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6 Questions That Will Lead You To Just The Right Hot Tub

Written by Joe Stone on . Posted in Uncategorized

Shopping for hot tubs is like looking at the menu at T.G.I. Fridays — there are so many options that you’re sure you’re going to pick the wrong one.

master-spas-hot-tubs-22-08-2016-facebook-ad_v03fallThe good news is, you can focus on six simple questions that, once answered, will narrow down that T.G.I. Friday’s menu to a prix fixe brunch list at that hoity toity French joint with the white tablecloths that you never go to because you don’t like the maitre’ d’s mustache.

What size?

Ignore Samantha Jones. Bigger is not always better. You should have just enough tub for the amount of people who are most likely to use it most of the time. If it’s just you and your squeeze, don’t get an eight-person tub for those times that your sister and her kids come over once every 18 months.

What seat type?

Lounge? Bench? Ergonomic? Head rests? With the exception of water, seats are probably a spa’s most important feature. Research the many different kinds of seats and narrow it down.

What for?

What’s the main purpose of the hot tub? Hydrotherapy? Relaxation? Entertainment? Sports injury recovery? Pain management? Maybe you’re a rapper who wants to have the coolest deck on “Cribs.” The point it, the use will play a large part in determining the tub.

What’s your style?  

Are you looking for a simple, modest Amish hot tub, a neighbor-infuriating monstrosity with flashing lights and sound system, or something in between?

Body type

LeBron James and David Spade need different spas, although I’m sure we can all agree we’d like to see them in a hot tub together. The size and length of your body, arms, legs, torso, etc. will make some of the choices for you.

What’s your budget?

Finally, there there is the never-escapable issue of money. You budget has a lot to do with your options, so pick a range before you get your heart set on something you’d have to rob a jewelry store to afford. Typical ranges include: $3,000-$5,000, $6,000-$8,000, $8,000-$11,000 and $11,000-Thurston Howell III.

Replacing Your Hot Tub or Swim Spa — Above Ground, In Ground or Deck?

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Upgrading your hot tub or swim spa, but can’t decide on an in-ground, above-ground or in-deck replacement? Consider the benefits and drawbacks of each.


0012In-ground swim spas and hot tubs take a long time and a lot of money to build. Installation requires excavation, plumbing, electrical and even gas hookups. An in-ground hot tub will generally run you at least $10,000-$15,000, and could easily cost $25,000.  

But …

They should last as long as your home. Really. They’re that durable. They are incredibly customizable and can be designed individually. They’re easy to use and are compatible with all kinds of jet configurations and add-ons, like lights and waterfalls. Finally, they are truly beautiful and designed to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding decor and landscaping.

Above Ground

Above-ground tubs and swim spas cost far less, generally between $3,000 and $12,000. They are also cheaper to run, usually less than $30 per month. They have individual, ergonomic seats, as opposed to the communal benches common in in-ground tubs. They require less maintenance and their parts are warrantied for longer. They don’t need to be preheated and they work with lift covers. Finally, they are portable, which is especially important in multi-season or colder climates.

The tradeoff? They can run the risk of looking like a big box of water in your backyard.

Built Into a Deck

Before building a swim spa or hot tub into a deck, you’ll have to consider the foundation and make sure it is strong enough to hold the weight of the tub plus water and people. Also, even on a small deck there has to be sufficient room for the cover lift to operate. That said, deck-in tubs and swim spas can be a more affordable, less permanent alternative to in-ground spas, but that look just as elegant. Building a deck, of course, requires a larger investment than an above ground spa or hot tub, and you will lose the benefits of portability.

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