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There’s little doubt that a soothing hot tub can help relieve everyday stress, aches and pains. In order to reap those relaxation benefits, you’ll need to do some research to make sure your new investment is the right one for your needs.

“You’re looking at a product that’s going to benefit you over a long span of time – not three or four years like cars, or many of the other things people buy,” says Andy Rusk, owner of Hanson HotSpring Spas in Colorado Springs. “It’s a major long-term investment. That’s why it’s important for you to do your homework and really understand what you’re getting and who you’re getting it from.”

Here are four things to know before you buy a hot tub.

1. Your Buying Criteria

What are your goals? Are you getting a hot tub for entertainment purposes or for health reasons? Some tubs are more therapeutic than others. Take into account your available space as well as how often you’ll be hosting. Even though you may want a bigger tub to accommodate your friends and family, you ultimately must choose a tub that fits your space.

You also need to know what your budget can accommodate.

“It’s really dependent on each individual situation. That’s one of the important things we’ll talk to people about as far as their needs,” Rusk says.

2. Investing Now Will Equate to Long Term Value Later

It’s important to understand the life expectancy of the tub, as well as the model’s energy efficiency. When shoppers look at the life span of a quality hot tub, it makes sense to invest in a higher quality tub knowing that it will last a long time.  Spending more when you purchase the spa will ultimately pay dividends by lasting longer, be more energy efficient, resulting in less need for service.

“That’s one of the things that stands out with the HotSpring line; their efficiency. And the cost to operate on a monthly basis is the lowest that research has shown,” Rusk says, also noting that HotSpring hot tubs have a lifespan of more than 20 years.

3. The Water Care System That Works for You

Choices include the proprietary ACE salt water sanitizing system, fresh water systems and chlorine and bromine systems.

“There are definitely advantages to the salt and fresh water systems,” Rusk says. “The water is softer. You’re not sitting in a chlorine bath. Chlorine and bromine are very harsh chemicals. They’ll dry the skin and can cause some irritation. The fresh water and salt systems are much kinder to your body.”

4. Your Dealer

Does the retailer have longevity and a good reputation? Check online for reviews, Better Business Bureau ratings and community outreach.

Look at the experience the hot tub dealer has with the brands they sell. The amount of time the dealer has represented a brand often determines how well a manufacturer supports them with products – from warranties to replacement parts of tubs bought long ago.

The HotSpring line of spas, for example, ensures Hanson Hot Spring support for decades after a sale, he says.

“They guarantee we can go out on a 20-year-old hot tub and actually get parts for it. That tells you that the product is expected to last 20-plus years.”

Also note the number of brands a dealer represents. Are they aligned with a single manufacturer or do they have five different brands on the floor?

More is not better, according to Rusk, who sells only HotSpring products. A dealership that works with a single manufacturer means that the staff is thoroughly trained in the product, he says.

And, it’s best to buy from a dealer that limits its service to products it sells, as it’s likely to provide the best post-sales customer service, Rusk says.

“Some dealers will service everything that comes along. Your good dealers are going to service pretty much what they sell, so they’re always able to give the priority to their customers.”

Prices range from $4,000 to $70,000, a spa for every backyard and budget, at Hanson HotSpring Spas, 1835 Dublin Blvd., in Colorado Springs. Stop in or contact them at (719) 593-7727 or visit on the web at HansonSpa.com.

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