The Hot Tub Buying Guide

There’s nothing like relaxing in a hot tub after a long day. Whether you’re using your hot tub to relax or to entertain, there are many things to consider before making your purchase. In this guide, we’ll cover everything from the different types of hot tubs available, to features and accessories, as well as providing you with some good hot tub brands and manufacturers to consider. So read on for all the information you need to buy your perfect hot tub!

A hot tub is a manmade, round pool that you can sit and lie in. It’s heated water that has special chemicals added to it for cleansing and relaxation. A hot tub is an excellent way to relax after a long day at work and even more so if the pool is shared with your friends or family members.

Types of Hot Tubs

There are three main types of hot tubs: inflatable, portable and hard-shell. 

Inflatable Hot Tubs

These hot tubs are easy to set up and store. They can be moved around at your behest or even taken with you when you go away on vacation. However, some people find the walls of these inflatable tubs too thin for their liking (as they don’t provide as much insulation from the cold air). 

Portable Hot Tubs

This type is similar to inflatable hot tubs in that it’s portable and easy to set up, but it differs in that it has a rigid shell instead of an inflatable one. You’ll also have better insulation from the elements with a portable hot tub than with an inflatable one because there’s no gap between your body and its walls allowing the water to hold in more heat! 

Hard-Shell Hot Tubs

If you want something permanent (and often larger), then a hard-shell hot tub might be right for you! It comes with all sorts of perks like built-in seats and electric heating systems so that no matter whether it’s being used indoors or outdoors; at least you won’t get frostbite while relaxing inside.

Inflatable Hot Tub

An inflatable hot tub is a great option for people who don’t have the space or resources to install a permanent hot tub. They’re portable and easy to move, so you can store them when they’re not in use or take them with you if you’re going away. 

The fact that inflatable hot tubs are so lightweight means that they’re much easier to maintain than their hard-shell counterparts. You can even clean them with a garden hose if necessary. If you want an inexpensive way to enjoy your hot tub experience without having to worry about repairs or renovations, then this is definitely something worth considering.

However, there’s one downside: these products aren’t as durable as their rigid counterparts; since they don’t have any real structural support (other than air), they tend to lose shape fairly quickly over time. This isn’t usually too big of an issue unless you plan on spending more than a few hours soaking in it every day though – if that’s the case then this might not be the right choice for your needs, because frequent use will make those flimsy walls start leaking after only six months or so.

Portable Hot Tub

Portable hot tubs can be very useful for people who are renting. They are easy to move and can be used anywhere, making them a great option for those who find themselves in a new place on a frequent basis. For example, students living in student housing or those travelling are often in need of a portable hot tub.

However, there are some users that might consider this type of spa subpar compared with other options on the market today. For example:

  • Portable spas cannot be used outdoors every day because they will not last long due to exposure of sun and moisture
  • Portable spas are meant for individuals who don’t use them very often (but they’re great for small spaces like apartments)

Hard-shell Hot Tubs

Hard-shell hot tubs are the most durable, but also the most expensive option. They’re best for outdoor and long-term use, making them excellent options for families with children or those who want to enjoy their hot tub year-round.

Hard-shell hot tubs are typically made from polyethylene or fibreglass – the same material used in boats and patio furniture. The advantage of this type over soft-shell versions is that it’s more durable; hard shells don’t crack easily and can withstand more wear and tear than soft shells do. Hard shell hot tubs are also very easy to clean because of their smooth surfaces – you don’t have to worry about getting into crevices with brushes or scrubbers very often (or at all).

Wood-fired Hot Tubs

Wood-fired hot tubs are a great option if you want to be able to control the temperature in your hot tub. This type of hot tub uses wood pellets as fuel, and they can be heated to a range of temperatures. They’re also more affordable than other types of hot tubs, but they may need more maintenance because of the use of an open fire system.

Wood-fired hot tubs have a large heating element that heats the water that circulates throughout the spa. The heat is maintained by burning wood pellets – the same kind you might use for a barbecue grill or fireplace, which are placed into an opening near the bottom of the hot tub. Some models require you to buy your own pellets for this purpose; others include them with every installation order (and some offer both options).

Hot Tub Sizes

When it comes to hot tubs, size does matter. That’s why there are a variety of different hot tub sizes each with its own maximum occupancy. The average diameter of a standard hot tub is 8 to 10 feet, but can range from 6 to 12 feet wide depending on the model you choose and its intended purpose (e.g., commercial or residential). 

  • Small hot tubs are generally best for 1-2 people.
  • Medium hot tubs are good for 2-4 people.
  • Large hot tubs can accommodate 4-6 people comfortably

Small Hot Tubs

Small hot tubs are great for small spaces. They’re also a good option for people who want to try out hot tubs before they buy. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you like using a hot tub and want to test it out, get one of these – they’re often cheaper than larger models and make it easy to see what you think of a soak before committing yourself.

