Tips for Purchasing a Hot Tub – SpaCap

Hot tubs are considered luxury items for most homeowners, and almost everyone would love to have one. However, not every hot tub is right for every homeowner, and not all hot tub retailers carry the same benefits. Today, we’ll examine the three most important things you should consider when purchasing a hot tub.

Tub Type

First you must decide whether you want a portable spa or a permanent spa. Most hot tubs are portable spas, meaning they’re built above ground and can be moved as needed. Permanent spas are built in-ground, usually with cement. Before buying a hot tub, determine where you want to place it and how much space you have. For example, you probably don’t want to place a permanent spa on a deck, but one could work if you have a large yard. Also, determine how many people will use the hot tub regularly. If you throw hot tub or pool parties, you’ll want a much bigger tub than you’d use for yourself or your immediate family.

Materials and Horsepower

Some people buy plastic hot tubs because they’re cheaper, only to deal with cracks, breaks, and debris later. Flimsy hot tubs may also indirectly cause rashes and infections because they can more easily let in germs, bugs, and microorganisms. Make sure your hot tub is made with fiberglass-based acrylic or a stronger material. Also, if your hot tub has jets, horsepower should equal one for every five to eight jets. Any less and you won’t get the full benefit; any more and the pressure could be dangerous.


Most hot tubs cost between $7,000 and $9,000 before taxes, and if run year-round can mean as much as a $500 increase on your electric and water bills. Before purchasing a hot tub, discuss with the family or friends who’ll be using it how often it will be used and for how long per day. Talk to your salesperson to set up a payment plan that works for you to guarantee the tub is paid off quickly.

Once you make your decision you’re going to need a quality hot tub cover to keep out debris and insulate the water. Here at we have been building custom Hot Tub Covers for thirty years. What makes our covers so revolutionary is we don’t use rigid foam panels to do the insulating because no matter how it’s wrapped the foam will ALWAYS end up saturated or broken. Instead, the SpaCap uses air chambers which stay light weight and easy to use. In fact the design was invented by a woman so she could use the spa by herself. Check them out today.