Outdoor Hot Tub
What to Look For Esthetically & Technically in a Spa
An outdoor hot tub is essentially a party waiting to happen and a party in a box. The middle of winter your invitations go out and almost no one cancels. It feels great to be out under the stars, in luxurious warmth, with great friends and family. The perfect winter’s eve with steam all around. So, if you’re thinking about purchasing an outdoor hot tub you need to consider the following:
- The Shell: do you want one made from acrylic, wood, thermoplastic, tile, vinyl or fiberglass? Acrylic is popular due to it’s versatility in color and texture.
- The Mold: how many seats do you need and what levels would like them? Usually two to ten people is the norm for prefabricated hot tubs. Do you want bucket seats, possibly benches or perhaps lounges?
- The Décor: Will the hot tub blend with your environment? Will the size fit your yard or will your rose garden be dwarfed by it?
- The Convenience: Can you get a hot tub into your backyard or will you need a crane? They weigh on average (low end) about 800 pounds without water. If you place the hot tub too far away from the house you have two issues to consider. Can you get electricity or water to the location (there are wood burning hot tubs) and do you want to walk that freezing walk back to the house in the winter.
- The hot tub cabinet: do you want wood, which could degrade with time or a simulated wood made from polymers or do you want a hot tub model which already has a cabinet that matches the inside?
- Privacy & Noise: Is the hot tub loud? There is nothing like trying to have a romantic evening and your voice carries over to the next street because you have to talk over the sound. Do you have a private area in your yard or will you have to absorb the cost of a hot tub gazebo?