When purchasing a hot tub, various factors will likely come into play before deciding on the right one. Determining what type of hot tub would best suite your home is a pretty big decision, after all. Another factor to consider is whether you should purchase a used or new hot tub. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the benefits of both and provide you with some tips if you decide to purchase used. At the end of the day, it all depends on the solution that will suit your lifestyle best!


Sometimes purchasing a second-hand item may be detrimental to the quality of the product. Purchasing a used item, at a low rate, may provide the same benefits as a high cost new item, but this isn’t always the case. The dangers of purchasing second hand is that a second-hand spa is normally sold “as is”, which means you have no guarantee or after sales service, once the purchase has been concluded. Damaged or worn out parts may not be visible when you’re making your purchase, which could lead to a nasty surprise a few months down the line.

None the less, purchasing your hot tub second hand is definitely a great way to save money, especially when you’re on a tight budget! Before paying for your second-hand hot tub, be sure to perform a very close inspection, to identify any potential problem areas. If you are purchasing it online, request pictures, and be sure to vet the seller – their reputation will tell a lot about their integrity!

If you plan to purchase a used hot tub, we highly recommend purchasing from a hot tub dealership. The experts at a certified dealership know these systems inside and out, making it much easier for them to assess the system, ensure that it is adequate for sale and verify that it’s truly is worth the selling price.

Purchasing a new hot tub may be a bit more expensive, but with the various financing options available, payment can be split across a few months. There are other perks, such as warranty, delivery and installation. The installation can be quite a job and a verified dealer can definitely assist with that. Not to mention that with top-quality brands like Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, when you opt for a smaller two-person hot tub model, such as the J-315™ or the J-215™, you will often save costs on the overall purchase and long-term maintenance costs, while still enjoying the same wonderful quality that the brand is known for.


If you decide to purchase a used spa, either from a hot tub dealership or private hot tub seller, there are a few things that you should take note of, ask about or inspect yourself.


Check the shell of the hot tub, for cracks, leaks, scratches, and warping. Imperfections – even the small ones – can worsen over time.


Check the cabinet of the tub, since most of the spa’s sensitive interior components are protected by this important part. Things like cracks, leaks and even discoloration are tell-tale signs of water damage. A wooden cabinet should not be warped or have broken slats.

Control Panel

When checking the control panel, make sure that the thermostat, lights, jets, and other entertainment features respond correctly. Any type of fast-paced clicking, chattering sounds, or other behaviour that seems unusual, should be taken seriously, since this can indicate that there has been some damage.

Access Panel

Check the access panel for evidence of leakage or dampness. Both of these suggest that an expensive repair will likely be due soon. Other issues such as pests, damage to connections and corrosion should also be viewed seriously.


The interior framework of the spa must be carefully observed for things such as dents, cracks, folds, and any other deformation.


Turn on the jet pressure and circulation pumps to make sure that it forces water movement. The jet pumps should produce a steady, low-pitched hum. Any other sound – such as grinding, stuttering or belching – would indicate a serious repair issue that is needed.


For advice on used hot tubs for sale, hot tub sellers, purchasing hot tub accessories and finding that perfect hot tub for your family, visit an accredited hot tub dealer, such as Swim World in Chelan. For more information on purchasing a new hot tub, contact or visit us in person today.

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