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We found the best hot tub companies after evaluating 15 manufacturers, then narrowed our choices based on initial and long-term cost, customization, expert rankings of quality and reliability, customer reviews, and ease of maintenance. The four best hot tub companies we found are Marquis, Cal Spas, Jacuzzi, and ThermoSpas. This guide will help you wade through the options when it comes to choosing a hot tub. We’ll explain features and benefits specifically for seniors, give you tips for maintaining and installing a hot tub, answer questions you may have, and present our analysis of the best hot tub companies.

Along with providing relaxation, a hot tub has many health benefits and soothes sore joints and muscles. A University of Oregon study reveals that hot tub use reduces heart attacks, and the New England Journal of Medicine found that soaking in a hot tub helped type 2 diabetes patients lower their insulin use and lose weight. Soaking in a hot tub can provide relief from frequent ailments such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, poor circulation, insomnia, joint pain, and other types of chronic pain.

Top tips:

  • Avoid using pavers as your hot tub base. A concrete slab is best to avoid uneveness.
  • A therapeutic hot tub may qualify as a medical expense
  • Your hot tubs electrical work should be done by a professional electrician. You may need an updgraded electrical system.

Tips for a Wise Hot Tub Buyer

While a hot tub offers many therapeutic benefits, it will become a permanent fixture on your property and comes with maintenance responsibilities. Take your time with choosing the perfect hot tub for your needs.

Choosing a Hot Tub Dealer

Going through a local hot tub dealer with an excellent reputation can have a significant impact on the satisfaction you get out of your purchase. While you may be tempted to cut out the middleman, this cost-cutting can cause problems later on when you need help with servicing and maintaining your hot tub. It’s especially important for consumers to have reliable, local support.

Lesson
Avoid dealers who use high-pressure sales tactics

Choose a hot tub dealer who has been in your community for a substantial length of time, and which offers a showroom where you can wet-test several tubs to determine the features and layout that best meets your needs. That’s right, to make the most informed decision, it is recommended you get wet in several hot tubs and spas. Make a day or two out of it, visit several dealers, and have fun with the process!

Walk away from dealers who use high-pressure sales tactics or who refuse to furnish customer references. Never buy a hot tub from a fair, carnival, festival, online seller, or “big box” retailer. You are going to need advice and information about getting started with using your hot tub, water care advice and eventually, service and parts, so it’s important to choose a dealer wisely.

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Outdoor Hot Tub. Source: Getty

Get Hot Tub Warranty Questions Answered

Talk to a few hot tub manufacturers to learn about their warranty. A solid warranty can save money down the road and will add to your peace of mind when you make your purchase. Ask these questions when investigating hot tub warranties:

Hot Tub Warranty QuestionsAnswers You Can Expect
What is the warranty length?The warranty for less expensive hot tub lines typically
tops off at five years. You can expect more extended
warranty coverage on premium lines, running from
10 to 20 years.
Is any part of the warranty
limited?
Some hot tub warranties cover all aspects
of various components, and others limit that coverage
to only a part of the component (such as a heater).
If you damage a hot tub by using it other than
for what it is intended, the warranty will not
apply to repairs.
Is the warranty transferable?Find out if the warranty only covers the initial owner
or if coverage will continue if you sell your property.
Is the warranty prorated?Longer warranties are often prorated, covering most
of the cost of repairs in the first years of use, then
a percentage less as the years progress.

If you’ve already purchased a hot tub with a minimal warranty and have a home warranty policy, check with your home warranty company to see if you can add coverage for your hot tub.

Place Your Hot Tub in an Accessible Location

Lesson
Plan to budget funds for site preparation and electrical work

A solid, level base is essential for a hot tub, and you will need access to all sides of the tub for repairs and maintenance. Make sure you have a safe and comfortable walkway to your spa. If you live in a cold climate, don’t place the tub so far from the house that you will never want to use it during the cold season when it would be most enjoyable. Ensure you have the correct electrical connections nearby. Some tubs will run on 120V electric, but there will be compromises unless you run on a hard-wired 220V GFCI-protected circuit, which may require electrical work.

