The Essential Guide for Buying Your First Hot Tub

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Samantha Laycock

March 8, 2024

“We are first-time spa owners and did a lot of research before deciding what spa to purchase. We had some friends recommend RnR due to the quality of their spa and the exceptional service they received.

We went to RnR and spoke with Gary and I was immediately blown away by his honesty and knowledge of their products and manufacturing and maintenance of any hot tub. Gary was the nicest and most knowledgeable individual we spoke to at any of the numerous dealers in Calgary. Spending time in the store, walking through the product lines, and seeing the construction and quality of the spas, we knew if we were to buy one, it would be from RnR.

I brought my wife in and she was treated with the same respect and truly felt like we were part of the family. After receiving the level of customer service we did, it was easy to decide to purchase a Vita spa from RnR. Any business in the retail industry should take note on the level of professionalism at RnR. It was truly an enjoyable experience.”

Buying your first hot tub is an exciting and rewarding experience. It can provide relaxation, stress relief, and even health benefits. However, it is essential to know what to expect before making such a significant investment.


At RnR Hot Tubs and Swim Spas, we are here to make the journey to buying a hot tub an easy one. We don’t want to overwhelm you or make you feel confused. Whether we are your first stop or a stop along the way, we want you to leave RnR feeling a level of confidence that you haven’t felt.

With that, we want you to take these considerations into play BEFORE you purchase your first hot tub. 


Are you using it to entertain weekly?

Are you using it for the many health benefits that it offers?

Are you using it for self-care and mental health benefits?

Do you have children who will be using it?

Knowing the purpose of the hot tub or swim spa is going to help determine which one is best going to suit you.


There are many ways that you can get a hot tub. You can save the money up for one or you can finance a new hot tub. Either way you choose, you need to know what your budget is. Hot tubs and swim spas can range in price depending on the amenities and accessories that you want and need. 

Knowing ahead of time what your budget is, is going to make it easier on us and on you. If you do not have a set budget, know the lowest and the highest that you can reasonably go. This will then give you options when it comes to the different hot tubs and swim spas that you may fall in love with when visiting our showroom. 


Did you know that there are different levels of hot tubs to choose from? From wood-framed to steel-framed, you are going to want to know what the differences are. There are many different types of insulation from foam to environmentally friendly denim. These can dramatically effect cost of operation and ownership.

If you don’t understand, come into our learning center at RnR Hot Tubs and Swim Spas and we can break down the differences between each level of hot tub. This will help you determine what is going to be the best option for your family.

Knowing the difference can save you money down the road when a repair comes. 


How much room do you have in your backyard for a hot tub? Hot tubs and swim spas come in a variety of sizes. Consider not only the size of your backyard but how often you entertain guests. If you host frequent gatherings, a larger hot tub that fits your space may be the ideal choice. Lifestyle is a huge factor in knowing what size of a hot tub is best going to suit you and your family’s needs. 


Hot tub technology has come a long way in a short amount of time. You can have various features on your hot tub including UV/Ozone systems, WIFI, Champagne air, Bluetooth, and so much more. Have an idea of what is important to you when it comes to the features. 


You may not think that a warranty plays a role in choosing a hot tub but when it comes to warranty it is an important factor. You want to ensure that the company that is selling you the hot tub can also provide the warranty service that may happen. Typically when it comes to buying a hot tub, the dealer who sold you the hot tub is in charge of warranty work. 

Now that you have an idea of things to consider and you have spoken to a hot tub dealer, here are things to know about preparing for the steps after purchase.

guide to buying your first hot tub


You did it!! You have purchased the hot tub or swim spa that is going to best suit your family. But what happens next? You have been so consumed with finding the right hot tub that you don’t know what to expect when it comes to delivery and installation.

We are going to talk about how RnR Hot Tubs and Swim Spas prepare you for delivery and installation. 


We spoke about this a bit in a paragraph above about your budget. Before anything can move forward with your delivery and installation, we need to ensure that your hot tub is paid in full. There are many ways that you can choose to pay for your new hot tub from certified checks, personal checks, and even financing.


When you come in and pay for your hot tub, we will go through a delivery checklist with you. We will ask you a series of questions about your site location so that our delivery crew will know exactly what they are coming into when it comes to delivery. 

We will also ask for photos of the site so that our delivery crew can look at those prior to delivery. We want this process to go as smoothly as possible, not only for you but for our delivery crew. If you need help to determine if the site meets our requirements, you can have a complimentary site inspection done before the delivery. One of our technicians will come out and take photos and measurements. 


Once your hot tub is paid for and your delivery checklist is done, we will get your delivery on our calendar. You need to be home for the delivery of your hot tub. You will be asked to inspect it so that you know everything is in perfect condition before we install and start up your hot tub. 

Through this whole process, we will determine if you need a base built or if you need any electrical done. We do not do electrical work but we do have a company that we work with, Tuf Electric. We can provide this information for you to contact them. 


The day that you have been waiting for has finally arrived. RnR Hot Tubs and Swim Spas are going to deliver your brand-new hot tub or swim spa. For the day of delivery, you will receive a call from our delivery team when they are ready to leave. 

If it is a winter delivery, you need to ensure that you have at least a three-foot clearance of snow shoveled along the path we are taking. You will also need to make sure that the location where the hot tub is going is cleared of snow. 

If it is a winter delivery, you want to make sure that your hose is not frozen. Bring it in the night before so that it has a chance to thaw out. If your hose is frozen, make sure to have an alternate water source for us to use if we are starting up your hot tub. 


Our delivery crew will also stay and start up your hot tub if you purchased a package that includes this service which we highly recommend. This means that they are going to fill it up and show you how to use your hot tub. There is a checklist that they will go through with you and you will sign it once completed. 

They will also ensure that your water is properly balanced so you can begin to enjoy your hot tub immediately. 


If you buy a brand-new hot tub from us, typically Spa School is included. This is a one-hour workshop that will walk through water maintenance with you. We will share with you what steps you need to take to maintain your water. 

Spa School is an invaluable piece in our business. We take the confusion out of water maintenance with Spa School. This is something that you don’t want to miss out on. The sooner you take it after you get your hot tub delivered, the better. 


Our main priority is that you enjoy your hot tub or swim spa from the second we have it delivered to your location. We know that life happens and that means things can happen. We are here to support you through everything that you need for your hot tub or swim spa.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, reach out to our office. We are here to help you with water maintenance questions or anything else that arises. 


Just like any other big purchase, there is typical maintenance that you are going to want to keep up with. From changing your water to cleaning your filters to maintenance that comes years down the road, we are here to help. 

If you are looking for the services that we offer to help with the maintenance of your hot tub or swim spa, read our latest blog post. It explains the many different services that we offer to have your tub running like the first day you bought it. 

When you are ready to purchase your first hot tub or swim spa, make RnR Hot Tubs and Swim Spas your first stop. We would love to show you our learning center so you can feel confident in purchasing your hot tub. 

Grab your copy of the Essential Guide To Buying Your First Hot Tub here!!

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