The Myths And Realities Of Purchasing And Enjoying A Hot Tub

Hot tubs are expensive, hard to maintain and a boiling, festering pot of bacteria, right? If you've always dreamed of owning a hot tub, your friends and family might have discouraged you by relaying dire warnings about the cost and dangers of enjoying this luxury. However, before you believe the hype, it's important to educate yourself about the reality of hot tub ownership. Here are a few hot tub myths and realities you should consider before assuming this surprisingly inexpensive indulgence isn't for you:

Can't Afford the Best, So Forget It

The last time you headed to the hot tub showroom, did the salesperson immediately point you toward the most costly models? Did they then explain that a hot tub is only as good as its number of jets and the motor's horsepower? Before you assume that a less expensive model with fewer jets and a lower horsepower is inferior, think again.

The number of jets and the motor's horsepower will affect the price, but not your experience. When it comes to the jets, having 20 or 30 jets instead of 100 or 150 won't make the experience less relaxing because you're still able to enjoy an incredible massage without emptying your bank account.

Another number many buyers look for is a higher horsepower, and before you get discouraged if you're not able to afford a massive motor with 7 or 8hp, realize that a more modest motor will provide all the power you need. Instead of concentrating on the horsepower, pay attention to the hot tub's pump. If your budget is tight, choose a more cost-effective model that features fewer jets, a smaller motor and a more powerful pump.

Want to Own a Bacteria-Ridden Backyard Pool? Buy a Hot Tub

Have you been told countless horrifying stories about the dangers of soaking in a bacteria-infested hot tub? If these tales have made you think twice about purchasing a tub, it's important to realize that the majority of hot tubs are completely safe and sanitary – if maintained properly.

When shopping for a hot tub, look for a model that features a sophisticated filtration system and an ozonator. Ozonators work by producing a fast-acting safe chemical that kills everything you don't want living inside your hot tub's water, including bacteria, viruses and yeasts.

When used in combination with your regular maintenance and cleaning routine, including testing the water's pH balance and replacing the water every few weeks, an ozonator can ensure you spend a minimal amount of time caring for your hot tub!

Hot Tubs and Pregnancy

Finally, whether you're thinking about purchasing a hot tub, already have a hot tub in your backyard or are even vacationing at a hotel that features a hot tub, you might be reluctant to enjoy this luxury if you're pregnant. If your doctor has advised you to stay out of hot tubs and saunas completely, it's important to follow their instructions closely.

However, if you're considering enjoying a hot tub to ease your sore back and swollen feet, the Mayo Clinic recommends taking a few of these precautions:

  • Avoid soaking in the hot tub for longer than 10 minutes.

  • Stay out of the hot tub completely if your body temperature is already elevated due to a fever or recent exercise.

  • Immediately leave the hot tub if you begin to feel lightheaded, nauseous or begin to sweat excessively.

Lowering the hot tub's temperature and sitting as far away as possible from the unit's heater are two more ways to more safely enjoy a soak in your hot tub while pregnant.

If you're still on the fence about purchasing a hot tub, and the cost of running the unit every month is what's keeping you from making this fun purchase, shop around for the most energy efficient model you can find. Depending on the size and model from places like, you might be surprised when you find out how little it actually costs to enjoy your hot tub all year round.