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Hot Tub Prices and Other Costs

Hot tubs range in price from a few thousand dollars to $15,000 and up depending on how many luxury add-ons you choose. Expect to pay between $5,000 to $10,000 to install a quality hot tub that seats two to six people. Remember to factor in the running and maintenance costs, which vary according to where you live. These costs include electricity and water quality chemicals. Heating a hot tub can run from $25 to $50 a month, depending on the outside and water temperatures. Talk to your utility service provider about heating the tub during off periods to save money.

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How to Choose Hot Tub Size and Features

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Consumers looking solely to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a hot tub at home will likely be satisfied with a two- or four-person hot tub. If you plan to enjoy your spa with friends, children, grandchildren or other family members, you will need to upgrade to a larger model. Soaking in several hot tubs to determine comfort and ease-of-use is very important before you buy.

If you are interested in using your hot tub for exercise in addition to relaxation, consider a larger swim spa. A swim spa is a hot tub which has a larger center basin in addition to jet seats and uses the hot tub jets to create a water current for continuously swimming in place. Swimming and resistance hydrotherapy are excellent forms of exercise for individuals with arthritis, injuries, or chronic pain. These tubs require more space—a minimum of 10 by 8 feet for the smallest swim spas. For a smaller area, consider an exercise spa that provides resistance for low-impact standing exercises with the benefits of water therapy jetted seats.

Lesson
Consider how you will use a hot tub before thinking about size and features

Jet number and placement is another consideration. The overall number of jets is less important than how the jets feel and how they fit your body for the relaxation and relief you need. Be sure you can be seated comfortably in the tub. Lounge seats may look appealing, but once you get into the tub, buoyancy makes it challenging to stay in these seats.

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Hot Tub Accessories

Lesson
Plan space in the budget for some fun extras

Your hot tub should come with these essential accessories: a cover, cover lifter, and steps. The dealer should provide startup chemicals, on-site setup, and instruction on how to care for your hot tub. Optional upgrades you may wish to consider are media and entertainment systems, lighting, remote controls, smartphone integration, skin care systems, and aromatherapy. It’s also beneficial to have an ozonator to help with natural water sanitation.

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Hot Tub Maintenance

Lesson
Regular maintenance costs less than repairs in the long run

Don’t neglect maintenance. A hot tub requires ongoing maintenance, including routine draining and refilling three to four times per year. The water will need testing, treatment with chemicals, and circulation at least once or twice a day for proper sanitation. You’ll also want to stay on top of cleaning the filter regularly and scrubbing the waterline and seats. Following sanitation instructions and cleaning your hot tub will ensure it runs well for many years.

Our Search for the Best Hot Tubs

1. We sifted through dozens of hot tub companies. We narrowed the list to those that were readily available to buyers in the United States, and those based in the USA

2. We evaluated 15 companies based on our expert-guided buying criteria: quality, the variety of hot tub models, customization, pricing options, longevity in the industry, and customer satisfaction

3. We summarized and reviewed the best four companies for your consideration

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Hot Tub Reviews

After our evaluation, we chose the four best hot tub companies: Marquis, Cal Spas, ThermoSpas, and Jacuzzi. Each of these companies stood out above and beyond the competition.

ThermoSpas Reviews

Customizable Options

Headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, ThermoSpas began manufacturing hot tubs in 1983 and changed to a direct-to-consumer business model in 1995. Jacuzzi acquired ThermoSpas in 2012.

From our list of hot tub companies, ThermoSpas is the only brand not offered through dealerships, and therefore you will not be able to wet test your spa or get immediate support locally. Because of this, ThermoSpas hot tubs are best for those who have had experience with hot tub use. ThermoSpas provides an interactive online tool to assist you with customizing your hot tub, and a representative will come to your home to ensure that your hot tub meets your needs. You may save some money by purchasing a hot tub directly from ThermoSpas because they do not have the overhead expense of showrooms to support. However, essentials like stairs and cover lift are extra options rather than being included with each hot tub.

