Have you ever dreamed of having a hot tub in your yard? Well, dream no more. Now, before you start to argue, just know that there is a hot tub for everyone. Even the quality hot tubs have more reasonable price points, and if you cannot afford that, then there are inflatable hot tubs which are just as luxurious and relaxing.
The best hot tubs will help you relax after a hard day at work, and they can even give you better health and circulation, due to the heating effect on your body.
We have taken the top-rated hot tubs and compiled the best of the best. If you do not know where to start, then check out our buying guide for some comprehensive information.
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How To Choose The Best Hot Tub- Buying Guide
What Is Your Budget?
When it comes time to buy your hot tub, there are many considerations to be made, but perhaps the most important is the price. There are two ways to look at this. You cannot afford to buy a hot tub which is out of your price range, but you also cannot afford to settle for a cheap hot tub. Obviously, if you do not have the money to spend on a hot tub, then you cannot buy it. But, if you go cheap, just to save some money, you are either going to find that it costs you a lot more in the long run, or your hot tub is not going to last and it is going to sit unused in your house or yard. Either way, you need tomato sure that you budget properly for your hot tub.
There are also other things to think about when you think about your budget. Running a hot tub costs money. Your utility bills are going to go up. You can combat this with more efficient hot tubs, but your bills are still going to increase. There is also a cost to the installation. When you buy your hot tub, is delivery and installation included? If it is not, then you need to budget for that too.
A hot tub also requires maintenance. You will need to empty and refill the hot tub, which will cost you time, but you will also have to buy chemicals and replacement filters, among other things. If you take care of your hot tub every month, then these costs can be minimal and keep your hot tub working well, but if something did go wrong, then you may have to pay for repairs too. If you are buying a hot tub, consider the ongoing costs as well as the initial outlay.
Where Are You Going To Put It?
Do you have the space for a hot tub? If you do not, then there is no point in getting one. You should first measure the size of space you have for a hot tub and then make sure that the hot tubs which you are looking at are going to fit into that space. Be sure to check that anything extra will fit too, such as the cover. You will also need to make sure that you have access to power and water for the hot tub.
Is there enough room to install the hot tub? You may have enough space, but is there enough space to get the hot tub into it? Do you need extra room for the installation? Are you going to install it inside or out? Does that make a difference to how the hot tub is installed, and can it be installed inside? Make sure that you check you have enough room and then check with the manufacturer to get detailed installation instructions. If the hot tub will fit and can be installed, then you can go ahead an order it.
What About The Size?
The size is about a lot more than just where it is going to be situated. Of course, you should make sure that you have enough room to site the hot tub, but there are some other considerations to take into account when you are looking at the size.
A smaller hot tub will house fewer people, just as a large hot tub will house more. If you want to have a hot tub which will accommodate a large group, and you have the space, then get a large hot tub. If you only need a hot tub for yourself or you and one other, then you should go for a smaller hot tub. A smaller hot tub will cost less to power. This saves you money in the long run. It is also easier to care for. Smaller hot tubs have smaller filters, which are cheaper to replace. They also require fewer chemicals and cleaners. When it comes time to change the water, you will find that it requires a lot less time to change the water in a small hot tub than a large.
Other Considerations For Purchasing A Hot Tub
You should also look at why you are purchasing a hot tub. If you want a hot tub to relax in, then you do not need to look for a specific hot tub. If you want something like jets and timers, then you should be able to find that no problem, but you may have to shop around a little more. If you are getting a hot tub for therapeutic reasons, then you may need to look for a specific hot tub.
Many people use hot tubs to recovery from injuries or to treat aches and pains. This is a lot different from choosing a hot tub for relaxation purposes only. You may need to shop around more to find a specific combination of features, and you may be limited in your choice. There is a hot tub out there for everyone, but the more specific a hot tub you need, and the more features you need, the more limited you are going to be, and the more you may have to pay.
Q: How Do I Drain A Hot Tub?
A: You should take care of the water in your hot tub. The water sits in there for a while, and water can stagnate and become old. Old water can grow all manner of bacteria. It can get dirty. It can get nasty. You would not want to get into a bathtub of water which had been sitting there for a week. If you take care of your water and drain it every so often, you will keep your hot tub clean and stop any risk of infection and disease.
