Buying Guide

So you want to buy a hot tub, now what?

Stop By A Store

You will be surprised to know that not all hot tubs are the same.  In the hot tub category itself there are two type of hot tubs:  portable hot tubs and in-ground spas. A portable hot tub is manufactured with all the equipment required for operational use (pumps, heaters, filters, etc), and requires no plumbing on site when it is delivered to your home. Once delivered, it is attached to your home with an electrical connection and if you move, the tub can be moved with you. This differs from an in-ground spa because once an in-ground spa is built into your backyard it is designed to stay with the house.

What makes certain hot tubs “better” than others? Lucky for you, like many products and services you have the ability to shop around for the best hot tub to fit your budget and needs.

Getting Started

If you walked into your local hot tub store and were thrown right into the mix for the first time, before you make any buying decisions we highly recommend you do some research on the models you were initially drawn to. In the case that you have been thinking about buying a hot tub for some time and don’t really know where to begin your search, a great place to start is by searching for your local hot tub dealers. The benefit of buying from a local hot tub dealer is that you can see, touch and test the hot tub you are buying before you purchase. Ultimately your local dealer will be the one installing, servicing, and answering all questions about your hot tub so assurance in them is important.

Here are a couple important questions to consider when narrowing down your local dealer:

Do Your Research

Once you have narrowed down your search to the local hot tub dealer you stand behind, you should begin researching the hot tub manufacturers they have available.

Here are a couple things to consider when researching the different manufacturers:

Time To Choose A Brand

Now that you have chosen the local dealer you want to give your business to and the manufacturer you trust, deciding on the brand is the final stage in your hot tub purchasing lifecycle.

There are five aspects of choosing a brand that should be considered before making your purchase:

  • Focus on your desires and envision how they can be achieved by owning a hot tub. With your hot tub are you looking for a place to relax, the perfect venue to connect with others, a place to entertain your friends or warm-water therapy that promotes health benefits. It’s all about you.

  • Preferences for your hot tub selection. What size and shape will work best for your needs?
  • Consider the special features available in a hot tub. How many jets will you need or want? What about Bluetooth stereo, touch screen controls, waterfalls and illuminated controls? Are programmable filter cycles and automated sanitizing systems a must? Do you want multiple seating options in your spa, maybe a lounge seat or deep seats for tall hot tub users.
  • From deck to patio, there’s a hot tub for almost any setting. Decide on the hot tub features that will enhance your hot tub environment. Will it run quietly and efficiently? What landscaping or fencing will need to be done to complete the picture?
  • Consider affordability. With hundreds of styles and options to choose from, there’s truly a hot tub for every budget. Lucky for us hot tubs are more cost-effective in time and money- than ever before! Energy efficiency and ease of maintenance is key when calculating your cost of ownership.

Ready to start shopping for your hot tub?

AMERICAN WHIRLPOOL® offers a wide range of unique hot tubs designed to fit your budget and needs!

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