Medium Hot Tubs

Medium hot tubs are the perfect size for a small family or couple. They usually have a diameter of between 4 and 6 feet, with a length between 6 and 8 feet, and depth of between 4 and 6 feet.

Large Hot Tubs

If you’re looking for a hot tub that will accommodate more than four people at a time and offers the most comfortable seating possible, then you should look at large hot tubs.

Large hot tubs can be used for relaxation and social gatherings alike – they can provide an excellent way to relax after a long day while enjoying the company of friends or family members. They also make great entertainment centres when combined with other outdoor furniture such as loungers and fire pits.

If you are ready to take your outdoor space to the next level then adding a large hot tub may be the choice for you. 

Features to Consider

Before buying any hot tub, it’s best to consider all the variables and features. Including but not limited to the following:

  • Size, Features and Brand
  • Price
  • Type of Hot Tub (Standard vs Fibreglass)
  • Accessories (Heaters, Filters, Water Treatment System)
  • Installation Cost and Location of Hot Tub


There are a number of manufacturers and brands that offer quality hot tubs. But before you make the investment, you need to know where to buy one and how to buy it.

While there are many options for buying hot tubs, most people choose to work with an experienced retailer who can help them select the right model for their needs and provide installation services if needed. When choosing a retail partner, it’s important not only to find one with experience installing and repairing hot tubs but also someone who offers good customer service and fair prices.

Once you’ve found an appropriate retailer, you will want to talk with them about your budget as well as what features are most important to you, in order for your new hot tub to meet all of your requirements.

There are many popular hot tubs known because of their brand and qualities, we’ve listed a few below to give you an idea.

The Jacuzzi hot tub is a favourite. These hot tubs are very popular and come in many different sizes, shapes and colours. They are available for you to buy online or at many local stores that sell outdoor furniture. If you’re lucky you can also find them at wholesale prices from wholesalers. 

LifeSmart Hot Tubs is another excellent brand of hot tub that offers several models of spas to choose from depending on what type of experience you want out of your hot tub purchase. If you like spending time outside with friends or family members but don’t want something too large then this brand may be suitable for you.

SaluSpa is another well known hot tub brand that offers quality products without breaking the bank so anyone who wants a nice relaxing soak can afford it without sacrificing their finances too much!

Cheap Hot Tubs

Naturally top brands typically carry a higher price tag and you may be considering a cheaper alternative. Whilst price often reflects quality it’s not always the case, as not all cheap hot tubs are bad quality. In fact, they can actually be a great option if you don’t want to spend too much on a hot tub and want to try one out before making the big purchase.

For example, if you’re looking for something that offers a lot of features and options but doesn’t break the bank, then you’ll definitely want to consider buying a more affordable model. It has everything you may need in terms of core features but you’ll have to sacrifice the bells and whistles of pricier models (like built-in sound systems).

Hiring a Hot Tub

Another solution is hiring a hot tub. It’s a convenient and cost-effective way to enjoy the benefits of owning your own spa without having to commit fully. If you’re looking to add some fun and relaxation into your life, or want something that’s easy to maintain, this is an excellent option.

To hire a hot tub:

  • Call around until you find someone who seems reputable, then ask for an estimate on the size of spa you’re interested in (the bigger the hot tub, the more the rental cost)
  • Decide which models are within your budget and make sure there isn’t anything else you’d like included with them (such as accessories)
  • Once they arrive on site with all their supplies ready to go – such as water jets or filters – they’ll begin building it right away! They usually use vinyl piping instead of copper ones as it may not be a permanent structure. It should take less than two hours before everything’s done but might take longer if there are any problems

Cleaning Supplies and Chemicals

Cleaning your hot tub is of the utmost importance. Hot tubs can get pretty grimy, especially if you don’t use them regularly. Here’s what you need to clean your hot tub:

  • A vacuum cleaner with a long hose attachment that can reach into the water
  • A scrub brush
  • Soft cloths or brushes that won’t scratch the finish on your hot tub

The best time to clean a hot tub is right after using it so that all of the dirt and debris are still wet. Use a garden hose with warm water and start by soaking everything down thoroughly before scrubbing away with soap and water or whatever cleaning solution you prefer. If there are stubborn stains or mildew, try adding some bleach or other chemicals – just make sure they’re safe for use on plastic materials before doing so.

Choosing Your Hot Tub

Hot tubs are a great way to relax and unwind. You can use them for relaxation, spa-like experiences and socialising.If you want a hot tub for yourself or your family then this guide should have given you all the information you need to know about how to choose the right one.

The most important thing is to make sure that the hot tub fits in with your lifestyle and is comfortable for everyone using it.

You’ve now read everything there is to know about hot tubs. You know the different types, how to find a good deal on one and many other useful tips that will help you with your decision. Now it’s time to decide if buying a hot tub is right for you or if renting would better suit your needs.