Are you wondering if purchasing a portable hot tub is going to be a valuable investment? Wondering if portable hot tubs are any good and if they're worth the investment?
Here at Jacuzzi, we’re aware that these are some of the many questions you may be thinking. By the time you finish this article, you should be able to work out if a portable hot tub is the product for you.
In this article, we’ve used brand names not affiliated with Jacuzzi Group. You can see the list of the brand owners at the bottom of this article. All information, including pricing and product details, was accurate at the time of writing (April 18, 2023) and may change without notice.
What is a portable hot tub?
A portable hot tub is defined by its componentry and structure. The simplest way to picture this is whether important parts such as pumps, heaters and plumbing are contained within the cabinet. If the tub is fully self-contained and free standing, it is a portable hot tub. As an example, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs within the J-200™, J-300™ and J-400™ collections are portable.
We recommend you read this articleto learn more about the differences between other tub types.
Like any investment, be ita quality car, watch or handbag the more you pay for a product, the greater the quality, features and longevity you will gain as an owner.
As you take your first steps on your buying journey, we recommend you think about the ‘why’ and visualise what you want to gain from having a hot tub in your life, rather than the retail price. This will help guide you towards a brand and model that is worth your investment.
As an example, if you want a hot tub that is going to make your body feel relaxed or be part of your recovery process after exercising, then a hot tub with quality hydromassage features will suit you well. Although a quality hydrotherapy portable hot tub may be priced higher than others you see on the market, it’s likely that the benefits of this feature alone will make you feel that the investment is indeed ‘worth it’.
How much does a portable hot tub cost?
The price range for portable hot tubs varies. There are many brands on offer within the UK market that are built to different quality standards and equipped with a range of features. Portable hot tub retail prices can range from approximately £2,995 to more than £25,000.
Like owning a car or a home, there are also running costs to factor in to keep the tub in best working condition. These costs vary depending on the brand, model, build quality, and what features the hot tub comes with.
Should I be buying a more expensive portable hot tub?
Hot tubs can look very similar when they are filled with water so you may be wondering what benefits you will gain from considering a higher priced option?
Let’s take a look at the key differences that set the price tags apart between the Jacuzzi® J-215™ and J-495™.
Included features - 2.0 Bluetooth Audio Sound System, SmartTub® hardware module and app, four headrests, two premium waterfalls, ProTouch™ Topside Control, ProLast™ or ProLast™ Extreme hot tub covers, lighting in: jet, waterfall, logo, headrest and coasters. QuickDrain, CompleteDrain and Quick View Status Indicator.
To put it simply, a more expensive portable hot tub such as a J-495™ has many advantages over a lesser model. This includes everything from size, capacity, seat structure, jet technology, user control technology, lighting, stereos, design and more.
This does not necessarily mean that a lower priced tub, in comparison, such as the J-215™ is a bad choice. Whether or not a higher priced hot tub is worth it, is completely down to whether its features and energy efficiency abilities will be a benefit to your lifestyle.
A portable hot tub will be worth the continuous running costs if the model you’re considering ticks the boxes for you. Choosing an option that costs less to run than many other options on the market will add even more value to being a hot tub owner!
If you’re wondering how you can get more for your money? These three features or upgrades will help you keep your power bill down.
-Insulation – A hot tub equipped with quality insulation will prevent heat escaping from the water and prevent the need to constantly heat the water.
-Cover – A lot of heat escapes from the top of the tub. A hot tub cover filled with quality insulation, snug and can withstand different weather conditions will also help reduce heating.
-Water care– Quality hot tub options should be equipped with systems that require less frequent replacement parts or refills and actually require less maintenance time too.
There is no room to swim. If this is a priority, a swim spa will be a better option for you.
If it feels like an impulse buying decision rather than an investment for the true benefits a hot tub can offer
We hope that after reading this article you have a clearer idea about whether you can see a portable hot tub fitting into your lifestyle, or if you're best to explore other options.
Like any product, portable hot tubs are available at a range of price points, quality of materials, features, optional and of course have their pros and cons. Once you've taken these points into account, you'll be able to work out if a portable hot tub is worth it for you and those using it.
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