13amp (Plug and Play) or 32amp Hardwired… Which is best for you?
13amp Plug & Play
A 13-amp supply plug and play hot tub is a very quick and easy way into the ownership of a new spa, with the majority being within the £5,000 price bracket.
You can literally plug the wiring into a standard 13-amp outdoor, weatherproof socket and enjoy the benefits of your new spa within a few hours, saving time and any extra electric costs.
Due to the lower amperage, it will mean your hot tub may take a little longer to warm up to your ideal temperature, plus you will only ever be able to have the heater or jets running separately.
13-amp hot tubs, therefore, generally, tend to have smaller pumps and fewer extras, such as waterfalls.
That’s not to say, Johnsons can’t offer you a premium 13-amp hot tub! The Emerald comes with LED lighting in the footwell and around the waterline, 61 quality jets, 2 Stormforce pumps, a 3kw heater, Bluetooth sound system, and can accommodate 5 persons, all from only £4199! Please note with a 13-amp you won’t be able to have everything running all at once.
Johnsons 13-amp supply hot tubs are supplied with a 2m cable with an inline RCD unit for safety purposes. Longer cables can be supplied up to 4m at a small extra charge. If the distance between the hot tub and the electricity point is over 4m then it is possible you will require an electrician.
In all instances, Johnsons can advise you of the requirements.
A 32-amp supply hot tub will require the services of an electrician and will, therefore, incur additional costs. The hot tub needs to be hardwired on its own fused spur back to your household consumer unit, not sharing with any other appliances.
The hot tub has to be protected by an MCB (mains circuit breaker) and needs to cover the maximum amperage of the hot tub ( i.e.32-amps ) plus an extra 25% to allow for the initial rush of current when the pumps are started.
An IP65 45AMP Rotary Isolator Switch is also recommended so that the hot tub can be isolated outdoors in an emergency or for service work. This is simply a rotary on/off switch but should be sited more than 2 metres away from the hot tub so that bathers cannot be in the hot tub whilst touching the switch.
Unlike a lot of hot tub suppliers, you can ask Johnsons to supply an electrical package for your requirements from as little as £499.
If you are looking to use your hot tub extensively all year round, would like the benefits of a good massage and improved overall running costs then we would suggest a 32-amp.
When deciding what is best for you, it is important to compare the features and benefits of each. Review the up-front price, installation costs, running costs, and potential future customer service when making your decision.
If you have any questions along the way, everyone at Johnsons Hot Tubs are here to help.