Planning a test soak? Here’s what to expect.

test soak

Are you shopping for a new hot tub but want to have a test soak before you buy? At Texas Hot Tub Company, we understand!

You wouldn’t buy a car without going for a test drive. When you do, you check to ensure the vehicle fits you. Are you comfortable with the way it drives, the way you sit in the seat, that sort of thing? 

Similar guidelines apply if you’re shopping for a hot tub or swim spa. That’s what the test soak is all about and why we offer them to our customers.

To get the most out of your test soak, it helps to know what to expect. Our experts have put together a comprehensive list of things to bring and consider when coming in for your test soak at one of our Texas locations.

What should you bring with you when you come for your test soak?

Bring your swimsuit and a towel. You can also bring a cozy robe if you’d like to wrap up in when you finish. 

We can understand how you might feel a little uncomfortable, but you’ll have privacy during your test soak.

Relax while you test soak or workout!

Enjoy the hydrotherapy seats available in the model you are taking a test soak in. Kick back and relax for a while.

Put the swim spa through its paces, too. Make sure it’s deep and wide enough to accommodate your swimming style or try out other fun workout equipment that can be added to your swim spa. 

Size matters when shopping for the perfect hot tub.

It’s essential to choose a hot tub or swim spa that’s just the right size. 

Bring the whole family to your test soak – even the kids. Does everyone fit comfortably? 

Also, consider your space for the hot tub or swim spa, indoors or out. You need a model that will fit the space you have.

Don’t forget your feet!

Something that is often overlooked, and another great reason to bring the whole family, is the footwell. When the whole family is in the spa, is there room for everyone’s feet? 

Also, consider jets at the bottom. Do you want jets to massage your feet? Make sure your spa has them and evaluate how they feel.

Seat depth and comfort should be considered during your test soak. 

Make sure the seats are deep enough that you’re covered to your neck. Otherwise, you can feel pretty chilly, especially if you’re soaking at night or in the winter.

Evaluate the seats for comfort, too. Some spas have seats designed for adults and children, so ensure everyone “fits.” 

Check out the loungers if your spa has them. Some people like them, and some don’t because they may “float.”

Jet positioning and number are important to think about during your test soak.

Hot tubs and swim spas come with an unbelievable variety of jet configurations. Ensure the jets in your test spa target the areas you want most.

If you suffer from lower back pain, ensure there are jets positioned at your back in a seat you like. Or if you have neck pain, ensure there are jets to hit those pressure points. 

Sounds can also matter. 

Listen to the hot tub or swim spa as it operates. Nothing ruins your relaxing soak like an annoying buzz or hum. Make sure the spa you’re testing meets your standards.

Consider your wish list and ask questions during your test soak.

Be sure to take the time to measure your experience against your wish list. Ask plenty of questions while you’re there, too. Questions about maintenance and chemicals are common, and our experts are ready to help you navigate any concerns you may have. We want to ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase.

If you’re ready to schedule your test soak, contact us today!

*Updated on May 16, 2023


The 2019 Limelight Collection Owner’s Manual will help you understand your spa’s features, and answer questions you might have regarding spa operation, water care, and maintenance. There is also a troubleshooting section included for your convenience.  

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