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Are you thinking
about purchasing a hot tub?

Maybe you have been on holiday where a hot tub was available to use and you enjoyed it so much you would like one in your garden to use all the time. Or maybe you have a friend with one and you like the idea but you’re not sure if it is for you so you are carrying out some of your own research. You may have problems with your health and found the spending time in warm water helps.

Whatever your reasons it can be a daunting task selecting the perfect hot tub partner for you and your family.

There is no doubt about it hot tubs have been a popular addition to gardens throughout the UK with 10% of households in the country owning one. With upwards of 30 different brands of hot tub available to choose from, how do you know which brand is the right one for you?

Making the decision when purchasing a hot tub

Researching brands – online

If you type “what hot tub brand should I buy” into Google you are provided with a number of sites that provide you with hints, tips and things to consider before making a purchase so read them. Most reputable brands and independent businesses will provide some form of information on their websites about their brand and things to think about.

Researching brands – instore

Now that you have familiarised yourself with some of the brands take a look to see what is available in your local area. Most outlets will travel 30-50 miles to an installation. This is a suitable distance to maintain good after sales customer service.

Make a short list

Visit the hot tub outlets that stock the brand/brands you are more interested in to find out more about the brand and the company. Remember, a well established outlet with good support from the manufacturer and good after sales care is as important as the hot tub brand.

Have you thought about why you want a hot tub?

This question is something to think about as it is likely to affect your choice of size, the amount you wish to spend and the features available.

Hot tub benefits

  • Stress relief
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Socialising with friends
  • Reconnecting with your children or other family members
  • Relief from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Read more

Making a Purchase

Whilst hot tubs are available to buy online it is good idea to see brand and company you are buying from in person. A good outlet with good customer service will put together a package specifically for you. This will include as much or as little as you need. It may include the concrete base, electrical supply or other ground work as well as your hot tub, starter chemicals, steps, cover lifter.

They will be able to visit your home to see where you would like your hot tub situated and ensure that on the day of installation everything goes smoothly. They will be able to advise you on the location of the hot tub within your garden, the size and shape suitable for you and your family.

Questions to ask

What kind of warranty does the brand come with?

All Sundance Spas hot tubs come with a well supported manufacturer’s warranty. They provide up to 10 yrs cover on the shell and 2 yrs on cabinetry, jets, equipment, controls, plumbing and cover. All parts and labour costs are covered. Most other brands will come with something similar but remember the warranty is only as good as the ability of the manufacturer to support it.

What are the approximate running costs?

The running costs will vary depending on the hot tub quality and features. Insulation, electrical connections, how often it is being used, the insulation cover and hot tub build are important. All Sundance Spas hot tubs have a Rigid Bond™ shell construction, full foam insulation, a 1.5 pound foam density cover, efficient jet pumps.

How easy is it to maintain?

All hot tubs require some form of maintenance with the regular addition of chemicals. The key is finding a hot tub with excellent water filtration and purification systems built in. This reduces the amount of maintenance and addition of chemicals you are required to do.

What size is suitable for me?

You need to think about how many people are going to be using the hot tub together on a regular basis. If you are planning to party with your friends then an open seated large hot tub will be for you. If it is just you and your husband/wife/partner then perhaps a smaller or portable hot tub model with a lounger may be more suitable. Think about the height of your family member too. You will all need room to stretch out and relax.

Brand new or pre-owned

If you are choosing a quality brand then you may be able to grab yourself a bargain with a pre-owned model. Reputable hot tub outlets will provide an in house warranty for the first 6 months.

Payment options

You will most likely be required to pay a deposit at the point of ordering. The balance due just before or on the day of delivery. Ask if your hot tub outlet provides finance options. You may get the opportunity to take advantage of buy now pay later or interest free finance.

Alfresco Life finance options

Try before you buy

You are about to make a considerable investment if you are unsure ask if you can have a try. If you don’t fancy taking a dip at your local showroom at least take a seat in a dry model.

Some years ago I wanted to purchase a new car, I had my mind made up on a particular brand and model. So one Saturday afternoon I went out to make my purchase. When I got to the showroom I was offered a test drive so just to enjoy the experience. I agreed. The car I had my heart set on didn’t live up to my expectations. I couldn’t get comfortable in the seat and didn’t enjoy the experience at all. This brand just wasn’t for me.

Good luck with your purchase and if you are local to us then pop in a look. We will be happy to show you our brand and answer any questions you may have.