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Screenshot: ThermoSpa Customization.

ThermoSpas hot tubs seat from three to eight people and range in price from $4,000 to $22,000. For fitness spas, they offer the Aquacisor for standing exercise and hydrotherapy and the Spa Trainer for swimming in place. Customization options depend on the model and include adding 24 to over 100 jets, up to eight shell colors and three cabinet colors, lighting packages, individual jet controls for each seat, stainless steel jets, safety rails and more.

We found two Better Business Bureau ratings for ThermoSpas, a B+ and an A+. Complaints were primarily regarding the length of time it took to receive the product and have it installed, and time between reporting a repair issue and having a technician available for the repair. The company received a four out of five-star rating on ConsumerAffairs, with many happy customers. We found a complaint regarding high-pressure sales tactics. If you experience any sales pressure, contact the home office to report it.

To learn more, and receive $1,250 in coupons, visit Thermospas online.

Read our comprehensive ThermoSpas review for more details.

Marquis Reviews

Great Quality

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Screenshot: Marquis Spa eight-person hot tub.

Founded in 1980, Marquis is an employee-owned business based in Independence, Oregon, with hot tubs and swim spas that are made in the USA and sold through dealers in all 50 states and internationally. Prices vary depending on the dealer but generally range from around $4,000 to over $16,000. Marquis has a reputation for quality and reliability, and the company motto promises “The Ultimate Hot Tub Experience.” They offer 27 hot tub configurations from two-person up to eight-person spas. The Marquis line of swim spas, or ATVs (Aquatic Training Vessels) come in 14 or 17-foot options with water depth up to 53 inches and two therapy seats.

Each tub contains a variety of seat designs and jet layouts to accommodate all body types. Some models allow you to switch out the jet pods to customize your experience. Optional accessories include a skincare system, water features, lighting and environment upgrades, and integrated media entertainment systems.

While the aesthetics of most Marquis hot tubs could be more elegant, the company produces energy efficient models, and customer reviews note the strong, high-flow jets. Marquis ATVs are the largest swim spas of the companies in this guide.

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Cal Spas Reviews

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Screenshot: ATV Jets.

Great Selection

Cal Spas started in 1978 as a pool manufacturer, but when they made miniature versions of their pool designs for a county fair display, they began getting requests for acrylic hot tubs. A year later, they changed the focus of the business to solely building hot tubs.

Cal Spas offers a large number of options with more than 55 above ground spas accommodating two to six people, eight models of swim spas including a swim spa and hot tub hybrid, and 12 in-ground spa designs. It doesn’t list pricing online but you can request a free quote after offering details about the kind of hot tub you need. The Cal Spas Adjustable Therapy System allows you to individually adjust the type of massage for each spa seat in the tub. Cal Spas are made in the USA and available through dealers across the USA and North America. Trading in an old hot tub will get you a discount on a new Cal Spas hot tub or swim spa.

Cal Spas rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars on consumer review site ConsumerAffairs and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Jacuzzi Reviews

Good For Every Budget

Named for the two brothers who pioneered the home hot tub industry, Jacuzzi has become synonymous with hot tubs. In 1930, the company earned a gold medal award for an orchard irrigation pump after trailblazing in the aviation and agriculture industries. The brothers later turned their innovation into a submergible home hydrotherapy pump to help a young relative with rheumatoid arthritis. Further developments led to the world’s first whirlpool jet bathtub. Jacuzzi continues to innovate in the hydrotherapy industry with advancements in pump systems, jet technology, controls, and luxury design.

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Screenshot: Jacuzzi Hot Tub Option.

Jacuzzi offers hot tubs for every budget, with seating to accommodate from two to nine people with low-cost entry-level models (under $3,000) on up to their luxury line of hot tubs (over $16,000) with unique styling. The Jacuzzi Smart Tub app lets you control and maintain your hot tub from your smartphone. While Jacuzzi sells hot tubs throughout North America and internationally, they don’t sell swim spas or fitness-oriented tubs in the United States.

