Don’t Buy Your Hot Tub from Big Box Stores
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Don’t Buy Your Hot Tub from Big Box Stores

by | Oct 7, 2021

Buying a hot tub is a major purchase, and we want to make sure you get the most for your money. Often big box stores are known for having anything you need! But, when it comes to buying a hot tub, you should bring your business elsewhere. Keep reading to find out why big box stores should not be your go-to when buying a hot tub.

Let’s talk quality

Buying a hot tub should be a long-term investment that will stand the test of time. Often big box stores will manufacture their products in the cheapest way possible, allowing it to sell for less while still making a profit. These manufacturing shortcuts often involve insulation that is minimal, resulting in heat loss. This is important when looking at the running cost of your hot tub, because without insulation it will be working overtime. The last thing you want after making a big purchase are huge energy bills to follow.


A graphic showing a freeheat cycle

At Arctic Spas® we pride ourselves on having the most energy-efficient hot tubs available. Our FreeHeat™ energy system maximizes the heat that your hot tub normally makes and uses it to ensure a warm interior for all your pipes and motors. This is especially important as it helps keep running costs low by recycling heat that is already there. Buying a hot tub from a specialty store ensures there is no cutting corners, saving you money in the long run.

arctic spas cabinet under construction


There are certain benefits you get when purchasing a hot tub from a local dealer rather than making this major purchase from a big box store. Firstly, the best way to test out a spa is to take it for a wet test, read more about wet tests here. This is the best way to see if the configuration and quality of the hot tub is up to standard! When you can’t go for a wet test, often you are buying a hot tub blindly without seeing if it’s really going to work for you and your family. Not being able to test out the quality of a spa before buying it is often part of the plan when it comes to building poorly manufactured hot tubs.

Another flaw to buying a hot tub from big box stores is the lack of follow up and overall service. Once you get a spa delivered from a big box store, it is likely up to you to figure out how to install it! There is more to buying a hot tub than just clicking buy online. Once the hot tub gets delivered you will be off to your own devises. When purchasing from a local dealer, rest assured that they know the ins and outs of hot tub installation.

Buying a spa from a local hot tub store ensures you will always get any necessary follow up and services if anything arises. Your local expert is only a call away & we can always send anyone out for maintenance and provide you with a warranty to protect your hot tub.

Arctic Spas® will always make sure you are set up properly from the start. We are always a call away and can make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your brand-new backyard oasis.