The first line of defense is to shower before using your hot tub. You would not want to get into someone after they have been in a bath. The same goes for a hot tub. If you get in there when you are dirty, the dirt is going to come off of you and mix with the water. That dirt will then sit in the water until it is changed.
You should test your water regularly to check it. You will have a kit which comes with your hot tub, to test the water quality. Add the appropriate chemicals as they are needed and check the pH balance to make sure that it is at the correct level. You will use chlorine or bromine (most likely) to sanitize the water an keep it clean. You may also need to add more chemicals if your water is too hard.
You should replace the water in your hot tub every 3 months. You should also drain the water before you winterize your hot tub. To drain the water, you should first turn off the power to your hot tub. You should locate the circuit breaker for your hot tub too, just to be safe. When you are dealing with water and electricity, you need to be extremely careful and do not what the power switch on the hot tub to malfunction or for someone to turn the hot tub back on by mistake.
Remove the cover from the hot tub. This is a good time to clean the cover too. Remove the filter and clean that too. This is a good time to use your granular cleaner on the filter which can be done every 3 months. If you notice any damage to your filter, then you can replace it with a new one to ensure that the hot tub is working effectively and efficiently. Place the filter back into its slot and, you are now ready to drain the tub.
There should be a drain spout on the bottom of your hot tub. Attach a garden hose to this spout. Make sure to twist the hose on firmly so that the water will not leak out as it is passing through. You want to stretch the end of the hose to a place where you can safely dispose of the water. If you can dispose of it into a drain, that is perfect. If not, drain the water into a part of your garden which will not be affected by the water. Open the spigot and allow the water to drain out. This may take some time, and once the water is running, and there are no leaks, you can leave the hot tub to drain. Once the water has drained, turn the circuit breaker and power back on and turn on the blower for a minute to force out the last of the water. Remove any water which has not drained through the spigot.
There should be a fill line or instructions on how much to fill it. You can use a hose to fill the hot tub again, and you do not need to fill it with hot water. Cool or warm water is fine, and you can let your hot tub do the rest.
Q: How Do I Clean A Hot Tub?
A: When you drain your hot tub, you should clean it before adding the water back in. You should be able to find a special hot tub cleaner in any hot tub or jacuzzi store. It is best to use one of these cleaners so you can be sure that you are not going to damage the tub. You only need to do this every three months, so it is not going to cost you a lot of money to buy a special cleaner.
A special cleaner will not only clean your tub, but it will also help to protect your tub, making it last longer. Spray a little water on the surfaces of your tub and then spray on some of your cleaner. Use a sponge or a rag to rub the cleaner into the surfaces and remove and dirt and grime. Rinse the surfaces down once you have scrubbed them, and then clean up any moisture with a dry towel. Make sure to remove all of the cleaner or you may run the risk of contaminating your new water when you come to fill the tub.
Remove your filter and spray it down with warm water, making sure togged into all the cracks and holes. Use your special filter cleaner and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning it. Once you are done, rinse all of the cleaner off of the filter. While the filter is out, use your hot tub cleaner to clean the place where the filter goes. This is a hotbed for mold and bacteria, so make sure to give it a really good clean, and then rinse and dry off any of the chemical. Place the filter back in when you are done.
Once you have cleaned all the areas of your hot tub, inside and out, you can refill the hot tub and enjoy a relaxing soak in nice, clean water.
Q: How Do I Winterize A Hot Tub?
A: When it comes to the winter months, especially in areas with a lot of snow, you should take the time to winterize your hot tub. In some winter climates, you can still use your hot tub, but if your hot tub is outdoors, and the temperature often drops below zero, then the water on your hot tub can freeze and damage the hot tub. The structural integrity can be compromised and any pipes and hoses can burst and flood when the weather improves.
To winterize your tub, you first need to turn off the power and drain the water from it. Make sure to drain any water from the air blower and any pipes and hoses which are connected to your hot tub. Once you have drained the water, take out your filters and clean them. Make sure there is no water present in them or around them before you put them back in. Remove any of your hot tub fittings and remove any water from inside and around them. Blow through any pipes to remove any water from inside. Any other place there may be water, check it and remove the water.
