Hot tub FAQ: We answer the 10 most asked questions when buying a hot tub

Hot tub FAQ: We answer the 10 most asked questions when buying a hot tub

When you’ve been in the hot tub industry as long as we have, you tend to hear a lot of the same questions asked over and over again. Especially inquisitive are those that are interested in purchasing their very first spa.

In an effort to make the buying process easier, we’ve pulled together answers to ten of the most popular hot tub purchase-related questions.

When is the best time to buy a hot tub?

While the timing depends on when you’re ready to make a purchase, certain times of the year can provide specific perks. Look for deals starting as early as October and spanning through March, but don’t forget to look out for special promotions and holiday sales throughout the year.

New models of hot tubs typically come out in the spring, so you might be able to grab some deep discounts if you shop in the winter when the temperatures drop.

How do I choose the right hot tub for me?

Finding the right spa for your home can be a daunting task. Ultimately though, your decision should come down to what you want out of your hot tub.

  • Are you looking for a way to rest and relax in your backyard? A plug n’ play kit is the perfect way to go.
  • Are you looking to reap the health benefits? Spas with additional jets can provide targeted hydrotherapy across multiple areas of your body.
  • Are you looking for an at-home workout? Consider a swim spa instead for a fantastic aquatic workout without the need for a lap pool.
  • Are you looking for ways to entertain with your spa? Look for one with extra bench seating and lighting options.

Still can’t decide? Contact the experts at Cal Spas for custom recommendations on the perfect spa or hot tub for you!

What’s the difference between a pool and a swim spa?

When it comes to pools and swim spas, there are four main differences:

  1. Price: The average swim spa installation will cost you about half that of a pool. And don’t forget “hidden fees” that come with a pool such as increased insurance costs or installing a fence.
  2. Space: Obviously, a swim spa will have much smaller space requirements than a pool, making it more flexible and convenient.
  3. Operation & Maintenance: With a pool, skimming, brushing, vacuuming, and monitoring chemicals all need to be done at least once a week. Swim spas use fewer chemicals, less water, and less time to maintain, and are far cheaper to heat.
  4. Return on investment: Pools are typically appraised at half their original value and in the Midwest only increase your home’s resale value by six or seven percent at best. Swim spas, on the other hand, are much better at retaining their original value.

Should I install my hot tub indoors or outdoors?

While we can’t decide for you, we can help you come to the best conclusion for your particular needs, space requirements, and budget. Read our pros and cons for each, as well as a surprise option that may not have crossed your mind.

Outdoor and indoor hot tub pros and cons

Where’s the best place in my yard to install a hot tub?

Did our previous guide sway you to opt for an outdoor spa? That’s good—now you just need to decide where to put it. Since a quality hot tub will last decades, selecting the right location is an important decision.

Unfortunately, no two yards are the same, so there isn’t always a best place for every home. If you need a little help, don’t worry. You can read our full backyard hot tub installation guide or contact the experts at Cal Spas of Minnesota to help answer any of your installation questions.

Can I own a hot tub if I live in the city?

Many of our customers think that to own a hot tub you need to have a house in the suburbs with a sprawling lawn. Well, that is simply not the case.

If you want to own a hot tub in Minneapolis or St. Paul, you absolutely can! Here are three things you need to consider though:

  1. Select a hot tub that fits your space.
  2. Consider ventilation, draining, and other installation requirements.
  3. Get permission from your HOA/condo before you purchase.

Read our full article to learn more.

Does a hot tub add value to your home?

Will a hot tub add value to my home?

In short: Yes! A hot tub or swim spa can absolutely bump up your asking price. Like with all features of a home, however, the exact amount it adds can vary greatly. If you’re looking for a precise figure, however, you’ll need to consult a professional appraiser or real estate agent in your area.

As a general rule though, the amount of resale value a hot tub can add will depend on whether it’s portable or permanent, cheap or high quality, you live in a hot or cooler climate, and whether your neighborhood is geared toward hot tub ownership or not.

Follow this link to learn how you can maximize your hot tub’s value.

Should I buy a saltwater hot tub?

While certainly popular in recent years, are saltwater systems actually superior to traditional chlorine or bromine-based spas?

This is an easy one: Absolutely not!

While we won’t go into a full explanation here, you can read our recent article which breaks down all the facts so you can make a more informed decision when purchasing your next hot tub.

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Do I need a cover for my hot tub?

You most certainly do.

While it’s tempting to try and save a little money, your hot tub cover is much more than just a visually appealing accessory. It traps in heat when not in use, which not only lowers your energy consumption but your energy bill as well. It prevents evaporation, which helps you preserve the water you have and the time it takes to refill your spa. It also keeps out leaves, seeds, and other debris that can dirty up the water and clog your filters.

The better question is: How do you know when it’s time to replace it?

What do I need to know before my hot tub is delivered?

Are you the proud new owner of a Cal Spas hot tub or swim spa? If so, there are a few important things you need to know before you can lay back and start enjoying the calm, relaxing waters.

From preparing your home and planning out an accessible delivery path to learning how to properly fill and drain your spa, here are the five hot tub how-to videos you should check out before your new purchase arrives.

Do you have a question we didn’t answer?

Reach out to one of our Cal Spas sales reps for more information or visit one of our convenient Twin Cities showrooms.