Some Questions to Ask When Shopping For a Round Hot Tubs

Round Hot Tubs

Round Hot Tubs

If you've never owned a round hot tub before, it can be a bit bewildering to shop for one for the first time. Many shoppers are amazed by the sheer number of spas and all the various configurations available. Portable round hot tubs are often a good choice for first-time owners. They are among the least expensive and simplest to set up and use. Wood barrel hot tubs are another popular choice. Here are some basic questions you'll want answers to as you go through the process of choosing the best round hot tub you can find.


Round hot tubs are a major purchase. They're built to last many years, but problems can and will crop up from time to time, even with the best-made products out there. Be sure to ask each dealer for a detailed explanation of the warranties offered on various hot tubs. There is a somewhat surprising range of possibilities. Longer and more thorough guarantees often tell you which manufacturers are making superior round hot tubs.


Many people who are new to round hot tubs fail to grasp the fact that their new spa will weigh a lot when filled with water and people. The bigger round hot tubs may approach 5,000 lbs. when full. This is very important to know before you make a purchase, so you can pick a location on your property (or in your house) for installation. It may even require special foundational support that will cost you to have installed.


Most hot tub motors cannot be run on standard household electrical outlets (110 volts). The clear majority requires a beefier 220-volt outlet, which will have to be installed if not pre-existing. Be sure to inquire about this as you check out various hot tub models.

Operating Costs

Modern round hot tubs are good at running efficiently, with minimal heat loss. However, it's a good idea to ask the local pool and spa professionals what you can expect to pay in additional operating costs. A lot of local dealers will know a ballpark energy price range, based on feedback from other customers and/or their own round hot tub use in your area. Ask as well about the regular monthly costs (aside from energy) for keeping hot tubs clean and well maintained.