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How do I choose what type of hot tub I want to buy here in Scotland?

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

When you buy a hot tub for your home, there are plenty of things to consider before you are finalising your purchase. When you begin browsing a wide range of hot tubs online and visiting a range of experienced hot tub retailers here in Scotland, you need to weigh up all considerations before making the correct, informed choice of the best hot tub for you and your family.

If you are looking to relax, unwind, and entertain in your own garden, Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living in Scotland have a huge range of award-winning hot tubs from world leading hot tub manufacturers Sunbeach Spas and Oasis Spas to suit your budget and your needs.

How do I choose what type of hot tub I want to buy here in Scotland?
How do I choose what type of hot tub I want to buy here in Scotland?

Choosing the right amount of hydrotherapy jets for you and your family’s enjoyment

Quantity does not always equal quality – that’s because balancing jets and airflow to the number of pumps and the amount of power is critical. If massage is your priority, do not stop at back jets - there are also jets for the legs, feet, hands, and neck. Then look for adjustable jets to fully personalise your massage.

A good reputable hot tub retailer here in Scotland will provide a wet test. A wet test is basically exactly what it sounds like - testing the hot tub when it is filled with water. With a wet test, your hot tub dealer will fill and heat the hot tub so that you are able to test it by soaking in it for 10 - 15 minutes. This time gives you an opportunity to test the seats, feel the water jets and their massage programs along with other features.

Is a hot tub with 100 jets better than a hot tub with 50 jets?

It is a question we are always asked daily as it is very understandable when some manufacturers will sell their hot tubs solely based on the number of jets. Each hot tub manufacturer approaches jet style and quantity differently. Some will focus on adding a high number of jets to wow the buyer and others will focus on innovation and targeted massage. As a retailer of multiple award-winning Sunbeach Spas and Oasis Spas, we believe in quality over quantity and will outline why below.

Pump to Jet Ratio. This should always be considered when purchasing a hot tub. If your hot tub has 100 jets but just 1 or 2 pumps, then the power through each jet will be spread very thin and will not provide a good, targeted massage. On the flip side, a lower number of top-quality jets will provide a better, more targeted massage to the hot tubbers.

Power Requirement / Running Costs / Noise. Assuming the 100-jet hot tub actually has 4 or 5 jet pumps then you must consider how much this will impact running costs and the hot tub experience. Running 3 or 4 pumps will add to running costs and add noise when the hot tub is in use, which will make hot tubbing a more negative experience. With more focused massage, you can improve your overall hot tub experience and ensure that you can fully enjoy the quality time a hot tub provides.

Leak Risk & Diagnosis. The more jets added to a hot tub, the more plumbing! Any quality hot tub will be built to prevent leaks and fully tested at the factory however added pipework will add to the risk of leaks. In addition to this, diagnosing a leak in the future will be a lot more complicated with a spider web of plumbing lines running inside the hot tub. This factor should not be a concern if you choose a quality hot tub and reliable hot tub dealer but worth considering if pondering over jet quantity.

Lack of Variation. It is always worth considering how varied the jets in a hot tub are. You want to ensure you can get enough variation to provide for your hydrotherapy needs. If a hot tub manufacturer is focusing on jet quantity, it is worth considering the type of jet and how varied they are. We would always recommend a 'wet test' to ensure you enjoy the massage that a hot tub provides before making a purchase.

Buying an Energy efficient hot tub

While higher-end hot tubs are initially more expensive at initial purchase, these models may be less expensive to run. As an example, things like high-quality insulation and a dedicated circulation pump will go the distance for you, saving you money with the increased energy efficiency.

The best way to get a much better understanding of the ongoing cost of maintenance and the requirement for your hot tub is to visit a reputable hot tub retailer and speak to them directly regarding any questions you may have. The hot tub retailer will be able to help you with all your questions, options, and price points. You may be surprised to learn how much a different choice can positively impact the overall maintenance costs for the life of the hot tub for example a standard insulated hot tub could cost you around £51.10 per month, whilst a super insulated hot tub from Sunbeach Spas have been independently proven to cost around £14.10 per month.

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Do you want to know more about our range of multiple award-winning hot tubs available here in Scotland?

Here at Penguin Spas, we are proud to be the only official Scottish dealer of award-winning, energy efficiency gold standard hot tubs and swim spas from UK designed Sunbeach Spas and the world’s premier spa brand Oasis Spas

Both manufacturers of the Sunbeach Spas and the Oasis Spas have created a complete insulation energy saving system that reduces energy consumption to save you money. You can have peace of mind that your hot tub or swim spa will be hot and ready for you, without costly energy bills.

Sunbeach Spas are leading the hot tub and swim spa industry with cutting edge technology. The multiple award-winning Sunbeach Spas are all designed here in the UK and are manufactured with the newest industry features which the company consistently pushes the industry forward with innovative designs and features.

Oasis Spas are built by one of the world’s largest international hot tub and swim spa manufacturers who distribute products in 40 countries around the world. Oasis Spas are built to last with premium components and the thickest shells on the market. The Power Saver Technology will save you thousands over the life of your hot tub or swim spa and the Easy-Care Technology makes maintenance simple.


About Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living

Here at Penguin Spa Premium Outdoor Living, we are passionate about delivering the best quality hot tubs, best in energy efficiency, great value for money, and unbeatable customer service. Our friendly team is here to help you choose the right hot tub for your needs and your budget.

Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living Showroom - Scotland
Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living Showroom - Scotland

Our new Scottish outdoor living showroom is an oasis of calm, showcasing a large selection of multiple award-winning hot tubs and accessories we have to offer. Based in Yieldshields, near Carluke – right in the central belt of Scotland – we are within easy reach of the M74 & M8 motorway network and less than 35-minute drive to the city of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Since 2013, Penguin Spas Outdoor Living have been devoted at creating and supplying elaborate products which are all designed to help improve people’s health, wellbeing, wellness, and happiness.

All our premium products are carefully designed and manufactured, and we strive to constantly improve ourselves and the products we deliver. We embrace new technologies and understand the importance of delivering reliable and durable products which help to improve our customers lives.

For more information about Penguin Spas hot tub and swim spa collection, please contact us directly on 0800 112 3886 or click on the link below.

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