If you simply must have a hot tub (I mean that’s definitely how you’ll feel once you’ve had the full experience of what it offers, after we had a hot tub holiday in the UK, there was no way we could live without one) and you’re on a tight budget, all is not lost because contrary to the popular mantra that the more you spend the better one you get, you can stretch your tight budget and enjoy soaking in your newly installed hot tub to your heart’s desire. Having said that, however, this doesn’t mean that you must go for the cheapest option either. All I’m saying is that you don’t have to be rich or totally break the bank to own your own hot tub.
I must also state that I speak from experience, having owned a hot tub for all of 11 years now and although the mileage on it is starting to show, it has certainly served me well along with all my friends who come over and can’t get enough of it either and some of the peeps in my family.
Things have changed
Having acquired my hot tub more than a decade ago, I can honestly say that just like practically everything else which is considered to fall under the category of consumer goods, they just don’t seem to make them like they used to anymore. Hot tubs these days, for the most part, seem like they have a lifespan that’s a lot more limited than those of the years gone by, but that doesn’t mean you cannot find a quality hot tub anywhere.
You just have to know what to look for and I must profess it’s an advantage having owned one before, particularly having owned a very good and strong one since one now has a good reference point against which to gauge things like possible durability and maintenance costs.
Is buying second-hand an option?
It most definitely is, but you have to be strategic about it. You can’t just buy from anyone who has used hot tubs in stock but should rather buy from a health spa if you want a good quality. This is because health spas have hot tubs as an integral part of their service and so they replace existing equipment, including hot tubs, long before that equipment reaches the end of its lifespan.
As soon as a hot tub starts to look like it’s not brand new anymore, or as soon as it shows signs of being a little bit outdated in its design, the best spas sell them on and you can simply enquire about this at any spa whose hot tubs you think might be a perfect fit for your home.
Otherwise, you can buy new hot tubs online or at big department stores since it’s hard to find a specialist hot tub outlet these days.
Portable soft tubs as an alternative
Portable hot tubs also make for a great alternative to the traditional, permanently installed hot tubs and these days they even come with just about as many features as a permanent hot tub, except they’re portable, as the name suggests. Depending on where you look, however, the portability of a hot tub could be seen as an advantage over a permanent one by some dealers, so it might be a more expensive option, but generally, portable hot tubs are cheaper, especially the inflatable ones.