Then again, you only live once. Anyone who owns a hot tub in their home can relate to the importance of spoiling themselves, and some people invest in a hot tub to cleanse and help alleviate stress. If you know you have worked hard for one, then go ahead and buy one. After all, life is short. Not all hot tubs are created equal. You can easily feel like you're holidaying in paradise, like in a destination such as Bali or similar with a hot tub in the home. Then again, ensure your backyard or patio has sufficient space for a new hot tub.
1. Shop around
For instance, when you're out buying a car, you can take that car for a test drive. The same premise rings true when it comes to buying a hot tub for the home. Not many people are aware of this. That's right, many hot tub retailers and manufacturers will allow you to undertake a private 'test drive' on the hot tub/s you have your eyes on. Ensure you feel comfortable. Is the hot tub also kid friendly? How many people can comfortably fit into a certain one?
Maybe a hint of Balinese love
Once upon a time hot tubs were just that, hot tub spas with jets that were (on the contrary) quite noisy. Many hot tubs allow you to listen to the radio and/or have an iPod docking station. Some hot tubs allow you to install a mini TV, or a TV might already be installed for your entertainment. Does the hot tub have additional lighting? Many now come with a 'nightclub' theme that is perfect for pampering yourself at night in warmer weather for instance. Can you add decorative items to the tub like candles and the like? Are the jets loud? How often does the hot tub need to be cleaned?
Know what you want in a hot tub
Spending time in water is healing indeed. Can you control the pressure of the jets for a softer, or for a more firmer experience? Are different options available - no different to if you're having a pedicure at a nail salon? Can the water also be diverted? How easy is the spa to use?
Could be paradise
4. Other Considerations
The hot tub needs to be energy and water efficient. Insulation and monthly operating costs also need to be taken into consideration. Furthermore, how long has the manufacturer and/or retailer been in business?
There are some wacky and cool hut tubs out there. They're not all created equal.
Best of luck in choosing the right hot tub for the home.