First of all, consider how many people you’d want to use the hot tub at any one time. If you have a family of four, a hot tub which only sits two people would be too small, but one which seats eight people may be unnecessarily large. Consider how roomy you’d want the hot tub to be if it was at maximum capacity.
As well, where would it be used? If it would be used outside, think about whether you’d want to be able to deflate it to store it over winter, or whether you’d want it to remain outside if you still want to use it. Most inflatable hot tubs are portable and really easy to inflate and deflate.
You may also be wondering how much it costs to run a hot tub. Every model differs, but the larger the size, the more water there is to heat and the longer the hot tub is in use, the more it could cost in electricity bills. Bear this in mind if you are cost-conscious – they’re expensive appliances to run.
The cost of a hot tub generally ranges from £300 to over £800 for standard, inflatable models. For spa hot tubs which are plastic and permanently set, you could spend anywhere between £4000 and over £20,000.
Don’t forget that this isn’t the end of your spending, though. Hot tubs use electricity to run, so it is worth researching how much this would be per hour/year.
Another tip is to check the price of any replacement parts – if a light or AirJet stops working and affects your experience; you don’t want to struggle with repair costs.
Purchasing all the extra bits and pieces is another cost to consider.
You won’t necessarily be ready to go as soon as you’ve bought your hot tub. Every model is different, but generally speaking, you will also need a water care kit to maintain pH and water treatment levels.
Other extras could include steps, pillows, floor mat protectors to sit under your hot tub, and covers to keep it safely stored and assist in heating when not in use. Check these aren’t included before you go out and buy them, though.
It is worth looking at the price of all of these extras before you go ahead and click to buy the main product. A cost of around £500 could quickly increase to nearly £700.
Also, research into how much the water filters cost and how often they’d need to be replaced. A filter which costs £5 but needs to be replaced with every use could add a big annual bill to your hot tub use.
All of the hot tubs we have featured have a minimum temperature of 26°C and maximum of 40°C. This is standard across most hot tubs.
You can choose your preferred temperature with all models. They usually take about 10-12 hours to heat fully, but this factor depends on how big the tub is, the starting temperature and the amount of water used.