It was a moment that you weren’t sure was ever going to happen, but now that it’s actually here, you feel like you have been waiting almost your entire life for it. You’re getting an outdoor spa for your deck, patio, or backyard. At Spa Hearth & Home in Maple Shade, we know that this is a big moment, and one that if handled properly, will provide you with all of the comfort and benefits of a quality outdoor spa for years to come.


In today’s blog from the outdoor spa experts at Spa Hearth & Home Spa, we will cover a few of the important considerations that you will want to make before committing to a purchase. Not everything listed here will apply in every situation, nor is it a comprehensive list. However, it should allow you to start a conversation with a salesperson and let them know what is most important to you right up front, saving you time and energy during the buying process.


Of course, if you have questions or want to know if we have a specific model in stock, give us a call, or contact us online and we will happily provide you with the information you are looking for.

The Number of Seats Your Spa Needs

The most fundamental question to ask yourself is who will be using your outdoor spa and how often will they use it. If your outdoor spa only needs to accommodate you, or you and partner, then purchasing a 4-5 person outdoor spa may not make sense. Likewise, if you have a large family or plan on using your new outdoor spa to augment your entertainment options, then a smaller, more energy-efficient spa is unlikely to meet your needs.

Lounger Seats

Also, consider whether or not lounger seats are something you are interested in. Lounger seats offer the ability to comfortably recline and typically offer full-body coverage from the massaging jets. However, they also take up more room than standard seating options.

What Outdoor Spa Functionality Matters Most To You?

These days, purchasing an outdoor spa can feel a lot like buying a new car. With so many options, addons, materials, and brands to choose from, we understand it can feel like a lot. Here are some of the most common features of an outdoor spa that we get asked about by out shoppers.

Energy Efficiency

Don’t be fooled, maintaining an outdoor spa requires an ongoing financial commitment in the form of filters, energy usage, etc. Purchasing an outdoor spa that offers elite energy-efficiency ratings can save you a lot of money right from day one. Adding a quality insulated spa top and buying a spa with premium insulation will also more than pay for itself over time.


Home spas that sport dozens upon dozens of jets, lots of high powered motors, and small bubble blowers will all come with increased energy costs that will need to be paid for month after month.


Some home spas offer personalization options that allow you to add features to your spa that provide increased entertainment options. However, there are also some outdoor spa companies that provide customization options that are a little more interesting. One example is the JetPak Therapy System® from Bullfrog Spas which allows you to change out the actual seat jets with any of 16 different seat back options.

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Water Filtration

Home spa filtration systems come in a number of different styles, but the type of filter you need to use, as well as the number of them that must be used at one time, will be determined by the type of spa you buy. As such, we strongly recommend making sure that you inquire about the filtration system on any outdoor spa you are considering buying.

Stereo, Water, and Lighting Features

While not all outdoor spas were designed to be the centerpiece of your party, there are definitely those that can manage the task. However, if you are looking for something that provides some entertainment options without going overboard, then consider a model with built-in water, lighting, or sound features. 


Many outdoor spas have add-on sound and lighting options, and many home spas that have these features standard will offer upgrades. Make sure that you select the right options to meet your entertainment needs.

What Is Your Budget?

The price range for your new outdoor spa can vary greatly from a few thousand dollars to upwards of $15,000. Knowing what your price range is before starting to shop will save you a lot of time, stress, and potentially some buyer’s remorse if you bought outside your budget. 

Price Versus Cost

When considering your budget, make sure that you take into account the difference between price and cost. The price of a slightly cheaper outdoor spa made from inferior materials or with unnecessary options may actually end up costing you much more over time than a spa with a higher initial price tag.

Purchase Your New Outdoor Spa From Spa Hearth & Home

If you live the Maple Shade area and are in the market for an outdoor spa, then make sure to visit the friendly outdoor spa and pool pros at Spa Hearth & Home today. With our extensive knowledge and a large inventory, we can help you find the right outdoor spa for you.