Hot Tub advice

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Posted 6th Apr
Hi all,

I am looking at purchasing a Hot tub after much consideration, and leaning towards a "proper" rigid one as opposed to an "inflatable" sort of thing. But perhaps that is going to be a hell of a lot easier, but for the moment I'd like to consider a proper one.

On eBay there are ones for 4 people for around £2800-£3500 however when I look at local companies it seems to jump to at least £5500+ for a similar looking thing.

As an amatuer I'd love to pick your brains:

How hard is it to actually have one of these things delivered? I have a large patio space but the access is (reasonably wide) steps down.
Do i need to consider not just putting it on the patio (ie the weight)?
Do i need someone to come and assess the space?
Does anyone have any companies they could recommend?

I understand I would probably need to pay a specialist to deliver and install, no problem there.

Thanks so much!
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don't forget a suitable power outlet depending on the hot tub, some of them will use a standard 3 pin plug where as other need something like a 32amp rcd outlet fitted.
My mate has one fitted, he had a local chap come around and they assessed the space and foundations it was going to sit on etc. The. The delivered it and craned it over his rear fence onto the patio in the exact position he wanted. There was no way this thing would go down a drive on a pallet and jack arrangement.

Anyway, all fitted and works lovely. He even built a proper wooden pagoda type thing over it with open sides and a bar. Cost about £9000 for the lot from the initial inspection to the finishing off of the pagoda and water being in it etc.

Last year he used it for a total of 29hrs spread over the summer, (he kept a log of use for his own inquisitiveness). He’s minted, and says it’s the worst thing he ever purchased from a time invested/money spent vs use point of view.

Just saying.
Also do not believe the running costs you are told by the Hot Tub companies. Budget for around £80-90 per month to cover electricity and running costs (chemicals etc.) this is for a fairly standard 5-6 person hot tub)
ArcadeAssassin06/04/2020 16:09

My mate has one fitted, he had a local chap come around and they assessed …My mate has one fitted, he had a local chap come around and they assessed the space and foundations it was going to sit on etc. The. The delivered it and craned it over his rear fence onto the patio in the exact position he wanted. There was no way this thing would go down a drive on a pallet and jack arrangement. Anyway, all fitted and works lovely. He even built a proper wooden pagoda type thing over it with open sides and a bar. Cost about £9000 for the lot from the initial inspection to the finishing off of the pagoda and water being in it etc. Last year he used it for a total of 29hrs spread over the summer, (he kept a log of use for his own inquisitiveness). He’s minted, and says it’s the worst thing he ever purchased from a time invested/money spent vs use point of view. Just saying.


You can easily get it down drives steps etc they use a hot tub sled and tricks like putting plastic tubes under to roll it etc...
Ive seen one man alone take them up on to decking etc lift them down into 3 foot holes no problem, you just need the right equipment and intelligence, although most will just say it cant be done and use a crane because they are poor at their job, plus health and safety etc.. these days
Don't let Jim in it.
Shalom!
Mark_Hickman06/04/2020 16:36

You can easily get it down drives steps etc they use a hot tub sled and …You can easily get it down drives steps etc they use a hot tub sled and tricks like putting plastic tubes under to roll it etc...Ive seen one man alone take them up on to decking etc lift them down into 3 foot holes no problem, you just need the right equipment and intelligence, although most will just say it cant be done and use a crane because they are poor at their job, plus health and safety etc.. these days


I can quite believe this. Even more so with my mate being the one making decisions.
ArcadeAssassin06/04/2020 18:49

I can quite believe this. Even more so with my mate being the one making …I can quite believe this. Even more so with my mate being the one making decisions.


Yes its pretty impressive, theres a guy on youtube ( the spa guy ) ive seen him do some crazy stuff alone, you would never believe.
If you have time flick through this video
and see at around 8 minutes how he gets it up steps and down into a 3 foot hole alone using an inflatable bag and bags of ice underneath that melt away after removing the inflatable bag.
Ive seen him take 300kg hot tubs up onto 10 foot high decking using wooden ramps and a winch system, clever stuff and saves on a £1000 crane charge. looks like very hard work though and always done in flip flops
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