What's the Best Hot Tub

Table of Contents
Why should I buy a Hot Tub?
The Real cost of owning a Hot Tub
Types of Hot Tubs
Hot Tub Electric concerns - 220 vs. 110
Your options: Seats
Your options: Jets
Your options: Filtration and Purification
Your options: Surround
Your options: Cover
Shopping options: Local Dealer
Shopping options: Big Box Retailers
Shopping options: Online
Where to locate your new hot tub
Going to put it on a deck?
Hot tub foundations
What type of buyer are You?
"x" Person Hot Tub
How to shop for a spa
How to insulate a hot tub
How to drain a hot tub
How to clean a hot tub
How to buy a hot tub
How to build a concrete slab
How to treat hot tub rash
How to drain a hot tub with a hose
How to drain a hot tub for winter
How to level a hot tub
How to winterize a hot tub
How much chemical
How to make it work
Pea gravel base
Foam problems?
How to raise PH in your hot tub
How to lower PH in your hot tub
Save on hot tub electric bill
How to fix heavy hot tub cover
How to clean scale off of a hot tub
How high to fill a hot tub
How to fix hot tub HFL errors
How to remove mildew from hot tubs
Best hot tub chemicals?
How to kill staph in a hot tub
Remove jets
How to use the drain plug
Clean hot tub jets
Can I fill my hot tub with soft water?
Clean your filter with Muriatic acid
How to move a hot tub
Clean your filter in the dishwasher?
How to lower alkalinity levels
Reduce hardness of your water
You can repair freeze damage
How to stop hot tub overheating
Balance your chemicals
Support your hot tub on a deck
Can bleach be used in hot tubs?
How to eliminate bacteria
Repair your cracked hot tub
How to prime a hot tub pump
Organic alternatives
Hot tub age restrictions
Mice in your hot tub?
How to make your hot tub smell good
How does a hot tub pump work?
Hot tub health risks?
How to buy a cheap hot tub
Make your own spa defoamer
How to clean spa filter with vinegar
How to sanitize with lithium
Use vitamin C to neutralize chlorine
How to care for an inflatable hot tub
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Hot Tub Buying Guide

If you are looking into buying a used hot tub, there are a number of factors you should consider to avoid any problems. Such problems include repair expenses, electrical wiring and hookup, decontamination, site preparation and setup, and moving the hot tub.

Not everyone's hot tub will be in pristine condition. Things like acrylic shell cracks, pump leaks, wood rot, vermin damage, and motor replacements are things the previous owner will leave you to fix. These problems will most likely result in a better monetary deal. But, be careful. Cracks and leaks evident on the hot tub should not deter you from buying it. They can be a very easy and inexpensive fix with special sealants. Buying a hot tub that has wood rot, vermin damage, or a dysfunctional motor is not a very wise purchase. These can become a great hassle. Wood rot and vermin damage is permanent. You will have to replace the wood for your hot tub to be safe for you to use. Also, you should make sure that you witness the owner run the hot tub and listen to the motor. The motor should sound like a low and consistent hum. If there are any grinding, whining, or other sounds, then you may have to replace the motor, which can be very expensive.

The electrical setup and wiring should also be a huge determining factor. If the wiring is frayed or the electrical setup does not match the one you have, you may not want to waste your time or money in trying to fix it or get the right plugs.

If you are a person who is looking for a hot tub that is as new-looking as possible, then you should make sure there are no evident stains or any other cleanliness issues. If the hot tub was left unattended for while or if no chemicals were regularly added, then you may have to spend your own time to decontaminate it.

If you buy a hot tub from a retail store, then you can usually customize your hot tub to specifically fit your needs and available space. So, when you buy from a previous owner, you will want to measure the amount of space you have available and make sure that there is enough room for all of the people who will be using it regularly. Be sure to see the tub in person so that you can verify the size. This is very important, because people can willingly, or accidentally, put the wrong dimensions in their ad.

Once you've picked the used hot tub that you want, the next thing you have to do is move it. Whether you pay a moving company to do it or not, you need to make sure that it is movable. If it has cracks or other damage, it might suffer more damage once you try to move it. This will just add more to your expenses.

All of these factors, left unchecked, may end up costing you more money. And if you have to spend more money, that defeats the whole purpose of spending less on a used hot tub. So, make sure that you can handle all of the expenses, moving, and maintenance that a used hot tub needs before you purchase. Compare the cost of the tub plus any repairs to the cost of the new tub. A used hot tub can be an economical way to go, if you're a savvy shopper.

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