There is nothing like an outdoor spa to provide the ultimate means of relaxation to a home’s backyard, deck or patio. Of all the amenities that can be incorporated into an outdoor living space, outdoor spas are among the most coveted, since they provide an opportunity to unwind at the end of the day, spend relaxing times with friends and family, keep romance alive with a spouse, soothe sore and aching muscles, or simply provide a respite from the daily grind.
If you have decided to add an outdoor spa to your exterior space, then determining which one is best can be a bit confusing. There are a wide variety of outdoor spa designs, features and prices to choose from. Knowing a bit about what the options are before stepping into a showroom or looking for a spa online will help you to have a better understanding of what you want and what you don’t, which will help you make the best decision possible.
Here are a few considerations to keep in mind before you purchase an outdoor spa:
Size and seating – It is best to have an idea of how you will use your outdoor spa in order to determine the size that is best, as well as how many people you need the spa to comfortably sit. If you are using it as an intimate getaway for two then a smaller model will do and will probably be preferable. If the spa will be the neighborhood party hangout, then selecting a larger model is a wiser choice.
Jets and features – Depending on your intended use, you should consider the types and number of jets that any outdoor spa tub offers. Different models of outdoor hot tubs & spas will offer varying types of jets, placement and quantity, and you should make sure that what is offered is most comfortable for you. This is especially important if your spa is being used for rehabilitation purposes or to ease sore muscles. For example, if you most enjoy jets that massage your back, make sure that the type of jet and location will be soothing to you. Most reputable outdoor spa dealers will allow you to sit in different models to get an idea of the seating in relation to the jets and other features and will explain how each will feel to you or will have a model where you can feel it yourself.
Location – Different styles of spas will suit different placements and purposes and will fit in to different types of backyard and garden decor. Outdoor spas can be incorporated into the makeup of an existing deck or other outdoor space, or they can be placed in an area of their own. Portable outdoor spas are a very popular option because they can be utilized wherever a homeowner wants, as long as the proper supporting structure is underneath (such as a cement slab or patio paving slab).
Budget – Outdoor spa prices can vary rather widely and will depend on factors such as size, features, manufacturers and other amenities. Before you get talked into a myriad of premium features that you can’t afford, it is best to consider your budget and then prioritize your options so that you can select an outdoor spa tub that meets your most important requirements while not breaking the bank.
Choosing to install an outdoor spa in your backyard is an exciting choice and one that can provide many great benefits. Since it is not an inexpensive purchase, it is best to consider the options that are most important to you prior to making the purchase so that you can make an informed decision and can get the most enjoyment for your buck.