Hot Tub Myth Busters

Myth vs Truth

Chlorine causes stinging eyes…

Chlorine Granules

Chlorine itself does not cause your eyes to sting when you’re in the hot tub. Incorrect pH level can create either an over-acidic or alkali water stinging your eyes. Bacteria from other bathers, which is not being killed by the chlorine, can cause eyes to sting. This suggests that poor sanitation and low chlorine levels are causing the stinging.

Hot Tubs are better in summer…

Of course, everyone has their own opinion, once you have your own hot tub you will experience the amazing feeling of enjoying your garden all year; regardless of snow, wind or rain. It’s all down to personal preference, but you can guarantee use of your hot tub for 12 months of the year and ignore the damp English weather!

Hot Tub Jets

The more jets the better…

Is a car better which has 10 wheels than a car which has 4 wheels? In most cases, no. It’s not the number of jets that matter, it is the way in which the jets distribute the water. When a

It’s not the number of jets that matter, it is the way in which the jets distribute the water. When a salesperson talks to you about the number of jets for example 100-150 jets, you may initially think “Wow”, however when you look into the hot tub and see there is only 1 pump for 100 jets in one hot tub as well as 1 pump for a hot tub with 40 jets you’ll soon realise that power is just dispersed over a large number of jet rather than suitable targeted to key muscle areas. Always remember “quality, not quantity”. The Jacuzzi® branded hot tubs have patented PowerPro™ Jets which use a low pressure, high volume system to give your muscles a precision massage which is specially targeted to key muscles groups. It is the exclusive technologies and innovative design beneath the water and inside the shell that set unprecedented levels or enjoyment.

I need some plumbing for my hot tub…

All our hot tubs (unless part of the Professional range) have their complete equipment built into their cabinet and shell. All you need is a garden hose pipe and zero external plumbing. To drain your hot tub, you have 2 main options. The first is simply to use the built-in gravity drain which is located at the bottom of the hot tub or behind the paneling. Alternatively, you can empty it using a Submersible Pump.

I need to empty my hot tub after every use…

All our hot tubs have a complete filtration system, to ensure the water is continually filtered (depending on the filtration settings). You need to ensure you always have some form of sanitation in your hot tub (such as Chlorine) to prevent the growth of bacteria. Water is a living entity and will eventually become saturated with the chemicals and bodily fluids added to the water so make sure you change it a minimum of 4 times a year.

I need to turn my hot tub off when not in use…

The filtration cycles on our hot tubs keep the water fresh and have such low running costs due to their insulation and ability to maintain their temperature. Turning your hot tub off will mean your water will not be cleaned and your temperature will drop, resulting in the hot tub needing to work harder to get up to the desired temperature and increase your running costs.

Caring for your Hot Tub

A self-cleaning hot tub is the best on the market…

A self-cleaning hot tub is basically a marketing gimmick. Ask the salesperson to define exactly what this means and how it differs from other brands. Jacuzzi® hot tubs have a patented ClearRay™ Technology system which uses a UV bulb to kill 99.9% of the bacteria in your water. Other hot tub brands may use an Ozonator which does a similar thing but 'all' hot tubs are self-cleaning.

As with any hot tub, you will still need to use a sanitiser (such as chlorine) and spend the same time maintaining it such as hosing down your filters every week and wiping any potential scum marks off the shell of your hot tub.

There are many different choices available for hot tub maintenance and cleaning so look into what is the best for your lifestyle and requirements.

Fully foamed hot tub cabinets are the best for insulation…

We do not believe this is the case. Heat rises which is why the majority of heat loss in a hot tub is through the cover. With larger hot tubs it is better to have a cavity to allow warm air to be continually circulated. Also, imagine the future of your hot tub, you may need to replace some internal parts such as a pump or even repair an internal leak. Yourself or an engineer would have to cut away all that foam insulation to access the required part, once its fixed you will never get that insulation back. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs use a combination of various insulation techniques which means you can expect to pay on average just £1 a day based on standard usage.

Jacuzzi® has created the special Trifusion™ shell, that is a tri-layer acrylic, vinylester vapour barrier, and resin composite combined together, making the hot tub shell that guarantees both energy saving and solidity of structure. In addition to 3-layer insulation, Jacuzzi® has also added SmartSeal™. Ideal for cold climates, this system also reduces noise and prevents the formation of mold and moisture. With SmartSeal™ you save approximately 25% on your bills when compared to other hot tubs.

Paying a high price means you get better quality…

In the UK most hot tub dealers sell around 50-100 hot tubs a year and smaller dealers may sell 30-50, therefore they will look to maximise the sale price. Larger stores will often be able to give you a better price as they are often the sole dealer for a particular brand of hot tub and therefore sell more at lower prices.

At Outdoor Living, we sell over 400 hot tubs a year, which is increasing drastically year on year. We are the sole dealer for Jacuzzi® hot tub for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. As we buy our hot tub in bulk we are able to give our customers some amazing prices, making the hot tub of their dreams a reality. With Outdoor Living not only can you feel safe about the price we are charging but also the high-quality customer service that comes with buying a hot tub from ourselves. Plus, don’t forget, all our hot tub prices include; cover & locks, steps, chemical starter kit, site survey, and delivery & installation to your electrical supply and base.



For more answers to your hot tub buying queries, check out our FAQ’s blog post which helps to answer most queries. Alternatively, have a look at our Electrical Guidelines for hot tubs to know what your electrician needs to prepare prior to our arrival.

Finally, view all our hot tubs online to find the hot tub of your dreams and make it a reality with Outdoor Living.

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