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A simple guide to buying a hot tub

So, you’ve decided that you deserve a little but of luxury in your life and are planning to buy a hot tub or spa to take pride of place in your garden. This is no everyday item, so it’s essential that you do your research and select the right model for your needs – so which factors should you be considering when you start your shopping?

The type of hot tub you buy will be guided by a number of factors, but one of the most important of these is the available space you have. When choosing a location for your hot tub, be sure to take proximity to your electrical supply and the area’s privacy into account. You’ll also need to determine whether your potential location will need any preparation work before installation – hot tubs and spas full with water and several users weigh a significant amount, so you’ll need a structurally sound surface to place your new purchase on.

When you’ve finalised your location, take a good look at the area and be realistic about the size of hot tub you can fit there. A good way to get a feel for how much space you’re likely to need is to draw up a shortlist of potential models and then use rope to mark out each one’s dimensions in your chosen space. Just because your favourite model will squeeze into the space doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you, though – also consider access space for those who are going to use it.

3 people in hot tub Another factor to consider when choosing a hot tub, of course, is how much seating space you’d like it to have. Is this purely going to be for the enjoyment of you and your partner, or do you have a large family that will be making use of it? Or are you planning to invite friends over during the summer for a BBQ and a relaxing soak?

The amount of seating space provided will obviously affect the price of the model you go for, so consider whether spending the extra money to accommodate friends or family on rare occasions is worth it.

The number of water jets included will differ from model to model, so that’s another thing to take into account. As a general rule, the higher the number of jets that a hot tub has, the greater massaging power it will offer – however, the quality of the jets plays a big part here, so be sure to do your research. Where possible, look to buy a hot tub with adjustable jets so that you can ensure that they are pointing at the major muscle groups for maximum effectiveness.

It’s also important to pick a hot tub that compliments the area in which you choose to place it, so be sure to pick a model with a colour and style that will suit its surroundings. And if you have small children or are likely to have any visit and play in your back garden, you’ll want to make sure your hot tub comes with a lockable cover to ensure no accidents can happen.

While it will undoubtedly take some time and effort to put in the necessary research to ensure that you select the best hot tub or spa for your individual needs, the right choice will pay dividends. Just think of all the hours you’ll be able to while away in your perfect relaxation zone – make the effort to buy the right model and you won’t look back.


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