Information

10 points to consider when buying a jacuzzi

by Finesse Wellness on Jan 12, 2023

10 punten waar je rekening mee moet houden bij het kopen van een jacuzzi
If you're looking for a hot tub, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase. Below we have listed 10 points that you should consider when buying a jacuzzi:
    1. Space for the spa: Before purchasing a hot tub, it is important to make sure you have enough space to place it. Make sure you know how big the jacuzzi is and if you have enough space to place it in a suitable place. Take into account the accessibility of the panels, for installation but also for maintenance or repair if a problem arises. The rule is that jacuzzis must keep 60 cm free all around. In addition, you also have to keep space for a cover lift. If it is now more convenient that one or more sides are placed against, for example, a fence, this is of course possible, but during maintenance or repair it is possible that your spa must first be emptied and moved up a bit, if the technician has to reach the side where no space has been reserved. Not a problem in itself, but important to know.
    2. Seating and reclining areas: The number of seating and reclining areas in a hot tub is an important consideration, as it determines how many people can sit in the hot tub at one time. On average, people sit in one place for 20 minutes before moving on to the next place. The advantage of this is that every place has different massage jets, so you also bring new relaxation. If you opt for 2 lounge/recliners, this will in most cases cost 2 seats. Take into account the number of people you want to enjoy the jacuzzi when you make a purchase. Always test sit in a dry bath. Everyone has a different stature and height, a spa is good when it is dry, then you will certainly not be disappointed when it is filled.
    3. Frame differences: Jacuzzis come in a wide variety of frames, from wooden frames to plastic and stainless steel frames. Wooden frames are cheap but are more susceptible to rot. This is not to say that they cannot last the life of a spa. Plastic frames, on the other hand, are more durable and require less maintenance, but are often constructed less strongly. It can be a good alternative to wood. Last but not least: stainless steel. Stainless Steel is the strongest of the three, very durable and therefore the most used.
    4. Conversion: There are two main options: wooden or plastic. Wooden panels can give a traditional and attractive appearance to the jacuzzi, but they are more susceptible to rot and weathering and require more maintenance. Plastic panels, on the other hand, are more durable and require less maintenance, but can be less attractive, although there are now very natural options.
    5. Insulation: It is important to consider how well insulated the spa is, as this determines how quickly the water cools when the system is turned off. Proper insulation can help reduce power consumption and extend the life of the hot tub.
    6. Circulation pump: The circulation pump is responsible for circulating the water in the jacuzzi. Keep in mind that the larger the pump, the more water it can move and the faster the water can be heated. The cheaper spas usually have a two speed pump. A normal full speed pump to give the massage and a half speed setting to circulate. These pumps require more power at half speed than a circulation pump.
    7. Power consumption: Take the power consumption of the jacuzzi into account when you purchase it. A hot tub can consume a fair amount of power, especially when the system is on. Make sure you know how much power you can expect to use before making a purchase. However, this can never be indicated 100%, because it depends on many factors. For example, how often and how long do you use your jacuzzi, the water cools down faster when the cover is open. Where will the spa be placed, in the middle of the wind, under a canopy or perhaps in an enclosed space. In addition, the pumps naturally also consume electricity if you want to enjoy the massage jets. However, don't let it put you off because the enjoyment you get back from your own jacuzzi is worth a lot.
    8. 3-Phase or Plug-and-Play: Most Jacuzzis are designed to plug into a 3-phase power outlet, while others are designed to work with a standard electrical outlet. Keep this in mind when making a purchase to ensure you choose the right hot tub for your needs.
    9. UV and ozone filters: A jacuzzi can be equipped with UV or ozone filters. UV filters work by passing the water past a UV lamp, which kills microorganisms in the water. Ozone filters, on the other hand, use ozone to purify the water. Both work in combination with chlorine and you need less chlorine than without ozone or UV.
    10. Pumps and Spa Pack: The number of pumps and the power of the pump determines the pressure of the jets. The more jets, the more pumps you need to pressurize all jets. The most commonly used pumps have a power between 2 and 4 HP. This is why the cheaper spas often have fewer jets. Finally, it is important to know which control panel and spa pack (the controller) is being used. The most commonly used are Balboa and Gecko. As far as we are concerned, always choose one of the two so that you never have a problem with the availability of any parts. Both are the market leaders and widely available worldwide.
Pros and Cons: As with any product, hot tubs have both pros and cons. One of the benefits of a Jacuzzi is that it is a great way to relax and enjoy a warm bath. Another benefit is that it can help reduce muscle soreness and improve blood circulation. A disadvantage, however, is that the power consumption of a jacuzzi has an impact on your power consumption. Not something to put you off, but it is important that you know what you are getting into.
There are many more details you can think of, but we would be happy to discuss them with you personally. To find out more, visit us in Zwolle.