What do you like about your hot tub? What do you NOT like about it? What
brand/model do you have?
As you can tell we are looking into getting a hot tub. There are SO many
different things to think about. Any help would be so nice!
Nothing I like. Germ brewer, chemical soup, you want to soak in it?
My neighborhood has hot tubs almost in every back yard. After initial
excitement wears out, VERY, VERY seldom I see anyone using it.
They just sit there with cover on. Hardly see anyone sitting in it.
I don't have hot tub but I have a sauna I use at least 3-4 times a week.
On Thu, 27 Mar 2008 06:49:38 -0400, "Joseph Meehan"
I have had Hot Tubs since the early 1970's. The first one was a huge
wine cask heated by a heat exchanger on a glassblower's furnaces.
Today I have a modern Thermospas Hot Tub which is now about 10 years
old. It requires very little maintenance, and gets used 2 or 3 times a
week. My neighbors might think I don't use it very much, because
1) they can't really see it very well because of it's location and a
2) I tend to use it at night or very early in the morning.
If you really have your heart set on one, monitor Craig's List and your
local ad paper for a few weeks, especially once house-selling season
starts. As others have said, once the novelty wears off, they tend to
get abandoned in place. 2-3 year old used ones for a couple hundred
bucks are dirt common. (especially once the gas or electric bills start
rolling in- those things are energy pigs.) Lots of people rip them out
when selling, since they are a turnoff to many buyers, especially with
Saw the same syndrome with master bath whirlpool tubs 10-20 years ago-
the concept is more appealing than the reality. PITA to maintain and
Some things work a lot better in rent-by-the-hour places, or romantic
weekend B'n'Bs. There you can enjoy the experience, and not worry about
Don't get me wrong- I love a good soak in a hot tub, but even if I
didn't live alone (which just makes it pathetic), I could never mentally
justify the expense. Once every couple of years on business trips, I'll
end up in a hotel with one that doesn't look like an old teakettle.
Save the money. Build a shower outside and shower with the new bride
If you have a medical need for such a hot tub, a doctor can write a
prescription. A well documented letter from the MD is passed on to the
tax man. You have to have a need for such a situation.
I built my own. My recommendation, however if you want to buy one is to keep an
eye on craigslist. Here in Seattle, they are frequently offered free by people
tired of them or new homeowners.
Ozonators are nice - they signifacantly reduce the need for chlorine or bromine.
Jets and bubblers are highly overrated. I never use them. A quiet soak is much
Good insulation is definately worthwhile if you use it much.
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