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Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide – What To Look For When You Purchase a Hot Tub

If you’re in the market for a new hot tub, you’ve made a wise decision.

Not only are hot tubs an excellent source of relaxation and stress relief, but they can also provide significant health benefits.

From soothing sore muscles to improving sleep, owning a hot tub can be a game-changer for your overall well-being.

But with so many different options available, purchasing a hot tub can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this hot tub buyer’s guide to help you navigate the buying process.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned hot tub owner looking to buy a new hot tub, we’ll cover everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide – 9 Things To Consider Before Buying

Every part you see—and even those you don’t—is important to the overall value of your investment.

When buying a hot tub, consider the quality of the materials, dimensions and seating options, and entertainment features, warranty, and more.

Let’s discuss in detail each of these important hot tub parts.

1. Jets & Massage

Quantity does not always equal quality; balancing jets and airflow to the number of pumps and the amount of power is critical.

If massage is your priority, don’t stop at back jets; there are also jets for the legs, feet, hands, and neck.

Look for adjustable jets to fully personalize your massage. Jacuzzi® Hot Tub jets are adjustable and deliver Aqualibrium®—the ideal mix of water and air—that can be as gentle or vigorous as you prefer.

2. Quality Materials

Designed for reliability, every part you see—and even those you don’t—is exceptionally engineered with the best materials to ensure a superior product.

Find a durable, acrylic shell that is stain and scratch resistant.

Research long-lasting cabinetry, such as synthetic wood, that is UV-resistant to withstand weather and stay beautiful longer.

Look for an intuitive control system that is easy to use, even in the dark.

3. Water Management

Sparkling clean water is a priority for all hot tub owners—and choosing a hot tub with excellent filtration can keep maintenance to a minimum.

Explore more sophisticated systems with multiple levels of filtration that greatly reduce the amount of time required to keep water fresh and clean.

Look for hot tubs that use technology to simplify water care. For example, the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub CLEARRAY® water management system is designed for ease of use and exceptional performance, making it simple to maintain clean, clear water.

4. Portable vs. In-Ground

Portable hot tubs are versatile when it comes to placement, whether you vault it into the ground, build a deck surround or place it on a patio. Thanks to advanced filtration and cover options, they’re easy to maintain, and they typically have comfortable, versatile options for seating and jets.

In-ground hot tubs are flexible regarding shape and size, and can seamlessly blend into your landscaping. These hot tubs typically offer bench seating and a single back and/or calf jet, and need to be heated as used.

5. Dimensions

To determine what size hot tub you need, consider how many people you want to seat, for what purpose you’re using it, and the area in which you are placing your hot tub. Keep in mind that seating capacity does not always determine outer dimensions; moving up to a hot tub that seats more may only change the exterior dimensions by a few inches while giving you a lot more room inside your hot tub.

6. Seating

Often, your seating configuration determines how frequently you use your hot tub. It’s that important.

A large hot tub provides an oasis for family and friends. The larger the tub, the more options you’ll have for both open seating and targeted hydromassage in one.

Lounge seats and therapy seats are made for relaxation; loveseats are perfect for two. Cool-down seats sit higher above the water line and are great for children or taking a break from the warm water.

7. Covers

Your hot tub cover is an important step in water care, keeping debris from the water, helping to maintain heat and adding an aspect of safety when your hot tub is not in use. Make sure the cover is designed specifically for your model; the more tightly it fits, the better it will shield your hot tub from the elements.

8. Entertainment & Convenience

Many types of hot tubs today have options available for entertainment and remote monitoring.

Easily tap into your playlist with wireless entertainment features that let you control your music from anywhere. On many Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models, you can play music from your phone from up to 30 feet away with our BLUEWAVE® technology.

Wireless technology also allows you to control the lights, temperature, and jets remotely. Our ProLink™ App enables you to do all this and more from your smartphone.

9. Warranty

A good warranty is an indicator of a hot tub’s quality. A manufacturer that is willing to stand by its products knows it won’t typically need to replace them. Look for a comprehensive warranty that lasts at least 5 years and covers not only the shell and surfaces but also interior parts like the pump, heater, and controls.

Be sure to read the fine print, and go with a trusted company to ensure they’ll stand behind their guarantees.

Final Words

In conclusion, purchasing a hot tub can be an excellent investment in your overall well-being. It provides relaxation, stress relief, and significant health benefits.

However, the process of buying a hot tub can be overwhelming due to the various options available in the market.

This guide has covered the essential parts you need to consider when purchasing a hot tub, including the jets and massage, quality materials, water management, portable vs. in-ground, dimensions, seating, covers, entertainment, and warranty.

By considering these factors, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and find the perfect hot tub that suits your needs, providing you with years of relaxation and enjoyment.

Remember, investing in a high-quality hot tub from a reputable company such as Jacuzzi Hot Tubs can ensure that you get the most out of your investment and enjoy a lifetime of relaxation and well-being.


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