How to Buy a Hot Tub



Follow these 4 spa shopping tips to make sure your hot tub purchase goes smoothly.

1. Test it out. The best way to ensure that you buy the perfect hot tub is to try it out. Many retailers have hot tubs set up in a separate area of the showroom so customers can experience a particular model before they buy. During your test soak, pay attention to the comfort and depth of the spa's seats, placement and pressure of the jets, and the footwell space. Also try out all of the options so you can easily choose which ones you really want. 

2. Take control—remotely. Having to get up to adjust the settings of your spa can make your hot tub experience less than enjoyable. Consider whether the convenience of a remote control system will enhance your soak. A floating remote control lets you adjust the pumps, water temperature, and any accessories (TV, radio, etc.) from any seat within the spa. An in-home control panel allows you to monitor and adjust the spa settings from inside your home, so you can have a nice warm tub waiting for you. 

3. Select a cover. If the hot tub model you buy doesn’t come with a cover, make sure you purchase one. A cover is essential for safe and efficient hot tub operation. The best covers are made of marine-grade Naugahyde,® resistant to mildew growth, and meet ASTM International (American Society for Testing Materials) standards, which ensures that they not only retain heat but guarantee their use as a safety cover.

4. Ask about upkeep. Maintenance is an important and necessary part of hot tub ownership. Ask your dealer if the model you’re looking to buy includes features that will help make upkeep easier. Many hot tub manufacturers offer automatic sanitizers and dosing systems that reduce the time, effort, and amount of chemicals it takes to maintain your hot tub.


Visit our Hot Tubs & Spas Buyers' Guide for a list of leading hot tub companies and product information.

Photo courtesy of Hot Spring Spas, Watkins Manufacturing