Admit it – you have at least once dreamt of getting into a Jacuzzi at the end of a hard day and let the pool of warm water wash away your worries. But before you take the plunge, here are some things you will need to consider.
What’s The Budget?
Jacuzzis are generally expensive and will require regular maintenance, but apart from the cost of your hot tub, there are also other fees to consider. This includes installation, construction and plumbing. Sometimes, your bathroom might even need a remodel to cater to the installation of your hot tub. Having a Jacuzzi is quite an investment, so it is wise to plan out your finances carefully.
Does It Fit?
While you may have your eyes on the biggest model, it might not be the right one for your bathroom. Measure your bathroom perimeters to see what can fit. Include the space that you will get when any wall or shower are taken down. Not only that, consider the additional floor area that you require for storing accessories such as candles, oils and other bathroom essentials. You would want them to be within arm’s reach so you do not have to get up every time you need the soap. Do keep in mind that most hot tubs are designed to fit decks, and this will also add at least another inch to your measurements.
Will It Be For Two?
Two’s a company and sometimes, this proves true when it comes to spending time in the Jacuzzi. Decide if the Jacuzzi is for you alone or would you share the enjoyment with others over glasses of wine. Consider the shape, space, ergonomics and functions for the comfort and enjoyment of all.
How Easy Is It?
The reason you invest in a hot tub is to relax, but complicated buttons and difficult functions might turn your experience otherwise. Look out for models that offer grab bars and arm rests for added comfort. One-touch buttons are also handy as they provide easy access to the different functions available. Finally, note how long it takes the hot tub to fill up and function properly, as waiting time can post an issue if all you want is a quick pick-me-up.
What’s On The Shell?
Another factor that plays a big part in your hot tub experience is the shell’s material. Here are a few common materials available:
Vinyl: Vinyl shell tubs are usually used in soft-sided models. It boasts a very small price tag (in comparison to other materials) but the material is easily damaged – especially when the chemical balance of the water stays out of the ideal range for a longer period of time. But if you are simply looking for an affordable hot tub for occasional use, then this one is for you.
Acrylic (fiberglass backing): There are two types of acrylic materials suitable for hot tubs. One is backed by fiberglass compound and bonded by bonding resins. These tubs are common as they are easy to care for, insulated for heat, and features a wide variety of colours and styles – some even mimicking the luxurious marble surfaces.
Acrylic (with ABS plastic): While the previous choice has a fiberglass back, this is co-extruded with the impact resistant ABS plastic and backed by foam or fiber. Its non-porous surfaces make cleaning a breeze.
Thermoplastic: Thermal plastics are relatively new in the market, but are fast gaining popularity. It is tough and durable but lacks in variety, usually only in white.
Whichever the materials, it is very important to look out for “Surface Warranty” in addition to the “Structural Shell Warranty”. They usually come separately and will cover different warranty areas.