Make sure to dry any water from inside the hot tub and from your hot tub cover. Once you are done, place the cover back on the hot tub and make sure that it is secured. If you do get snow, you should remove the snow from the top of the cover as often as possible. Even the best covers will bow under the weight and water may get inside your hot tub if the seal is broken.
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Q: How Do I Maintain A Hot Tub?
A: Your work is not done when your hot tub is installed. To maximize the life and efficiency of your hot tub, you should make sure to periodically maintain your hot tub. If you do this on a regular basis, your hot tub will have less chance of breaking down, you will save money, and it will not cost you too much of your time.
We recommend cleaning your filter every two weeks. Remove the filter from its place and clean it with soapy water, rinsing the water off and letting it dry, before you put it back. Every 2-3 months, you should use a granular filter cleaner to properly clean your filter. As you are cleaning, you should check the condition of your filter. If the filter is broken or damaged, then it may be time to replace it. A broken filter will not filter the water correctly, and that will only damage your hot tub over time. Replace the filter when it needs to be replaced.
You should also take the time to clean your hot tub every three months (as detailed above). Use a non-abrasive cleaner when you are cleaning your hot tub and remember to clean the hot tub cover too. There is no point cleaning the hot tub, leaving a dirty cover to go on the top. Cleaning the cover will further protect your hot tub and will lengthen both the life of the cover and the hot tub. When you are cleaning the cover, check for any mildew, and act appropriately if there is any.
Q: How Do I Install A Hot Tub?
A: The easiest way to install a hot tub is to have the manufacturer install it for you. This way you know it will be done correctly. The only problem with this method is that it can cost you a lot of money. Installing a hot tub can seem daunting, but if you take it one step at a time, you can do it by yourself and save yourself a lot of money in the process.
The first stage in the process is to get prepared. It is likely that you will be installing your hot tub in your yard. The first thing you should do is to check with your local council that you are legally allowed to do so (I would be amazed if you were not). The next thing to do it to apply for the necessary permits. This may seem like a hassle, but it is easy to do, and you ensure that you stay on the right side of the law. You do not want to be forced to remove the hot tub.
The second step is to choose your location. Obviously, you want to choose a place where the hot tub will fit and one where it will be easy to install the hot tub. Your local building code may specify places where the hot tub cannot be installed, so make sure to follow that, or your hot tub may have to come back out after installation.
If you need to lay a foundation for your hot tub, you should do that next. Hot tubs are heavy when full, and if the ground is not solid, then they can shift and sink. Having a solid foundation can save you a lot of money in the future. We recommend a concrete foundation for your hot tub. If you want to build a deck or surround around your hot tub, you can begin thinking about that at this stage and lay any foundations for that.
You will need to power your hot tub. You should have this in place before you install your hot tub. Check with the city to see if there are any codes surrounding the wiring for your hot tub. Check to see what kind of power you need for your hot tub. The hot tub should have a dedicated line with its own breaker. Run the line close to the hot tub so that you can wire it when it is installed.
Have your hot tub delivered straight to the foundation if you can. If it is delivered curbside, then plan ahead and have the equipment or workforce ready to move the hot tub into place. Make sure that you have a route form the delivery spot to the foundation. When you get the hot tub to the foundation, place any of the large pieces first and then assemble the hot tub in place. Now, it is time to connect the power to the hot tub. Make sure that the breaker is not switched on when you are doing this.
You should turn on the power before filling the tub, just to make sure that you have power. Once you do have power, you will want to clean and fill the hot tub (see above). Switch the power on and wait for the hot tub to heat up to the correct temperature. You are now ready to enjoy your hot tub.
Q: How Hot Should A Hot Tub Be?
A: Most people ket their hot tub between 100-102 degrees F. The highest temperature most people will go, is 104 degrees F. Children under 5 years old should not go in water above 95 degrees F and should not stay in the water longer than 10 minutes at a time. If you are pregnant or have heart problems, then you consult a doctor before going in a hot tub.
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A hot tub can become your new favorite place to be. As you can see from our list, there really is a hot tub for everyone. You can have one permanently installed in your yard or have one which can be packed up for storage at the end of the day or season.
There are some things to think about before you order a hot tub, but hopefully, our buying guide has prepared you for what to expect from the process. If you know what you want and what you need, then you cannot go wrong with a hot tub from our list.
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