How to Shop for a Hot Tub

How to Shop for a Hot Tub

Have you ever purchased a home, a car, a boat, a vacation rental, electronic equipment, or expensive jewelry? You know just how to shop.

You probably did your research and learned the lingo before ever stepping foot into a showroom or store.

Investing in a spa is a big, life-long purchase. Buying a hot tub brings your family closer together and helps you relax, de-stress and unwind. In this article, we look at how to shop for a hot tub.

Start Now

When considering how to shop for a spa, times have changed in 2021. If you’ve been dreaming of a hot tub, you want to start looking and get it on order now. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hot tub manufacturers across the United States are backlogged with people creating backyard retreats.

Your best bet is to order now! Don’t wait because that just prolongs your wait for your spa retreat. We are here to help guide you through the whole process!

Because buying a new spa is a big decision, we’re going to tell you how to shop for a hot tub for the easiest buying experience!

Visualize Your Hot Tub

Spend some time imagining the things a new hot tub will bring to your life. As a hot tub dealer, we can share many owner stories with you. These are stories about how a hot tub changed their life, helped them relax more, and connect with loved ones.

Some of our hot tub owners are surprised at all the benefits, while others knew from the very beginning what they’re getting. They imagined how their lives might change before they ever set foot in a dealer’s showroom.

It helps you move through the process if you can imagine what you’ll gain. Why? Because then you can choose the right spa based on your needs. For example, if you’re a family of seven, you might not want a hot tub that seats four.

Once you’ve done your daydreaming, you’re in a great position to meet with your dealer and explain the features most important to you.

While choosing a hot tub may be about size, comfort, and jets, most importantly, it’s about your lifestyle. How will you use your hot tub? Do you need help relieving stress, relaxing sore muscles, sleeping better or spending quality time with your family? Perhaps it’s all of the above.

Make sure to explain your dreams, wants, and desires to your dealer so you can find the best hot tub for your lifestyle.

Ditch Preconceived Notions

Many people have some sort of experience with hot tubs, whether it’s at a gym, a spa, a hotel, or a friend’s house.

Whatever your experience in that situation, make sure you don’t let it could your judgment. The spas at your local Hot Spring dealer are most often superior when it comes to comfort, massage, and sanitation options.

There are many brands and types of hot tubs on the market, so be sure to start your shopping with some research and an open mind.

Do Your Research

While we’re thinking about research, we want you to know that it’s a great idea to do some online research before visiting your dealer.

This can help you get to know more about the benefits of hot tub soaking and the features available.

Be sure and read product reviews and jot down any questions you’d like to ask your dealer.

Evaluate Your Shopping Options

One of the most important buying decisions you’ll make is choosing a dealer with a strong reputation.

Why is this important? The relationship you build with your dealer is often a life-long one. You want to not only trust your dealer through the buying process, but you want to know they’ll be there for you throughout the life of your spa.

Again, do your research, check online reviews, and talk to others who’ve dealt with your prospective dealer.

Make your purchase from a dealer who truly cares about their customers (We most certainly do at Townley Pool and Spa!). You want a dealer who loves and cares about the hot tub lifestyle and can help you find the best model for your lifestyle.

A dealer is your partner for life, helping you with service, chemicals, and water care. You want to ensure you have a strong owner-dealer relationship that is built on trust. Purchasing a hot tub from a dealer instead of a traveling hot tub show or online means you ongoing access to advice and service as well as warranty work.

Visit the Showroom

Now it’s time to visit the showroom so you can see the hot tubs up close and in person.

You can view colors, styles, and features. It’s also beneficial because you can see the hot tubs filled with water and watch the jets in action. Stick your hand in the water. Talk to your dealer about a wet test soak. This can really help you decide if you’ve found the right hot tub.

A test soak lets you experience the comfort of the seats and the power of the jets. At the very minimum, you want to sit in a dry, hot tub so you know how it feels.

Then, get to know your dealer. Are they professional and excited about their products? Do you feel confident in your sales rep’s ability to understand your needs? Do you understand their commitment to support you once the hot tub has been delivered?

The showroom visit offers you a wealth of information, so spend some time there, getting to know not only the hot tubs but the additional products and services the dealer offers.


Visit the Townley Pool & Spa showroom.

Final Thoughts

A new spa is a big purchase and not one where you want to have any regret. Now that you know how to shop for a spa, come see us today to get started.

Make sure you are confident in your purchase and in your dealer. Ask about financing options, as they are usually available.

Your hot tub will be with you for years, helping you feel better physically and emotionally every day. It improves your life and makes every day better.

Ready to start the conversation? Reach out today – we’d love to help you begin the hot tub lifestyle!