Hot tubs come in all shapes and sizes, and there are seemingly as many parts and supplies as there are different models from which to choose. The decision of whether or not to purchase a hot tub or spa is not nearly as difficult as deciding upon which kind to purchase. Once you are confident that you want to invest in one, you will be presented with a whole host of options, ranging from the number of seats and jets to auxiliary features and specialty modifications. Consumers have a many options when it comes to customizing a spa. There is also a broad spectrum of stock models that offer all manners of features and amenities. The parts and supplies that most end users will be interested in are chemicals, filters, covers, and other such items that you need to have a cursory understanding of in order to properly care for your spa. You can leave the ozonators, pumps, and pipes to the professionals who take care of installation. Purchasers also have a variety of options when it comes to actually buying a hot tub and having it installed. Most cities have at least one retail dealer of hot tubs and spas. Many times these dealers also sell swimming pools and other related items. There are advantages to purchasing local, not the least of which are less shipping (cost savings to you and the environment), as well as having an actual store to stop by if you require assistance with something. Another option is to purchase your hot tub through a wholesale distributor. Many of the most reputable of these offer free shipping and installation, as well as reliable and consistent customer support.