Purchasing a hot tub is a big investment and knowing how to choose the best option can be tricky. One of the hardest decisions to make is whether or not to take a chance on a used model. We get it. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding a bargain on that one thing you’ve dreamed of owning. Buying used can save you money, initially. However, purchasing a pre-owned spa that potentially requires extensive repairs can be a real headache – and, an additional expense. When you’re ready to buy, consider the following before choosing between new vs. used hot tubs.
Where to Buy Used Hot Tubs
The first thing to consider is the source. There are many different avenues to explore when hunting for a used hot tub to purchase. But, not all the options are reliable or cost-efficient. Many people attempt to sell their old units on eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. While it is possible to find used spas in good condition through one of these methods, we strongly caution against buying without examining it yourself first. It doesn’t make sense to purchase a used hot tub that you are unable to see in advance. Not to mention, the cost to ship anything as large as a hot tub is usually cost-prohibitive. By the time you factor in the shipping expenses, you might not be saving enough to justify buying used.
What to Look For in a Pre-Owned Spa
Next, always take the time to thoroughly investigate its condition and whether or not it’s recently been in use. Evaluate the condition of a used hot tub while it’s completely filled and running. Arrange in advance for the seller to fill the tub. Have the temperature at 104°F for at least 24 hours. This is the most effective way to determine if the spa is in good condition and functioning properly without leaks. Tip: bring your own floating thermometer to confirm the water temperature.
If a hot tub has been sitting unfilled and unused, you probably don’t want it. Hot tubs that aren’t in use, and potentially exposed to extreme weather changes, will suffer a host of costly structural, electrical, and/or plumbing issues. Always factor the price of additional repairs into the price of a used spa.
Finally, always check the condition of the cover before choosing a used model. Replacing a cracked, water-logged, or moldy cover is an additional expense. And, if the previous owner didn’t take the time to care for their hot tub cover, it’s likely they neglected the hot tub itself as well.
Why Buy New
The advantages of buying new are twofold. First, you’re getting a brand-new unit which functions perfectly and comes with all the bells and whistles including a manufacturer’s warranty. When purchasing a new hot tub there aren’t immediate repairs or maintenance to be factored into the price. Furthermore, our high-quality and energy-efficient hot tubs cost less to operate, which could actually save money in the long run. Older, less-efficient models require more energy to keep the water at a steady temperature resulting in higher power bills. Not to mention, with the FreshWater® Salt System for Caldera® spas you only need to change your water once a year. Purchasing a new, high-quality hot tub conserves water and saves you time and money while providing the best hydrotherapy experience possible!
Second, when you purchase a new unit from Fronheiser Pools, you get the peace of mind that comes with our 55 years of experience in the pool and spa industry! We are always happy to test your water chemistry for free at either of our locations, and our factory trained technicians are available if you should ever be in need of repairs.
If you are looking for the best hot tub experience, only buy a used hot tub that has been thoroughly examined in-person for leaks, plumbing, and/or electrical issues. Otherwise, the initial savings just aren’t worth the expense of repairs and maintenance that come with a damaged or outdated model. If you choose to buy a new hot tub, our Freeflow® spas are surprisingly affordable and extremely easy to operate. Or, take advantage of our financing options if you’re ready for the unparalleled design and innovation of our Caldera line of spas. Contact us today to learn more about our current availability!