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
History of hot tub innovations
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Hot Tub Buying Guide

The Real cost of owning a Hot Tub

As you begin the hunt for the perfect hot tub for you, there are many things to consider. Before you can slip into the soothing hot water to relax after a rough day, the tub needs to be purchase and installed, up and running. Let's get you there as smoothly as we can. As you consider the many options you have when purchasing a hot tub, you must first start with your budget. No sense in researching options that are way beyond your budget.

So let's now consider the cost of the hot tub. The real cost. The cost of a hot tub is more than the purchase price - always. First, of course, count the cost of the purchase of the tub. Even before you can plug it in, you need a place to put it. You will need to factor in the cost of the pad or platform. Will you need to level the ground? Will you need to hire professionals or enlist the help of buddies? And don't neglect a way to get in to your tub. Will you need to purchase steps or have them made? You'll need to either do the work yourself or hire someone for this job. Don't neglect to consider the cost of hiring an electrician to do the electrical work necessary to get your hot tub up and running. And once the hot tub is cranking, you need to keep it clean and functioning, so don't forget chemical cost and maintenance cost. Ah, how quickly those numbers add up. Once you know the real cost, you can set your budget and start the processing of choosing your perfect hot tub. . . .perfect for you.

Can you really afford it? Keep your eyes wide open. If you spend all your budget on the tub itself, but can't set it up properly, what's the point? If you spend it all on tub and set up, but can't afford maintenance and chemicals, it's like owning a beautiful, big boat but being unable to go anywhere because you can't purchase gas. In order to fully enjoy your hot tub and to benefit from all it has to offer your lifestyle, be sure you account for the full cost. You'll feel much better sinking your tired body into an invigorating hot tub knowing full well it's all paid for.

Now that you know your budget line items, it's time to figure out what to look for when deciding on the type of hot tub you will purchase. Are you in the market for a permanent hot tub? This type of tub will be the most efficient, but can often be the most costly. Maybe a portable hot tub is the right one for you. Portable hot tubs are self-contained free-standing units that can be moved if needed. Or maybe you are looking for a soft hot tub that is easily set up and moved. This is one of the first decisions you need to make in your buying process.

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