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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Spa

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Two people sit in a Wellis Hot Tub on a luxurious patio at night. Choosing a spa, like this one, requires answering fundamental questions about your wellness goals and what you are willing to invest.

Everyone has different lifestyles and wellness goals. That’s why the world of spas is so wide and diverse. While it’s comforting to know that there is a spa experience out thewre that can accommodate your specific needs, it can make choosing a spa a challenge. 

At Wellis New England, we have compiled a list of essential questions to ask yourself when it comes to choosing a spa. By answering these questions for yourself and your household, you will have a solid understanding of the nuances affecting your spa’s style and functionality before you enter the showroom.

To guide your spa choice, answer the following:

  • What are your wellness goals?
  • How much maintenance are you willing to perform?
  • What sensory experiences do you want from your spa?
  • How much are you willing to invest in your spa?

Why research is necessary when choosing a spa.

A spa is an investment in one of the most important aspects of your life: your wellbeing. Furthermore, it makes a significant impact on your home’s look and function. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to approach your spa as you would any other wellness regimen or home improvement feature: with an open mind and healthy shrewdness.

The key is to, first, get clear on what it is you are trying to accomplish in your day-to-day life. You may even anticipate your lifestyle changing sometime in the not-too-distant future. In any case, you don’t want to settle on the first spa that grabs your attention just for the sake of having one. Honor your physical, mental, and financial health by doing the research first. 

What are your wellness goals?

So, what are you trying to accomplish in your day-to-day life? Self-care? Physical fitness? Pain relief? The good news is that the right spa can help your mind and body in numerous ways. It just depends on what your top priority is.

We can help you differentiate between spa styles based on the wellness goals they help you achieve. If your main goal is to get into better shape, then a swim spa would be a better fit for you. If you prefer to reserve workouts for the gym and make your spa experience more about relaxation and recovery, a hot tub is your best option.

Swim Spas

Swim spas serve a dual purpose by offering both a high-resistance, low-impact workout and a hydrotherapy environment. Its programmable currents allow you to perform resistance swimming at different speeds. 

And the exercise possibilities aren’t limited to swimming. A number of accessories including a rowing kit, paddles, treadmills, and aqua bikes can be added to a Wellis® swim spa for a more customized workout experience. Best of all, when your workout is over, you can move over to the spa seating area of your swim spa. Here, you’ll be able to let water jets soothe your muscles after that intense exercise. 

Hot Tubs

A hot tub is what most people envision when they hear the word “spa.” These more intimate soaking tubs focus specifically on relaxation and relieving physiological discomfort. Hot tubs have more abundant and targeted water jets than swim spas. Therefore, people gravitate more toward hot tubs when they have specific muscle and joint groups needing relief. 

Hot tubs also differ from swim spas in terms of their shape and size. Wellis New England’s hot tubs are either square or rectangular and seat up to nine people. A Wellis swim spa, on the other hand, is rectangular and longer so as to provide adequate space for athletic training. This means that if you wanted to use your swim spa for entertaining, you’ll accommodate more people than a hot tub would.

How much maintenance are you willing to perform?

As you research spas, it’s important to note what is built into the spa that will make its operation and maintenance more efficient for you. Here are some of the main features to have on your radar when you’re weighing options.

Side Cabinet  

“Cabinet” refers to the side paneling that encases the spas frame, plumbing, and machinery. Oftentimes, side cabinets are made of timber that, while aesthetically pleasing, require frequent cleanup to prevent rot. Wellis spas, on the other hand, have acrylic cabinets that make maintenance quicker and easier.

Water Purification System

Clean water means healthy spa users. Therefore, a spa’s water purification system should be reliable and multifaceted to ensure crystal clear water with each use. A Wellis spa, for instance, contains a multi-stage filtration system and includes a UV-C water sanitizer lamp. Some models even contain an ozone system for added purification.

Pump Action

Behind the most rejuvenating spa experience is a powerful pump. Standard hot tubs pump anywhere from 26.5 to 40 gallons of water per minute on average. Wellis spas pump up to 79 gallons of water per minute without drawing heavily from your power source

For a more in-depth list of features affecting spa maintenance and operation, visit our blog, Why Make It a Wellis Spa?

What sensory experiences do you want from your spa?

Simply put, what do you want to feel, see, and hear in your spa? Obviously, a targeted, soothing circulation of water is at the top of the list. Therefore, you want to be particular about how sophisticated the hot tub jets are.

Not all jets are created equal. Basic hot tubs have fixed jets that pump water in one direction. Wellis hot tubs contain both fixed and rotating jets. Furthermore, the jets are adjustable and vary in their pump patterns and location within the spa seats. This helps deliver a more thorough hydromassage than a basic spa, even with fewer jets. 

A top-quality spa doesn’t stop at spa jets when it comes to a sensory reward. Many Wellis hot tubs include multicolored LED lighting as well as an AquaSoul™ sound system with Bluetooth® compatibility.

What are you willing to invest in your spa?

Swim spa versus hot tub. Fixed jets versus adjustable. Acrylic versus timber for your side cabinet. At the end of the day, options like these that influence your spa’s longevity and enjoyment factor come down to how much you’re willing to invest in your purchase. 

What are the differences between an entry level and luxury model? Wellis’ high-end hot tubs can cost several thousands of dollars more than a more entry-level brand. However, the higher price you pay upfront gives you a product that lasts longer, requires less maintenance, is more energy efficient, and is more sophisticated in its look and feel than more basic products. Ultimately, you’re better able to recoup your initial investment in a Wellis spa with greater satisfaction than you would with an entry-level product.

What spa will you choose?

By giving thought to these guiding questions, you set yourself up for success in choosing the best spa for you. Once you’ve answered these questions for yourself, contact us at Wellis New England. We will work with you to identify what spa will deliver your optimal wellness for as long as possible. 

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