Choosing the Right Hot Tub
Hot tubs can bring the family hours of joy and comfort after a hard day. Time spent in the tub relaxing can wipe away hours of stress and frustration, creating a bonding atmosphere for family members to share each other’s day.
Besides the relaxation factor of a home spa, many health benefits can be gained by spending time enjoying the hot bubbling waters. Which is the best hot tub for you? There are several items to consider. Home spas can be positioned outdoors, indoors, and with a portable tub, you can choose both provided that a suitable location exists in both environments.
Hot Tub Benefits
Whether indoors or outdoors is the best hot tub location for you, everyone can benefit from using a tub. For a stress reliever, many people soak in the swirling waters of a spa directly after work while others prefer to use a tub minutes before bedtime for a safe, natural sleep inducer. Either way, by using a tub daily, tension can be released and a peaceful feeling can replace those anxiety pains.
Other physical health-related benefits are gained from using a tub with its refreshing hot waters. Hydrotherapy, as it is called, raises the temperature of the body after a few minutes. This results in increased circulation since the blood vessels open up allowing more blood to flow. This increased circulation is also good for headaches. Muscles and joints are helped by the buoyancy of the body submerged in water, creating a sense of weightlessness. Diabetes can be helped by the heat of the waters helps reduce blood sugar levels and also can help weight loss. Other ailments can benefit from tub use such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Bursitis, and Cerebral Palsy.
Before you decide which is the best hot tub for you, consider these questions:
- How many people will use the tub at once?
- Will you use the spa for all four seasons?
- Is the location you plan to locate the spa large enough?
- What options do you wish to include? Extra jets? Padded seats?
- How much are you willing to spend on the spa?
- Will your chosen site need extra prep work (waterproofing, etc.)?
Hot Tub Location
Most spa owners choose the outdoors for their best hot tub location. By locating your tub outdoors, you can enjoy all the sights, sounds, and smells that the great outdoors has to offer. If you locate your spa near a garden, the scent of flowers can be another form of relaxation to enjoy while you are in the soothing waters.
At night, the moon and the stars can serve as your nightlights for a romantic evening for two. If you plan on using your tub all four seasons outdoors, you will need to purchase some upgraded accessories. Consider buying a tub with extra insulation. This will keep the heat within the tub and help reduce your electricity bill, sometimes by as much as four times. Also, investing in a quality hot tub cover is necessary if you live in an area that has an extreme cold weather during the winter and heavy snowfall.
When considering an outdoor installation, remember these tips. Don’t position your spa too close to a tree or shrubs to keep leaves, branches, and insects from ruining your experience. Make sure you have ample room for a walkway around your spa and the location is level to prevent the tub from becoming off-balance. Also, make sure you have adequate electrical current to operate your tub safely. Consult a professional electrician if changes are necessary.
Many people consider an indoor location the best hot tub location for them. This allows themselves 24-hour access to their tub without privacy or safety issues to consider. If you decide to place your spa indoors, make sure that you have adequate room space and that the weight-bearing ability can support the tub full of both water and people. Check with a licensed professional to get an accurate estimate. Also, consider the electrical needs of the tub along with heat lamps and other accessories.
If you wish to use your tub year around and want the best of both worlds, consider purchasing a portable hot tub. Portable spas cost significantly less than permanent indoor or outdoor tubs. Most portables run off of 120-volt current, unlike some larger tubs that need 240. This means less utility bill expense and no need for an electrician.
Building permits are not necessary since the unit is not permanent. Portable tubs are much lighter and can be moved from outdoors to indoors provided that the unit will fit through the door. If installing temporarily indoors, make sure of the same weight-bearing demands as a permanent indoor tub. Another advantage to purchasing a portable tub is if you wish to move, you can take the tub with you.
Considerations When Purchasing
Whether you choose indoor, outdoor, or portable, buying a home spa is a big decision. Get all the information about the spas and spa products you will need to make an informed judgment. Check out a showroom to see what particular style and options you like best. A qualified spa dealer can help direct you to your spa purchasing decision. Make sure you consider guests when you consider the size of the spa. Also, make sure that qualified service is available in your area in case your spa eventually needs repair.
Online you can purchase the spa of your choice from the comforts of your own home. Most dealers are willing to work with you on price and free shipping many times is available for the asking. Don’t forget about accessories and extras to make your spa experience more enjoyable. Items such as aromatherapy and stereo kits are available. Internet dealers take most major credit cards and in some cases, financing is available for those that qualify.
Just knowing a soothing, restful soak in a spa is waiting for you, helps you in your decision. Whether you choose an indoor location, outdoor placement, or a portable spa that you can move back and forth, the investment in a home spa is one that you won’t regret.
Hot Tub Reviews
There is no widely recognized unbiased source of hot tub reviews. Generally, the best way to find the best hot tub for you is to focus on the following items:
Insulation: If your hot tub will be outside, make sure it contains full foam insulation to avoid high heating bills. Spas located indoors can be constructed with cheaper polyurethane insulation.
Warranty: Look for hot tubs with at least a 7-year warranty on the shell structure and a 3-year warranty to 5-year warranty on the pumps and heaters.
Features: An automatic shut off control can reduce your energy bills if you are forgetful and cannot remember to shut down your spa. Water maintenance systems reduce the need to refill your hot tub by routinely purifying the water. Spas can also be purchased with different types and depths of jets. Pick a jet configuration that targets your problem areas and provide some flexibility should your needs change. Test a few hot tubs out before you make a decision.
Prices: Depending on the features, size and intended location (outdoor spas must be more durable and generally cost more), hot tubs range in cost from a low of about $2,500 to more $20,000. Expect to pay in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 for a well-crafted hot tub.
Dealer: Installing a hot tub is not a trivial matter. Knowledge of basic electricity and plumbing is required. Moving a hot tub also requires several people. Finding a reputable dealer in your area will make it much easier to get your hot tub installed properly.