Hot Tub Buying Guide
Shopping options: Big Box Retailers
You have decided to get a hot tub. You want to be sure to choose the right one for you and your lifestyle. Doing the research for just the right hot tub can be an involved process. The actual purchase can be simple. Of course, you will need to figure out where you will shop. There are some options when it comes to where to buy. Before those soothing massaging waters can ease those tensions of the day fall, you need to buy one - so let's get you going. Each of your shopping options has its advantages and disadvantages. It's up to you to decide what makes the most sense for you. Read on and weigh out the pros and cons of each to make the best decision for your hot tub purchase.
For a lower price you have another option for the purchase of your hot tub --that is a big box store. Yes, their prices are often lower. Why? Often they are not selling brand name spas. Brand names are known to have higher quality parts, better features and better reliability. Does this mean that the tubs sold at big box stores aren't quality. Not necessarily. Hot tubs sold at big box stores may be less expensive, but that doesn't always mean cheap. Be careful and know what your buying. You want to take into consideration the tub's construction, insulation, motor, filter, features and comfort. And remember set up is not going to be included. They may offer curb side delivery, but depending on your plan for your hot tub's location and installation that may not be enough for you to get going. And really, that is the point - getting you into the relaxing, soothing waters of your spa as soon as you can.
And, of course, you will need to consider how you will have your hot tub serviced should the need arise. You will then have to involve another company to come to your aid. How you will deal with any warranty issues should they occur? Your hot tub purchase is not a trivial purchase. You have put time, energy, and much thought into this decision. You do not want to regret your purchase.
You will not be able to wet test your tub. You may not even have the opportunity to sit in it dry. You are taking a chance that on the comfort of the seats, the ease of use of the controls, and the power and location of the jets. You may not care about a wet test. Maybe every hot tub you have ever been in has been fabulous - you enjoy the experience so much that to you, you just want a tub now and as inexpensively as you can get it. Go for it, but go for it knowing the potential disadvantages to such a purchase.
So big box hot tubs are often less expensive, but will they save you money in the long term? Maybe. The purchase price is only a portion of the cost of owning a hot tub. Sit back, think about your situation and decide for yourself.