Hot Tub Buying Guide
Nothing is more relaxing after a long day than sitting in your very own hot tub or spa. A hot tub can soothe away the stress of everyday worries as well as the aches that sometimes come from physical activity. After work or after play, you can't beat the feeling of relaxing in a hot spa. With all of the choices in hot tubs, you may be unsure about which hot tub to choose. Here are a few things you'll need to consider when selecting your hot tub.
What you need to know:
Type of hot tubs: There are two kinds of hot tubs: portable spas and permanent spas. Portable spas are self-contained and sit above ground; almost all hot tubs you can buy online are portable spas. Permanent spas are built in-ground and are usually made of a material such as cement, which is poured in, like an in-ground pool. Synergi® Spas are all portable spas and don’t require the expense of permanent installation. Maintenance and service are also easier with a portable spa. Synergi® Spas don’t even require a permanent concrete pad due to our 3 inch thick insulated base. Our Synergi® Spas can be set on any flat level surface.
Capacity: Hot tubs can hold a certain number of people; the capacity will be listed in the product description. Make sure to get a hot tub that is large enough to hold everyone you want it to. For example, if you have six people in your family, you may be disappointed with a hot tub that only holds four people.
Location: Before you choose a hot tub, decide where you want to place it. Most people like to have their hot tubs on a deck or patio, but the most important thing is to find a spot that is close to an electrical source and is level and sturdy enough to hold a hot tub full of water. Be sure to measure the area where you want to put the hot tub and choose one that will fit there, and consider how much walking room you'll need around it. Synergi® Spas recommends 18 inches on each side. You will need access to certain sides more than others, so please call us if you have questions about location.
Appearance: Hot tubs are available with different interiors and exteriors. Choose a color and style that will be pleasing to you and that will look nice in your backyard. Synergi’s beautiful cabinets offer a variety of looks and colors to suit any backyard décor. And the Lifetime Warranty won’t hurt either.
Jets: If you are concerned with the amount of massaging power that a hot tub has, you'll want to choose a hot tub with the highest number of jets that you can find. Many hot tub jets are adjustable; you'll want the jets to point at your major muscle groups to get the most out of the hydrotherapy.
All those water jets in the walls of the hot tub can act like your own personal masseuse, massaging away your pain and stress. But there's no standard when it comes to hot tub jet positions. Figure out where you need the most massaging, and ensure the jets of the hot tubs you're reviewing put a focus on this area. For example, if you have lower back pain, you'll want the majority of the jets positioned lower on the walls of the hot tub. Notice how Synergi® Spas are designed with different jet locations in different seats. One of them is bound to be perfect for your tired achy muscles.
Hot tubs generally offer three different kinds of hot water jet technology. Water jets offer the strongest and most concentrated massaging, but you may find it too powerful. Air jets give you softer, gentler pressure but also create more froth and surface splashing. All of our Synergi Spas offer jets that combine both water and air, which can present a nice compromise. You get to control the amount of air in the water flow by use of valves on top of the spa.
Seating: Synergi® Spas offer several different seats within the tub, and which is right for you depends on your own personal height. Ideally, the tub should present seats that completely submerge you up to your shoulders, along with seats that keep you almost out of the water so that you can cool down. Our multilevel seating is designed to provide the most comfortable height to people of every shape and size. Even young users will find a comfortable seat.
Energy Efficiency: Your spa's operating cost will be primarily determined by its ability to retain heat. Ensure that the hot tub has effective insulation for the shell and plumbing. Synergi’s ENERGY-LOK insulation system is essential to keeping heat in and cold out.
Ease of Maintenance: Most likely, you're looking for a hot tub that won't require a lot of your time to keep the water clean and clear, and that will preserve its appearance over time. To maintain good water quality, consider a Corona Discharge (CD) ozone generator. This type of ozone generator will reduce the amount of sanitizer needed, and help keep the water crisp and clean. CD systems last longer than alternative ozone systems. Also, consider the type of filtration system and square footage of filtration. Generally, “premium” spas feature 2 speed pumps that efficiently filter the water and provide the necessary flow to allow the heater to maintain the set temperature. Heaters generally last longer when used with the higher volume of a 2 speed pump, opposed to less expensive spas which use a small aquarium style circulating pump to move very small amounts of water slowly past the heater, allowing contaminants and scale to stick to the heater, greatly reducing efficiency and heater life.
When considering preservation of the exterior appearance, look for a spa that features a "simulated" wood or stone exterior. These require much less maintenance time and effort than real wood. You'll also want to check the warranty for the cabinet to ensure that you're covered should it not hold up over time. Synergi is proud of our patented Forge-cast cabinets which are maintenance free, and designed to last a lifetime. We back that up with the industries first Lifetime Cabinet Warranty.
Safety: Check to be sure that the hot tub you are considering is listed by a recognized independent testing agency such as UL or ETL. Also, make sure that you use a qualified electrician to connect the electrical service to the spa. Other considerations: a locking spa cover, always apply common sense when using the spa and adhere to the safety recommendations in the spa Owner's Manual.
Extras: All hot tubs should have a cover to keep the heat inside, and many people prefer a locking cover. All Synergi® Spas come with a free locking cover. Use a locking cover when you need to keep people out of your hot tub, such as small children. The locks are also great in areas with strong winds. Using aromatherapy adds another type of therapy to the experience; if fragrance is important to you, you may enjoy the Spa Crystals aromatherapy available in our accessories section. Hot tubs which feature waterfalls can be very attractive, and the splashing sound can be very soothing.
You’ll see that a Synergi Spa is right for you!