Purchasing a hot tub is a big decision, and can seem a little overwhelming at first glance. What kind of accessories will I need? Are there any hidden costs? Am I missing anything? And am I spending my money in the right place? This article is here to assuage those doubts, with a step-by-step of everything you need to consider before pulling the trigger on your very own hot tub.

Where Will It Go?

Exactly where your hot tub will go after purchase is an extremely handy thing to know – and there are some things you might want to consider before deciding for sure. For example, you might need easy access to your tub’s pump wires, or space paddles and nets. If you’re looking at temporary-install hot-tubs such as inflatables, you might want to avoid lawn space in case the grass underneath is affected. Also, will you be getting enough sunlight, or do you prefer the shade?

The Essentials

It might be tempting to pick the sleekest-looking tub on the market, but without putting in due diligence you could easily end up with a dud. For a start, what kind of waterproofing material has been used? Has the tub been fully foam-insulated to preserve heat, or just thermal-wrapped? What’s the jet count, and how are they grouped? Don’t be afraid to ask about warranties either – you want to be covered in the event of a leak, or unexpected pump failure.

How You’ll Keep It Safe

Safety is the single most important aspect for you to consider. The measures are simple, but if neglected could result in expensive repairs. First and foremost, it is key to treat your water with the correct chemicals. Whether or not you’re actively using your hot tub, its water is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria; pool chlorine tablets are an essential way of maintaining a safe bathing environment. Next up, ensure your hot tub has a cover. Without it, it’s easy for debris to find its way into your pipes and cause potential blockages further down the line.

Getting The Best Price

If you can afford a brand-new hot tub, the peace of mind might be more than worth the price you’re willing to pay. However, for those with a smaller budget, the second-hand market is definitely a tempting prospect. To avoid spending above the odds on a used hot tub, be sure to purchase after the summer months when less people are in the market for one; prices are often increased artificially in warmer weather, to coincide with increased demand. If you’re practically-minded, or have prior experience with hot tubs, you could save even more in purchasing a tub to repair yourself.