In a 2013 Readers' Choice List compiled by Lisa Hallett Taylor for About, Coast Spas was named as the best brand of hot tubs to buy. Runners-up included Bullfrog Spas and Hot Springs Spas. The brands were rated on factors such as design, style, company reputation, available features, range of produc
Although the task of moving a hot tub is best left to expert movers, the job can be done with the help of several strong individuals to do the heavy lifting and a few tools to make moving the tub relatively easier. A hot tub can weigh anywhere between 1,200 to 1,500 lbs., so care must be taken to en
Read through the instruction manual, unplug and remove all wiring, take apart the tub skirt, drain the water, and remove the tub. If discarding the spa, cut the tub apart. Otherwise, seek help with rolling the tub away.
Some highly-rated hot tubs as of 2015 are the Garden Spas Azalea, HotSpring SX, Bullfrog Spas A Series A6L, Sundance Spas Constance and Dimension One Spas Lotus Bay, according to HotTubReviews.com. All of these hot tubs are durable and a good value.
Clean a hot tub by removing the filter and adding a biofilm line-flush product. After the product circulates, drain the tub with a submersible pump, wipe it with vinegar, and refill the tub with fresh water. Install a new filter and chemicals, adjusting as necessary.
To wire a hot tub, contact a local inspector, inspect the service panel, run the wiring, connect the hot and neutral wires, wire the disconnect box and connect the hot tub wiring. Have your work inspected by a licensed electrician before turning on the hot tub.
A hot tub has a control panel with which the temperature is set to the desirable level. A good system has a panel that shows both the actual temperature and a setting temperature, which should be easy to read and set even in poor lighting.
Hot Spring, Cal Spas and Lifesmart are popular hot tub manufacturers, according to a March 2015 Consumer Search comparison. Coleman and Comfort Line Products are also well-recommended brands.
Prepare the base for a hot tub by pouring a concrete pad. Excavate the ground, build the concrete form and add reinforcement steel before pouring. Allow sufficient time for the concrete to cure before installing the new hot tub.
The weight of a hot tub depends on the manufacturer and size, but a typical 7.5-foot square unit weighs 855 pounds when it is empty. However, the filled tub contains 450 gallons of water and has room for up to seven people, increasing the weight to 5,665 pounds.