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Consider Your Choices: Hot Tubs and Spas

Consider Your Choices:  Hot Tubs and Spas By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Deciding what kind of hot tub or spa to purchase can be a difficult decision for homeowners. There are different types and options available from which to choose. You should consider all of these before buying and installing a hot tub or spa.

Hot Tubs and Spas: The Difference

The terms hot tub and spa are used interchangeably quite often. However, they technically mean different things. Hot tub usually refers to a vessel that contains warm water for the purpose of soaking. The term spa typically refers to a vessel that contains warm water with jets for the purpose of generating turbulence throughout the water and providing a massaging sensation.

Spas are typically made out of either fiberglass or acrylic material. However, hot tubs are usually made of wood and occasionally have a liner set inside. They can provide you with a jet-like sensation, but they do not have the contoured seating that an acrylic spa offers.

Types of Hot Tubs and Spas

There are three main types of hot tubs and spas from which to choose: portable, self-contained, and in ground. A portable and a self-contained spa or hot tub require no external plumbing, digging, or electrical work. These types plug directly into a standard household wall outlet.

One great characteristic about a portable spa or hot tub is that it can be easily transported and moved by a few people. This allows you to bring it outside in the summer and inside during the winter months, if you choose to do so. A portable spa or hot tub is also great to have if you decide to sell your home and move. You can just take it with you and install it in your new home.

An in ground spa or hot tub can be set down in an outside deck, a cement floor, or can be installed semi-in ground with a wood or tile deck built around it. These types are more expensive and do require some plumbing, electrical work, and sometimes gas work before you can enjoy it.


About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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