How to Choose the Perfect Hot Tub For Your Needs

There is more to a hot tub than just grabbing the next one in line and getting it installed, you might end up replacing it soon. Making the perfect purchase also takes some effort on your part, because just like everything else, these tubs come in different sizes, types and are made of different materials. It is upon you to choose the best for your needs.

Many first time buyers have depended on guesswork to get a tub into the home and ended up regretting the decision. If you are planning to replace an existing bathtub then it becomes easier choosing one, but if this is the first time you are purchasing the tub, it becomes a huge challenge.

This post seeks to reduce the guesswork, and help you make a factual decision when making a purchase.

Where are You Taking the Tub?

This is the first consideration when buying the tub. Is the tub to be located outdoors or indoors? If you plan to install it outdoors, you need to make sure the properties of the tub can stand the climate the whole year round.

If you wish to install the tub indoors, you need to make sure it is large enough to give you the space you need but small enough to pass through the doorway and the hallways en-route to the location.

Once you choose the location to install the tub, you need to make sure the place meets all the requirements. You need to have a flat, solid and level surface to place the tub. A solid deck or a poured concrete slab can work for this. Don’t make the mistake of placing the tub on a layer of paving stones, because they shift and cause problems for the tub’s stability.

In-ground tubs are usually dug into the ground, but the bottom surface still needs to be level.

Convenient Location

The tub needs a source of water and power. This means you need to put these into consideration when making the decision. Make sure you have the right wiring in place for the hot tub.

One requirement for proper use of the tub is that you need to empty and refill it several times a year. This is easier if you have a source of running water close by. The site you choose should also have proper drainage when the time comes.

The location should give you enough space to install the tub and leave enough space around the tub to service it.

How Many People are Waiting for the Tub?

If you have been a bit unpopular with your friends, having a hot tub paints you in a new light, and soon friends and family could start flocking to your backyard. Kidding aside, before you make the decision to install the tub, make sure you know how many people are going to use the tub.

If you are a family of more than 4 members, you need a tub measuring 7 to 8 inches. If the family is smaller, then a smaller size can do the trick.

Well, you might have space, the right location, but a small issue might stop you in your tracks – the wattage of the power source. Before you choose the tub, you need to consider how many volts you have available. For instance, if you only have 110volts available in the home, you need to choose a smaller tub or sacrifice equipment that is eating into your power.

Why Are You Buying the Tub?

From a site such as, you can get a tub for recreation, relaxation, medical treatment and fitness. The main reason you are buying the tub dictates the kind of tub you buy. If you need one for fitness, go for a tub that comes with inbuilt exercise equipment. If you need one for hydrotherapy, maybe for pain management, go for one that comes with a variety of water jets. The way you plan to use the hot tub determines the features that you choose.

The Bottom-line

When buying the hot tub, take time to choose one that suits your needs. Take time to understand your needs, and then go ahead to match the needs to the right size, shape and well, function of the tub.