Your home is your safe space and a place where you want to unwind and relax, whether you are alone or with family. A great way to do this is in your very own hot tub. However, one barrier stopping you from installing a hot tub might be that you do not have enough space in your home. Another barrier is that they are too expensive. Or so you thought. Luckily, you do have the option to purchase a small hot tub.
Small hot tubs are a great choice for homes with limited space as well as homes where you are renting or are unable to install a permanent hot tub. Many homeowners will often opt for bigger hot tubs and then realize down the line that they do not need something so large, but at that point, it may be too late to turn back. When it comes time to replace their hot tub they choose to instead go for a small hot tub to better suit their needs.
What to Know Before Buying a Hot Tub
There are a few things you will need to consider before purchasing a small hot tub. You will need to figure out where the hot tub will go, where the power source is located, and what your budget is. A small hot tub is great because many can fit in smaller spaces, use standard outlets (110v hot tubs don’t need extra wiring), and are priced lower than larger hot tubs.
You will also need to decide if you want to buy a new or used hot tub. If you decide to go for a used hot tub because it is more affordable, keep in mind that you may have to make some repairs to get it in working order and the original manufacturer’s warranty will not transfer to you. It will most likely require more maintenance since it has more wear and tear. If you cannot afford to invest the time or money to maintain a used hot tub, then a new small hot tub may be the way to go.
What Goes Into the Costs?
A range of things go into the cost of a hot tub from the materials used to make it to the maintenance schedule and the extra features. You first need to consider what electrical configuration you want between a 110-volt plug-n-play or a 220-volt hot tub. If you decide on the 220v additional electrical work needs to be done by a licensed electrician. On top of installation, extra features will add additional costs. For example, the number of jets and how customizable they are will also play a role in the cost. If you opt for any entertainment features, like Bluetooth audio or HD screens, your cost will go up. A couple of other considerations include:
- Water capacity
- Water management
- Cleaning and care
Consider all of these factors and do your research before deciding on a hot tub.
Ongoing Costs of a Small Hot Tub
There are some ongoing costs associated with owning a hot tub. The first is sanitization. You will need to add bromine or chlorine and balance your water on a weekly basis. Filters need to be rinsed out each month and replaced every 12 to 24 months.
Water can be another unexpected cost. Hot tubs run on water and you will need to replace the water every six months or more, depending on usage. A hot tub can carry anywhere between 300 to 600 gallons of water.
Considering all these costs, a small hot tub is much more affordable to maintain than a larger hot tub.