People have used hot springs for thousands of years to provide stress relief, relaxation, and an enjoyable way to socialize. Since the 1940’s, we’ve discovered ways to get the same benefits through the use of hot tubs, which are far more convenient when they’re a step outside your door! Choosing a hot tub these days can be dizzying – the array of different colours, sizes, shapes and options seem endless. Read on for a breakdown of things to consider when buying a hot tub.
It may seem insignificant, but if your hot tub is sitting out on your deck, it can be a beautiful focal point if you pick something that complements your deck colours. Choose the cabinet colour to work well with the surroundings and then pick your shell colour with the hot tub use in mind. Relaxing soaks may be better in a more neutral shell, while a party tub may best suit fun, bright colours to set the mood.
Shape & Size
Think about how many people you’ll regularly have in your hot tub at any given time. A tub for mainly just your family use will be an easy choice but if you regularly have company, think about how many people you’ll want to comfortably accommodate. The shape of your hot tub will most likely be limited to some degree by how many people you’ll regularly want to seat.
There are a wide variety of jets on the market, but they can be broken down into 4 main categories to help you make some choices. Pressure point jets are pretty self explanatory; they work towards stimulating pressure points on your body. Whirlpool jets are great for deep muscle massage. Therapy jets can have a swirling motion in either rotating or stationary action. Relaxation jets offer a more soothing, gentle massage. A hot tub is best outfitted with several types of jets so you can switch up your type of soak depending on what you need. If you are also looking for more ways to ease muscle pain you can try yoga and gentle stretches to help alleviate any pain.
There are a number of lighting options when it comes to your hot tub so probably the easiest way to choose from among them is to first determine what mood you’ll be most trying to set. Romantic soaks with your spouse will call for different lighting then after dinner soaks with the family or even get togethers. Your hot tub lights will need to be functional as well as decorative. Once you’ve determined which suits you the majority of the time, you can opt for some other lighting features to change it up.
Besides choosing the shape, size, lights, colour and jets, you have a few other options which can certainly heighten the enjoyment and benefits of your hot tub. A waterfall is a lovely and soothing addition especially if you like the sound of running water. For music lovers, a built in stereo system can help set the mood for either a relaxing soak or party time. Whatever your personality, a hot tub can be a wonderful addition to your home as it provides stress relief and is a great source of entertainment.