Buying a Hot Tub

What to Look for When Buying a New Hot Tub

If you’re in the market for your first hot tub it can be a daunting challenge. With so many makes and models on the market – and conflicting reviews – settling on the perfect hot tub for you can be difficult. Fortunately, the Hot Tub Barn team is here to guide you in the right direction, giving you advice and tips to help you make the right decision. So, before you brandish your credit card check out our guide below.

Should I Buy a New or Used Hot Tub?

Hot tubs are expensive and a luxury for most households. Some first-time owners opt for a second-hand hot tub as this is a way to try out and learn about maintenance and mechanics. You can then upgrade to a brand-new spa as and when it suits you.

Whether you opt for a new or used hot tub, some of the main considerations you will need to ponder include:

  • What size hot tub would suit you best?
  • How many seats?
  • Which water depth and seating depth?
  • What are the jet capabilities?
  • Do you want any additional features?

Which Hot Tub Size is Best for Me?

Hot tubs come in a variety of sizes, typically dependent on the number of seats available. Most range from two to six seats and fall into one of two seating styles.

A lounge seat spa is one that contains one or more elongated, moulded seats. These are shallower than the normal upright seats, allowing the user to recline and relax whilst not deeply submerged in the hot tub. If you are seeking a hot tub with one or more lounge seats it would be best to test a few out so you can see which fits best to your body and needs.

In contrast, all-seater spa layouts is an umbrella term for all hot tubs that don’t have lounge seats. These types of hot tub have different upright seating styles at different depths for bathers. Usually they are contoured for support, sometimes with arm rests. Movement around an all-seater hot tub is usually somewhat freer than a lounge spa hot tub.

How Does the Hot Tub Feel?

Most of us buy a hot tub to provide a space for relaxation and tranquility. Spas have health benefits too, such as easing back trouble, foot pain, and arthritis. The number of pumps and jets will have an impact on the water flow and massaging action provided by the hot tub and any good salesperson will be able to help you shortlist a number of models. The best way to test a hot tub out is by taking a dip. If you are buying from a showroom, they will have private facilities to enable you to try out different models.

Where Can I Buy a Hot Tub?

The best place to buy a hot tub is via a showroom. Buying a hot tub in person gives you the opportunity to not only talk to an expert, but book in a wet test too. Hot Tub Barn has seven showrooms in the South East and can deliver nationwide. Alternatively our sales team are available on 01245 265036 or via

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