plug ‘N Play hot tub benefits
110v Hot Tubs – also known as “Plug N Play” models – are making a strong presence in today’s hot tub market. Which is no surprise considering the quick and painles ease of use, the reduced up-front costs, and the ability to literally “plug it in and enjoy.”
instant set up
One of the greatest selling points for the Plug N Play models are their ability for instant setup. The moment your hot tub arrives, you can set it in place, plug it in, and let the fun begin. It will take some time for the hot tub’s water to reach your desired temperature, but a Plug ‘N Play model eliminates all pre-delivery, setup and installation phases normally associated with a hardwired model.
lower up front costs
As a result of eliminating the pre-delivery, setup and installation phases, the Plug N Play models yield a much cheaper upfront cost. Eliminating the budget for electrical work and installation of the heater and spa pumps, the savings with a Plug N Play model are noticeable compared to the Hardwired model.
draw of wattage
A Plug N Play model’s heater will typically draw 500 watts to as high as 1500 watts. This is significantly lower than the amount of wattage typically drawn by a larger hardwired model.
hardwired hot tub benefits
detailed set up
The planning and setup phase for a Hardwired hot tub are a larger investment of time and budget when compared to a Plug N Play model, but are well worth the outcome. Often times Hardwired models are built into decks, patios, interlock, or may even be “sunk” below surface level. This planning and setup may yield a larger upfront commitment, but is well worth the outcome. Check out this post for some hot tub inspiration and ideas.
Draw of Wattage
Though the upfront costs are often significantly higher than that of a Plug N Play model, the long-term savings of a Hardwired hot tub are substantial. Due to better insulation and the ability to operate the pump and heater simultaneously, a Hardwired spa changes and maintains water temperature quicker and more efficiently than a Plug N Play model. This advantage has a tremendous impact on your monthly electricity bill, which ends up providing a lower long-term cost than a Plug N Play spa.
draw of wattage
Sure, a Hardwired hot tub draws 10-15 times more wattage than a Plug N Play model. But the length of time it takes for the Hardwired spa to heat is actually more efficient than the Plug N Play model.
Here’s an example
A large Hardwired Spa, with water temperature at 50 degrees needs to be heated to 104 degrees. The much larger Hardwired Spa may use 4000w to 6000w to reach the desired temperature in approximates 5-6 hours, whereas the Plug N Play model may use 500w to 1500w to yield the same temperature change in 15-20 hours.