Buying a hot tub? A quick guide on what you need to know

11
Mar

According to a survey published by Lloyds Insurance back in 2013, 10 per cent of the country has a hot tub, which equates to 2.6 million households up and down the UK. Whilst some will possibly doubt the accuracy of this figure, there is little to no doubt that hot tubs are a very desirable addition to any British home.

However, before seeking out a hot tub for sale in the UK and making a purchase, there are a few things you should know about first before diving in at the deep end. With this in mind, here is a brief guide to buying a hot tub.

Location

One of your biggest considerations is bound to be where the hot tub could go. A lot of people would naturally choose their garden, while others may prefer to house them in purpose-built structures. Whatever you decide upon, you’ll need to make sure that the location is big and strong enough to take the considerable weight, particularly with larger units.

Before making any decision, first of all you should outline the dimensions with some rope or chalk and make sure the combined weight of the hot tub, water and people won’t be a problem. You may also want to think about the proximity to a power outlet, personal privacy from prying eyes and the view that you will likely enjoy while bathing!

Capacity

Hot tubs naturally come in various shapes and sizes, so you’ll need to pick an option that suits your own requirements. If it is just for you and your partner, a small hot tub will suffice. But if friends and family plan on coming round regularly, they won’t want to take it in turns so a larger unit may become a necessity!

It is important to consider things like legroom and depth too, as taller individuals will want to stretch out and feel comfortable whilst bathing.

Power

Impressive horsepower and numerous ‘high power’ jets may look good on paper, but might not be the best option for you. What’s more, they often use up a lot of electricity and water, leading to expensive utility bills.

So when browsing hot tubs for sale in the United Kingdom, look at things like the water volume output instead of just sheer power. See how efficient the jets are or whether they provide hydrotherapy massages too.

Maintenance

In-built cleaning systems should filter dirty water, improve hygiene and keep bacteria at bay. However, you’ll need to be aware that sanitizers like bromine and chlorine will be required as well.

On top of that, the water will need to be drained every three months or so, but this is usually very straightforward to do.

Costs

Try not to focus on the initial cost too much, as the amount you pay over the hot tub’s lifetime is more important. Speak to us and ask any questions about the overall efficiency and ongoing running costs that you may have.

Generally speaking, the majority of modern hot tubs don’t require too much energy and the amount you pay each week will be relative pocket money when it is compared to other household bills. But to make things cheaper, you may want to invest in some foam insulation or additional privacy panels to stop the heat from escaping.

Follow this advice and you should be able to find the right hot tub at the right price to suit your own individual needs.

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