Chapter 4 Topics

4-D: Engineering/Workmanship


Did you catch the repeated words “to” and “the”?

At a glance, most hot tubs look pretty much the same, except for some variations in the layout and aesthetic accents.  But a more careful, informed inspection will show that not all hot tubs are created equal.  Some are much better when it comes to workmanship and attention to detail.  Higher quality brands pay closer attention to the thing that aren’t immediately noticeable to the undiscerning eye. The average shopper would not know what to look for, and has no choice but to rely on what the salespeople say, or trust the online sources they’ve looked up (see #2: The Research Dilemma for more on this topic). 

With inferior brands, very little thought or effort is given to how well it will perform and how long it will last.  They focus mostly on aesthetics, jet count, “features”, and low pricing, because an impressive spec sheet, aesthetic appearance and low-price tag is often what sells a hot tub.

There’s a lot more to a hot tub than a spec sheet and price tag.  In higher end brands, lines are straighter, cuts are more precise and cabinets are better alligned. The seating is more comfortable, the water filters better, the equipment runs more efficiently, and a million other things that are mentioned elsewhere in this website.

Engineering, workmanship, parts quality and attention to detail is what separates the boys from the men in the hot tub industry.  Unfortunately, the average consumer is not able to tell the difference at a glance, and is at the mercy of the vendor’s sales pitch. 

At Hot Tubs Galore, we help you navigate through all the marketing noise to help you understand the differences between the brands and models.