The Purpose of Hot Tubs and Things to Consider Before Buying

One of the most luxurious investments a homeowner can make is buying a hot tub, given that they have the necessary space and means to maintain it. It’s a place where you can unwind after a hard day at work, entertain guests, or just enjoy its hydro-therapeutic benefits. A hot tub has a wide array of benefits, including: helping you relax, alleviating joint and muscle pain, improving your sleep and blood circulation, among others. So if you’re planning on buying a hot tub, whether that’s for its therapeutic properties, or for pure indulgence, there are a couple of things you have to consider.

Hot Tub

Size and Shape

I’m typically not a size queen (king), but size and shape matter, a lot. If you’re the sole person who’ll use the hot tub, then a smaller one might be a good idea, as they’re generally cheaper. However, if you plan on partying inside the hot tub with a lot of other people, then obviously, a larger one would be better. But if you do end up deciding to buy a larger one, it’s worth knowing that you’ll need more power to run it, and you’ll have to maintain it plenty. The shape of the tub is mostly up to personal preference and available space, with the rectangle hot tub models and round ones being more popular. Besides round and rectangle hot tub models, you’ll come across oval and square ones as well, which might suit you better, depending on the available space.

The Budget

As much as we don’t want to admit it, we have a budget for almost anything, and it’s no different for hot tubs. This is a pretty hefty investment, and can cost anywhere between a few thousand dollars up to tens of thousands, depending on the size, and features such as lighting and entertainment systems. So before you fall in love with a deluxe model, consider your budget and keep in mind that you’ll need extra money for maintenance, repairs and operation costs. That being said, you get the hydro-therapeutic benefits from even the most basic models, if that’s what you’re looking for. However, if you intend to use it for entertainment purposes, you need to consider what’s important and what’s not, so that you can choose one that fits your budget and purpose.

The Material

You have two material types to pick from: natural wood or fibreglass and polypropylene. Natural wood hot tubs require a lot of maintenance, as wood can expand and shrink when exposed to moisture for long time periods, but usually, the better quality of the wood, the less maintenance you’ll need. This is why it’s important to shop for quality, as low quality made wood hot tubs can experience leakage. Fibreglass and polypropylene, on the other hand, have several layers which help prevent leakage. Moreover, fibreglass and polypropylene hot tubs require less maintenance and cleaning, but you might end up paying more for them.