How To Shop for a Hot Tub

Shopping for a hot tub shouldn't be stressful. Here are some tips to help you.
You might be surprised to hear that not all hot tubs are the same. There are actually two types of hot tubs: portable hot tubs and in-ground spas. A portable hot tub is manufactured with all the equipment required for operational use (pumps, heaters, filters, etc), and requires no plumbing on site when it is delivered to your home.


Once delivered, the hot tub is prepped, filled and the electric is hooked up for use. Should you decide to move and want to take your hot tub with you, you can. This differs from an in-ground spa because once an in-ground spa is built into your backyard it is designed to stay with the house.

If you don't really know where to begin your search, a great place to start is by searching for your local Vita Spa dealers. The benefit of buying from a local hot tub dealer is that you can see, touch and test the hot tub you are interested in before you purchase. Ultimately your local dealer will be the one installing, servicing, and answering all questions about your hot tub, so confidence in them is important. Do some research first on the models you are initially drawn and that may fit your needs before making any buying decisions.

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What Questions Should you ask Yourself?

Focus on your desires and envision how they can be achieved by owning a hot tub. Are you looking for a place to relax, the perfect place to connect with others, a place to entertain your friends, or warm-water therapy that promotes health benefits? No matter what, it’s all about you.

Preferences for your hot tub selection. What size and shape will work best for your needs?

Consider the special features available in a hot tub. How many jets will you need or want? What about Bluetooth stereo, touch screen controls, waterfalls and illuminated controls? Are programmable filter cycles and automated sanitizing systems a must? Do you want multiple seating options in your spa, maybe a lounge seat or deep seats for tall hot tub users.

From deck to patio, there’s a hot tub for almost any setting. Decide on the hot tub features that will enhance your hot tub environment. Will it run quietly and efficiently? What landscaping or fencing will need to be done to complete the picture?

Consider affordability. With hundreds of styles and options to choose from, there’s truly a hot tub for every budget. These days, hot tubs are more cost-effective in both time and money than ever before! Energy efficiency and ease of maintenance are key when calculating your cost of ownership.

Got everything you need to start shopping?
Print our helpful shopping checklist to make sure you are prepared before heading over to your nearest dealer!