If you’re in the market for a hot tub, you want to be sure you’ve chosen the perfect one for your needs. Hot tubs are really growing in popularity thanks to recent lockdowns meaning people have been spending more and more time in their gardens, and many people have been looking to develop their gardens even as we come out of lockdowns and add a usable sociable space that they can really enjoy.

So, for those of you who are just starting out on their hot tub or spa journeys, how do you go about choosing the right hot tub for your garden space? Well, here at BMS Spas we’re the experts in all things hot tub – especially when it comes to the reality of long-term hot tub maintenance – so we’ve decided to share some of our knowledge with you in this ultimate hot tub buyers guide.

In this guide, we’re going to cover some of the key things you’ll need to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect hot tub for you.

What size spa do you need?

The first thing we’re going to cover is the size of hot tub to choose. Obviously, you want your spa to be roomy enough to comfortably seat your family, so you can enjoy the hot tub together. But it’s also worth considering how many friends or members of your extended family you might regularly want to have come over and enjoy the hot tub with you.

While you don’t want to get a huge hot tub just for the sake of it (a larger tub will take more energy to keep it up to temperature), a hot tub really is a social affair – so it’s worth getting one that’s big enough to seat extra people if you think you might enjoy having people round to relax in your spa with you.

The other thing to bear in mind, of course, is that whatever size hot tub you choose, it needs to fit in your garden space. Whether you’re building an entire new deck to accommodate the hot tub, or just placing it on an existing area, make sure you measure carefully and take into account access needs around the sides of the hot tub.

Where in your garden will your hot tub go?

Alongside considering what size hot tub would be best for your needs, you also need to plan out where it will go in your garden. Hot tubs need an area of flat ground, with enough space around the hot tub on all sides for people to be able to access it. You’ll also need access to a water source to fill the hot tub, although you can use a hose, of course.

It’s worth thinking about any other kind of landscaping you might want to do alongside installing a hot tub. If you want decking around the spa, it’s definitely worth doing this at the same time as getting a hot tub installed, rather than waiting until after.

You’ll need to think about electricity hook up for the hot tub as well, although whichever company installs your hot tub will generally get this sorted for you. In addition, consider things like external lighting – a harsh exterior flood light will completely ruin the ambience of a hot tub, so think about installing some softer external lights to create a relaxing and tranquil area.

What features do you want on your hot tub?

Once you’ve decided what size of hot tub you’d like, and planned its ideal location in your garden (or even inside your home!), the next thing to consider is which features you’d like in your hot tub. Different hot tubs by different manufacturers will all have a different set of features, and it’s important to consider what’s essential to you.

For example, while all hot tubs will have jets of some description, the number, positioning and intensity will all vary. So, it’s worth thinking about what you’ve liked when you’ve tried other hot tubs or spas, and whether you could get a hot tub of your own that’s similar. Similarly, hot tubs will have seats of different designs and styles, so take the time to try out some other spas and think about what’s most comfortable for you.

Another thing to bear in mind is the amount of insulation within the shell of the hot tub. If you’re planning on running your hot tub throughout winter, you probably want to invest in a hot tub with a high level of insulation. If you’re planning on winterising your hot tub, you could worry slightly less about insulation – although do bear in mind that buying a cheap hot tub with poor insulation could be a false economy, as they’ll be significantly more expensive to heat.

Just like with your external lighting, it’s also worth thinking about the lighting that your hot tub might come with – many models come with interior lighting which can really add to the ambience. Some even feature colour changing lighting that you can configure to set the exact mood!

What add-ons or extras would you like?

The last thing to consider with your hot tub purchase is what add ons and extras you might like. Some of these you’ll be able to purchase from the manufacturer of your spa, others will potentially be aftermarket purchases from elsewhere.

There really are no limits to some of the weird and wonderful hot tub accessories you could buy, but we’d recommend starting with a hot tub cover, at the very least. These vital pieces of kit cover the hot tub while you’re not using it, keeping heat in and the water cleaner, meaning you’ll spend less time worrying about sanitiser and chemical balance.

After that, it’s totally up to you where you want to do with hot tub extras. You could get audio systems, a gazebo to cover over the spa, even floating drinks holders!

Once you’ve chosen your hot tub, you’ll need a maintenance routine – and there’s where BMS Spas can help. Our maintenance plans are the perfect way to keep your spa in tip top condition. Find out more here.