How Hot Is My Tub? Hot Tub Buying Considerations

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It has been a rough day and the body needs a rest. Better still, it needs to be rejuvenated. What more can you ask when you have a hot tub for reminisce.

From movies to novels to advertisements, the hot tub has been a favorite child. Be it sensual or simply the pets and the kid’s day out, the ubiquitous sanitary is the poster child for relaxation and some me time. History is replete with instances where hot tubs have been mentioned. It started as a community bath, which gradually transformed into a rich man’s private toy.

The Advent of Hot Tubs

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The earliest hot tubs were geographical features like caldera, where hot stones were used to heat the water. This process, where the water was being heated through natural means is called Hydrotherapy, and Therma in Ikaria, Greece specifically comes to mind. This place became quite a rage during the ancient times and numerous archaeological remnants point towards its popularity.

The ancient Romans were extremely fond of their bath and built numerous of them throughout their land. They had segregated the bath into three segments: The bath at home, the private bath and the public bath and all along the Roman Empire, one can find the remains of this magnificent luxury. With the advent of Christianity through the popularity waned, primarily because the religion took umbrage in the activity of bath. It was a precursor to forbidden behavior, that is what it propagated, and hence bath became more of a luxury than a necessity.

The Japanese, on the other hand, continued the tradition of the hot bath and opened its first onsen (hot spring) near Izumo, in the year 737 AD. The modern era saw the hot tub make a roaring comeback in the USA and the different kind of hot tubs we see today is the manifestation of numerous inventions and engineering processes.

In this article, we are going to read a bit more on the different types of hot tubs one can enjoy in:

The Many Faces of Hot Tubs

A caveat to looking for a suitable hot tub for your need is to understand the difference between a hot tub and a spa. There is none because the functionality remains the same, i.e. providing you with warm water. In addition, hot tubs differ from normal tubs based on their sizes. Hot tubs are larger.

Portable vs. Custom

Then there are portable ones. These are the ones, which are popular among the adventurers. Families who would want to carry around their hot tubs while they travel. These portable ones are inflatable too. At least, quite a few of them are. Portable hot tubs or spas are built by a variety of materials, namely:

  • Acrylic
  • Fiberglass
  • Polyethylene
  • Inflated latex
  • Vinyl

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The portable hot tub is inexpensive and durable as well as light on the pocket. It is easy to maintain and can be serviced after long gaps. The biggest advantage the portable hot tub has over the conventional ones is that the former, does not take up too much of space and can be easily lunged around. Since it is inflatable, mobility is not hampered.

However, when it comes to style and a dash of class, no one can beat the custom hot tubs or spas. These are made to order spas and the expense depends on the sophistication and the scope of work. Custom-made spas are made of a variety of materials:

  • Granite
  • Concrete
  • Fiberglass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Copper
  • Tiles

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It is dependent on the taste of the person who orders it.

A custom in-ground spa is always an exquisite addition to the overall décor of the house and does add a lot of verve and panache. The other advantage with in-ground spas is that it is completely silent since all the equipment needed to run the tub is placed somewhere thus adding to the overall tranquility.

However, custom hot tubs or spas have an inherent disadvantage. Since they are permanent, it becomes really difficult to modify, expand, or remove them. In addition, since they are built with hard materials there are many structural changes that need to be taken into account, thereby making it a costly venture. However, custom-made hot tubs are meant to be expensive since they are a fashionable appendage, built to make a statement.

Hot Tubs So Many

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Hot tubs can vary in size depending on the number of people one is willing to accommodate. There are two-person hot tubs providing one with the correct amount of space to be intimate in. Then there are larger sized hot tubs where entire families can fit. This is the one for those of you, who wish to spend some wholesome family time along with your pets. Inflatable hot tubs are usually the plug and play ones. They can literally be carried around everywhere and anywhere, as we have read earlier, and with water connections available mostly everywhere, the plug and play do add magic to every family outing.

Wood fired hot tubs were an old contraption when technology was yet to evolve. The metal body would be cast atop a pile of woods and water poured into the tub. Temperature would be controlled by fanning the wood beneath. This methodology does not seem to have any more takers and have now simply disappeared.

The Best

Some of the top hot tubs available in the market currently are:

  • Thermospas hot tub
  • Marquis hot tub
  • Master Spas Inc
  • Cal Spas
  • Hot Spring Spas
  • Sundance Spas
  • Jacuzzi Hot Tubs

The market is flooded with a large option of hot tubs, each promising a more relaxed experience. The choice is finally yours, and before you go ahead and do that there are quite a few things you would need to look into.

  • The location since it really matters. It will also decide whether you need a portable one or an in-ground one. In addition, the position of your electric and water supply plays a big role in deciding the position of the hot tub.
  • The number of people bathing in it will decide how large the hot tub would be.
  • You feel an urgent need for hot tubs… still debating? I cannot emphasize enough about their immense therapeutic benefits and if that is one of the reasons, then go ahead. In fact, a hot tub is always a welcome addition.
  • Thinking about the budget. The extra bucks, because without this nothing else moves!! Make estimations before you jump into the haven and make castles in the air, as it is not just for the installation but also in the long run.

A hot tub is essentially a place where one can ponder and it is indeed a delight to be in one.