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau where we found some complaints under the hot tub division that were for products other than hot tubs. On ConsumerAffairs, Jacuzzi rates at 3 stars; however, this rating again includes reviews for products other than hot tubs. Read online reviews carefully to determine what any complaints are addressing since Jacuzzi has multiple product lines.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hot Tubs

Does insurance cover a hot tub as a medical expense?

If your ailments are treatable with a hot tub and your doctor prescribes water therapy, your insurance may cover all or a portion of the hot tub expense. The amount of coverage depends on if you will have others using the hot tub or not. Keep in mind that your insurance company may restrict your choices when selecting a hot tub.

Can a hot tub be claimed as a medical expense tax deduction?

If your insurance company reimbursed you for the hot tub, you can not also claim the cost as a tax deduction. If not reimbursed by insurance, you may be able to claim the medical expense as a tax deduction. However, if the hot tub increases the value of your home, you must reduce the deduction by the amount of the increase in value according to the worksheet on page six of IRS document 502.

Can I use a hot tub if I have a pacemaker or heart condition?

Always consult your doctor before investing in a major purchase like a hot tub if you have any medical condition, but especially a heart condition. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best temperature and exposure time that you can safely tolerate. Experts advise that you stay hydrated while using a hot tub.

Should I buy a used hot tub?

Buying a used hot tub is never recommended. Chances are the hot tub is being sold due to problems the current owner has been unable to solve. You are buying a hot tub for stress-free relaxation, and the last thing you want is someone else’s headache.

Should I own a hot tub if I intend to travel frequently?

With some extra care and attention before and after your trip, you should have no trouble keeping your hot tub safe and functional if you travel regularly.

Concluding Thoughts on Hot Tubs

Bottom Line:
Before making a final decision on a hot tub, keep maintenance and service costs in mind and make sure you understand the warranty.

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Owning a hot tub is a lifestyle choice that can provide just the right kind of relaxed enjoyment and health benefit you want. Follow the advice in this guide, make a list of questions to ask, and look for our four top choices in hot tub manufacturers when you shop for and test hot tubs. Keep maintenance and future service costs in mind and read warranties thoroughly.

The Best Hot Tub Companies

Expert ReviewCompany
1Customizable OptionsThermoSpas
2Great QualityMarquis
3Great SelectionCal Spas
4Good for Every BudgetJacuzzi

FAQs

What is the life expectancy of a hot tub? ›

A hot tub can last anywhere from 5-20 years or more. Cheaper hot tubs made with lower quality materials won't last long. If those hot tubs are not well maintained, they may not last more than 5 years.

Which hot tubs are easiest to maintain? ›

Best Low Maintenance Hot Tubs
  • Bullfrog Spas. ...
  • Bullfrog Spas STIL Model. ...
  • Bullfrog Spas Low Maintenance Cabinet: Bullfrog's EternaWood maintenance-free spa cabinets are weather and UV-resistant, meaning it will be maintenance-free: no staining will be required and you won't have to watch your investment rot away.
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What is the difference between a hot tub and a Jacuzzi? ›

The main difference between hot tubs and jacuzzis is that hot tubs refer to a large tub of hot water, used for relaxation and hydrotherapy. Jacuzzi is a trademarked brand of hot tubs.

What's better salt water hot tub or chlorine? ›

Chlorine is preferable over other treatment options for a variety of reasons: It is more affordable and cost-effective. Chlorine hot tubs require less upkeep and last longer than salt water hot tubs. Chlorine achieves the cleanliness and oxidation levels that other chemicals and methods do not.

Does a hot tub add value to your home? ›

In short: Yes! A hot tub or swim spa can absolutely bump up your asking price. Like with all features of a home, however, the exact amount it adds can vary greatly. If you're looking for a precise figure, you'll need to consult a professional appraiser or real estate agent in your area.

