Nobody really needs a hot tub spa; but nearly everyone wants one. A hot tub spa is pure indulgence and unabashed luxury; it is an investment in your leisure, a direction for your down-time, an avenue for your relaxation. A hot tub spa encourages you to take time for yourself, to enjoy worthwhile interludes with your family and friends, to ease away your tension, to eliminate your aches and pains and to eradicate the soul-sucking grind of day after day after day on the same relentless work schedule. Wait; you do need a hot tub spa! But which one? Family Leisure will help you wade through the details to make the best possible choice for you, your budget and your lifestyle.
There are a variety of hot tub spas on the market; the most ubiquitous and popular being the portable spa with an acrylic interior shell. These spas can be installed easily, moved when necessary, and offer a huge range of hydrotherapeutic features. They are attractive, hard-wearing and easy to maintain. Portable spas come with an assortment of cabinet options, including treated wood, faux stone or brick, resin or other weatherproof synthetic alternatives. Portable spas also come in every shape and size and will accommodate from one to ten or more people.
Another choice is a soft or inflatable tub. This is an ideal solution for someone who has limited space, lives in a rental property, has a limited budget and is looking for a low cost temporary tub. An inflatable tub can potentially be used in or outdoors, and, since it deflates, it is easily transported. Inflatable tubs can even be taken to a party or on a family camping trip.
Some opt for a built-in option; hot tub spas can become permanent features of your home. You will need the help of a qualified contractor to help you determine the best location and alternatives for your taste and needs if this is something you are considering.
BEFORE YOU BUY
Consider Your Options:
An Electrifying Question - Which is better for your hot tub spa? 110 or 220 volt? There are a few things to consider when you are trying to decide if you want to go the 110v or 220v route. Here are the pros and cons of each.
110 Volt Pros - You already have standard 110 volt power outlets in your home, which means all you have to do is plug in a 110 volt hot tub and you are good to go. 110 volt hot tubs tend to be more budget-friendly. You will not need to pay for an electrician to wire you up with a 220 volt outlet.
110 Volt Cons - It will take longer to heat up your hot tub and to circulate your water. Running a hot tub on 110 volt power may ultimately cost more because you have to run the pump and motor longer. It may be more difficult to keep the temperature of the water maintained when the cover is off. The heater only operates on low speed, so when you turn of the jets, off goes the heater.
220 Volt Pros - Twice the heating power means 50% less time heating up your water. It will be easier to maintain the water temperature when the cover is off. 220 volt will provide enough ummph for all those add-ons and multiple pumps without compromising the water power of your jets. Long term gain is it costs much less to operate per month.
220 Volt Cons - You will need an electrician to provide a 220 volt outlet or to hardwire your spa. Talk to your spa professional to determine the best option for your and your individual needs to ensure you have the best hot tub experience possible.
Number of Seats – How big does your hot tub spa need to be? Think about who will, realistically, be using it. If you have a large family or you are a party animal, you will want to go for maximum accommodation. If you are single, or shy, you may just need one or two places to sit or lie down. Bigger is not better; smaller tubs will deliver just as much satisfaction as larger tubs – so get the size that suits you and your lifestyle best.
Number and Kind of Jets – Hot tub spas can come with any number of jets; and they all have various purposes and specializations. To avoid jet confusion and overload when you are shopping for your hot tub spa, consider the experience you hope to have. If you are anticipating a deep tissue massage effect, think about the placement and power of the jets. Do you want the focus on your neck, your shoulders, your lower back or your feet? Do you want to be able to adjust the position of the jets to maximize their impact? Maybe you are more interested in a gentle, bubbling soak; the number of and power behind your jets doesn’t have to be as strong. Tell your hot tub spa professional about the experience you prefer and allow him or her to help you plan the ideal configuration.
Filtration and Purification – You will need to keep your hot tub spa clean and sanitized. This is accomplished by a combination of mechanical devices and chemicals. The size and style of the pump and filter system you end up with has a great deal to do with the size and style of the spa you choose. The chemicals you use is ultimately a subjective choice; you may eventually find you prefer one type or combination of sanitization over another. For example, both bromine and chlorine can be used as a sanitizer in your spa; chlorine tends to have a stronger odor and bromine is generally longer-lasting; both will do the job. It just depends on what you like. There are also mineral options for your spa purification like the Nature2 Mineral system by Artesian Spas. You will still need to use sanitizers, such as bromine, but you will be able to cut that usage by up to 80%. Another option that will decrease your use of chemicals is the addition of an ozonator. Ozonators oxidize microorganisms and chemicals and will also help boost the performance of your bromine or chlorine. If this sounds complicated, it won’t be once a spa professional talks you through your options and helps you to make the best possible decision.
