An important factor to take into account when considering owning a hot tub is comfort. Whilst many customers do consider how many people will be using their hot tub, sometimes they don’t take into account some of the wider implications when seeking comfort.
Here are three areas to consider:
1. How can you make sure your hot tub will be comfortable?
2. What if you’re considerably shorter than your partner or other family members?
3. How do you ensure your hot tub will be user friendly, regardless of age?
1. Comfort = test soak
The single best way to find out whether a hot tub fits you, and you fit the hot tub, is to climb in, switch on the jets, and relax. Think of the process as like test driving a car: try before you buy.
Reputable hot tub showrooms always have the facilities laid on to make test soaking an easy and enjoyable experience. Whilst some hot tub dealers sell tubs and move on, any hot tub professional worth their salt will seek to develop and nurture relationships. Test soaking can form a vital part of that relationship-building.
2. Size of tub versus family height difference
If there’s a great difference in height between family members, a compromise needs to be achieved. In general, go for deep rather than shallow, as there are solutions available for the “vertically challenged,” such as inflatable cushions that raise people to a comfortable sitting position. Of course, children will grow, and a shallow hot tub can be a challenge for six-foot plus family members.
3. Check out all safety features
Make sure every part of your hot tub can be locked, including the cover, spa temperature and jets. In addition, there ought to be a thermistor that will cut out the spa in case of overheating.
Young children shouldn’t be able to use or get inside a hot tub without adult supervision. Ensure your hot tub contains adequate filtration, so when a child spills something it gets thoroughly filtered. Avoid any kind of pressurised filtration, and make sure there are no moving parts: jets should immediately stop revolving, for example, should little fingers poke inside them whilst they’re operating. A great hot tub will be built to be childproof.
Lastly, use common sense and test the strength and sturdiness of the fittings, jets and dials. If anything seems at all flimsy, the hot tub isn’t built to withstand the rigours of everyday use, and should be rejected in favour of sturdily built makes and models.
If you’re still uncertain, ask the hot tub sales staff if you can speak to an owner, and then ask them about the safety and strength of their chosen spa.