Why do hot tubs break so much? ›

Leaving the Spa Dry after Draining

The residual moisture will become bacterial breeding grounds, resulting in “biofilm” slime growing on them, and they'll be hard to remove when they grow large enough. If the tub is dry, the seals and gaskets will degrade, cracks will lead to leakages.

Do you keep hot tub on all the time? ›

So, should I leave my hot tub on all the time? Yes, you should leave your hot tub on all of the time. Hot tubs are designed to always be switched on and it's more economical to keep the water hot than it is to heat it up from cold each time you want to use it.

How often should you service a hot tub? ›

So why do hot tubs need servicing? Like cars, to keep your hot tub running smoothly, it's recommended it is professionally serviced on an annual basis. Servicing helps keep your hot tub in optimum condition.

How hard is hot tub maintenance? ›

Fortunately, hot tubs are not too hard to maintain once you master a few basic skills. You need to learn how to to perform weekly checks of the water balance and add necessary chemicals, clean and change the filters monthly, and fully replace the water every 3-4 months.

How do you maintain a hot tub when not in use? ›

Circulating Hot Tub Water

Pumping the water through your tub's system will ensure that the pumps and filters remain clean and operational. Doing this every day for around 20 minutes can help keep your hot tub running smoothly, making it easier to return to regular usage when you're ready.

How cold is too cold for outdoor hot tub? ›

To answer your question, the minimum outdoor temperature of a hot tub is within the range of 78.8°F. The only time that many people might consider setting the temperature as low as 78 degrees would probably be in the summer when the hot tub is being used to cool off rather than stay warm.

How do I insulate my hot tub for the winter? ›

ADD A SOLAR BLANKET

These blankets float on top of the tub water and act as a direct insulation layer protecting the water from the cold, and they also reduce evaporation. We always recommend using these blankets all year round but they're particularly important if you're planning to use your hot tub in the winter.

Are plug and play hot tubs good in the winter? ›

For people only planning on using the hot tub in the warmer months, plug n play hot tubs can work just fine. If you plan on using the hot tub extensively in the winter, however, the high energy costs and undersized heater of a plug and play mean that you're much better off getting a standard 220V hot tub.

What do you wear in a Jacuzzi? ›

What Should I Wear In My Hot Tub?
  • – Have a swimsuit just for your hot tub. ...
  • – Hot tub chemicals can be tough on a suit over time. ...
  • – Make sure your suit is thoroughly rinsed before you use it. ...
  • – After you use your hot tub, hand rinse your suit and hang it up to dry.

Can you put soap in a Jacuzzi tub? ›

Hot tubs aren't intended to be used as a bathtub, especially when it comes to soap and suds of any kind. This can cause costly damages and a major foam issue. Never add bubble bath, shampoo, detergent or any other soap product.

Are hot tubs good for you? ›

Health Benefits

The heat widens blood vessels, which sends nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. Warm water also brings down swelling and loosens tight muscles. And the water's buoyancy takes weight off painful joints. A dip in the hot tub might also help your mental state.

What is the best time of year to buy a hot tub? ›

The best time to buy a hot tub is usually during fall, “after the crunch season,” and winter, “when older models get discounted,” says McGrath. As for hot tub supplies and chemicals, stock up at the end of summer. That's when pool supply stores start running their clearance sales, says McGrath.

Can you put Epsom salts in a hot tub? ›

Are Epsom salts ok to use in spas? A warning for spa owners. Epsom salts have long been thought to have a number of healing properties which is why many people find relief soaking parts or their entire bodies in Epsom salts. That being said – you should never add Epsom salts to your spa or swim spa.

How long do saltwater hot tubs last? ›

Spa salt cells usually last 2-5 years, depending on the model. At that point, you can replace just the cell (not the power supply). Keeping your cell clean (some models are self-cleaning), and not using it for cold spa water (below 60° F), are key to a long cell life.

