How to Choose the Right Hot Tub

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Have you been dreaming about having a hot tub installed in your backyard?

Michigan weather in the spring is inconsistent at best, but when it starts to remind us of summer, it reminds us of all the things we love about Michigan.

For many of us, it means many trips to a lake, camping, cookouts, and anything we can do to capitalize on the few warm months we have.

A hot tub could be one of your best investments for year-round outdoor relaxation. Not only does it maximize your time outside in the warm months, but it extends the time you can enjoy the outdoors throughout the entire year.

Unlike a pool, which is expensive to build and costly to maintain, a hot tub can cost as little as a modest vacation to install and the price of a fancy coffee every day to run. You would be investing in a way to relax, be outside, and entertain for years to come.

What to Consider When Researching Hot Tubs

You might think of a hot tub as a Jacuzzi, but a Jacuzzi is actually one brand of spa or hot tub. The brand is a good one. However, there are differences between it and its competitors, which a hot tub dealer can help you understand.

For any brand of hot tub you buy, you will want to consider several significant factors:


You can spend rock-bottom on an inflatable hot tub, but don’t count on it lasting as long as some other types. The median price is around $2000, but you can spend upward of $10,000 for a luxury hot tub.

However, even in the moderate range, you can see that a hot tub is much less expensive than a pool, and returns can be almost as good.

Overall Size

The overall dimensions of your spa matter in terms of where you would like to put it and how you plan to use it.

Do you want a roomy four seats, or would you prefer to be able to seat seven at a time but aren’t as concerned about roominess?

Number of Seats

Likewise, if you know you want to hold parties often, the number of seats will be more relevant to you. If you want your spa primarily for your own family, you can get away with fewer seats.

Filtration System

Another area of research is what kind of filtration system is optimal for your needs. Basic filters require chemicals like chlorine and bromine. However, there are new systems that can kill bacteria with other methods, requiring fewer chemicals.

The number of Jets & Pumps

More jets equal more or better pumps needed. Be sure to find out how well the water jets are supported.

Extra Features

Many hot tubs include lighting, music capabilities, and additional water features.

How to Find a Spot in Your Yard

When considering where to put your hot tub, you will want to think about the following.

Where the hot tub will go

It’s not always easy to find a place where the spa will be accessible and convenient year-round. That is why it can be a good idea to consult a contractor to help you integrate it into your exterior structure designs and landscaping.

How it fits into the overall design of your backyard

Will your spa fit in or stick out like a sore thumb?

This is an excellent opportunity to give your deck or landscape an overhaul.

Is there an area of your deck that can be extended to make a platform for the tub? Do you have enough space to service the tub if it breaks down?

How to give you and your guests enough privacy

Relaxing in your hot tub isn’t necessarily an activity you want to share with the neighbors. Neither do you want your guests to feel exposed. Think about how you are going to provide some shelter or screen.

How to make sure you have access to electrical and water supply from your house

At a minimum, a hot tub needs a solid, level foundation, electrical supply from the house, and a hose pipe.

Bringing it Home

Have you always dreamed about having a relaxing retreat right at home? A hot tub could be the perfect addition to give your guests a perk without the expense and danger of owning a pool.

Contact us any time with questions about how to integrate a hot tub into your home exterior. We would be happy to help!

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