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Are Plug-in Hot Tubs Any Good?

  • By: Adam
  • Date: April 26, 2021

More and more of us are searching for hot tubs to elevate our gardens and enjoy some warm bubbles after a long hard day. Finding the right one can be a challenge, especially if we are on a budget.

It can feel as though the hot tub door is slamming shut in your face leaving you heading to your bath with a straw for some DIY bubbles.

But it needn’t be that way! Plug-in hot tubs are an option more, and more of us turn to, and it’s no wonder why.

They are affordable options that are easy to install and provide us, So today, we are asking the all-important questions about plug-in hot tubs to find out if they are any good before you part with your money!

What is a plug-in hot tub?

Before we get into it, let’s have a quick recap for those in the room that need it.

A plug-in hot tub uses a standard 110V socket, meaning you can plug it into any outlet. It removes the need for installation or wiring fees; simply plug in and play!

These hot tubs tend to be a more affordable option and perfect for renters. Instead of installing the hot tub, you can plug it in and take it with you when you move home! They also tend to be more energy-efficient than other hot tubs, potentially saving you money on your energy bill!

Now that we have covered what a plug-in hot tub is let’s move on to answer some of your burning hot tub questions! Let’s find out if these hot tubs are worth it and the cost of them. 

Are 13 Amp hot tubs any good?

13 Amp hot tubs are less powerful than others on the market but still a fantastic option for those after a plug-and-play hot tub. Generally speaking, these hot tubs have enough power for one pump and will have less jets than larger or more powerful hot tubs. 

13 Amp hot tubs will provide more power than an inflatable hot tub and will run off your household power with ease. They are an excellent choice for those wanting to avoid any tricky electrical wiring.

These hot tubs are not the most powerful plug-in hot tubs. Their big limitation is they are unable to heat the hot tub while the therapy pump is running. This means that the hot tub’s heat can be lost quickly, and your jets will stop heating.

Although this is not ideal, it should only become an issue if the hot tub is used for long periods, such as two to three hours, depending on how well insulated your hot tub is.

For most users, a 13 amp hot tub is more than sufficient and usually cheaper than more powerful hot tubs. However, after excellent hydrotherapy power, a more powerful hot tub would be better for you. 

Can plug-and-play hot tubs be used in the winter?

You can indeed, but there are some factors you will need to be aware of.

The main one is that the hot tub will take longer to warm up in colder weather. It’s best to keep the lid on when heating the hot tub up to ensure that the hot tub warms quickly and keeps the heat in!

Depending on the power of your hot tub, it might take longer to heat up during the colder months. If you intend to use the hot tub all year round, you are better off purchasing a more powerful hot tub, such as a 32 amp hot tub. These will heat up faster and are better at maintaining the heat in colder environments. 

More powerful hot tubs can keep the hot tub heated while the hydrotherapy jets are in motion. Less powerful hot tubs cannot heat the jets while they run, causing the temperature to drop, which is less than ideal in the winter!

Some hot tubs can suffer from freezing in the winter months, and you will need to make some adjustments to prevent this. Well insulating your hot tub can help, such as an enclosure will stop the heat from escaping the sides. 

A hot tub cover as well is strongly recommended. It will keep the heat inside while the hot tub warms up. It ensures that your hot tub will heat up quickly and stay well insulated. Ensure that the cover you purchase covers the top of your tightly to keep the water hot and ready for you to jump in!

How much does it cost to run a plug-and-play hot tub?

Plug and play hot tubs are quite affordable to run! They operate on 110V, which means you can use your home outlets (providing it is safe to do so), saving the cost of an electrician and avoiding scary energy bills. 

They aren’t as cheap to run as portable or inflatable hot tubs, but they tend to be more powerful. It’s worth weighing up if you want a more affordable hot tub or a powerful one when deciding which one to purchase. 

As a rough guide, you can expect your monthly energy bills to be roughly $30-50 more per month when running your hot tub. This number will vary depending on how often you use your hot tub and your current energy costs. 

Certain factors will impact the running costs of your hot tub. The outdoor temperature, the heater’s power on the hot tub, the size of your hot tub, and the temperature you set your hot tub to are the main factors to consider. 

Heating your hot tub in colder temperatures will take longer and use more electricity. It’s worth considering these factors to ensure that you can work out how much your hot tub will cost you. 

Your hot tub’s insulation will also help reduce the running time and save some money on your energy bills. Consider the location of your hot tub and how well you insulated it will be to help keep the cost as low as possible. 

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