Tips for Buying a Hot Tub in Vancouver: In-Ground or Portable Tubs?

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Winter is nearly here and will probably stick around for a while. Why not make it fun by breaking the frosty monotony with a toasty dip in your backyard spa? Hot tubs are a great way to make use of your patio during this cold season as well as adding glamour to your home.

First, with the wide range of hot tubs, every consumer should consider his budget, home architecture, and lifestyle before purchasing one. With that in mind, there are two basic designs of hot tubs, namely in-ground and portable, all with their own share of benefits and disadvantages. But before buying one, here are a few things every Vancouver homeowner should consider.

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Portable Hot Tubs

Portable spas are fairly priced, self-contained, and movable, with no special plumbing needed. The most affordable portable hot tubs residents can buy are the soft or inflatable types. These units, mostly starting at $2000, are easy to install but not as durable as moulded plastic. As for moulded plastic hot tubs, which come in a range of shapes and colours and are lightweight, they have a starting range of $3000. Both of these inflatable and moulded plastic spas typically come with an in-built filtration system, water heater, and jets.

In-Ground Hot Tubs

In-ground hot tubs that residents can buy are permanent spas that cost more but also appreciate the value of your home. You might want to try a swim spa which combines the features of a jacuzzi and a swimming pool if budget is not an issue. In-ground hot tubs are perfect for those who have a larger outdoor space and are looking to accommodate more people. Swim spas are usually 18 feet with a water heater and jets that produce continual current. Instead of the cliché laps done on a regular swimming, a swim spa allows you to swim against the current for a better workout.

Keep in mind  the design and engineering features of a hot tub can affect your level of comfort. For safety purposes, it is advisable to choose a spa brand that meets the industry standards and the construction and building guidelines set by the Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada. Furthermore, settle for a model that combines style, energy-efficiency, and therapeutic functionality for you to get the best deal for your money.

Sources:

Types of Hot Tubs, Consumer Search

Hot Tub Buying Guide: Types of Hot Tubs, Whatsthebest-hottub.com

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