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Tips for Purchasing the Right Spa or Hot Tub

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Did you know that one size does not fit all when it comes to buying a spa or hot tub? Therefore it’s a good idea to do a little homework before investing in one.

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Spas and Hot Tubs are often associated with warm water treatment and are designed to aid in relaxation and hydrotherapy.

So what’s the difference between the two?

  • Both a spa and hot tub can be portable or can be built in-ground.
  • Hot tubs are usually made from wood while most portable spas are made of acrylic or concrete (if in-ground).
  • Hot tubs are usually round in shape while spas can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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Consider the following 10 key issues before purchasing a unit:

  • Do you want a spa or a hot tub?
  • How many people do you need seating for?
  • Do you want a certain seating arrangement?
  • How many massaging jets would you like?
  • Would you like your unit to be indoors or outdoors?
  • Do you want a unit that is portable or in-ground?
  • Will your homeowners’ insurance be affected?
  • Are there any zoning restrictions?
  • Do you want your unit to have a radio/CD player, speakers and/or remote control?
  • Which shape and color work best for your home?

Portable Spas and Hot Tubs

Both a portable spa and a portable hot tub definitely have their advantages. They are both fairly easy to install and can usually be set up in a day. In addition, these portable units are great for small yards and usually come equipped with more jets than in-ground units. They are generally energy efficient and the accessories are economical. The unit can also be moved to a new location if need be.

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In-Ground Spas and Hot Tubs

In-ground spas and hot tubs have their own advantages such as their size and shape and can easily be customized. They also make a great pool companion and can easily be combined with a deck or patio. The downside is that they are usually more costly and much like a swimming pool, an in-ground spa or hot tub usually involves a zoning restriction. An in-ground unit will also take several days to install.


An indoor spa or hot tub will provide you with the perfect climate all year long as well as granting you the comfort and privacy of your own home. In turn, you may find that you use your spa or hot tub more often. The downside is that you will need to properly vent and dehumidify the room to keep excess moisture from causing water problems in your home. Therefore you may consider building a separate waterproof hot tub room.

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An indoor spa or hot tub will provide you with the perfect climate all year long as well as granting you the comfort and privacy of your own home. In turn, you may find that you use your spa or hot tub more often.Outdoor spas and hot tubs can actually make a great addition to your landscape, especially when teamed with a pool or other structures such as a gazebo or pergola.

Because safety is of the utmost importance, consider investing in special safety products designed specifically for spa and hot tub owners. Items such as a spa or hot tub cover and a non-slip safety step are well worth the money.
Tips for Purchasing the Right Spa or Hot Tub

Enjoy relaxing in your very own spa or hot tub! 


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  • Duncan Lance October 4, 2018, 4:42 pm
    There are a lot of decisions that you have to make in advance before you buy a spa for your home. As the article points out, one of the biggest decisions you'll need to make is whether you want an indoor or outdoor spa. After all, this could have an impact on several features such as which kind of filter and cleaner you need.
  • 4 person hot tub August 6, 2017, 4:56 pm
    They had a lot of fun in the first picture! It is really awesome to look. I have the same color hot tub in my house. By the way, it is super interesting for me always when we are in. My Profile

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