Take your outdoor entertaining to another level this summer, with the addition of a hot tub to your garden. But before you dive in, here’s what you need to know…
Plan where it will go
Before you get started, it’s a good idea to think carefully about where you want to position your hot tub. Think about what your view will look like from the hot tub and whether you’ll be visible from your neighbours’ houses – as well as how close it is to the door, to allow easy access.
Do your research
Search online for reputable hot tub suppliers and read reviews to find out what kind of hot tub would best suit you. Companies like Jacuzzi have been making hot tubs for decades and they really know their stuff. But beware of buying online, as you might end up with a product that’s worse quality than you thought you were paying for.
Go and have a look
On that note, it makes sense to actually get a feel for the hot tub you want by going round a showroom. It will give you an opportunity to ask all those niggling questions and test them out, to see how easy the controls are and how comfy they feel to sit in. Tell the dealer what you mainly want to use it for eg: entertainment or relaxation, who will be using it and take along photos of where you think it might go.
The size of hot tub you choose obviously depends on how big your garden is. But if you’re planning on holding hot tub parties all summer long, you might need a bigger one than regular family size. The height is also important, to ensure everyone in the family can get in and out OK. A dealer will be able to visit your home to assess the site and help work out how it will be brought in.
Insulation is key
The more insulated your hot tub is, the more energy efficient it will be and the less it will cost to run. Foam-fill insulation also helps to keep the noise level down when in the tub and can help prevent leaks too.
It’s important to have a cover for your hot tub, ideally with a lock on it, to keep it secure and free from any debris that could fall in and contaminate the water. One with inbuilt insulation will also help to maintain the water temperature too.
Think about whether you want to listen to music while you’re relaxing in the hot tub – some come with built-in stereo systems that are compatible with iPods. The positioning of the lights is important too, so you can enjoy them at night. And think about whether you want an elevated waterfall feature, which can massage your shoulders.