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How to buy a hot tub: the complete guide

If you’ve never bought a hot tub before, the process may seem a little daunting. With so many things to bear in mind, from pumps to jets to hydrotherapy, things can get confusing. However, do not worry, the Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company are here to help you navigate the process and make selecting a hot tub as simple as possible. Before you commit to a hot tub, make sure you take a minute to read over our complete guide to buying a hot tub in 2021 which highlights the main specifications and considerations.

Hot tub size

When choosing the ideal hot tub size for you, be sure to consider the hot tub’s water capacity in relation to the number of seats. Choosing a hot tub with 225-250 litres per bather seat is a reasonable rule to stick to.

Hot tub seats

It’s also worth considering whether you’d like to opt for a lounge seat hot tub or an all-seater spa. A lounge seat is shallower than a regular upright seat, allowing the bather to enjoy the hot tub in a reclined position with their legs slightly raised, not dissimilar to a garden lounger. A hot tub with an all-seater specification is one that does not feature lounger seats that come in a range of depths to meet the demands of every bather. The type of seat you choose will depend on who will be using the hot tub and for what purpose. Will you be buying a hot tub for sports recovery, to entertain the kids, or to entertain your friends in the evening?

Personal preference

The most important factor to consider when buying a hot tub is how it feels to you and those who will be using it. It’s sometimes easier to trust the feeling, rather than being too concerned with the specifications, pumps, and number of jets. What really matters is how the overall experience feels to you and the best way to understand this is through a wet test at a specialist showroom such as The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company based at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre in Sidcup. This will allow you to experience how the different models feel and the functionality and features that you are going to benefit most from.

Finally, here are some key questions that you should bear in mind when to go for your wet test:

  • What would it feel like when you’re surrounded by your family or friends?
  • Would there be enough room in the footwell for an extra pair of legs? Are there enough seats?
  • How high would the water raise with additional people in the hot tub?
  • How comfortable are the seats?
  • How would you rate the quality of the massage jets? Are they powerful enough?
  • Is the depth of the spa suitable?

To get in touch with a member of the Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company’s team, or to book your wet test, call 0208 300 4003 or email We are proud to have a multi award-winning showroom, so please come down and try out our huge range of hot tubs.

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About Us

The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company specialise in providing hot tubs, swim spas, pools and gazebos and have experience of over 50 years in this industry. We also offer servicing and post-sales care for all of our customers to make sure that our customers get the best out of their hot tub.