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The Pros and Cons of Buying a Plug-and-Play Spa

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Plug-and-Play Spa


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Searching for the perfect spa for you and your household can be quite a task. With so many options available today, you may be tempted to get bogged down with all the information available. When it comes down to it, there are two main types of spas available, a plug-and-play spa, and a traditional spa. While you can’t go wrong with either choice, Tredway Pools Plus has some thoughts about why you may want to consider a plug-and-play spa today instead of a traditional spa.

Plug-and-Play Spas are quick to set up

One of the biggest pros of purchasing a plug-and-play spa is that you simply plug it in to get it running, hence the name. A traditional spa will need to have an electrician come out and ensure the wiring is ready to handle the higher voltage necessary for your spa. With a plug-and-play spa, you will be able to plug it into any standard outlet. This makes it simple to get soaking quickly.

Plug-and-Play Spas are more affordable

Since you don’t need an electrician to come out and set up specific outlets for your spa, there are fewer start-up costs associated with a plug-and-play spa. Saving this money initially can really make a difference for some people, and could make it the right choice for you. 

They are also more affordable to buy in some cases. Since these spas require less voltage to run, they typically can’t have as many jets or special features as a traditional spa. This saves the consumer money as there are not so many features to bump the price higher. If you are looking for a lower entry price point, this could be the choice for you.

A traditional spa may have more features

While a plug-and-play spa can save you money initially, it may have fewer features than a traditional spa. If you are looking to have a ton of jets or seat a large group of people, then a traditional spa may be a better option for you. Plug-and-play spas can’t use as much voltage as a spa that requires specific wiring. This means the manufacturers have to be aware of overloading circuits, and consequently can’t add as many of these features. 

A traditional spa may save you more money long term.

A plug-and-play spa will certainly save you money on the front end of things, but a traditional spa will save you money long term. This is something for you to consider. How long will you be using this spa, or how often? Since the plug-and-play uses less voltage, it may also run the heater more often or for longer periods of time. This can make your electric bill a bit higher than with a traditional spa. 


When making these decisions, it is important to weigh the pros and cons against your goals for your spa. Is this something you plan to use daily for the next 10 years? Is it for a vacation home? Do you want more features or are you looking for a deal? Once you have thought about these things, the experts at Tredway Pools Plus are ready to help you select the best option for you. 



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