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How To Start Shopping For Your Hot Tub

by | Jan 22, 2021

Adding a hot tub in your home? Are you looking forward to adding something that will help you relax, unwind and relieve stress after a long day. However, amidst all the excitement, you need to undertake the process of buying the hot tub. Any major purchase can feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a plan. We want a hot tub shopping experience to be as smooth as possible, here are our recommendations to reduce overwhelm and ensure you make the right purchase choice.

So, How Do You Start Shopping for A New Hot Tub?


Get your Feet Wet Before You Make a Purchase

Your hot tub buying journey should begin with a visit to the hot tub showroom nearest you. You may even want to visit more than one showroom. All hot tub dealers usually have models set up for customers to test firsthand. You’ll just need to call in advance and set up a private time when you’ll go and take a dip.
Local hot tub stores boast specially trained product experts who are eager and ready to answer all your questions and ensure that you find a hot tub that resonates with your unique needs.

AN INSIGHTFUL BUYING TIP: Purchasing a hot tub from a locally owned store gives you the best value ever. Big Box Stores may have an expansive portfolio of hot tubs but may lack the product knowledge you’ll find in a local hot tub store. And if you are the type of buyer who waits for hot tub expo events, you should exercise caution. This is primarily because most of these events have been known to use high-pressure sales tactics that are often misleading. Reserve a free hot tub test today at your local dealer and check out your investment before you take it home.


Ask for References

A reputable hot tub dealer will have an endless list of customers who have shopped with them and were satisfied with their services. Upon request, they can put you in touch with happy customers to share with you their experiences. A significant part of our enterprise is based on our happy customers’ referrals.

AN INSIGHTFUL BUYING TIP: If you opt for a big box store, it’s unlikely that you’ll get any referrals since such businesses don’t keep track of their customers. Conversely, hot tub expos and events don’t have a list of loyal customers as they leave town as quickly as they appear.


Research Online, But Don’t Buy There

It has become a norm for most of us to go online and do thorough research before buying something. Arming yourself with information from the internet can help you make a good hot tub buying decision. However, if you decide to buy from an online dealer, you won’t get the opportunity to inspect the hot tub to ensure it’s quality and workmanship.

AN INSIGHTFUL BUYING TIP: The massive online discounts are tricks to make you buy a poor-quality tub. Additionally, the low upfront costs may be a bait to get you to buy a hot tub that will be more expensive when add-ons are included.


Buying Someone’s Used Tub Might not Be Worth The Troubles You Will Inherit

You might see some amazing deals on Craig’s list or Kijiji and thought that this was your chance to save a few bucks. Most used hot tubs on these sites are on offer because they cost an arm and a leg to heat the water, or they can’t get the water clean or clear. If you’re not planning to inherit all these troubles, you better buy a new hot tub or a reconditioned hot tub (with warranty) from a reliable dealer.

AN INSIGHTFUL BUYING TIP: Don’t give second-hand tubs listed on various websites any thoughts. They are there for a reason, and usually not a good one. Avoid headaches by making your local hot tub store your one-stop shop when shopping for a hot tub.

How do I know which is the right hot tub for me?

There are many questions to ask before buying a hot tub. Our Arctic Spas® hot tub specialists are always available to answer your questions and provide guidance on how to choose the right hot tub. Make an appointment for a personal or virtual consultation or download our hot tub buyer guide here.

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