Hot tubs, or spas, are more than for lounging with a drink or a romantic partner; they also can be great for your health. Adding some hydrotherapy to your life can improve circulation and help with relaxation and stress relief. Today we also have swim spas for exercise as well as relaxation.
Selecting a hot tub for your home — whether for relaxation, entertaining, exercise, family or couples time — can be a lot of fun. But as with any big-ticket purchase, choosing the right spa for your needs means sorting through many options and upgrades.
We’ve put together some tips for getting just the right fit and function for your backyard spa
Any type of major purchase usually comes with an option to upgrade the basic model. Extras can add up very quickly, but knowing what you can or want to spend, and how much luxury you need in order to get the most out of our hot tub experience will help you get what you want with fewer hidden costs or the need to omit features.
Before hitting the sales floors to browse available options, take a look at hot tubs on-line and decide on your must have’s. Perhaps a sound system is not a upgrade that you need however LED lighting or a UV light may be a must.
Basic models provide the benefits of hydrotherapy, and that may be all you’re looking for, but if you want the full sensory experience for enjoyment and entertaining, set a budget to include the bells and whistles that will make your hot tub exactly what you want it to be.
Maybe you envision a snuggly tub built for two or a family-sized model for eight, but choosing a small or large-capacity model is a big consideration. It may be easier and more affordable to run a smaller spa, but if you have plans to grow your family or want to invite friends over to share the experience, allow enough room for four people. Buying a huge tub for six or eight might be ideal if you entertain a lot or have kids who want to share the tub with friends, but calculate the costs first before diving into the expense and ongoing upkeep
No doubt hot tubs are relaxing and romantic for most, but sometimes they’re an important part of physical rehabilitation or low-impact exercise. A hot tub is great for physical therapy because it provides resistance for building or maintaining muscle strength and some jet pulsation to aid circulation and prevent or relieve tight muscles. if you want to exercise a swim spa may be an option for you to consider.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
If possible, it is always best to try out hot tubs when they’re filled with water and operating, this is called wet testing. A hot tub shell that seems comfortable and well-suited for your height when seated or stretched out will feel a lot different once you’re buoyant and more weightless. Try out each seat, moving from each mold and curve, to see how it feels for you and how it will feel when shared with others. For example, see if the tub is roomy enough or if there’s too much knee-to-knee contact and not enough arms spread across the edge room for your liking.
Jet power is important, and it may seem like “the more jets the better,” but placement and functionality of the water jets really makes a difference. The size of the jets is also more important than the number of jets. Check the nozzle head to see how much water can flow through it. If you are looking for deeper tissue style massage, small headed jets just won’t work. Also the placement of the jets is critical to get that overall body massage. Make sure as well that the jets can be turned down. Some like them full blast while others like a little less intensity.
Spas need water and electricity, so choosing the best pump(s) and size of spa is important. Many models feature energy-efficient materials and mechanical parts that can save time and money, so researching greener options before shopping can save you in the long-term.
We are happy to provide wet testing for clients to actually sit in the tub to feel the power of the jets and to make sure the mold suits their body shape.
Give us a call today to set up a time to see our tubs.