Specialty Store, On-line or Big Box - There are nearly as many ways to buy a hot tub spa as there are spas themselves. Specialty stores carry specific products, such as pools and spas, and tend to be experts in these fields. Some specialty stores, like Family Leisure, also offer an on-line option for purchasing hot tub spas and accessories. There are companies who are completely on line and do not have a “brick and mortar” store. Big box stores, like large hardware stores, also offer a limited line of spas and hot tub accessories. Obviously we want you to buy from us, but if you choose not to, make sure that the vendor you buy from has adequate knowledge, enough options for you to make an educated decision, an impeccable reputation and superior customer service. The last thing you want is to feel like you’ve been abandoned in your backyard with a big tub and no idea how to use it. Here is what to expect when purchasing a hot tub from Family Leisure.
Family Leisure handles a wide variety of portable, acrylic spas. Premium manufacturers such as Artesian, Viking, Tropic Spas, Garden Spas, DreamMaker Spas, Lumi-O International, and Family Leisure’s own brand.
Artesian Spas: Artesian offers ergonomically constructed seating designs to ensure comfort and even weight distribution. Their spa frames are assembled from pressure-treated lumber and have an ABS foundation. ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a polymer that is renowned for rigidity, insular properties and strength, which makes it ideal for this purpose. The frames are then covered with attractive, maintenance-free cabinets. Full-foam insulation fills the cavity between the spa shell and the frame, allowing for extraordinary heat retention while also rendering the entire structure sturdier, quieter and more resilient. The spa shell is acrylic and comes with Artesian’s lifetime “Diamondbond” backing. Their jets use bearing rotation, which makes them easier to adjust. Artesian Spas use 3” diameter plumbing with no right angles to allow for superior water flow. Even the pillows are exceptional , featuring dyed-through, closed cell foam that won’t crack or absorb water.
Viking Spas: This is a great place to look for a budget-friendly spa that offers outstanding quality and features at an affordable price. Viking Spas are energy efficient and have the singular distinction of being recognized by the president of the US for the high content of American manufacturing in their products. All 2015 Viking Spas feature their exclusive “Soft-Touch” Slip Resistant Satin Series surfaces and are constructed with “Fortifex” high density polyethylene (HDPE). The under-spa has heavy poly-urethane 2 pound density foam which offers layers of condensed insulation as well as extra support to any load-bearing areas. Viking’s plumbing features Waterway jets and their cabinet is a maintenance-free, one-piece injection molded panel. They trust the power of their spas to Balboa and Waterway, two of the most established suppliers of power systems in the industry.
Tropic Seas: Tropic Seas offers feature-rich, luxury spas for every budget. From their no-maintenance cabinetry to their antimicrobial protected Lucite acrylic shells, Tropic Seas spas are a practical extravagance. Each spa comes with double-layered Arctic Pac insulation that keeps the spa energy- efficient and the water as warm as the tropics. Tropic Seas is proud of their environmentally green features, including the AOP Water Purifier, Ozonoator, Crystal Pure Ozone Mixing Chamber, Crystal AOP ProPure Advanced Oxidation, Nature2 Water Purification and a Micro Filter circulation system. Options include full-foam insulation, which delivers some of the most effective heat retention available. This lycene brand foam secures the plumbing to the shell and provides a complete air barrier which boosts the resilience of the complete structure.
Garden Spas: Want a spa but afraid you don’t have the room? The Garden Spa line by Family Leisure was created just for you. These two-person spas are packed with power and offer the same hydrotherapy massage you find in its bigger brothers. The Garden Spas by Family Leisure offer ergonomic seating, digital controls and individually controlled seats so you and your guest can get just the jet pressure that suits your individual tastes. Optional add-ons include LED lighting, full foam insulation, and purifying ozonators. Garden Spas by Family Leisure allow you to turn your little piece of ground into a little piece of heaven.