One of the most common questions asked when we meet first-time buyers is how to narrow down the options available and really find the perfect hot tub just for them.
Below are the three questions we recommend considering as you start out on your hot tub buying journey.
What’s My Budget?
This might sound like a no-brainer, but when you are assessing your budget, look not only at up-front cost, but consider the expected lifespan and operational costs. When you go low budget, from an unknown manufacturer, you’re most likely looking at a no-frills, short term experience. Hot tubs at or below a price point of $5,000 CAD are most often so poorly insulated and constructed you’ll end up paying far more in the long run to operate them. Also factor in any added costs from installation, and accessory products that are included in the cost.
What Size Works In My Space?
Before you enter a showroom or start looking at models online, measure out the space where you intend to place your hot tub. Most square or rectangular models have a footprint between 6 and 8 feet. Keep in mind, you will need an added space of 1 to 2 feet around at least two sides of the hot tub to allow for maintenance. If you are planning on using your hot tub for yourself and your spouse, a smaller 2-4 person capacity will be perfect. If you are a family of five and are looking for something you and your kids can enjoy together socially, look for a hot tub that fits more. If you have small children, finding a model with a cool-down seat is important as it allows smaller bodies to safely perch higher above the water.
What Do You Want Most From Your Hot Tub?
Are you looking for a place for friends? Or is it deep tissue hydrotherapy you’re after? There’s plenty of models that offer all of these benefits, but when you’re looking at how to maximize your investment, it’s smart to weigh your expectations and prioritize which benefits are most important to you. If you are looking for a place for entertaining large groups, go for size and seating. If you are looking for more advanced jetting and massage seating, then look at options that have more horsepower and ergonomic molding. This will also help you determine whether enhancements like a built-in sound system or a lounger seat are really something you will get use of.
First Time Buyer’s Tip
When you’re comparing your budget to the models available, we recommend that you make a list of “must haves” vs. “nice to haves”. These lists will help you understand the available options in the price range with your “must” amenities.