These seven hot tub accessories make your hot tub a safer and more efficient, and will help to decrease running costs.
There are a host of products and accessories created to enhance your hot tub experience. While some are not directly related to the running and enjoyment of a hot tub, others are intrinsically connected to the longevity and safety of it. We’ve listed out a handful of items that you should seriously consider when investing in a hot tub.
1. Spa Covers
You might think a cover is an unnecessary accessory, but we’re here to tell you that this is one of the most important add-ons you can buy for your hot tub. These covers are built to fit snugly on top of your spa, protecting the water and internal portions of the structure. They prevent leaves, insects and other debris from collecting on the water surface and from clogging up the hot tub’s pumps.
An even bigger advantage is that these covers can help reduce your water and energy bills. Owning a hot tub can increase your energy bills but investing in a cover early on can help keep those costs down. A good quality cover keeps the water warmer for longer and doesn’t require you to turn the hot tub off when not in use. This way, you can save on extra costs associated with refilling and reheating the water each time you use the spa.
Gain more control over your hot tub’s settings with the SpaNet Wifi Controller. The combination of the SmartLink module and the SpaLink mobile app allows you to manage your hot tub remotely. You can adjust the water temperature, turn the jets on or off, adjust speeds, control the light modes and more, all through your mobile phone. What’s more, you can connect the SpaLink app to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and simply speak commands, like “Ask my spa pool, set temperature to 39 °C.”
The app also sends alerts about hot tub issues that may arise and provides solutions. It can even help with energy savings by letting you choose specific operating modes that reduce power consumption when the hot tub is not in use.
Ready to leave work? Turn your spa on so by the time you get home, all you need to do is pop on your bathers.
3. Water Tester
Good water quality is one of the most important elements of enjoying a hot tub. We’ve discussed the importance of monitoring the chemical balance of the water and of using chlorine to ensure a safe experience in earlier articles. When hot tub water is exposed to the elements and comes in contact with dirt and bacteria from our bodies, it becomes polluted and unsafe. A handy item that can assist in maintaining the water quality and ensuring hygiene levels is a tester. These devices test the water’s chlorine, bromine, pH, alkalinity-m and cyanuric acid levels and alert you when it’s time to change the water or reconsider chemical agents used while cleaning.
Increase the relax-o-meter by attaching headrests to your hot tub. The addition will allow you to lean back and enjoy the hot tub without worrying about getting a crick in your neck or your hair getting wet. Use securing screws to hold the headrest in place for solid support.
5. LED Handles
The external surfaces of a hot tub can get very slippery and can cause serious accidents if you’re not careful. It isn’t uncommon to hear of people who place their hands on certain surfaces for support while moving only for their grasp to slip and for them to get hurt. That’s why it’s important to ensure there are clear, easy-to-reach spaces that you can hold on to when moving within the hot tub or when getting in and out of it, especially for those with mobility problems.
Installing handles along the inner edge of the hot tub allows you to comfortably and safely move around without the risk of injury. LED handles are worth considering because the lights serve two purposes: they make the handles easy to find when using the hot tub in the evenings or at night; they add to the aesthetic appeal of the hot tub space by creating mood lighting. It’s a win-win.
6. Spa Steps
Since hot tubs are usually self-standing structures with high walls, it can be challenging to get in and out of the spa easily. Not everyone will be comfortable hoisting themselves into the water or lifting their legs up over the wall. What’s more, trying these manoeuvres increases the chances of injuring yourself. An easy way to avoid these mishaps is to invest in spa steps. The steps should be heavyweight, durable, anti-skid and water-resistant so that they last long. If you’ve got children or the elderly frequently using the hot tub, consider getting steps with rails for additional support.
We’ve talked about the value of a spa cover earlier. While it is vital to protect the hot tub water from impurities and the elements, it is equally important to protect the hot tub body, too. A protective spa bag will cover the whole outer structure and shield it from harsh weather events, like excessive heat or hail, and from dust particles and insects that might get into the internal mechanisms of the hot tub and disrupt its functioning. It’s a practical way to keep your hot tub in good condition no matter the environment.