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What to Look For in a Hot Tub - The Top 5

After having bought or sold several hot tubs for friends and family, I have narrowed down my list of what to look for in a hot tub to five different areas.
There are a lot more but these five will save you the most headaches: 1) Easy to repair As you will realize that with time your spa will require basic maintenance from time to time.
Some hot tubs will cost you a small fortune just to get them repaired.
These choices will make you wonder why you bought them in the first place.
So, look for hot tubs that have a reputation for easier maintenance.
Try to find one that has removable side panels and built in such a way that each component is separate and not tied together.
In other words, you should be able to separately fix certain parts of it while leaving the others intact.
Taking everything apart just to fix one small area is going to extremely stressful (been there, done that!).
2) Standard parts Try to find spas with parts that are standard.
As with most such high-priced equipment, it pays to look for quality that is easily available.
If the parts company screams 'exclusive', don't buy them.
Not only will they be harder to find but also more expensive due to the scarcity.
That's how some of the big brands maintain their high prices on parts.
If you need anything fixed, you have to go to them to get it fixed.
Most of the time, the quality between the regular parts and the exclusive ones is negligible.
Quite often you will find that the more common or regular ones are better.
Don't overpay for stuff you might regret.
3) Fully insulated and partially foamed The spas that are completely insulated and not entirely foamed are ideal.
The ones that are completely foamed will run up the energy bills because they are wasteful.
As you can imagine, the spas that retain the heat and keep the cold air out of the equipment and different components are more energy-efficient.
Ensure that the foam is on the shell, the air chamber stays warm and the cabinet does'nt have any vents to let the cold air in.
4) Clean plumbing Make sure that if your pump is putting out 150 gallons per minute, your spa is being filled at the same rate.
If its running at 125 or below, then your spa might have a poor design.
If your hot tub has a diverter valve that severely restricts the flow of water, you should consider a different hot tub.
5) Look for value over price Definitely consider the different features that you are paying for and look for good deals or reasonable prices.
Pay a lot of attention to the design and construction material.
DO NOT buy a hot tub unless you know whats going on underneath the surface (at least a basic understanding).
Be aware of the Horsepower, the motor's brand, size, type of electronics being used and the quality of the jets.
Look for good user reviews on websites and look past any glitzy awards.


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