When it comes to buying a hot tub, there are a lot of factors to consider. One of these factors is hot tub voltage. You may be wondering, “Is this really a big deal? What’s the difference between voltage in hot tubs?” Let’s break it down.
The Basics of Voltage in Hot Tubs
There are two different voltages when it comes to hot tubs: 110 volts (110v) and 220 volts (220v). But what does this actually mean? Basically, it’s just how much power it takes to run your hot tub. If you get a hot tub that has 110v, you can just plug it straight into your outlet at home. You won’t need an electrician to come help you set it up. However, if you buy a hot tub that has 220v, you will need an electrician to help. That’s because these hot tubs run on more power, and your normal outlet can’t handle it.
So Why Would I Ever Get a 220V Hot Tub?
If you can just plug a 110v hot tub in without any extra changes, why would you get the hot tub with the higher voltage? There are benefits to the higher voltage that you can’t get with a 110v (or “plug n play”) hot tub. A 220v hot tub runs at about twice as much power as a 110v hot tub, meaning it can do more. Do you want lights, a sound system, and maybe even a remote control to adjust your hot tub’s temperature? If so, a 220v hot tub is going to be for you if you’re looking for all of the bells and whistles.
Also, while 110v hot tubs are great for the basics, there just isn’t enough power (or voltage) going through them to run the heater and the jets at the same time. So there’s that downside of needing to run the heater to warm the water first, then the jets after you get in.
So Then Why Should I Get a 110v Hot Tub?
If you want all of the bells and whistles, then getting a 110v hot tub might not make sense to you. But, it does make sense for a lot of people. If you are not planning on staying where you live long-term, or are just one person using the hot tub, a 110v hot tub is perfect for you.
These are considered “plug n play” hot tubs because you literally just have to plug it in, fill it with water, and you’re ready to go. So, the same goes for when it’s time to move on from where you are now. All you have to do is drain it, unplug it, and take it with you. Again, there’s no electrician needed, so it’s really that easy.
110v plug n play hot tubs are also known as “entry-level” hot tubs. They’re great for getting your foot in the door of hot tub ownership! You’ll learn a lot about hot tub care and just how much fun and relaxing it can be.
But during the Kansas winter, keeping it heated is a challenge, as the water may start cooling before you’re ready to get out. If that’s the case, you may want to look into getting a 220v conversion kit—that will give your 110v hot tub the juice it needs to run both the heater and the jets.
There’s also always the option to upgrade your hot tub later by trading in your entry-level 110v hot tub for a 220v. You can save on a new 220v hot tub that way! Chat with us and see if it applies to you.
Get Some Help Deciding on Hot Tub Voltage
Now that we have answered the question, “What’s the difference between voltage in hot tubs?” you may be ready to buy a hot tub, or you may have more questions. Either way, come on over to Energy Center-Manhattan Pool. We can help answer any other questions you have; help you decide on hot tub voltage, and help you pick the perfect hot tub. Contact us today or stop by to learn more.