Only in fairytales or only the rich and famous could enjoy such an experience — a lifestyle of driving fast cars, living in a mansion and enjoying champagne and caviar. Hot tubs were once only a dream to the ordinary individual. But, not anymore!
Today, hot tubs are available in a vast array of different sizes, features, and options for every budget and lifestyle.
What’s your budget?
It is always best to take a look at your finances and decide how much you can afford to spend before you start shopping. There are several great financing options available too so be sure to look at what you would feel comfortable spending on a monthly basis vs. just looking at an overall number. Staying within your budget for your hot tub purchase will help you to enjoy this great investment more.
Entry-Level Hot Tubs: If you’re a first-time buyer and you’re looking for a daily hot water massage, an entry-level hot tub could be the place to start. Most tubs in this price range are rotationally-molded, which means the interior and exterior are formed out of durable plastic making them lighter than acrylic tubs and slightly easier to move.
You may also hear the term “plug and play.” Just plug it in and it’s ready to play. Because the hot tub only needs a 110V electrical connection, no additional electrical labor costs or installation costs are required. This can save you money upfront. Bear in mind, however, these hot tubs do not have the same type of insulation as the more expensive tubs so your monthly electric bill will be higher.
Valued-Priced Hot Tubs: There is an endless number of hot tubs to choose from in this price range but you must shop carefully. They come in a few different shell materials, usually with plastic wood-like cabinets, and a plethora of enjoyable features. But buyer beware. Because this is the most common price range for first-time buyers, it’s easy to focus on all the bells and whistles some manufacturers offer to excite you, but under the cabinet they could be skimping on quality components – which is what really matters.
Do your homework. Are you looking for aesthetics or quality? A manufacturer offering a hot tub with high-end quality components may not provide as many features. Whereas another manufacturer may present a seemingly gorgeous tub with a lot of beautiful shiny jets, lights and water features that will cause you all kinds of service problems down the road.
Premium Hot Tubs: Spas in this price range are designed and constructed using advanced engineering, resulting in a more sustainable long-term ownership experience. They come with more robust versions of lighting, water features, and jets then the value-priced tubs do. They also tend to be more energy efficient which means reduced operating costs. They also feature top of the line filtration systems and water care options, therefore reducing maintenance time.
Luxury Hot Tubs: The crème de la crème of hot tub models. The best of the best. Although you’ll pay more up front for one of these state-of-the-art models, you can expect the best features with minimal energy costs, and minimal maintenance. A long-term investment that will deliver an enjoyable experience for 10 – 20 years or more!
A relationship for the life of your Spa
Because the life of your spa is dependent on the quality of the components, don’t just look at aesthetics and features. Usually, a higher quality model comes with a more extended warranty coverage. Successful long-term ownership is also much more than just the life of your tub. It’s also about access to a reliable dealership for service and support.
Whether rich and famous or living an ordinary lifestyle, everyone can enjoy relaxing in a hot tub with champagne and caviar. Need help finding a quality hot tub for your lifestyle and budget, contact Pettis Pools.