How to avoid buying the wrong hot tub
Learn about the seven common mistakes that you should avoid when shopping for the best hot tub for you
We arm you with the right facts and information you need to know to make a smart hot tub purchase. You can scroll down and read our advice here on this page. Alternatively, why not download the PDF or send yourself a link to read up on hot tub buying hints and tips later:
Avoiding the seven deadly hot tub buying mistakes…
What you don’t know can hurt you.
The worst thing that can happen is to purchase a hot tub for thousands of pounds and discover a bunch of unwelcome surprises. You need to learn as much as you can about hot tubs so that your final decision will result in complete satisfaction and enjoyment.
Unfortunately, hot tubs can be very complex with a vast array of options and features. Salespeople all have a different spin on what’s good, what’s not, what’s a must-have and what’s optional. You need to understand these points BEFORE you walk into a hot tub shop so that you can decipher truth from fiction. Too many consumers walk right into a cheap hot tub store and get sold on the first visit. Avoid buying in haste and suffering the consequences later!
The seven hot tub buying mistakes revealed
There is a pattern of mistakes made by consumers that could easily be avoided if they had only educated themselves before going shopping. The following are the seven most common mistakes consumers make when purchasing a hot tub:
Glossary of Terms (For the Hot Tub Beginner)
You’ll find out very quickly that hot tubs have their own language. Bromine, ozonator, acidity, skimmer, pull valves, uprate and water jets are all terms that most consumers have never heard of; however, each is important to understand to make an informed hot tub decision. So let’s start by clarifying some potentially confusing terms you will hear while shopping for your hot tub.
- Horsepower Rating – The amount a hot tub pump delivers while in operation. Two types of horsepower ratings are “continuous operating” and “brake” (also called marketing horsepower). Continuous operating is the amount of horsepower the motor produces while in operation and brake horsepower is the amount of horsepower the motor produces on start-up before dropping to its continuous operating rate. Uprated is the amount of horsepower given off during the start-up, which lasts only for a couple of minutes. The maximum horse power of any hot tub pump is 4 hp as it is impossible to run anything bigger on a home electrical panel.
- GPM – Gallons of water per minute, which is a measurement of the amount of water a hot tub pump can push per minute. Ozonator – A water care system that neutralizes water contaminants using ozone.
- Shell – The structural layer of the hot tub usually made out of a combination of acrylic, resin, and fibreglass.
- Jetting – A system in which water surges through small water jets. The jets create different swirling actions that deliver various massaging sensations.
- Hydromassage – The water jet action and air together to create different massaging sensations depending on the type of hot tub jetting system.
- Filtration – The water cleansing process that takes place when water passes through the hot tub’s filter.
- Skimmer – Part of the filtration system that sucks in surface water contaminants such as body lotion, hair spray, and body oils.
- Dead Air Hot Space – The hot space between the hot tub shell and the cabinet that is left open and does not contain insulation.
- Thermostatic Controls – Electronic controls that maintain the temperature of the hot tub at a pre-set level.
- Wet Testing – Testing the hot tub before purchase by physically getting a into demonstration model filled with water.
- Plumbing – The fittings and lines (pipes) through which the hot tub water circulates.
- Heater Element – The electrical element that provides heat to the hot tub water.
- Hot Tub Cover – The removable cover that provides heat insulation and weather protection.
- Air Controls – Controls that adjust the amount of air flow to various jets.
- Filtration Pump – A small energy efficient pump that moves water through the filters, ozone and heating system.
- Brominator – Dispenses the chemical bromine in the hot tub water for purification purposes.