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Thinking of buying a hot tub? Not sure whether you want one for in the house or in the yard? It might seem that the possibilities are endless – but it can be easy (and fun!) if you know what to look for.  Because buying a hot tub is a big investment, you want to do some research before you start looking at models; this helps you make an informed decision later.

Your research should start with the manufacturers. Some of the more trusted brands include:

  • Watkins Hot Springs
  • Calderra
  • Max
  • Nordic

Companies like these have been around for a long time, so you don’t have to worry about buying a hot tub in January and the parts no longer being available come March. Another benefit to purchasing an outdoor or indoor hot tub from a well-known manufacturer is that multiple stores will carry it. By checking competitor prices (in the store and online), you may be able to save yourself some money.

How to Choose the Best Outdoor or Indoor Hot Tub

With so many outdoor and indoor hot tubs to choose from, it can be hard to pick the best one for you. We want to offer you some tips for buying a hot tub that might help you decide which make and model are right for your home.

  1. Always take a seat. If you don’t like the indoor or outdoor hot tub when it’s dry, you won’t like it when it’s filled with water, either. Stretch your legs out and see how your back feels after sitting in it for a few minutes. If you’re comfortable dry, you’ll be comfortable when wet.
  2. Know how much space you have. If you have a 10×10 room, then a 9×9 indoor hot tub is too big. Know how much space you have before buying a hot tub, so you can avoid problems later.
  3. Know why you want it. Did you know that a hot tub at the right temperature can ease the pains of arthritis? It’s true! Deciding why you want your hot tub can help you choose which kind you want.
  4. Ask about maintenance. Hot tub maintenance isn’t hard, but you still have to take care of it regularly. Ask about the right chemicals to use, how to clean it and how often it needs a “tune up.”
  5. Know your electrical limitations. An indoor or outdoor hot tub can use a decent amount of electricity. Make sure you have enough coverage to run it without blowing a fuse. If you’re unsure, you can ask your electric company how much power your electrical system puts out. This information can make it easier for a sales person to help you choose the right model.

We know that buying a hot tub isn’t a small decision: it’s a big investment that’s worth every penny. You want to choose a company that carries all the parts of the brand you pick, and whose service techs and staff can help you with your hot tub maintenance, such as which chemicals are required, or how often it needs to be emptied. Once you’ve chosen your dream spa, all you have left to do is enjoy it!