Having a hot tub in your garden at home is a great investment if you want all-year-round relaxation or if you want to step up your party hosting vibes and be the envy of all your friends.
Investing in a traditional fixed hot tub can also increase the value of your house as it’s such a luxury bonus feature and can make any boring garden look more put together.
If getting a permanent hot tub is not your thing right now then you’ve also got the alternative of buying a pop-up portable hot tub, perfect for setting up for friends and family for events or even during particular seasons.
If you’re still undecided on buying a hot tub then this is your green flag to go and buy one, just think about those cozy fall evenings staring at the stars in your bubbling hot tub.
Have we convinced you? If you’re starting to come round to the idea then you’re probably wondering when is the best time to buy your new hot tub or even if there is a best time?
That’s why we’ve created this article, to help guide you to getting the best deal and price on your new hot tub.
When is the best time to purchase a hot tub?
By general rule of thumb, the best time for your new hot tub is during the winter months.
This may be a surprise to some, as hot tubs tend to be most used during summer when more people take time off work and have vacation time.
Fewer people are buying hot tubs during the colder months, so prices will drop significantly and manufacturers and brands will offer good deals and bundle discounts to boost their sales during a quieter period.
Want a super cheap deal?
If you’re after a proper steal in terms of the price of your new hot tub, then the best time to get it would be fall through to wintertime.
Most people will start buying their hot tubs in the spring and summer when the weather becomes more suitable for entertaining outside.
That’s when brands will order more stock to keep up with the growing demand. However, once the summer season is starting to end and fall draws upon us, manufacturers will have excess stock in their warehouses which they’ll want to get rid of to make room for the new season’s stock.
Most hot tubs will be discounted at this point and if you’re after a hot tub with specific features like music or colored lights then this will be a good time for you to start looking as there will still be a good variety available.
If you’re looking for just a general hot tub or aren’t fussy with what features it comes with, then you could wait it out until stores start selling the display models which are out on the shop floor.
This is normally the last stage for stores before they remodel their displays with new or next season’s models.
The best chance of finding a last-minute steal would be visiting a store and asking an employee if the floor models that are on sale.
Ordering online will more than likely mean your hot tub is coming from a factory, where there are still good levels of stock.
Some stores will even offer a massive discount on returned models. Some customers will return a model because it came with a tiny cosmetic scratch on it, this immediately slashes the price as the model cannot be counted as brand new and will either count as returned or pre-owned.
The bigger the cosmetic damage then the bigger discount you will be more likely to get. Stores and manufacturers are highly unlikely to resell you something that is damaged beyond normal use. Most hot tubs that are on resale will only have cosmetic damage.
Looking to get a package deal?
Spring is the perfect time to start getting excited to venture outside and enjoy the warmer weather with everyone you love and brands know this too.
A lot of customers will start searching for a new hot tub in preparation for the enjoyable weather and hoping to get a few extras included.
Some brands will offer package deals or bundles to help customers build their perfect outside spa.
If you’re after a new fancy high-tech hot tub with party lights, drinks holders, the lot, then this will be the best time to get your first choice.
Stores and manufacturers know that customers can get carried away by the changing weather and will be getting ahead of themselves planning all their hot tub parties and endless gatherings. Stores will offer extra items included in the price or at a discounted price with your hot tub.
Ranging from gazebos to hot tub steps, to loungers and chairs to chill out on whilst you’re drying off from your new tub.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive package to ensure you’re the ultimate party host then Spring is the best season to start your search.
However, if you’re looking to get yourself a brand new model, you won’t be able to compare the reviews as there won’t have been many or if any previous customers.
Not got the money right now?
If you’re looking to buy a new hot tub for your house right now but your current budget doesn’t cover the cost of your preferred brand then you might best off going with a brand or store that has a good payment scheme.
These schemes may come and go throughout the year depending on how business is going but some brands will offer an installment payment scheme all-year-round to encourage sales.
Any brand that offers this service will advertise it on the product page on their website or you can always ask an employee in store if they offer any finance plans.
You’ll want to check the terms and conditions before signing up for this finance plan and you’ll want to make sure you can afford to make these payments - no hot tub is worth going broke for!
What should you avoid?
You’ll want to stay clear of any off-site sales events like home and gardens sales fairs.
You’ll probably end up paying over the original price as the company will need to cover the cost of renting the space at the fair, bills, wages, and travel costs just to pitch the sales area.
If you do happen to find your dream hot tub at an outdoor sales venue then make sure you do your research before purchasing by checking the model name and number online to see if it’s a good deal and to compare it with prices from other stores.