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When considering a hot tub purchase, it’s imperative to do the research first as to what you and your family need. In order to research a hot tub purchase, you’ll need to look at several manufacturers and select a model that fits all of your needs.

Purchasing a hot tub is one of the best investments a person can make. Besides the family time or time with loved ones that a hot tub can provide, the health benefits of a hot tub are numerous and well documented. A hot tub or spa can relieve joint pain, lower blood pressure, increase circulation, and even fight type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. It’s an extremely practical and therapeutic purchase.

Your hot tub research should start by selecting the correct model, whether above ground or in ground. While an above ground model will be less expensive and can be installed much quicker, sometimes even in less than a day – an in ground version has all the same health benefits but presents a much cleaner appearance. Above ground units are cheaper than their in ground cousins because they require barely anything besides plumbing , power, and gas connections while an in ground unit will require a hole to be dug – and all the same connections – as well as a deck to be built around it.

When researching a hot tub purchase your primary factor after selecting in ground or above ground will be the size of the hot tub. This is perhaps the thing that people look at the hardest since it is so critical. You need to honestly take stock of how many bathers will be in the water both regularly and in a party situation when you invite guests to use the tub. Resist the tendency to buy the largest model available since it will cost more to purchase, cost more to heat, cost more to maintain, and also, will take longer to heat up due to the sheer volume of water. Also keep in mind that a larger tub will possess a much larger footprint, so if space is an issue in a small condominium sized yard, consider the implications of filling that space with a hot tub.

Your hot tub research should proceed into the individual features of the tub such as the type, design, and number of jets. This is especially important if you have a medical issue such as arthritis or lower back pain and you want jets that address that. Look into the seating in the spa – is it straight benches or is it contoured seating. A note about contoured seating is in order: while it does increase the comfort level of the spa and places the jets strategically, contoured seating in a hot tub dramatically cuts down the room inside the spa due to the design. If you purchase a spa with contoured seating, be aware that it will fit fewer people for a given size of tub than one with straight benches. Aeration or bubble systems should also be looked at. Besides being fun for the kids, they provide soft tissue massage features.

When researching a hot tub, avail yourself of the opportunity to try the tub out in the manufacturer’s show room. They will usually have many models that you can try out dry, meaning you simply sit in them without water, as well as having a couple models plumbed so you can actually try the hot tub and get the full effect. Taking the tub for a test drive ensures you make the correct decision as it is eminently impossible to buy a hot tub out of a brochure. Do your research well, and enjoy the benefits of your hot tub for years to come.

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