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Hot Tub Buyer's Guide

Investing in your mental and physical health is the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. What better way to do that than to invest in a hot tub?  

Hot tubs come with many benefits to one’s physical and mental well-being. If you are looking to buy a tub, there are various things to consider.

The first instinct is to head straight to the internet for information. However, you might be overwhelmed by the information you will be presented with. Below is a guide to help you on your journey to buying a hot tub.

Basic Questions to Ask Yourself

  • What is my budget?
  • What is the operational cost?
  • How many people will the hot tub accommodate?
  • What features matter to me?
  • What size hot tub can fit in my backyard or patio?


The first thing to consider is your budget. When trying to decide what your budget is you should note that a spa’s initial buying price is not the only cost to think about. You should include the ownership cost as well. Cost such as electricity and maintenance, including chemicals, all take part in the overall cost of owning a hot tub and it is important to keep those in mind.

A hot tubs’ costs can vary depending on the size, model, and inbuilt features. For example, if you choose to opt in for a hot tub that has a factory installed ozone, the cost up front might be a little more, however, your chemical cost over time will significantly decrease. A hot tub with two high powered 5-hp pumps may run your electricity bill slightly more than a basic hot tub with only one 2-hp pump.

We all want everything that a hot tub can offer. The easiest way to get a perfect spa for your budget is too narrow down the features that are most essential to you. If you still have some more money to spare, then you can throw in some more options.

On the contrary, you do not need to break your bank to own a hot tub. We have a selection of budget-friendly tubs that will be sure to impress you. You can absolutely still enjoy the benefits of a spa with a tight budget.

What attributes and features are best for me?

You are now armed with a budget, let's decided what features you would like in your hot tub. The next step is to look for the right hot tub features for you and your loved ones. Some features are crucial in order to get the full spa experience.

Consider the number of jets, ease of use, number of seats, energy efficiency, insulation, the spa cover, and the heaters. All these features are very basic necessities when choosing a hot tub and the slightest difference can make a hot tub feel completely different.

Some additional features that will elevate your spa experience are; MP3 music entertainment systems, exterior and interior mood lighting, waterfalls, aromatherapy canisters, adjustable jets, upgraded heaters and pumps, and factory installed ozones. Now, these features are not necessary to enjoy a wonderful spa but they definitely take the spa to a whole new level. 

If you are looking for hydrotherapy, consider the positioning and the number of jets. Above-the-ground spas are perfect for hydrotherapy because compared to a regular in ground spa that has 10-25 non-adjustable jets, most above-ground-spas have 20-80 very powerful adjustable jets in order to pinpoint pain and aches within your body. The jets are strategically placed to massage those stiff muscles and keep you relaxed and stress- free. 

Another factor to look into is the material of the hot tub. A vinyl hot tub is inflatable and light material, which makes it easy to store when not in use and transport when on the go, however, it is much less durable than an acrylic or polyethylene spa.

A medium-density polyethylene spa, which is what AquaRest Spas are made out of, is undeniably the most durable and lightweight spa on the market at an amazing value, far cheaper than an acrylic spa.

An acrylic hot tub is durable, lightweight, and typically used in the mid to top tier spas. Now, this does not mean that you can not find a decent affordable lower end acrylic hot tub. The acrylic hot tub is glossy, very attractive and can come in multiple different colors and patterns. It is also easy to clean.

Size & Weight

Finally, let's figure out what size hot tub best suits you. Hot tubs come in different shapes and sizes. The size of your hot tub will be influenced by the size of your backyard and the number of people you would like to accommodate atgiven give time.  A large hot tub will bring out the bonding experience for a family. A small hot tub is perfect for a couple looking for a romantic evening or a personal getaway after a long day at work.

The depth of the spa is often looked pass. If you are a taller set individual you might want to look into spas that have a much deeper structure so your body and be fully submerged when seated. If you are buying a spa for your kids or maybe you're not as tall of a person look into so more shallower spas.

Take some measurements before buying your hot tub to ensure yourself you have proper room. Put into consideration the size of your patio or deck and the distance from a functioning plug. You also want to make sure that the platform you plan on using to place your hot tub on has the integrity and strength to hold the weight of the hot tub when filled with water. Structures like wood patios and uneven concrete can create very dangerous and expensive situations. If you are not sure if your backyard or patio can hold the weight of your spa we recommend you hire a certified personal contractor from to come visit your home and assess the area.


There are so many things to consider when buying a hot tub. However, the research and budgeting will be worth it in the end when the hot tub puts a gigantic smile across your face.  

This might lead to the best investment you have ever made. Enjoy the countless benefits your spa will provide you with.

After a long day of work or as a get together with friends, your hot tub with absolutely bring you happiness and comfort.

If you ever need help with choosing the right spa, all you need to do is to get in touch with us. We shall guide you through the process of picking your hot tub and we promise your experience will be painless and rewarding.