While buying a brand-new hot tub is ideal, a well-maintained used model can provide a great alternative that will ease you into ownership. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a used hot tub that will suit your lifestyle.

1. Determine the Size You’ll Need

A cozy 2-3 person hot tub may sound great for date nights or solo soaking, but if you have a larger family or do a lot of backyard entertaining, you might want to consider something more spacious. Surprisingly, more seats may only equate to a one- to two-foot larger footprint.

2. Establish a Budget (And Don’t Break It)
Know what you can spend, so you are better prepared when researching which styles and options you can afford. This will also help you narrow your focus, so you’re not overwhelmed with search results. To get the best value for your budget, you may need to strike a balance between the features you want and the price point you prefer.

3. Thoroughly Test Your Options
Even if the hot tub looks great on first sight, examine it closely for signs of wear and weathering. Make sure the pumps, lights, seals, and thermostat are all functioning. Check for leaks. Ensure that the unit was stored and covered appropriately. Request a service report from the seller and check it for any major issues that will cost you more time and money in the future. Also, be sure to ask if the spa is under warranty and if that warranty is transferrable.

4. Don’t Buy on Impulse
As much as you want to be in the warm, soothing water immediately, make sure you pick the best option for your lifestyle. Test a few models, and be patient as you consider the benefits of each.

5. Prep for Installation

If you’ve never owned a home spa before, planning for the installation is important and can even be fun. Survey your backyard or home to pick out the ideal spot for a hot tub, measuring to make sure it will fit nicely and has a solid foundation. Check your electrical system to ensure it meets the requirements. Learn more in this pre-installation checklist.

6. Keep It Clean

Finally, once you’ve gotten your choice home, clean it thoroughly and replace all filters if necessary. If you don’t already have one, be sure to purchase a spa cover to protect your investment. Then put on some music, fix yourself a drink, and enjoy that first dip in your brand new (used) hot tub.

Visit our website to learn more about Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models and download our free brochure for information that can help you decide on the ideal size, style, and layout for your family.