Can a hot tub be written off on taxes? ›

If you have a medical condition that can be improved or treated by a time spent soaking in a hot tub, you may be able to deduct the purchase and installation expense on your tax return. A medical tax deduction expense will usually reduce your cost of owning the hot tub by 25%-40%.

What are the pros and cons of a hot tub? ›

Pros and Cons of a Hot Tub
  • Pro: Soak Away Your Stress. ...
  • Cons: Increased Risk of Heat Stress. ...
  • Pro: Reduced Pain and Inflammation. ...
  • Con: Potential Problems for the Circulatory System.
  • Pro: Better Recovery from Sport-related Injuries and Muscle Problems.
  • Con: Potential Infection Risks.

How much does a hot tub cost? ›

The average price of a hot tub can range from about $3,000 to $16,000 and more. While the initial cost can seem like sticker shock, it's important to zoom out and consider your long-term value and enjoyment in the tub that you select.

Do hot tubs use a lot of electricity? ›

Yes! Hot tubs run on an electrical supply. They usually need between 13 and 40 AMPS of power to run. The electricity powers the heater, pumps, lights and all the other working components on the hot tub.

Who should not use a hot tub? ›

People who are ages 50 and older, have weakened immune systems and/or identify as former smokers should consider not using a hot tub or even sitting near one, says the CDC.

Are expensive hot tubs worth it? ›

The value of well-made, high-quality hot tubs is immeasurable. They offer a wide range of benefits and save the time and effort needed for maintenance. They can also last for decades, which makes the costs well worth it.

How much electricity does a hot tub use per month? ›

Modern manufacturers advertise the cost to run their hot tubs at about one dollar per day, with $50 per month at the high end.

What temperature should I keep my hot tub at? ›

Many spa owners prefer to keep their spa temperature between 102°F and 104°F, though even 100°F is safe and comfortable for a healthy adult. If you're curious, try soaking at different temperatures to see what you prefer.

How long can you stay in a hot tub at 90 degrees? ›

TEMPERATURE

While this temperature is safe for healthy adults, you should remain immersed for no more than 20 minutes at a time. If you prefer a longer spa experience, you'll need to lower the water temperature accordingly.

Do you need to shower after a hot tub? ›

Shower Off Afterward

Use warm water and soap to wash away any lingering chlorine or other chemicals. Don't use hot water, which can strip away some of the natural protection the outer surface of the skin provides and leave you vulnerable to irritants and dryness.

How do I keep my hot tub water crystal clear? ›

How can I prevent getting cloudy water in my hot tub?
  1. Shower before using hot tub (don't use any soap, just rinse off in the water)
  2. Don't wash swimming costumes in detergent. Just rinse them in warm water after use.
  3. Clean filters regularly.
  4. Make sure your water chemistry is correct.

How much does it cost to drain and fill a hot tub? ›

If you plan on hiring out the draining, cleaning and refilling of your hot tub, budget at least $300 per cleaning.

What do you put in a hot tub after every use? ›

Daily hot tub care
  1. Add a registered sanitizer after use to maintain the sanitizer levels.
  2. Check and maintain sanitizer levels even when the spa doesn't get used.
  3. Check the water temperature to ensure there are no problems with the system.
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When should I change the water in my hot tub? ›

Draining and refilling your spa will be an important aspect of spa ownership. Many spas need to be drained and refilled every three to four months due to chemical build-up.

How often should you clean hot tub filters? ›

Your filter should be rinsed regularly, about twice a week, based on your hot tub usage and climate. Generally speaking, the rule of thumb is to thoroughly clean your filter once every two weeks with a filter cleaner that will allow you to clean between the pleats and remove any deposits.

Is it cheaper to leave a hot tub on all the time? ›

Yes, you should leave your hot tub on all of the time. Hot tubs are designed to always be switched on and it's more economical to keep the water hot than it is to heat it up from cold each time you want to use it.

