Imagine having a home spa where you can relax and chill after a long day at work. You just get in it, grab a beer and watch the stress melt away. It might seem so far out of reach, however, sprucing up your patio with a hot tub or installing one in your bathroom can easily become one of the smartest investments you’ll ever make. Besides relaxation, a home spa can also help loosen up your stiff muscles and provide a host of other benefits. But before buying a hot tub, there are several things you should consider.
If you’re a family of three or more people, we suggest you go with 3 person spas or larger, so everyone can sit comfortably. Tubs meant for three people aren’t always ranked as large size. In fact, hot tubs that can welcome two to four people are considered to be small ones. On the other hand, a tub that can welcome five to six people is considered to be a medium spa, while anything else bigger than that (seven people and more) is considered to be a large spa.
3 person spas range from 162-213cm in length, 162-203cm in width and 73-88cm in depth. A medium-size one (which is ideal for more than three people) is usually 198-228cm long, 193-236cm wide and 83-98cm deep. Large hot tubs are typically 213-274cm long, 213-279cm wide and 91-96cm deep.
The depth of the hot tub you buy is an important aspect if you have little children in your family. The normal waterline of hot tubs is about the highest jets. The waterline will determine the position of the seats.
The depth for most hot tubs ranges between 76-102 cm. Before you purchase your hot tube, it’s a good idea to sit inside it and see it for yourself. The depth of your hot tub can affect your comfort. If it’s too deep, you won’t be able to relax; if it’s too shallow, it might not be ideal to chill in it. People who are on the shorter side may find it more comfortable to relax in a hot tub with a shallower depth. In the best case, the depth should cover the tops of your shoulder when you sit down.
When picking the number of seats, be sure to check how easy it is to move from seat to seat, and if there is a good variety of seating depths. Some hot tub models can have seats that recline or lounge (that can take up more space). When buying, consider the number of people who will be using the tub regularly. If it’s more than two, then pick three or four seats.
If your main purpose is to relax and enjoy hydrotherapy by yourself or just with your partner, you don’t have to get a large multi-seat hot tub. Choose a model that offers massage programs suitable for your needs. A small 2 or 4 seater hot tub would be just enough for this purpose. Plus, it will use much less energy.
Types of Hot Tubs
Portable Hot Tub
Portable spas are excellent options that can be placed above ground. Usually, they’re made of fibreglass, acrylic, or polyethylene. They are easy to install, most models have ergonomic seating options and strategically placed jets. Before buying, make sure you know where you want to place the tub. The place you choose should be smooth and flat. Placing it on uneven ground could make you feel uncomfortable while sitting in it and could end up damaging the hot tub.
This type of tub is an excellent choice for hydrotherapy if you’re on a budget. Not everyone can afford a high-end swim spa tub, but that shouldn’t limit you from buying one. Rotationally moulded tubs aren’t lightweight but have great functionality and durability.
These tubs are usually less than 136kg, so you can move them to your preferred location with some help. What people love most about this tub is the contoured seating, which lets you relax comfortably. They are usually made of plastics, so if you don’t mind that, this type could do a lot for you. This is a sturdy tub that won’t get damaged easily (most manufacturers make them from one piece of plastic material that is moulded into shape).
Now, if you want to spend some extra money and invest in modern technology, you can go for an exercise (swim) spa. This is a model built into a deck. Or you can put it in a separate room in your home where you can swim and exercise. This is a bulky model that requires a solid base and support. These tubs have more space than traditional spas, so you can actually exercise, swim or float inside.
The con here is that they are quite expensive and big, so if you have extra cash and room in your home, go for it. Also, keep in mind that these spas require operating costs; you will have to fill them with water to create a small swimming pool. Besides that, you’ll also need electricity to warm up the water.
These are the old-school option and were an inspiration for the hot tubs we have today. If you’re looking for a rustic look, maybe this is your choice. Today these models have an improved design and provide great comfort and can easily fit two, three, or more people. Pick the number of seats according to your needs.
If you’re considering wooden spas, make sure to check out the heating source. It’s crucial for the tub’s performance and efficiency since it determines how fast the water will heat up. Some models need woodfire heaters, others are modern and use gas or electric heaters, or a combination of power sources.
A wooden tub looks great and will give you that vintage vibe. You can pick models made of cedar or redwood so you can enjoy the lovely scent of the wood. But, don’t think that just because this is an old-fashioned model, that it will be affordable. Their prices are quite high. Also, they need assembly and a proper installation, so consulting a professional is essential.