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Hot tub shopping? Tips on quality and affordability.

By: Pam Messick   
Date Added : July 21, 2011 Views : 255

Maybe you were convinced by the warm-water massage you enjoyed in a hot tub on a moonlit night at a resort. Or it may have been over at neighbor's house, enjoying a bubbly get-together in their backyard hot tub. Wherever it was, you knew you wanted a hot tub of your very own, so you could experience the pure relaxation and therapeutic benefits anytime you want.

Now that you're ready to start hot tub shopping, where do you start? Two of the first considerations should be hot tub affordability and quality. A hot tub is an investment that is meant to provide years of use, so you want to be sure that the hot tub you buy is durable, with reliable operation. Here are some tips on what to look for when evaluating a hot tub's quality and hot tub shopping.

• A reputable manufacturer – how long has the company been in business? That is usually a good indicator of whether a hot tub company stands behind its products.

• A solid warranty – get the details on what is covered and for how long. A reliable warranty gives you peace of mind and enhances hot tub affordability in the long run.

• Service and supplies - check out the availability of dealer service and whether you can buy hot tub supplies locally and/or order them online.

• Size, seating and placement of jets – look for a hot tub that meets your needs. Evaluating hot tub quality includes getting exactly the massage you want, the right number of seats, and the size that fits your patio, deck or backyard.

Of course, when comparing hot tubs, affordability is a key criterion. Hot tubs are priced to fit almost every budget, depending on the size and features you desire. Some hot tub companies offer financing, which can improve hot tub affordability without requiring a major cash expenditure.

Energy efficiency is another big part of the hot tub affordability equation. Advances in heating technology, insulation, and water purification have made it possible to operate hot tubs for a fraction of what it cost in the recent past. Companies like Jacuzzi Hot Tubs have recently introduced energy-efficient hot tubs that cost less to run compared to other hot tubs in their class.

It's easy to start your hot tub quality and affordability search online, but a visit to a local hot tub dealer is really the best way to be sure that you're getting the best overall value. Take your time, and have fun hot tub shopping!

Pam Messick is the author of this article on Hot Tub Shopping. Find more information on Jacuzzi Hot Tubs here.

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