4 Vital Steps When Comparing Hot Tubs

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Hot tubs are a large investment but a great hot tub, like a great car, is a piece of technology that is designed to last. In order to make the right hot tub choice for your needs, it is important to take the time to fully evaluate the benefits and features of each hot tub you’re considering.

From investigating each manufacturer’s building process and components to choosing a retailer where you’ll get the most for your money, there are several steps you can take to help you effectively compare your options. You can also download our complete in-depth guide with a comparison chart that will allow you to compare and contrast these four key areas to make a well-informed decision.

Massage and Hydrotherapy

The perfect hot tub massage is comprised of three components working together in harmony: the pumps, plumbing, and jets. When comparing hot tubs, you can measure their engineering against these components. Maximised hydrotherapy involves a flow rate that results in optimum pressure and the best hot tubs have multiple seats with a different number of jets placed in different locations on each seat. The bather then moves from seat to seat, getting a massage with full coverage because of the jets’ different locations. Look for these types of features to ensure that you get the most thorough massage possible.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency should be a crucial part of your comparison process. Because energy efficiency has evolved significantly over the years, it’s possible to choose a model that is highly efficient as long as you know what to look for. For the most efficient energy filtration, choose a hot tub with self-cleaning technology and a Thermal shield hardcover designed for cold weather. Additionally, look for models with insulated thermal shield blankets that reflect heat back to the hot tub. High flow, low-energy pumps will also help you save on energy costs and fully adjustable venting will improve energy efficiency in any season and climate. Finally, look for a model that is designed to exceed CEC regulations, as these are the standard for energy efficiency.

Ease of Maintenance

There is a wide range of filters available and comparing them is critical. Keep in mind that although they are cheaper, side suction filtration systems filter only 50% of the water and often suffer from filter clogs, pumps and heaters that don’t get enough water, and odours because of air exposure. Side suction filtration is also common, but it can only partially clean your hot tub as it pulls water from 2″ to 4″ above the bottom of the floor. This means you will have to vacuum to remove dirt from the footwell. When you want the ultimate in filtration, choose a self-cleaning system that filters 100% of the water in only 15 minutes, skims the surface of the water, vacuums the floor, and creates clean, clear, safe water.

Noise Levels

Hot tubs are made to encourage relaxation and unnecessary noise can put a damper on your experience. To start, look for low noise models where the hot tub equipment is housed behind the insulation and cabinet to muffle the sound of the hot tub. Second, make sure the equipment is sized according to the number of jets in the design. Oversized equipment will create more noise, so make sure to avoid it.

Start Comparing

Now that you have a clear understanding of the four key areas of comparison, you can use the comparison charts below to help you choose the perfect hot tub for your needs. We encourage you to review the booklet below to get an even more in-depth understanding of what to look for.

If you have questions about how to use comparisons to choose the right hot tub for you, contact our team at Hayes Wellness today on 01803 872 666 or hello@hayeswellness.co.uk.

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