Twenty years ago, I spent the better part of in year living in the north of Scotland. The landscape of Scotland is inspiring, but the winters are hard. The temperature doesn't get terribly low, but the air is laden with humidity. Plus, without central heating, it was hard to get warm. Fortunately, the place where I was living had a hot tub.
After a day's work, we would head for the hot tub, which rested atop a knoll overlooking the sea. After half an hour or so we would step out of the hot tub and jump into a vat of cold water. On the few occasions when snow covered the ground, we would roll in the snow. Then we would go back into the hot tub and start over. After an hour or so we felt warm and invigorated.
Benefits of hot tubs
Anyone who has experienced a hot tub knows how calming it is to relax in hot water. Time in a hot tub is rejuvenating after hard work and soothing just before bed.
Premium hot tubs have specific medical benefits as well. Increased circulation from hot water can ease headaches and relax tight muscles and joints. Arthritis- and bursitis-sufferers often find relief from the heat and moisture.
Choosing a tub
When I was in Scotland I didn't think about the kind of hot tub, its quality, or who maintained it. I now know there's a lot to think about.
In the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, hot springs resorts host tile-lined hot tubs filled with naturally hot mineral-rich water from local hot springs. In coastal towns, fire-fueled redwood hot tubs turn summer cottages into rustic spas. Do-it-yourselfers install snorkel stoves in rubber horse troughs for small, inexpensive hot tubs.
While such exotic tubs are fun to consider, most people who are in the market for a hot tub want to buy one of the best hot tubs on the market, made by a leading manufacturer. Premium leisure hot tubs should have at least a seven-year warranty on the structure and a three- to -five-year warranty on the pumps and heaters.
Before deciding on what type to buy, consumers should consider:
* The number of people who will use the hot tub at the same time;
* The seasons of use;
* The preferred location;
* Site work or interior renovations needed to accommodate hot tub;
* Desired options, such as padded seats, extra jets, cover, extra insulation, stereo kits, aromatherapy, etc.; and
* Budget. Quality hot tubs range in price from $5,000 to over $20,000. Outdoor tubs cost more than indoor ones because they must be more durable.
Most communities are within 50 miles of a hot tub dealer. Dealers can provide a wealth of information about various tubs. They can install the tub and provide maintenance services or recommend someone who can.
Consumers can find hot tub reviews and expensive hot tubs for sale at online shops. Buying a hot tub online is an option. The online retailer can ship it, but the customer will have to arrange for installation, which requires plumbing and electrical skills.
The Internet has other opportunities for hot tub buyers. Hot tub reviews and expensive hot tubs on sale can be found at a number of online sites.
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