Take a test drive — a test soak, if you will!
Have you spent some time testing out the hot tub you have your eye on? If you have, well done. You already know whether or not it’s the right hot tub for you. If you haven’t tested out the hot tub you’re thinking of buying, now’s your chance.
Any reputable hot tub dealer will encourage you to take a test soak in you hot tub before you make the deal official. Why? Well like a pair of gloves, the hot tub will either feel right, or wrong–and that’s okay. The purpose in trying out the hot tub is to remove any doubt from your mind. If you still have doubt? Well, you simply haven’t found the right hot tub yet! But at least you haven’t spent any money on something you won’t end up liking after it’s delivered and installed.
We guarantee that before the end of your test soak you’ll know for sure whether or not the hot tub is the right one for you. However, in order to really evaluate your tub effectively, we’ve got a few tips on the types of thing you need to look out for during your test soak.
Try the Jets
One of the major bonuses to owning a hot tub is the jets. When you test your hot tub, make sure that you turn all of the jets on, and really change up the settings. You want to know what the jets can do, how effective they are, and whether or not they meet your needs. For example, maybe you would really like your hot tub jets to relieve your tight calve muscles. As you’re enjoying your test soak, be sure to make note of whether or not the jets target those areas comfortably. If they aren’t strong enough, too strong, or are missing the mark, you might be soaking in the wrong tub.
If you have questions about the jets and how to work them as you soak, don’t forget to ask the dealer. This person will have all the information you need to get those jets working well. If at that point you still don’t feel comfortable or relaxed, tell your dealer. They will likely know the hot tub you should take a look at instead.
Listen for “Quiet”
You’re all ready for a nice relaxing soak in your hot tub. The only problem is, the pump and jets are so noisy you’re afraid to turn it on because your neighbours will complain again.
Do you see why it’s important to test out a hot tub before you take it home?
While you’re enjoying your test soak, be sure to keep an ear out for loud noises. This is a major issue with a lot of poorly constructed hot tubs. The materials used to construct noisy hot tub aren’t high quality. So, you end up feeling like you’re on a racetrack, surrounded by cars, instead of in your backyard enjoying some peace and quiet.
A good hot tub will not disrupt you or anyone else nearby for that matter. This includes when the water is filtering, the jets are running or even just when the hot tub is turned on. If you feel like you just might fall asleep during your test soak, you’ve chosen a good hot tub.
For some reason, people tend to forget to sit down in the hot tub during a test soak. It might seem silly, but it’s true! When you get into the hot tub, make sure to sit down in not just one, but all of the available seats. You want to make sure that they are comfortable and fit you well. You also want to make sure that all of the seat jets work and target the right muscles. If the seats are adjustable (or have adjustable jets) be sure to test those settings too.
In short, you want to make sure that your hot tub is comfortable to sit and relax in for at least 15 to 20 minutes. If you find that the curve of the seats doesn’t work with your back for example, you won’t find your soak enjoyable. The key to a good hot tub experience is that you feel wonderful both during and afterward. If you don’t get that from your test soak experience because the seats don’t quite work for your body, it’s time to look at a different hot tub.
When you step into the hot tub, how much space is left? Is there enough room to stretch out your legs? What if your partner joins you? Would there still be enough room?
These questions are really important to ask as you test out the hot tub. If you’re planning on buying a hot tub for 2, you don’t want to end up feeling cramped. The same goes if you buy a hot tub with 5 or more seats. The hot tub should include enough space for every seated person to stretch out comfortably. Again, the whole point of having a hot tub is to relax. It’s difficult to do that if you’re constantly bumping into the person sitting next to you. So, when you’re testing out the hot tub, make sure you stretch out your arms and legs. If there isn’t enough room, you might want to reconsider your purchase.
Smell the Water
There’s a simple and easy way to test out the water filter in the hot tub you’re thinking of buying. When you go into the water for your test soak, what does it smell like? Water in a quality hot tub won’t carry the heavy smell of chemicals or other products. This is a good thing as the scent of particular chemicals can linger or even damage your skin. You want your hot tub water to smell as natural as possible. If the hot tub water you’re testing doesn’t have any odour, you know you’re in good shape.
Check for Dry Skin
After you finish your test soak in the hot tub, check your skin. You might want to do this test a little bit later, or even the next day to really see if there’s a difference. What you’re looking for is dryness. A good hot tub will not use chemicals that dry out or damage your skin. You skin should feel nice and smooth after a hot tub soak. If you notice some significant changes or dryness, it’s a good idea to question the type of chemicals that the particular brand of hot tub is using. At this point, it might also be a good idea to look at a different hot tub.
While we’ve done our best to cover the most common things to look out for during a hot tub test soak, you might find that something else pops up that we haven’t mentioned. This doesn’t mean that your concern doesn’t count, it just means that you have a particular preference that the hot tub doesn’t accommodate. Again, this isn’t a bad thing.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to really evaluate all elements of the hot tub during your test soak. If something bothers you, talk to your dealer. If it’s a problem that can’t be altered or changed, then ask for a recommendation. Chances are the dealer will have the hot tub you’re looking for and can then steer you in the right direction.
Testing out the hot tub before you buy is the only way to make sure that you end up with something that meets your specific needs. So, what are you waiting for? Book your test soak today!