Hot Tub Buying Guide
What type of buyer are You?
What type of hot tub buyer are you? Figure this out first to streamline your purchasing process and cut to the chase.
Do you have the money to spend? Maybe you have the money and don't want to waster you time dealing with shopping for the best possible price or you just don't want to take the chance on an unknown brand. You want the best, hassle-free.
If this is you, get the best easily. Go for the top-rated brands. You will pay a high price, but you will be guaranteed that your hot tub will be reliable and will last a long time. You can hire someone to service it and if any problems to arise, the warranty will come in handy.
Go to your local spa dealer and get what you want. Look for a dealer with a long track record. Get the longest warranty available and a service contract. Invest in the best chemical monitoring devices so that the tub water is always ready for you. Knowing that your tub will last and will be serviced for years to come will bring you even more relaxation as you enjoy the experience of you tub.
Look at the accessories, the seating, the options and pick it out. The right tub exists for you. You want the best. You have worked long, hard hours for that money. You have sacrificed of your time and energy for your job and you deserve a hot tub that meets your needs. Get the best, have it delivered, set up and running for when you get home. Then you can slip into that tub and enjoy the hot water, the powerful jets as the tensions of the day slip away. The daily grind can end when you enter those therapeutic waters. No tension in the shoulders anymore. The best is yours and is waiting for you.
Maybe your not the rich uncle of the family. Your budget might be a little tighter and you can't just go for the best out there with all the bells and whistles and service contracts. That doesn't mean you still can't get a great hot tub that is right for you. You, too, want to relax in the hot water feeling the pulsing jets massage away the tensions of the day. And you can have that on a budget. You can do it for less.
You have done your homework; you know what you want and you know what you can afford. You can cut the cost a bit more even by getting a shorter warranty. Less sophisticated chemical maintenance might take a bit more of your time, but hot tub maintenance is not very time consuming. You can save money by doing a lot of the preparation work yourself. You can prepare your own pad and you can have friends help you move the tub into place. You can get a less expensive tub that has a bit less insulation. This will cost less in the tub, but your electric bill might be a bit higher than if you went top of the line. Pick your accessories carefully. You can bring your ipod outside and forego the sounds system. The multi-colored LED light package sure is nice, but is not essential to release the tensions of the day from your muscles. The water features sure sound soothing, but will they make that much of a difference in the overall experience of your hot tub? Only you can pick where to cut the budget when selecting the right hot tub for you. But it can be done. You can enjoy the hydrotherapy of a hot tub on a budget. Do your homework, then do your shopping. Don't get distracted by the bells and whistles. Remember what it is you want from your hot tub and stick to that.
Maybe you're not the rich guy or the guy counting every penny. You're somewhere in between. Like the penny pincher you want to do your homework and know exactly what you want and what you can get for your decided amount. Mr. Rich can pull out his checkbook to cover any issue that arises. He hires a contractor to level the ground and pour the concrete. He hires an electrician and maybe even a plumber just to be sure. He has landscapers and outdoor designers ensuring that all looks like the oasis he wants without him lifting a finger. Well, you don't an unlimited bank account, but you do want a great product with little worry or effort.
Buy a top-rated brand. You will get a great warranty. You will have a reliable product from a reliable dealer who will back the spa and provide you served. You can prepare the site yourself pouring the concrete or leveling the gravel or even installing an interlocking pad. You can also save money with a less sophisticated chemical monitoring system. It will save you money and only cost you a little time. If you want more features than the high-end brand will allow you to afford, go down to a lesser brand and go all out on features. Only you can decide where you want to save and where you want to go all out. No matter your budget, be confident that you can find the best hot tub for you. You can be in your tub enjoying the relaxation as the stresses of everyday life and worries are soothed away. Your aches and pains from everyday activities will be left in the water thanks to the power of the jets massaging action.
As with any big purchase, you have to decide if you are going to finance this purchase or pay cash. This is a big purchase, one that will provide you with not only hours of enjoyment, but years of those hours of relaxation.
The biggest benefit to financing is that you only need to pay out a little up front. You will then need to factor in that monthly payment along with the other maintenance cost of hot tub ownership.
We recommend that you save up your cash and paying for this purchase fully. If you can pay cash you can likely really afford the full cost of hot tub ownership. Not only that, but it will add to your enjoyment knowing that you are sitting in something that is fully paid for. This is one less worry for you to have as you sit in your hot tub relaxing away your evening.
Hot tubs are often like motorcycles. A certain percentage of people will buy them and then end up not using them. You can hardly imagine this, we know, as you so look forward to owning your own hot tub and enjoying the great benefits it has to offer your physical and mental health. But it's true, some people make the purchase and then just don't make the time to get in there and enjoy. It would be beyond disappointing to have to make monthly payments on something that you end up only using infrequently. You will enjoy your time more if you are able to pay for it free and clear.