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Hot Tubs

Picture yourself basking in a luxurious hot tub, a drink in your hand and not a care in the world. If this sounds like the kind of TLC you need after a day’s worth of work or play, hot tubs may just be your cure-all. Before you check out all of our hot tubs for sale, have a peek at these tips that will help you pick out the right size and style for your home.

What types of hot tubs are there?


There are two main types of hot tubs: portable and permanent. A portable hot tub will sit above the ground and is self-contained. Permanent styles are built into the ground and typically made from a more permanent material such as cement. Most hot tubs are of the portable type, and some, like an inflatable hot tub, are more easily moved than others.

Portable hot tubs come in a variety of materials, such as cedar, fiberglass and acrylic. To help you figure out which style will work best with your needs, here are some pros and cons of each:
• Acrylic: Acrylic spas are lightweight, durable and don’t require much maintenance. They come in a variety of price points, but can be difficult to install and will cost more on your energy bill. If you opt for an acrylic style, be sure to protect it from direct sunlight, which can cause surface bubbling.
• Cedar: A cedar hot tub adds the pleasant, aromatic scent of cedar wood to your spa experience. They’re made from eco-friendly materials, however they aren’t as durable as those made from synthetics. Typically cedar hot tubs won’t include integrated seating, a heating unit or internal jets. This means you’ll have to add an external heating unit, not to mention conduct regular maintenance to keep the cedar looking clean and healthy.
• Fiberglass: Fiberglass spas are highly durable and well-insulated, meaning you won’t use as much energy as you might with a cedar or acrylic style. Because they’re made as one piece, they can be difficult to move and install, and can be prone to cracks if not properly drained. If a part breaks, you’ll need professional help to repair it.

What size hot tub should I get?


When deciding on the size of your new portable spa, you should first consider where you’ll be putting it. Most hot tubs are installed on decks or patios, but you can also set yours up in a specialty gazebo. Wherever you plan on placing it, make sure there’s an outlet nearby and the area is sturdy enough to support your new hot tub.

Once you’ve decided on the location of your spa, measuring that area will help you get a better idea of what size hot tub will fit. Another thing to consider is how many people you’ll typically have sharing your portable spa with you — if any at all. The capacity should be listed in the product description so you can easily make sure no one will be left out in the cold.

Do some hot tubs have more jets than others?


Different styles will feature a variety of jets. If you’re looking for a portable spa that can give you a powerful massage while you relax, look for a design with as many jets as possible. They should be adjustable so you can point them at different muscle groups to better target any aches, pains and tension.

Do I need any accessories for my hot tub?


Your portable spa should come with a cover. This adds protection and can keep the heat inside while you’re getting ready to hop in. You can also find locking covers, which are perfect for keeping curious children out of trouble. Some hot tubs feature aromatherapy options, as well, which can add to your spa ambience.
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