Finding the Right Spa
Buying a spa is an investment. It will be an item that you will be living with for 15-20 years.
When looking at spas it is important to do your research and find a brand that you can trust.
Before doing anything it is important to create a wish list. This will help you narrow down what spas to look at that will suit your needs.
Items that you should include in your wish list are as follows:
– Spa Size: Pick a location in your backyard and measure, you don’t want to find your dream spa only to realise your backyard isn’t big enough to fit it
– How many people will use the spa?- Spas are available anywhere from 3 to 12 seaters. Don’t buy bigger than what you need. If it will be mainly 2 people using the spa it would be silly to purchase a 10 seater. Not only will your running cost be higher but also you will use more chemicals.
– What is the spas purpose?- Will you be using the spa for social or hydrotherapy purposes? If the spa is for hydrotherapy, are there specific areas you would like to target? All spas are built different, if you are looking for therapeutic spas, don’t look at spas with a small pump and a limited number of jets.
– Is the running cost of the spa important?- The more insulation, the cheaper to run. Spas can have either 2, 4, 6 or 8 levels of insulation.
– Budget- Try working out a budget on what you want to spend (excluding install), this will help you narrow down your list of potential spas.
Before visiting spa showrooms it is a good idea to first do online research. This will not only help you familiarize yourself with the brand, but also help you eliminate brands that don’t appeal to your needs.
When looking at spas online it is a good idea to look at the specifications, just because a spa looks the same doesn’t mean it is.
When looking online, ensure to look at the below components to determine the best value for money.
– Size of Spa- Looking at 2 different sized spas can lead to misleading comparison for the spas technical components
– Number of Jets- Is the quantity of jets similar?
– Number and Size of Pumps- 2 x 3HP Pumps for example would offer a higher level of massage than 2 x 2.5HP pumps
– Heater Size- A 3kW heater will take longer to heat than a 6kW heater
– Controller Type- Some controllers are cheaper to run than others
– Levels of Insulation- The more insulation the cheaper to run the spa. If a spa brand doesn’t promote how many levels of insulation they have, they usually have 2.
When visiting spa showrooms, it is recommended to sit in the spas, this is as no 2 spas are the same to sit in. As well as offering different back support they also feature different jet placement and seat depths. As some spas are built for tall people you don’t want to find you have purchased a spa that you are too short for. Another possibility is the jet placement could be wrong for your build. There would be nothing worse than sitting in a spa where the jets are digging into your back.
Another option is to see if the retailer has a ‘Try Before you Buy Programme,’ this is where you can sit in the spa with water (or an equivalent model) and feel the massage. This will also show you how to use the spa touchpad and get the best out of the massage.
So, when looking at spas make sure to keep in mind the points listed above. A spa is an item that you will get many years of enjoyment out of so it is important to do your research and make the best decision for you.