Will you be installing your hot tub indoors or
outdoors? If you decide to enjoy your hot tub inside, select a model
that can fit through existing doorways to prevent extensive
remodeling. For outdoor models, make sure you measure out the space
in your yard or on your deck where you intend to install the hot
tub. You should have a flat, concrete surface or a patio to keep the
hot tub level.
Though you might have visions of fantastic hot
tub parties, get realistic about the number of people that will be
soaking with you on a regular basis. If you're planning lots of
romantic soaks with your partner, consider a model that offers
two loungers. For larger groups, check out some of the
innovative new shells that offer flexible seating arrangements. Make
sure you honestly consider the size and shape of your body, so that
you don't find yourself squished into a molded seat that is too
small for you.
Modern hot tub models can accommodate many
soakers without taking up a lot of space. Some of today's seven or
eight-person hot tubs only require as much room as a four-seat
version from ten years ago. Consider not only how much space you
want to stretch your legs inside the hot tub, but how much room you
will need on the outside. Make sure you give yourself and your
guests enough room to get into and out of the hot tub safely,
without bumping into trees, bushes, or other houses!
4. Massage Jets.
Every hot tub owner is shaped differently, so
no one hot tub design relaxes everyone equally. Therefore, consider
your height, your muscle tone, and your personal preferences when
choosing massage jets. You may want an extreme massage, or you may
simply enjoy a burbling, volcanic soak. If you think that your
tastes might change over time, select a model with interchangeable
massage jets, so you can experiment with new configurations without
having to buy a new tub.
If you enjoy relaxing to music, consider an
integrated sound system rather than risking injury with regular
stereo equipment placed near the hot tub.
6. Your Utility Budget.
Be careful when selecting discount models,
since they may require more electricity than your monthly budget can
handle. Full foam spas typically have higher insulating properties
and cost less to heat. Likewise, models with bacterial filtration and ozonators
might seem more expensive at first, but they will save you lots of
money on water and chemicals over the life of your hot tub.
7. Look and Feel.
Hot tub manufacturers offer cabinets and
shells that match just about any décor. Interior design experts
recommend selecting neutral tones that won't look dated after a few
years. Accent your tub with color displays and
safety-oriented LED lighting.
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