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Taking The Plunge Part 2: Choosing Your Tub

Are you desperate to find some R & R space in your garden? Or maybe you want to divert this year’s holiday funds to something that will bring you joy this year and beyond. Whatever your reasons, if you have decided to make the most of more time at home and the first sunshine of the year, a hot tub could be the answer.

Last week, we looked at the reasons why you should get a hot tub. This week, we look at what you need to consider when buying a tub, before going into what you need to do to get the best setup.

Before you press “buy now” there are a few things that you need to consider, such as:

Seats

Inflatable hot tubs are created to make hot tubs more affordable, so tend to have fewer embellishments such as seats! If you want seats, it may be cheaper to buy a basic tub and invest in inflatable hot tub seats. Don’t just buy the basic one now and add on the other essentials; this could be a false economy.

Size

Don’t just get the biggest possible hot tub! Larger hot tubs take more water to fill and more energy to heat, taking up to 24 hours to reach optimal temperatures. What’s more, a larger tub will have a larger surface area, which means that it will lose heat much more rapidly, especially when you have the bubbles on. Think about what you need; hot tubs range from 2-person to up to 6 or even 8. Don’t just rely on what the spec says, look at the measurements and see how many people you think could comfortably fit.

Filter

The more your hot tub is going to be used, the more efficient you need the filter to be. Don’t skimp on the filtration system; you’re unlikely to want to use a murky hot tub!

Jets

Without those all-important airjets, your hot tub will be little more than an outside bath. It is important to take note of the number of jets that your hot tub has in relation to its size. Generally, for an authentic spa experience, you are looking for 80-100 jets minimum.

Space

Don’t just consider the spec of the hot tub, you need to think about where it will go. Think about water and power supply as well as drainage, and make sure that you have the space to fit the hot tub and the pump. Before you get your hot tub, speak to a reliable electrician and get a quote for installing a safe power supply so that you can add that to your budget.

Once you’ve bought your hot tub, it’s essential that you get the setup correct. Follow Trust A Trader on Facebook or Twitter to find out what you need to do to make the most of your new hot tub.

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