Should I get a hot tub? August 10, 5: Would I really use one at home or am I just enjoying them during vacations? I hate hot tubs and hot tub guys. You know the types -- creepy dudes with mustaches from the s that love to get people into their hot tubs. All they talk about is crazy sex stories involving jets and being underwater. I don't want to be that guy. But over the last year or two, I've begun trying them out whenever my hotel has one.
I just got back from a week at the beach renting a house and I looked forward to going for a soak at the end of each day. They're really relaxing and a good way to de-stress the day away before bed and the hot tub did help my aching back after a couple hours of bike riding a couple days ago.
So I'm considering whether or not to get one for my home, but the first obvious question is if it's really a useful thing or is it that during the "fog of vacation" I enjoy them for reasons I won't when I have one at home.
My question to everyone especially those that already have one is are they really useful and relaxing? Do they help sore muscles? My wealthier acquaintances who have them, swear by them. I don't know how much time you have in a week to lounge in one, but you're Matt freakin' Haughey, man Plus, you know, it'd be nice for meetups.
Everyone thank me later. Plinth used to work designing jets for Softub and spoke very highly of the product line. From my point of view, it's a nice idea, but in practice youe hot tub ends up being another pet in your life in terms of maintenance. If you're OK with that, go for it. At some resorts I've been to, there's little better after an active day, but while I'm in the tub, I can't help but be grateful that I don't have to maintain it - it's not my thing, thanks. It was worth every penny.
Great for socializing, too, without any creepiness. It was on my back deck here in Montana, so I especially loved it in the winter. Nice, cold air around your face, while your body is toasty warm. Great for sore muscles. I have missed it ever since I had to give it up for a move, and would love to have one again. I used it nearly every night before bed, and it was a great way to relax before bed.
The day's stress melted away and I fell right to sleep. Sorry to sound like an ad, but damn. Thus far, what I've gathered is: You do have to maintain them much as you would maintain a swimming pool, but on a much smaller, cheaper, and easier-to-deal-with scale due to the smaller volume of water. You'll still have the buckets of chlorine tablets and water test kits sitting around.
It makes a world of difference in reducing your maintenance by keeping the stuff that needs to stay out, out and keeping the chemicals that should stay in, in. Also safer for mathowieJr. Get one with an auto-timer: The friends who use theirs the most have it set to be at dipping warmth by the time they arrive from their commute home.
OK, but not great. They are awesome for aching backs, I frequently nip over to my SIL's house to use hers and can vouch for that part. The main reason I'm researching one for my own yard is it's such a bummer to have to drag my sodden, limp body out of her tub and into my car when what I really want to do is just directly crawl into my bed post-tub. Costco also carries them from time to time. After a while, the steam made our wooden doors inside swell, making them sticky to open and close.
Cleaning is another thing- if you're the type who has no problem cleaning a cat box on a regular basis, then you'll probably maintain your hot tub just fine. If you're more lax about things like that, you're going to have to drain it and scour it a lot more often than is strictly convenient. What you need is a friend who has a pool. That way you get to use it regularly but without the expense and the maintenance.
Really, a hot tub is nothing like a pool in this regard. As far as maintenance, my hot tub had an ozone unit installed, and all I did was test the pH level every couple days and add chemicals as needed. I kept the cover on it when not in use, so I didn't have to fish leaves out. I think I only did a complete drain and scrub once or twice a year, and it wasn't even that dirty when I did it. They have the same muscle-relaxing properties as hot tubs, but they require much less maintenance.
We love having a sauna and we would never consider a hot tub because of the maintenance issues. When we remodeled, we chose to install a large one person jetted soaking tub in our master bath, and I am endlessly grateful for that decision. I suffer from back pain, and 30 minutes in the tub cuts the pain by two thirds. It's really, really wonderful when I need it. We have also thought about an outdoor hot tub, but the expense and hassle have kept us from getting one.
Sure, it'd be cool to soak outside, and nice to do it socially except my wife isn't into baths My tub fills to about 20", and it's glorious. But for a different reason. It was unexpectedly rainy and cold British Columbia and our almost two year old was bored, bored, bored. So we took a cue from friends of ours who sometimes use their hot tub as a pool for their kids.
We turned down the temperature down to degrees, put the toddler in her bathing suit, and we all went for a dip. It was her favorite thing ever. Now that we are home, we can't get her out of the bathtub. When we used to have one, I was in it all the time.
This is really personal preference. Personally, I'd take a smaller one that's deeper and I can really get my whole torso in the body instead of visa versa, though this partly depends on how many people will be using it.
Most importantly, for me, was the jets. You really should test beforehand. When my family was looking in the past, the spa companies had tubs with water you could try out. I would never go with an indoor hotub. The steam can wreak havoc. Even with a top, that 30 minutes to an hour of nasty chemicals seeping into the house. And not all tops are made equal. Also, don't pay full price for a hotub.
Start listening up for potential deals. A lot of times when someone with a spa moves, the new homeowner doesn't want it forcing one of the parties to get rid of the spa at a cut-rate price.
Nothing wrong with that, but you can easily get by for a few thousand or less. Make sure you check the chemicals constantly, especially at first. If the chemicals get out of whack, getting them back into balance can be a pain. After a few months of learning you spa's chemical cycles, you can ease up a bit. And they greatly increase the "curb appeal" of your home, if not the actual value, should you want to sell it. Also around here in Texas, mosquitoes dramatically reduce the fun of the hot tub for 9 months out of the year we used incense surrounding the tub, but that gets old after awhile.
I'd say we used it often, about once every 3 or 4 days. If you can slip into it nude without the problem of wet swimwear you'll probably use it even more.
My parents sold theirs last year without telling us and I was a bit bummed out. My husband is a lot less stressed after a horrendous work week after relaxing in the jacuzzi, and he and I have really enjoyed it as a couple. Sometimes we even let the kids use it, too. However, we never used the one at old house which the previous owners installed. The main reason was that they located it in an extremely strange location in the yard, side yard right next to the neighbors, and far from both the doors of the house.
Out here they don't have the same "Ewwww" factor. If you want one, you should get one. It sits out in the back yard. I'd say it is worth it. On cold nights, I like to head out to the hot tub and just silently relax for a while. Then with my body warm, head straight to bed. Its great for insomnia that way and makes for a restful sleep. I strongly disagree with anyone saying it is a pain to maintain.
I am the laziest person in the Universe and I maintain it just fine.