What’s the Best Time of Year to Buy a Hot Tub?
It’s no secret that the best time of year to buy a car is usually around the New Year…but what about other big-ticket products, like a hot tub? Do they have annual sales and seasonal promotions? Is there a time of year when it’s best to buy? The quick answer is yes—buying a spa near the end of the year, around Memorial Day or Labor Day can net you some serious savings. And that’s just the beginning.
For those who have been considering buying a spa, but who aren’t ready to spend a fortune on a hot tub, we have good news. If you plan your purchase right, you can find a great deal on a quality spa and bring home your purchase without having to break the bank. To help identify that sweet spot, this article discusses the when, where, and what of buying a hot tub at the best price.
When to Look
Much like buying a car, spa dealers have a stock of inventory they need to move before new models come in. So, just like cars, the very end and early beginning of the year are the two times you’ll usually find the best deals and prices. Promotional periods before and after holidays are your next best bet, with Memorial Day and Labor Day typically offering some great discounts.
If you feel like combining your purchase experience with a little extra amusement, you can also look for special event sales hot tub dealers often hold at state fairs. Dealers bring a certain amount of inventory with them to these events and are motivated to turn inventory before they leave to avoid transportation and restocking costs.
Outside of that, the best time to look at buying a spa is when you’re already planning to replace a spa or do home/backyard improvement projects. Even with proper hot tub care, the best spas are only designed to last 10-15 years. So when it gets that old or expected age-driven wear and tear sets in, it’s probably time to start looking for a new hot tub. As for making the purchase during a design project, this makes it easier to put the hot tub where you want it, to dress it up the way you intend, and to get everything done in one go.
Where to Look
When looking for best value, you’ll want to keep an eye/ear out for additional rebates, discounts, accessory inclusions, package deals that include delivery and installation costs, and retailers that offer financing. Sources include:
- Brand websites
- Dealer websites
- Local home magazines
- Coupon mailers
- Radio ads
- Signage in and outside stores (big banners, flags, balloons)
- Social media
- Local digital bulletin boards
Or if you know a reputable dealer you can trust, you can always talk to them in person and see what kind of a deal they can offer. You may find there are manufacturer promotions that weren’t advertised on local channels you frequent, or special rebates that can be offered. What’s more, an experienced salesperson can help you identify a spa that meets both your needs and your budget.
If you pay close attention and do a little research, you’re sure to find a special occasion that serves as an opportunity to maximize your savings.
What to Look For
When it comes time to search for promotions, here are specifics you can ask your local dealer about:
- Dealer coupons
- Manufacturer/factory rebates
- Military discounts
- Previous customer discounts
- Referral discounts
- Special events sales
- Tent sales
- Parking lot sales
It’s important to note a couple common mistakes buyers make when they’re shopping for spas. First, there’s the assumption you can get by with a cheaper spa. Not surprisingly, less expensive spas tend to wear out faster (3-5 years) than more reputable, more reliable models (10-15 years). Focus throughout the buying process should be wholly centered on value rather than price. Do your research and pick a reputable dealer with a reliable product.
Also be aware that moving and installing your spa is difficult, and the installation is best done by a professional. If you follow the first two tips, you should be able to bundle delivery and installation with the purchase, granting you peace of mind and a good deal.
Determining the Best Time For You
In the end, determining when to buy comes down to individual circumstances. Consider your savings opportunities, what you intend to use the spa for, and the season you plan to install the hot tub. There’s sure to be an offer that meets your needs and budget while fulfilling your wellness needs.