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What To Do When Visiting A Hot Tub Store
What To Do When Visiting A Hot Tub Store
Written by Kimberly Giraldo
Updated over a week ago

There are many things to consider once you’ve decided to buy a hot tub. Likely, you’ve already done some research about the kind of hot tub you may want. There are many choices, after all, such as portable, in-ground or inflatable. If you’ve determined a portable hot tub is the best choice for you, there are still several decisions to make including your preference on seating (open seating or lounger), size, features and amenities. These are important decisions that can ensure you choose the hot tub that will suit all your needs and desires.

Another important step in your research should be visiting a hot tub store. You will find this is one of the most fun and informative ways to help you make your final decisions about your hot tub purchase. Visiting a hot tub store can give you a more realistic idea of the size, shape and feel of the hot tubs you are considering. This is a good way to see, touch and even try out the hot tub you most want to make your own. This article will provide some tips on what to do when visiting a hot tub store so you can make the most out of your experience so you will come away with the hot tub that will provide you and your family with soothing relaxation and enjoyment for years to come.

There are some questions that come in handy when deciding which hot tub stores to visit, what do to before you visit a spa store and what do to once you get there. Before selecting recreation stores to visit, ask yourself the following:

-Does the hot tub store carry the brands and models I like?

-Does the hot tub or spa store allow a wet test?

-Do I have to make an appointment or are walk-ins welcome?

-Has the hot tub store been in business for a while?

-Do the staff seem knowledgeable and reputable?

Before heading out to do your hot tub shopping, you’ll also want to make a list of your hot tub wants and needs in order of priority. Determine what amenities and features will help you get the most out of your hot tub experience. This can help you narrow down your choices once you’re at the spa store to ensure you pick the best model for you.

For example, if hydrotherapy is top on your list, you’ll want to choose a premium brand hot tub that has specialty jets and configurations designed to soothe and massage your body as you soak. You may also want to consider a hot tub that takes hydromassage to the next level. For example, with new-to-market features, the two models in the Jacuzzi® JLX® Collection combine the latest advances in Infrared + Red Light therapy, for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience in one.

You’ll also want to consider how many people will be using the hot tub. If your intention for your future hot tub is to serve as a place for socialization and relaxation for family and friends, a larger hot tub with open seating may be the best option for you. If you prefer a more solo hydrotherapy experience, a smaller hot tub with a lounger might be better suited for your needs. Then again, couples time can be enjoyed in a medium-sized hot tub that can also accommodate a lounger for more full body hydrotherapy experience. There is no shortage of options, so pinpointing your needs prior to a visit to a hot tub store can help make your shopping trip more efficient.

Determining where you will place your hot tub and how much space you have to accommodate it are two additional must-dos before visiting a spa store. It’s important to allow for ample space and to ensure that your yard or concrete pad is level, with access to the necessary outlet hook-ups and water.

Keep in mind that there is almost always a hot tub configuration that will fit in your space and accommodate the required amount of people. In many cases, a Jacuzzi® 6-person hot tub model and a 2-person hot tub model can take up the same amount of space in your yard.

Consider your climate when determining where to place your hot tub as well. If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather, you may want to choose an area closer to your home itself and one that is somewhat protected from the elements. If you live in a hot climate, you may want to consider an area that is shaded.

Before visiting a hot tub store, you’ll also want to be aware of some of the most common mistakes hot tub buyers make. Being prepared can help you avoid making mistakes when making a hot tub purchase.

Now that you’ve determined the hot tub stores you want to visit and what to do before a visit, here is a breakdown of some of the most important things to do when visiting a hot tub store:

-Look around. This may seem obvious, but someone shopping at a recreation store can be like a kid in a candy store. There is a lot to see and it can sometimes get overwhelming when you are trying to narrow down your choices. Focus on the items you came to see, but also be open to looking at brands or models that your trusted spa store dealer recommends.

-Ask questions. You’re in exactly the right place to get the answers to all your spa questions. Whether you need clarity on features, functions, installation or hook-up, optional upgrades, financing options or warranties, a reputable professional at a spa store is the one who should be able to clear up any confusions and steer you in the right direction based upon your needs. You’ll also want to make sure you have an understanding of what is required of you to maintain your hot tub so it remains in top working order.

-Request a demonstration. Today’s premium hot tubs are designed to make hot tub ownership easy and hassle-free. Many also have some incredible high-technology features that add to the experience through ambiance such as lighting, sound, waterfalls and easy-to-use control functions. If you are interested in seeing a tutorial of how the bells and whistles on a particular model work, request a demonstration from a professional hot tub dealer.

-Do a wet test. Most premium hot tubs are designed to curve with the body. However, each individual will have a different comfort level that they want to achieve when they slip into the hot tub. Your height will also have an impact on how you experience the various jet configurations and seating options. For example, some people report experiencing a “floating” experience when in a lounge seat, which puts you in a more reclined position during your soak.

From another perspective, petite people or those with children may want to consider a cool down seat, which sits higher up out of the water. This area allows you to slowly transition in and out of the hot tub. It also serves as a place to take a break from being fully immersed in the water.

A wet test at a spa store gives you an opportunity to experience a hot tub when it is filled. This will give you an idea of exactly how the seats and jets feel and where the height of the water level comes up to when you are in it. Arranging a wet test is really the best way to ensure you choose the hot tub that not only has all the amenities that you want, but that it provides the best hydromassage experience for you. This is a must-do when visiting a hot tub store.

-Measure the hot tubs.

Before a visit to a hot tub store, you should have a good idea of where you’ll be placing the hot tub in your backyard and the size you have to accommodate your hot tub. Keep these factors in mind when visiting a spa store. The measurements will come in handy as you determine if and how the dimensions of the hot tub you’re interested in will align with your space.

-Compare costs — and other factors.

If you’re like most people, budget will likely be a factor when deciding which hot tub you purchase. Visiting a hot tub store allows you to get a better idea of the costs of the hot tubs you are interested in. This also gives you an opportunity to compare not only price but value.

For example, higher quality hot tubs may cost more initially, but they will very likely be more durable and able to stand the test of time beyond the life of a less expensive model from a lesser quality brand. Higher quality brands and models are built to last without much maintenance or repair throughout the course of their lifespan. This alone can save you time, money and peace of mind as a hot tub owner for years to come. Remember that in addition to initial costs, you may have installation costs, ongoing costs of running your hot tub, maintenance supplies and chemicals.

There are many things to consider before and during a visit to a hot tub store. With the knowledge in this article, you should be well-prepared to make the most of your visit and choose the hot tub that will bring you soothing relief, relaxation entertainment and enjoyment for many years.

If you are looking for a Jacuzzi® store or an authorized Jacuzzi® dealer near you, find the most convenient location for you.

Disclaimer: All information, including pricing and product details, was accurate at the time of writing and may change without notice.

Medical disclaimer: This information is not intended to prescribe a particular diagnosis or course of action. We are not medical professionals. Please contact your GP or other medical professional for advice if you have any concerns about your current health or well-being.

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