Buying a Hot Tub Spa can be a daunting and sometimes confusing experience, with different manufacturers naturally claiming their spa is the best, the following information is provided to help give you a clearer understanding of what to look for from your chosen supplier and things to consider before deciding on a particular model and specification.
What is the difference between a Spa, Hot Tub and Jacuzzi?
The origin of the word “Spa” is actually an acronym originating from battle weary, Roman legionnaires who built baths at the site of natural hot springs to heal their aching bodies. They named these bathing treatments "Sanus Per Aquam" (SPA) which translates as; "health through water."
"HOT TUBS" are a Californian invention from the “swinging sixties” and were made from big old wine barrels, attached to a wood burning water boiler, they were a cheap way of creating a large steamy recreational bath for people to share.
"JACUZZI" has almost become a generic name for Hot Tubs and Spas, as with “HOOVER” for vacuum cleaners. However, Jacuzzi® is a company that manufactures "whirlpool baths" and spas and is a protected trade mark.
These days “Spa” and “Hot Tub” are used interchangeably to describe a hydrotherapy bath that has heated and pumped water flow, directed through jets, with contoured seating.
Where are you going to position your spa?
You will need a firm, flat base such as a tiled terrace, roof or balcony (dependant on construction), the worst case scenario is that you may need to build a concrete pad about 15cm thick.
We can conduct a FREE site survey to help you choose the best location for your perfect spa area.
Plumbing and Electrics
The water supply location is not usually a problem as a hose pipe can be used to fill and empty your spa, which should only need to be done 3 or 4 times a year. The electricity supply required can vary between 16 amps, single phase (standard plug socket), to 32 amps, 3 phase for the more fully featured spas.
Is the spa for bubbles and fun, for serious therapy or both?
Different spa models have varying jet configurations and equipment performance.
If you are just looking for a “fun tub” then a spa with just one pump and 10 jets may be perfect.
However, if serious therapy is what you are looking for then a model with a minimum of 2 pumps and at least 30 hydrotherapy jets is more likely to suit you.
We have six different ranges of Spas in many different shapes and sizes to suit all requirements.
How much does a spa cost to run?
With Full Foam Insulation, a good quality Thermal Cover and low energy Circulation Pumps – like our “Island Spa Range” – Running costs will be in the region of €20.00 per month, obviously this can vary with ambient temperature and how much your spa is used.
Cheaper, non-insulated spas, with poor thermal covers can cost as much as €100.00 per month!
What should I look for in the company selling me my Spa?
Does the company have a dedicated Spa showroom with a range of products to choose from?
We normally have 8 models on display all available for immediate delivery.
Do they have a private wet test area where you can try out the spa?
We have a private “Experience Room” where you can have a dip in our flagship model.
Are they well established and reputable?
We have been supplying and servicing spas in the Algarve for 7 years.
Do they have factory trained service engineers and water care professionals?
We have a qualified electrical engineer who has trained in BISHTA recommended Water Care techniques.
Watch out for companies that offer you incredible prices and then forget you ever existed once you have made your purchase! We look after our customers All The Way with our legendary TotalCare Service.
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