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  • Writer's pictureRichard Hart

Mistakes To Avoid When Buying a Hot Tub

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

For many first time hot tub owners, choosing the right hot tub can be a real challenge. Buying the right hot tub can lead to years of enjoyment with little work. But picking the wrong hot tub is not only disappointing, it can also cost you a pretty penny!

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of common hot tub buying mistakes. Avoiding these mistakes will help you save money and avoid any disappointment.

Not Considering Installation Costs

Speaking of costs, another very common hot tub buying mistake is forgetting about installation costs. When buying your new hot tub, keep in mind that you will likely need to spend at least an additional £1,000 to have it installed. These installation can costs include:

  • Delivery

  • Electrical hook-up

  • A base to put the hot tub on (concrete slab, deck etc)

  • Chemicals and accessories (cover lifter, steps etc)

Not Considering Where The Hot Tub Will Be Placed

There is nothing worse than finding the perfect hot tub only to discover that it won’t fit in your backyard! Before you go shopping for hot tubs, first figure out exactly where you’re going to want it installed. Measure your available area and only look at hot tubs that will fit within that area. If you’re not sure what the best spot for your new hot tub is, consult our pre-delivery guide for some helpful tips.

Choosing A Hot Tub With The Wrong Jets

One of the biggest mistakes that hot tub buyer’s make is buying hot tub base on the number of jets and the size of the jet pumps. While these stats are important factors to look at when judging the massage quality of a hot tub, they’re far from the complete story. Just as important (or more even important) are the size and placement of the massage jets.

Improperly sized jets rely on pressure rather than water flow to deliver power. Much like having a shower with high water pressure, a massage using high pressure jets quickly becomes uncomfortable.

Even if the jets are properly sized, if they’re not positioned correctly they’re not much good. When looking at hot tubs pay close attention to how they position their jets in the seats. Look for jets that mimic the shape of your back (wider at the top and bottom, thinner through the middle) rather than ones arranged in straight lines or diamonds.

Not Choosing A Reputable Dealer

The last hot tub buying mistake made by some people is not buying a hot tub from an honest, reputable dealer. Poor after sales service can ruin any hot tub buying experience. When buying a hot tub it’s important to consider who you’re buying it from. How long have the been in business? What is their reputation? Do they service what they sell? Answering these sorts of questions can go a long way towards ensuring that you aren’t left disappointed by your after sales service.

With almost 20 years of industry experience, Reef Spa aims to supply the best low cost hot tubs, without compromising on design and quality.

We understand that buying a hot tub is a big investment for you and your family. That’s why our team of experts are on hand to provide the best advice to choosing the right spa that fits your budget and needs. You can also find your nearest dealer and showroom now, where they can show you all the great features Reef Spa has to offer.


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