How to Choose the Right Spa for YouPosted: February 25, 2022
There are over 20 Sundance® Spa models to choose from, and while they are all best in class, how do you know which one is best for you personally? We have put together a list of the most important aspects of spa ownership to consider when trying to decide which one is the perfect fit for your individual lifestyle.
The first thing to consider when choosing a spa is the space it will go in. Sundance® Spas are perfect either indoor or outdoor, so all we will be concerned with is the size of the base the spa will sit on as well as any nooks and crannies the delivery crew will have to navigate through to put the spa in its final destination.
Make sure to measure your spa pad area, whether that is a concrete slab, hard plastic mat, pavers, gravel, etc. You will want to choose a spa that has dimensions equal to or smaller than the area it will sit on.
Another thing to consider is any walkways, gates, decks, sun porches, or any other obstacles the spa will have to navigate through in order to get where it needs to be. Spas are delivered tipped up on their side, so you will have to make sure that the height of the spa is smaller than whatever width you will need to get it through. For example, if you have a 4ft wide gate, you will need to choose a spa that has a height of less than 4ft. If you are unsure about measuring or have a more difficult delivery situation, we would be more than happy to do a consultation and make sure your spa delivery goes off without a hitch.
Once we have the size requirements figured out, it’s time to factor in how many people will realistically be using the spa at the same time. If the spa is just for you and a partner, a 2-3 person spa would do the trick, whereas if you have children, a bigger family, or are interested in entertaining all your friends, you might be looking more in the 5-7, or even 8 seater range.
One of the most important things you should do when looking at different spas is to actually take the time to sit in the different seats and see how they feel. Even empty, a spa seat will tell you a lot about the level of comfort you are going to have in the spa once it is filled up and in your space. Depending on your height and general body type, the seats could feel a lot different from one another.
A spa lounge is a seat for one person that is designed to give a full body massage from head to toe in a reclined position. It is a fantastic seat to experience, however, due to the length of the seat and the space it takes up, it will mean you have one less seat in the spa over a non-lounge spa of the same size. Every Sundance® Spa has a sister tub that is the exact same layout except for either having a lounge seat, or not having one. For example, the Sundance® Optima and Cameo have the exact same dimensions and layout, except for the fact that the Cameo has a lounge seat and the Optima does not.
If you are buying a spa more for the massage therapy aspect and love the idea of a full body massage, a lounge seat might be right up your alley, whereas if you are strictly looking to entertain as many as possible, a more open layout would be the way to go.
There are two different ways Sundance® Spas can be hooked up to electricity: through 110v (what is otherwise known as a “plug and play” spa), or through a 220v hook up. A 110v spa can be simply plugged into any outlet by the spa owner, whereas a 220v will require the enlistment of a licensed electrician to make sure everything is wired properly before use. The main difference between the two voltages, besides how they are hooked up, is how much electricity they can draw at once to power the various spa systems. For example, a 110v spa will heat up much slower than a 220v, and during heating the jets will have to either be off or on low. Whereas a spa hooked up to 220v would be able to run all jets on high while heating and will heat up faster.
Most Sundance Spas are large enough to require a 220v hookup, but there are some models that can be wired for either 110v or 220v, so if that is something you are interested in make sure to check with your spa salesperson on which models would work for you.
Equipment, Features, and Options
Some final things to consider when looking at spas is to decide which features, and systems are important to you. Do you want to go all in on massage therapy and get the spa with the highest quality jets and air systems? Is aromatherapy up your alley? Are you more practical and only care about efficiency, insulation, and quality of the components? These are all important things to consider when looking at different models. Go for the spa that hits the most (or hopefully all) check marks on your spa feature wish list.
Ask the Spa Experts
Choosing a spa can be a daunting, even if exciting, task. There are a lot of options to choose from and things to consider, so we hope this guide can at least serve as a starting place to narrow down some options. However, if you want someone to guide you through the spa process every step of the way, one of our spa experts would love to reach out and get started with you. Feel free to stop in to any of our locations, give us a call, or fill out a form on our website to get in touch and get on your way to relaxation.