Hot Tub FAQs
Is a hot tub worth it?
The many benefits of having your own hot tub anytime you want from the comfort of your own home is tempting, but the upfront cost and the time and money spent maintaining it may be off-putting. The question is whether such costs are worth the benefits of having a hot tub, and that can vary wildly on not only your personal circumstances (how much you can afford, do you have the space to own one, or the time to use it?) but also the hot tub itself.
Older models that are cheaply made are a large reason for the misconception that all hot tubs require a lot of time and energy to maintain, but premium and luxury options that are now widely available cut down tremendously on the cost and maintenance over time. Hot tubs are an investment, so getting a reliable high-quality hot tub will deliver superior performance and require less maintenance and costs to keep at that level, thanks to being a better product than a cheaper alternative.
To this end, getting a hot tub can be a great decision that more than makes itself worth it, so long as you invest wisely and are a responsible owner.
Are hot tubs high maintenance?
If you want to maximise the life and quality of your hot tub, you will need to regularly maintain it. The amount of effort this takes can vary depending on the make as well as how often you use it. In general, you will need to balance the chemicals daily and after every use to prevent stale water and the growth of bacteria, and then also drain, clean, and refill your hot tub once every two or three months. You will also have to regularly clean and occasionally replace your filters and have it serviced by your provider once every three to four months to ensure it is running as intended and being well-kept.
Whilst this sounds like a lot, you can easily schedule daily maintenance around your existing routine, and the more consistently you tend to it the less time and money you have to waste fixing easily preventable problems down the line.
What are the pros and cons of a hot tub?
Hot tubs offer a range of mental and physical health benefits. Not only are they great for reducing stress, the heat and water can alleviate soreness and help in the recovery of muscle pain or injuries. They can also be a great way to spend time with family or friends by creating a relaxing environment.
Unfortunately, they can also increase the risk of heat stress as well as being potentially dangerous to those with pre-existing health problems such as circulatory, heart, or breathing issues. There is also the increased risk of infection as the water can become a prime area for bacterial growth. However, proper maintenance and avoiding your hot tub if you have an open wound helps to combat this. Additionally, being responsible by not over-exposing yourself and knowing when to get out can greatly reduce the risk of health complications.
Ultimately, hot tubs carry a range of benefits, and most drawbacks can be easily minimised by being a responsible user and owner.
How long do hot tubs last?
Depending on the brand of hot tub, how often it is used, and how well it is maintained, you can typically expect your hot tub to last between 5 to 20 years.
What should I look for in a hot tub spa?
Beyond the price, here are some other important things to keep an eye out for when looking to buy a hot tub spa:
- Size of the Hot Tub: Does it have enough seats? Do you have enough space at home for it?
- Hot Tub Material: There are a variety of different materials, including acrylic, vinyl, and rotomolded plastic, all with different benefits and drawbacks regarding efficiency, heat insulation, durability, and more. Make sure to find out what is the best option for you.
- Jets: Think about the number of jets you would like and how much control you want to have over them to customise your massage.
- Pumps: Pumps are a better indicator of the amount of power you will be able to have than jets as the electrical supply from your house will be limited. Check the quality and specifications of the pumps rather than the number of jets when thinking about power.
- Controls: Make sure the controls are easy to understand and deliver everything you want.
- Extra Features: From lighting and water features to entertainment and audio systems, consider what other features you could invest in to make your hot tub experience unique.