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A hot tub is one of the most relaxing ways to spend time, and there are a slew of documented health benefits of regularly using a hot tub. From lowering your blood pressure to increasing your circulation, from attacking joint pain to simulating exercise and letting you get a good night’s sleep, nothing beats a spa for therapeutic value. There are four major hot tub types out there, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages.


The first major hot tub type is the inflatable spa. While this may sound ridiculous at first, it is actually a great way for someone with limited space, funds, or means to get into the hot tub craze and enjoy its benefits. These spas are relatively simple in construction and design, mostly consisting of a folding structure and inflatable shell made of nylon or plastic. They don’t require any special plumbing since they are self contained, and most simply fill with a hose. Heat and circulation are accomplished by a simple 110 volt motor and heating element on board, so that all one needs to do is plug it in. The real drawback to these is their long heating times and their propensity to lose heat very fast as the shell is usually poorly insulated and the heater extremely small. Still, they are portable and inexpensive both to purchase and operate.


The next hot tub type is the wooden hot tub. These designs are a throwback to traditional hot tubs when a hot tub simply meant a large cask or tub that one soaked in without jets or any sort of moving water. Mostly constructed of aromatic woods, they are for people looking for the ancient experience of simply soaking in hot water. Heating is accomplished in a variety of different ways from gas and propane all the way to traditional wood fired heaters. Because of their simple design, they can be installed anywhere, even in spots without power depending on the heating system. They are relatively expensive due to the fact that they are built of expensive materials, and they also must be installed on a concrete slab. Drawbacks are the lack of any sort of water jets, although the people that seek these tubs out don’t see that as a disadvantage.


Acrylic spas are the next of the hot tub types, and far and away the most popular. From a simple design with a handful of jets to a full on hydrotherapeutic system with dozens of jets and lights, there are many options available. These are wonderful choices since there are many custom spa types and they can simply be dropped onto a concrete pad, supplied with water and power, and allowed to run. There aren’t many disadvantages to this type of spa save for cost, which is usually a limiting factor.


The final type of hot tub is the in ground spa. While it’s rare to see just an in ground spa by itself, they do exist that way. Usually, however, an in ground spa is part of a larger in ground pool system since it’s extremely convenient for the pool and the spa to share the same motor, filters, and power source. An in ground spa will be the most expensive type of spa, but it boasts the longest life and sturdiest construction as well – these are often made of gunite and plastered over.


Each of these hot tub types will provide the healing nature of hot, flowing water when you need it most, and each could be considered as adequate for most people’s needs. Budget is always a factor, of course. Look into a hot tub and relax like never before.





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