With the variety of hot tub models and jet configurations available, choosing the best one for your needs can seem overwhelming. Once you’ve decided to make the excellent lifetime investment of hot tub ownership, you need to outline your main needs for it.
As you browse available models, ask yourself whether the main purpose of your soaking will be for stress relief and relaxation? For hydrotherapy? Or for social gatherings and entertainment? Pinpointing the primary purposes of your purchase will help you answer the next question: how many seats do I need? Keep in mind that the number of seats will also affect the size of the hot tub, so you'll need to keep in mind how much space you’re working with before you begin comparing options. And try to rank the importance of various features, to be realistic with your expectations and to stay in line with your budget.
Here are a few things to think about when it comes to hot tub seating:
Who will be using it?
Think not only about the number of people who will be regularly using your hot tub, but also evaluate the layout and imagine how it will work for your planned gatherings. How large is the foot well? How close together are the seats? Is one of the seats a lounger that might be great for hydrotherapy but likely awkward for larger groups? Maybe using your hot tub for social gatherings will not be your focus. If you don’t entertain often or have a large family, you can save some space. If you’re picturing your hot tub as a place for reconnecting with your spouse, then a 4-person tub might be all you need.
What will it be primarily for?
The different purposes aren’t mutually exclusive of course, but if you're seeking relaxation and hydrotherapy over socializing, then it might be good to maximize your investment with a tub that is more tailored to these benefits -- even if this means a slightly smaller footprint. Look at your budget and consider what is the most important to you as you comparatively shop.
Where will it be placed?
Consider how much space you have, and how you plan to design around the hot tub that you bring home. If you are looking to place it under a gazebo and want to have a hot tub that is socially-focused, make sure you leave space for people to get in and out comfortably in larger groups and for food and beverages along the sides. When choosing the Beachcomber model that's right for you, take these factors into account and decide on the seat number and configuration that best suits your needs.