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Shopping for a spa (Hot Tub)

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

Are you looking to add a spa to your course? Or do you already have one, but would like to replace it? When looking for a new hot tub, there are several things to consider. In this article, we will discuss several factors in deciding which spa is right for you and your family.

Buying a spa is a major purchase. I suggest you make a list of what you are looking for in a spa. What features and options do you want, do you need a specific size or any size is right for you. I also recommend researching brands and stores before making your rounds, choosing brands and stores that you think have what you are looking for and that offer quality service and expertise. Shopping local is also particularly important, not only for after-sales service, but also for your local economy.

There are a few key factors that I suggest considering when buying a spa.

Comfort and design

You want to be sure you are comfortable in your spa. We are all unique, we all come in different shapes and sizes. What works well for one may not work for another. I always invite my customers to sit in our spas to see how they fit in before making a purchase.

• Brand and retailer reputation

Brand reputation and experience are particularly important. How long has a particular brand been around? How long have they been operating under the same brands or models? Is it difficult to find information about their models? Do your research and make sure you are buying a quality hot tub from a reputable brand. After choosing a brand, you want to make sure you are buying from a reputable retailer. A retailer that is there for its customers not only during the sales process, but then when it comes to service and maintenance for the life of your spa.

• Energy efficiency

Everything is going up in price, including our electricity costs. Therefore, an energy efficient spa is important. You also don't want to spend hundreds of dollars a month to heat your spa or the outdoors. Make sure your new hot tub is energy efficient and won't cost you a fortune to heat up.

• Ease of maintenance

No one wants to spend hours every week maintaining and cleaning their spa. Opt for a spa with superior filtration qualities, I recommend a spa that has its own filtration pump. Spas with their own unique pump attributed to filtration are easier to maintain and will maintain better water quality with less work.

• Massage quality

If a quality massage is the reason you're shopping for a spa, it's especially important to research the massage qualities of the brands you're interested in. I often have customers looking for hot tubs with as many jets as possible. The number of jets in a spa is not the most important factor, what is important is how the jets are constructed, where and how they are placed, the amount of jets versus the amount of pumps, and the strength of these push-ups.

Look for quality, not quantity.

Hope this helps many of you on your spa shopping adventures. Remember to do your research and choose the spa that's right for you!

It is important to consider the value of the product and not just its price.

-Dana Hyde


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