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

Hot Tub Electric concerns - 220 vs. 110

220 volts or 110? That is the question that hovers over your hot tub selection whether you are aware of that or not. The choice is yours, obviously, but the choice may be more complicated than you imagine. Don't leave this decision to the end thinking it's a secondary consideration. Knowing which voltage will best meet your needs will help you select the best hot tub for you and yours. Many spas are now being manufactured to run off 110 volts. Traditionally spa ran off only 220. Many larger tubs still only offer that choice. But which is right for you? Let's consider the implications of your choice.

Climate and use. Consider where you live. Is it a colder climate? A warmer climate? Consider when you will use your tub. Will you use your tub in below freezing temperatures? Only in mild weather? Consider the length of use. Will you use your tub for hours on end? Or just for an evening soak of an hour or two? How you answer these questions will guide you toward the right voltage. If you live in a cold climate and will be using your tub year round, you will want to consider a 220 volt spa. Why? We'll get into that. If you plan to have social gatherings where guests will be getting in and out of the tub for a period of hours, you'll want to consider a 220 volt tub. Why?

Here's why. A 220 volt tub draws more energy into the heater and pump. The water will heat more quickly and will be able to maintain that temperature over a longer period of time and in lower temperatures. Once you remove the cover of your tub, heat begins to escape. With the jets flowing and the water moving, heat is lost more rapidly. Spas that run on 220 volts run the jets and heater simultaneously allowing for the temperature of the water to stay where you want it.

Now, if you live in a milder climate and/or will typically be using your hot tub for a soak lasting an hour or two, a 110-volt tub may be exactly what you need. These tubs are the easiest to install. Plug it in. Yep, that's it. Your heater, jets, and lights will all run off 110 volts. The water temperature will drop more quickly than with a 220 volt tub, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem for you. If your jets are at their highest, the energy will be used there and the heater will most likely not be running, but your water is already hot and the heat created by the pump will keep the water temperatures up there.

Will a 220-volt save you money? Not really. It will heat up more quickly as more energy is drawn by the heater, but it is still using the same amount of watts to heat that water -- just at a faster rate. A 110-volt tub will take twice as long, but still uses the same amount of energy.

The ease of installation makes the 110-volt tub attractive. No electrician needed, just plug in and start her up since most homes in the US have standard outlets with 110 volts. You may have 220 outlets in your kitchen for appliances and in your laundry room, but rarely will you have that outside. So you'll need an electrician to do that for you which can cost as much as a grand or more. Don't forget to check your local regulations to see about permits and inspections for such things. 220 or 110? The choice is yours, but know what is best for you before you purchase.

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