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The Ultimate Guide for the First Time Hot Tub Buyer

If you’re ready to improve your life and your home with a hot tub, but not sure where to start, The Wellness Shop can help. As a distributor of the world’s best-selling hot tub brand, with more than 60 years of experience, and over a million hot tubs sold – we know a thing or two about hot tubs!

It might seem like there’s a lot for first-timers to learn about hot tubs: “How much will it cost?”, “What features am I looking for?”, or “What is the installation process like?” So, to help you make the right decision, we’ve compiled some expert tips to help you select the best hot tub for your home, budget and personal needs.

How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

Ready-made hot tub units from a big-box store can range anywhere from $3,000 for a basic model, to $8,000 for a top-of-the-line spa. However, the features will be limited. For a high-quality customized unit, the experts recommend visiting your local hot tub dealer, where prices can range from $5,000 to $10,000 for a standard model, and upwards of $15,000 to $20,000 for the ultimate in hot tub luxury.

Which Hot Tub Features Should I Look for?

The features you are looking for will depend on how you intend to use your hot tub. Will you be using it for relaxation, hydrotherapy or pain relief? Do you plan to use it indoors or outdoors? How many seats do you need? Enough for a family of four or just two?

To help you get thinking about your unique needs, here are some of the common hot tub features and components you should know about.

1. The Shell

The Shell of the hot tub is the basic body. It comes in many shapes, colours, and sizes. Experts recommend purchasing a shell with a rough surface, rather than a smooth one, to minimize the risk of slipping inside. A smaller shell can hold two or three people comfortably, while a medium one can hold up to six.

2. Jets

Jets create the bubbling water stream by shooting or oscillating water or air. Some jets are designed for specific medical benefits, while others are designed purely for leisure and relaxation. They can remain stationary or repositioned to hit certain parts of your body.

To get up close and personal with the jet of your choice, experts agree that taking a “wet test” at your local hot tub dealer is the best way to find the hot tub that suits your needs.

3. Filtration System

The filtration system cleans and purifies your water, ensuring that the hot tub is always ready to use. Cleaning systems typically use chemicals such as chlorine or bromine, the same that is used in swimming pools.

If you don’t want to do a lot of maintenance on your own, consider self-cleaning hot tubs that can vacuum, filter, and skim for you. Ask your hot tub dealer how much maintenance you’ll need to put in and whether they offer maintenance packages or assistance. 

What is the Hot Tub Installation Process Like?

Getting a hot tub installed outside is generally a simpler process. You will need access to a backyard; a solid, level place to set the hot tub, electricity and a garden hose nearby. If you install your hot tub indoors, you will need to ensure the room is well ventilated to alleviate the possibility of mould, equipment failure or any other health and safety issues.

To get started, we suggest looking for hot tub installation ideas online! Pinterest, Instagram and even Google can be great resources for backyard inspiration, along with our installation gallery.

Find Your Dream Hot Tub Today

Now that you have some knowledgeable advice, download our buyer’s guide to start thinking about which hot tub is best for you. For all other inquiries, such as to learn more about our Ontario hot tub dealerships or to see our hot tubs for sale, please contact your closest Wellness Shop dealership today!

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