Imagine coming home after a long day, slipping into a warm, bubbling hot tub, and letting your worries melt away. Thanks to modern technology, this dream is now more accessible than ever before! In this blog, we will explore the key differences between two main types of tubs; plug-and-play and hard-wired.
What is a Plug-and-Play Hot Tub?
Plug-and-play hot tubs are installed by plugging them into a suitable electrical outlet. Often preferred due to their easier installation, plug-and-plays are often seen as a DIY task; however, remember that you should still verify the necessary amps and seek advice from a qualified technician.
What is a Hard-Wired Hot Tub?
Hard-wired tubs are what we typically recommend to our customers. As the name suggests, hard-wired tubs are wired directly to a power source by an electrician. Therefore, hard-wired tubs can offer a host of additional benefits when compared to their counterpart.
Installation and Mobility
People often praise plug-and-play hot tubs for their easy installation, and many homeowners prefer this DIY option over hiring a technician. While this might be true, the truth remains that technicians will still need to deliver the tub and ensure a safe installation. Similarly, moving and relocating your tub will necessitate engineers and the right equipment, regardless of the chosen wiring method.
As a result, neither tub is any easier to install or move over the other.
Heating and Pump Capacity
Due to their reduced power source when compared to traditionally wired tubs, plug-and-play hot tubs often have smaller heaters, which can result in slower heating times. It is also worth noting that with plug-and-play hot tubs, you will have to decide between running the jets or heating the water due to the lower voltage. Likewise, the power of hydrotherapy will never compare to that of a hard wired tub.
When comparing them to traditional hot tubs, which you can customise to match your specific preferences, plug-and-play models provide less space for customisation. You might have fewer options when it comes to design, seating arrangements, and additional accessories. Similarly, we observe that many customers who buy a plug-and-play tub with limited pump capacity choose to upgrade to a hard-wired tub within a few years.
At the end of the day, only you know your preferences and reason for buying a tub. This post offers a blanket comparison, but things like space, budget and your reason for purchase should all be considered. For tailored advice, visit our showroom or contact our team using the form below.