Deciding to buy a hot tub is an incredibly exciting time, however, it is important to not get caught up in a moment of excitement and rush into making a purchase without being fully informed. Even when someone believes that they are making a great choice, there are several common hot tub purchasing mistakes that you may unknowingly make.
By knowing what to look out for in order to make the best decision and not later suffer from buyer’s remorse, read the article below. We will highlight the most common buying mistakes for you to avoid so that you can make the best choice.
Choosing the Wrong Location
Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a hot tub until you have carefully thought out where you will put it. Once filled with water and people, a hot tub weighs over 4,000 pounds, so it needs to have proper support. Always consult with an engineer if you are planning to place on a deck or patio to ensure that the structure is strong enough to support it safely. Avoid placing in areas which are prone to flooding or near sand which can damage the mechanical components.
Choosing The Cheapest Model
A too good to be true sale or clearance price tag may be enticing and technically save you money up front but will almost always end up costing you more in the long run. Low-end hot tubs cost more money for ongoing cleaning chemicals, repairs and usually have parts that fail sooner and need to be replaced.
Instead of just basing your decision on the price tag, think about what the overall cost of the hot tub will be over its lifetime. Higher quality, more expensive models will have excellent energy efficiency, require minimal maintenance and cleaning and will be supported by a comprehensive warranty.
Choosing a Cheap Exterior
If you buy a hot tub that comes with a low-quality exterior, it will quickly begin to fade and crack. In a showroom, the shells and cabinetry of hot tubs may all appear the same, however, their level of quality is not. Ask for models that have a thermoplastic shell with a vinyl ester resin skin or bond laminate or one that is made from very durable acrylic. High-quality cabinetry should be durable, designed to resist weather damage and be low maintenance. Another key factor is making sure that your hot tub is backed by a solid warranty.
Choosing the Wrong Jet Structure
Hot tub massage jets are an essential part of your overall hot tub enjoyment and experience. Different models have a wide range of therapeutic benefits including helping to recover from stress, neck and back pain, sports injuries and even insomnia. Remember that not all hot tubs are equally therapeutic, which is largely due to the size and shapes of the massage jets. When shopping for a model, select a jet structure that provides a wide range of massage programs and is also adaptable for different health issues. Also, look for jets that can be individually adjusted to customize the water pressure for your individual massage preferences.
Choosing a Basic Warranty
All too often, in the excitement of shopping for hot tubs, buyers can forget to think about the warranty. Look for a detailed, comprehensive warranty that includes leaks and the surface for up to 5 years, structural shell coverage for up to 10 years and equipment for up to 3 years. Think of a good warranty as a solid investment against potentially expensive repairs. Also, it is always best to decline a prorated warranty, as you will be responsible for partial repair costs which can get expensive quickly.
Before you buy, always make sure to research your local hot tub dealers and find customer reviews. Sadly, not all dealers provide the same level of support and service for their customers. Be sure to steer clear of purchasing online or at an expo – the hot tubs can be inferior and should a problem arise, in many cases that dealer may not have a local presence to repair it.
Now that you know exactly what mistakes to avoid when buying a hot tub, you can be confident that you will make the best purchasing decision.