balanced, and ready for when you return.