There’s something magical about soaking in a hot tub. The hot, bubbly water and jets provide a mini escape and a way to unwind in a way that’s almost impossible to replicate. But taking the plunge of actually buying a hot tub can be fairly intimidating, since there are costs involved with the actual purchase, installation, maintenance, and electric bills. Still, if you can have the budget and the space, we think you may really want to consider adding this luxurious accessory to your home. Not totally convinced? Here are seven reasons why:
Hot Tubs Can Be Used Year-Round
Swimming pools are great in the summer when it’s warm, but hot tubs can be enjoyed winter, spring, summer, and fall. In fact, a hot tub often allows you to be outside and enjoy things like a starry night, freshly fallen snow, changing leaves, and colorful sunsets when you might otherwise not be inclined or able to do so.
There Are Lots of Health Benefits
Fun fact: The word spa is acronym for “salus per aquam,” a Latin phrase that means “health from water.” The hot water in a hot tub can help increase circulation and blood flow, relax muscles, and ease pain. The natural buoyancy that occurs when we’re in a hot tub also reduces strain and pressure on our joints and muscles and gives them a small break from all of the hard work they do day and night. And last, but not least, our favorite part: the jets target muscle groups to massage and help soothe sore muscles.
Soaking in the Hot Tub Can Help You Sleep Better
Insomnia or even just a bad night of sleep can ruin the next day. But if you take even just a 15-minute soak in a hot tub about an hour and a half or two hours before bed you raise your temperature and the rapid-cool down period afterwards relaxes you and aids in easing the body into a sound sleep.
They Can Actually Save Water
Instead of relaxing in the bath—after which you’ll send all of that water down the drain—you can hop in the hot tub, which only needs to be drained and refilled every three to six months.
Hot Tubs Are Relaxing
Whether you’re in the hot tub alone or with friends, enjoying an adult beverage or hydrating with water, soaking in the sunshine or under the stars, a hot tub will help ease you into a state of relaxation. You can read a book, mediate, escape you’re your electronic devices, and or enjoy some quiet down time. Between the heat and the soothing bubbles, even a short soak will help you alleviate stress and enhance your sense of well-being.
It’s a Private and Consistent Retreat
Sure, you might be able to use the spa at your gym or a friend’s house, but you don’t have to pay a monthly fee to use your own hot tub (though your electric bill will go up a couple hundred dollars a year) or wait for an invite, it will be right in your backyard or on your deck, and you can forego the bathing suit if you want.
It Can Be Your Personal Oasis
There are so many types of hot tubs now, you can customize yours to be whatever you want. You choose the size (anywhere from 3 to 9 people), color, number and style of jets, LED lighting, controls, and can even add a stereo system. Whether you want your hot tub to be a family gathering place, a romantic spot, or a party destination, you can design it so that it has all of the perfect features for your needs.