How often should you open your hot tub cover? ›

Take the cover completely off the hot tub, if you can, and wipe down the entire cover, focusing more time on the black or dark spots you see. I even recommend unzipping the cover's skin, removing the foam inserts, and wiping everything down, like the way you should every two years, but this time, with the bleach.

Is it OK to leave a hot tub empty in the summer? ›

Yes, you can leave a hot tub empty. It is essential to drain the hot tub thoroughly to ensure no water remains in the pipes and hoses. If water remains in the spa, the pipes could freeze in the winter. In the summer, mold and debris could be left behind.

Is more jets better in a hot tub? ›

Jet count does not equal hot tub quality

For some brands, adding more jets is the only way they can compete. That is why you may come across brands with astronomical jet counts. But more jets does not equal a better hot tub.

Is it worth getting hot tub? ›

For most people, a hot tub is worth the money if you use it regularly—and don't mind spending the time and energy it takes to maintain it. A hot tub can be a fabulous luxury. However, an unused hot tub is an expensive waste of energy, and a poorly maintained one can pose health risks.

What should I look for in a spa? ›

Choosing a Spa
  • Check Out The Spa's Reviews. You can learn so much about a business by the reviews they do (or don't) have. ...
  • Check-Out Their Service Options. There are so many types of massage therapy. ...
  • Practitioner Experience. This is a big deal. ...
  • Spa Environment. ...
  • Products Used. ...
  • Medical Information. ...
  • Hygiene.

Are salt water hot tubs more expensive? ›

Initial cost is higher: Saltwater hot tubs are more expensive than traditional hot tubs. A saltwater system as an addition to your existing hot tub requires a substantial investment that may range from $500 to $5,000.

Do I need to shower after hot tub? ›

This reduces the work required from your hot tub filter and water care system to keep your hot tub water clean and balanced. We also suggest you shower after you use your hot tub to rinse away chemicals that might be left on your skin.

Is it better to have one pump or two in a hot tub? ›

Traditional hot tub pumps are one-speed or two-speed, depending on how many levels of jet power the spa has. If your spa uses the same pump for circulation and jet power, you'll want a two-speed pump that you can set at a very low level to circulate the water when the tub is not in use.

Should I leave my hot tub on all the time? ›

One of the most common questions our team gets asked is "should I leave my hot tub on all the time?" Quite simply, the answer is yes... your hot tub is designed to be left switched on constantly and works best when it is left on all the time. Your hot tub is at it's most efficient if left to run 24/7.

What's the best time of year to buy a hot tub? ›

The best time to buy a hot tub is usually during fall, “after the crunch season,” and winter, “when older models get discounted,” says McGrath. As for hot tub supplies and chemicals, stock up at the end of summer. That's when pool supply stores start running their clearance sales, says McGrath.

How much should I spend on a hot tub? ›

The average price of a hot tub can range from about $3,000 to $16,000 and more. While the initial cost can seem like sticker shock, it's important to zoom out and consider your long-term value and enjoyment in the tub that you select.

Do hot tubs use a lot of electricity? ›

Yes! Hot tubs run on an electrical supply. They usually need between 13 and 40 AMPS of power to run. The electricity powers the heater, pumps, lights and all the other working components on the hot tub.

What are the pros and cons of a hot tub? ›

Pros and Cons of a Hot Tub
  • Pro: Soak Away Your Stress. ...
  • Cons: Increased Risk of Heat Stress. ...
  • Pro: Reduced Pain and Inflammation. ...
  • Con: Potential Problems for the Circulatory System.
  • Pro: Better Recovery from Sport-related Injuries and Muscle Problems.
  • Con: Potential Infection Risks.

How long do saltwater hot tubs last? ›

Spa salt cells usually last 2-5 years, depending on the model. At that point, you can replace just the cell (not the power supply). Keeping your cell clean (some models are self-cleaning), and not using it for cold spa water (below 60° F), are key to a long cell life.

How often should you change the water in a salt water hot tub? ›

We recommend you completely change the water in your hot tub at least once every three months.

Can you put Epsom salts in a hot tub? ›

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