Ask Alan Titchmarsh what his guilty garden pleasure is, and he’ll proudly tell you it’s a hot tub*. And he’s not the only one. One in 10 British homes now features a hot-tub, as more and more of us take to the garden in search of relaxation, and a care free place to entertain.
But, before you dive in, take a moment. With the help of our ultimate hot tub buyer’s guide, you’ll learn practical tips to help you find the perfect spa to suit you and your lifestyle.
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First 5 questions to ask yourself:
1. Where will your hot tub live?
Hot tubs are designed to fit seamlessly into your living space. Remember, you’ll be more likely to use your home spa if it’s positioned close to a door for convenient access.
2. Who will you share your hot tub with?
Hot tubs come in a wide range of sizes, from spas perfect for couples, to larger spas designed for big families and groups of friends. How will you use yours?
3. Is stress and pain relief important to you?
If your hot tub will play a part in relieving muscular aches, pains and tension, reducing the symptoms of arthritis or aiding athletic recovery then consider a spa with integrated hydrotherapy jets.
4. How often will you use your spa?
Hot tubs are designed for daily use, so make sure you opt for a reliable spa that you can count on.
5. How much can you spend?
As with all investments it’s important to set a budget. Because spas can range dramatically in terms of price depending on the model, size and features it’s important that you narrow down your options to help determine your ideal price.
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With your answers to these 5 questions noted, next comes the fun bit! Shopping for a hot tub. But which are the most important factors to think about, and get right? Here’s our simple guide…
Crystal clear spa water should be your top priority, and your aim should be to achieve this with minimal maintenance. After all, less maintenance means more time to relax.
When considering a hot tub ask the sales person to explain your water care options.
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Features that matter
The beauty of a home spa is that you can customise your experience to suit you and your lifestyle. Adding home entertainment, lighting and remote monitoring systems to turn your hot tub fantasy into a reality.
Above ground hot tubs and spas generally feature anywhere from 20 to 100 jets, all targeted to certain muscle groups to help ease muscle pain, fatigue, stiffness and soreness due to repetitive muscle use, sports activities, and aging. When considering a hot tub, ensure it has powerful, patented jets capable of providing the type of massage you need, in the areas you need it most.
It’s all about quality, not quantity. Better to have fewer, powerful, targeted jets. This will give a better more focused massage, and conserve energy.
Overall mood and atmosphere are important when it comes to creating the perfect back garden escape. Think about your requirement for lighting targeted to illuminate not only your spa cabinet and spa steps, but also spa entrance for additional safety after dark.
Hot tubs make the perfect centre piece for fun filled family time, or garden parties. But to really maximise the experience it’ll be important to consider the new wireless and Bluetooth enabled systems right from word go. Talk to your sales person about streaming music from your smart phone or tablet, or the possibility of positioning a TV to give you the best seat in the house for the next big sports fixture.
Most spa filters work by capturing and removing impurities and debris in the water, but they vary in size depending on the brand and size of the hot tub.
Some spas feature a dedicated 24 hour circulation pump. This circulates the water quietly and efficiently without requiring use of the jet pumps. If energy efficiency and quiet operation are important to you choose a spa with a dedicated circulation pump.
When browsing spas, look closely at a spa’s filtration system. Keep in mind that the more frequent the filtration cycle, the more frequently water is moving through the system, and the more likely the end result will be crystal clean and contaminant free.
How much will it cost you to run your hot tub? Thanks to innovative technology hot tubs are more energy-efficient than ever before, and can now be run from as little as a few pounds per month. To discover how much it will cost you to run your new hot tub you need to talk with your sales person about some key factors. The type of spa you intend to buy, ambient temperature in your area, the temperature of the water, frequency of use and cost of electricity where you live.
Try our monthly energy cost calculator and discover what a hot tub would cost you per month
At the end of the day, a hot tub is one of the most rewarding and tangible purchases you can make for yourself and your loved ones.
So, if like Alan Titchmarsh, you dream of the sun passing the yardarm and submerging your body (glass in hand) in the restorative waters of your own home spa, then your next step should be a visit to your local Hot Spring UK showrooms. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are there to help with every step of the process, from initial research through to purchase, installation and beyond.
Why not try a test soak – This summer bring your swim suit and jump in! It’s the perfect way to decide whether a hot tub is right for you.
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*According to Alan Titchmarsh, if a hot tub was good enough for the Romans, then it’s good enough for us modern Brits. Read more here