After completing all of those DIY tasks around the house, what better way to relax than a dip in a hot, soothing hot tub? Hot tubs were not originally a popular feature to have in one’s home until the last decade or two. Not until many holiday homes in the UK boasted having one to relax in whilst away on holiday, as an extra ploy to get you to book at that particular location vs one without a hot tub. So of course, when returning home you did miss having one at your disposal, which leads to thinking about installing one in your own outdoor space.
I am often asked about the different types of hot tubs available on the market and the best options for different needs and preferences. When it comes to choosing between a wooden or plastic hot tub, there are a few factors that you should consider before making a decision.
Hot tubs can vary significantly in terms of size, features, and price, with some models costing just over £1000 and others costing upwards of £15,000. It’s important to consider your available space, the number of people who will be using the hot tub, and your budget when making a decision on which hot tub to purchase. Additionally, you should decide whether you want a portable hot tub or an in-ground model, depending on the extent of the modifications you are willing to make to your backyard or deck.
When it comes to the material of the hot tub, you have the option of choosing between a wooden hot tub and a plastic one. Wooden hot tubs can provide a more natural and rustic look that blends in with the natural surroundings of your garden. However, wooden hot tubs require more maintenance and are more prone to cracking and fading over time compared to plastic hot tubs.
Plastic hot tubs, on the other hand, are more durable and low-maintenance, with a sleek and modern look that is easier to clean and maintain. They are also more cost-effective in the long run, as they are less likely to require repairs or replacements. However, plastic hot tubs may not have the same aesthetic appeal as wooden hot tubs and can look out of place in a traditional or natural garden setting.
Advantages of a Wooden Hot Tub
- Wooden hot tubs are assembled on-site, making them easier to transport even through narrow doorways.
- With deeper and higher vertical walls, wooden hot tubs offer greater massaging and buoyancy for bathers. This, combined with more space for tall bathers to stretch their legs, makes for a more comfortable soaking experience.
- Wooden hot tubs offer a traditional and rustic appearance that can add character and charm to your bathroom.
- Wooden hot tubs are made with decay-resistant woods such as teak, cedar, cypress, and jarrah, making them highly durable and long-lasting.
- With proper cleaning and maintenance, wooden hot tubs are easy to keep looking their best. Simply drain the water, rinse the tub, and scrub with a soft brush.
- It’s a common misconception that wooden hot tubs harbor bacteria, but proper sanitation is key regardless of the material.
Advantages of a Plastic Hot Tub
- Plastic hot tubs are lightweight and easy to move, making them a great choice for those who want to change the location of their hot tub.
- Plastic hot tubs come in a range of designs, so you can choose one that best suits your taste and style.
- Plastic hot tubs are easy to install and come with clear instructions, so you can have your new hot tub set up in no time.
- Plastic hot tubs are made with strong, durable materials that are designed to last for many years.
- Plastic hot tubs are easy to clean and maintain, and they don’t require any special care or attention.
- Compared to other materials, plastic hot tubs are generally more affordable, making them a popular choice for those on a budget.
When shopping for a hot tub, it’s important to do your research and not be swayed by any fancy sales pitches from spa salespeople. Some websites even recommend wet testing the hot tub before making a purchase, as this is the best way to get a feel for the tub’s features and ensure that it meets your needs and expectations.
In conclusion, whether you choose a wooden or plastic hot tub will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and the style of your garden. It’s important to take your time and consider all the factors before making a decision to ensure that you end up with a hot tub that you love and that meets your needs for years to come.