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Why Buy A Hot Tub?
When buying a hot tub, you are making an investment that will benefit both your health and lifestyle. Escaping from the pressures of life for your daily dose of hydrotherapy will help relieve stress, muscular fatigue or injury, arthritis and will even help you sleep better. A hot tub will also add fun and entertainment to your life and promotes spending quality time and a place to communicate with family and friends.
A hot tub can be enjoyed all year round; in fact many people enjoy their hot tubs most in the colder temperatures of winter!
However when you purchase a hot tub you want it to add relaxation to your life not hassle, so you need to be sure you are buying a quality hot tub that will reliably deliver outstanding performance with the minimum of maintenance year after year.
Follow this buying guide to see how The Hot Tub Outlet can offer you an unbeatable combination of performance, quality and value.
Spa Size and Layout
The first thing to decide when choosing a spa is what size it should be. Firstly consider how much space you have in your chosen location and the access to it, as this may limit the size hot tub you can accommodate. If access is a problem, the use of a crane to lift the spa could be an option. The Hot Tub Outlet offers a free, no obligation site survey to coordinate how your spa could be installed.
Secondly decide how many people are likely to want to use the tub at any one time, if you are entertaining visitors you may not wish to have people waiting for their turn. A bigger hot tub doesn't always mean more seats, however the bigger tub will be less cramped when all seats are occupied and therefore more comfortable.
The main cost of running a spa is heating the water; therefore the better a spa is at retaining heat the less it will cost to run. Spa Crest hot tubs have an industry standard four point insulation system;
• The tub is foam insulated with a thick layer of foam around the inside of the tub shell, but NOT foam filled!
• There is a layer of insulating trapped air between the tub and the cabinet.
• The cabinet is lined with quilted silver foil reflective lining.
• All our tubs are supplied with a thick insulated cover to prevent heat loss when the tub is not in use to keep heat in.
It is difficult to estimate how much it will cost to run a spa. This is due to different methods which are used to heat and filter the spa from range to range, and the amount of pumps/power of pumps being used. We have worked out on average one of our bigger spas should cost around £6 per week based on it being used 30minutes per day.
Construction and Quality
It is essential that your tub is well made to ensure it is enjoyable, safe to use and will have a long service life.
All Hot Tubs sold by The Hot Tub Outlet are manufactured in the USA by Spa Crest Manufacturing Inc based in Claxton, Georgia. The company has over 25 years experience in the manufacture of hot tubs and are at the forefront of innovation and technological advances. This is backed up by an unbeatable warranty given with all their spas.
Spa Crest manufactures three product lines, Spa Crest Hot Tubs, Vision Hot Tubs and the Coastal range. All their spas are made from pressure treated timbers to prevent rot and water damage. The underside of the spa is fully enclosed with a moulded ABS base to prevent rising moisture.
The moulded spa shell is made from ICI Lucite Acrylic with Microban antibacterial technology for added protection, the industry standard for Spa shells. It is then thoroughly reinforced with chopped strand fibre glass, polyester resin and cement bond for a really tough long lasting shell. The spa crest and vision shells are some of the sturdiest on the market and have a 12 year manufacturers warranty for peace of mind.
Plumbing and electrics are also covered by a warranty. But this varies from range to range, everything used inside our spas are CE approved and listed.
All Spa Crest spas are fitted with CPI resin panelling, which has the look and texture of wood but is maintenance free. All panels of our cabinets are removable for access and maintenance should it be required.
This consists of the jets and the pumps that supply them with water. There are a wide variety of jet types but they all mix pressurized water and air to form a massaging jet. Some jets spin to give a pulsating massage and some are continuous. If the jets are adjustable, switching off the flow from some jets will increase the flow to the remaining jets allowing a stronger massage if not all seats are occupied. All water jets draw in some air to the water system by suction to give the water/air massage effect.
However a blower motor system will have a separate blower motor with additional jets that blow only air to really churn the water up, giving an invigorating all over massage sensation.
The main thing to consider is the placement of the jets so that all areas of your body will receive a massaging jet stream. Ensure the jets aim at your muscles and not your bones.
Conventional filtering systems use the main pump on a low speed setting to periodically circulate the water through the filter, typically twice a day for two hours at a time. Most Spa Crest models and all Vision models are fitted with 24 Hour Filtering with a separate low energy, re; circulation pump. This is the ultimate in hot tub water maintenance. Twenty-four hour filtering means there is a continuous flow of water through the filter and heater meaning the water is constantly cleaned and maintained at the correct temperature. It also means that ozone is continuously mixed with the water for constant sanitization.
The ozone system significantly reduces the amount of chemicals required for sanitization meaning less expense and no chemical odour.
The circulation pump filtering set up is also more energy efficient than using the main pump for filtering periodically, saving you money.
Make sure the spa you buy has safety approved components, all the electrical equipment in our spas are CE approved and listed.