The specific type of hot tub you purchase will depend on what exactly you plan to use it for. However, in general, you should be on the lookout for one with:
- Adjustable jets
- Low-heat loss
- Energy-efficient heater
- Full-foam insulation
- Durable construction
- Secure cover
- Good warranty
- Relatively easy to maintain
If the hot tub is going to be used to treat joint and/or muscle pain, you should be sure to check with a medical professional to find out if hydrotherapy is appropriate for you. If hydrotherapy is recommended, be sure the model you choose has the right type of jets and other features to treat your specific health condition. You may want to consider a swim spa in this case or one which comes with fitness equipment. In addition, when using a tub on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to find out how much energy it will require.
The location of your hot tub may also affect your decision on which type to buy. You need to know if the tub will be located indoors or outdoors and how much room you have. If the tub will be outdoors, then you’ll need one which can keep the heat in well. Another consideration will be the size of the unit. This will generally depend on how many people will be using it on a regular basis. You’ll need a tub which can hold everybody comfortably when it comes to their height and weight. The best way to make sure the size is right is to test a tub out in person or several of them to make sure they’re comfortable and fulfill all your needs.
Of course, your budget will also help decide which tub is best for you. Some tubs may be affordable and others may not. An inground hot tub generally costs the most, but it usually adds value to your home. Don’t be afraid to try and negotiate a better price with the dealer as they may be flexible. If you can’t get a better deal, you may be given some free accessories instead.
- A swim spa is designed to combine the exercise benefits of a pool with the warmth of a typical hot tub. These models are smaller than full-sized swimming pools with the longest spas being approximately 18-feet in length. A swim spa allows you to exercise by swimming against a steady current of water rather than doing lengths or laps in a pool. In addition, they’re ideal for other types of water activities such as rowing and water-walking. You can also install additional fitness equipment in them, and they come in both in-ground and above-ground models. Most of them come with a seating area and jets in one section of the spa so it can be used as a traditional hot tub and exercise spa at the same time. Basically, a swim spa can be described as a swimming area and hot tub in one unit.
Plug and Play Hot Tubs
- Plug and play hot tubs are typically affordable, convenient, and simply plug into your electrical outlet at home. These portable models provide users with the comfort and benefits of hydrotherapy which can be found in permanent spas. These tubs come in a variety of interior and exterior finishes as well as sizes. They’re ideal for hydrotherapy and simply relaxing due to the warm water provided by the jets. The seating options offered are typically lounge-style and upright seating, and the tubs are energy-efficient with easy-to-use temperature control via a digital touchpad. The water-sanitization systems keep the water as clean as possible with fewer chemicals by eliminating micro-organisms and impurities. Many plug and play models have options for extras including LED lighting. These tubs provide health benefits via hydrotherapy, massage and buoyancy. The water’s warm temperature helps improve your circulation and can speed up damaged-tissue recovery. Meanwhile, the buoyancy helps relieve pressure on your spine and joints while the massaging jets can help relax and ease aching muscles while relieving stress.
Traditional Hot Tubs
- The first hot tubs were typically round-shaped and made out of wood. They now come in a wide variety of shapes, designs, and materials and are ideal for pleasure, relaxation, and hydrotherapy. We are proud to carry Coast Spas, which are made right here in Canada. Hot tubs may also be known as spas, and most of them contain powerful jets which are used for massage purposes. You’ll find most models are suitable for outdoor use, and others can be installed indoors. Hot tubs consist of a pressure system, suction system, and filtration system and are typically heated with a natural gas or electric heater. However, there are some solar hot water systems available. A tub needs good insulation to be energy efficient, and the most common type of insulation is foam. A good cover is also needed to keep the heat in and the dirt out of the water. Bromine or chlorine is commonly used to sanitize the water with salt water chlorination and non-chemical ozonators also being options. Acrylic tubs are the most common, but cement, fibreglass, stainless steel, and wooden models can also be found. There are numerous brands of hot tubs on the market such as Coast and Northwind, and the price will vary depending on the size, style, and shape of the model as well as the optional extras you may want to add.
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