Questions to ask yourself before choosing to purchase a spa
When buying a spa or other swimming solution for your home, there are plenty of things to consider before you make a final purchase. Before you begin browsing products, you need to weigh up all considerations before making the correct, informed choice.
Do I want a spa or a swim spa?
Spas are great for relaxation, recovery, and generally enjoying time with your family in your backyard.
If you regularly swim and like the idea of being able to do so whenever you want, then a swim spa is worth considering.
It is costly and time-consuming to heat a swim spa with such a large body of water. If you buy a swim spa and you regularly want to have a hot spa, then you should consider buying either:
- • A separate spa with greater choice of seating and massage options
- • Or a dual zone swim spa with separate spa
Do I want a portable spa or in-ground spa?
In-built spas — either in the ground or in a deck — used to be very popular. They can look great when incorporated into a landscaped outdoor living area.
However, there are a few downsides to installing an in-ground spa, such as:
- • Difficult and expensive installation
- • Equipment must be placed externally
- • Less power to the jets due to longer plumbing
- • Higher running costs
- • Unable to move the spa or sell it onwards
- • Major problems if the spa leaks for tree roots and land
- • Limited choice of suppliers and installers
These days we would recommend using a portable spa and building this into your deck. Otherwise, you can sink the spa into a pit in the ground and add decking around it. This is due to the many benefits offered by portable spas:
- • Simple to install
- • Everything is located under the spa for easy servicing
- • Maximum power and hydro massage
- • Lower costs due to better insulation
- • Programmable filtration and heating
- • Can move or sell it at any time with minimal cost
- • Quiet — all equipment is built into the cabinet
- • Easy to repair as the cabinet is fully removable
- • Full lighting and stereo options
What entry-level of spa do I want?
Once you have decided on either a portable or in-ground spa, you then need to decide what you want in a spa. Your preferences will directly affect how much your spa costs. You need to choose between:
- • An affordable entry-level spa, mainly for cooling off or soaking in hot water. See the California Classic.
- • A mid-price all-rounder that has more features and offers a good level of hydrotherapy. See the Pacific Hydro.
- • A top quality hydro massage spa with premium features and more jets, power, and therapeutic benefits. See the Islander Pro Platinum.
This decision will determine your everyday spa experience, the price you’ll pay, and the power supply you need.
What’s the best spa for my needs and location?
Determining the particular model spa you should buy will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- • The size of the area you have available
- • The number of people you want in your spa at one time
- • If you prefer a feeling of roominess in your spa
- • The style of seating you want, as recliners take more space
- • Running costs — the larger the spa, the more water heated
- • Your budget — larger spas are more expensive to run
What kind of seating layout do I want?
This will directly influence how much you inevitably spend on a spa. Spas have four main types of seats.
- • Recliner lounges are designed for lying down, and are perfect for when you want to fully relax. These seats often have jets along your legs and on your feet as well as on your back to provide a full body massage. However, they do take up the same amount of room as 3 upright seats.
- • Therapy seats have many jets to target muscle groups on your back and your feet, providing therapeutic relief for aches and pains all over the body.
- • Neck and shoulder therapy seats have jets that are located at or above the water line to target your neck and shoulders. They can be very deep and can also be restrictive for tall people, so make sure to sit in them before buying.
- • Bench-style and other upright seats often have fewer jets, and are best for children and socialising. They are usually shallower, upright, and allow you to fit more people in your spa.
Visit Oasis Spas
If you are unsure about what is best for you, try testing out some spas in person — or even better, ask for a test soak at one of our easily accessible showrooms. Our friendly staff are on hand to answer any questions you might have about our spas. In the end, we want you to feel comfortable that you’ve made the correct choice.