One thing that comes with shopping for hot tubs is variety – there are so many different models that come with an array of options it can get confusing. Today we’re going to focus on size, because getting the wrong size hot tub can impact your experience significantly. That’s not to say that big or small hot tubs are the better option. There is a need for every size, and you should choose according to your situation.
Size Differences Between Inflatable And Fixed Hot Tubs
It is important to note that the sizing for hot tubs is different when considering an inground model vs. a portable one. Fixed hot tubs generally have a contoured area for each person to lie in, so they may only have the capacity for two people even though they take up a lot of space. When shopping for inflatable hot tubs, you may notice that they advertise the number of people that can be seated in the tub simultaneously (e.g. 4-6 persons). In reality, if you prefer to lie down and stretch out when you’re soaking in a hot tub, the number is substantially reduced. So take the manufacturer’s recommendations about seating with a grain of salt.
Reasons To Get A Smaller Hot Tub
A small hot tub isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You may not have space in your backyard to house a larger hot tub, or your deck may not be strong enough to handle the extra weight that comes with a larger hot tub. Some people also get a small hot tub if they only intend to use it personally because the cost of heating the water in a smaller hot tub is drastically less than the same for a big one. You shouldn’t be afraid to buy a hot tub if it is small, so long as it fits your needs, situation, preferences, and budget.
Reasons To Get A Bigger Hot Tub
Most people who get a bigger hot tub do so because they intend on having company over. This means that they want to be able to fit more than 4 people in the hot tub at the same time, and they want everyone to be comfortable while in the water. The running costs may be higher, but they serve a purpose. Also, a large hot tub is more suitable to be converted into a swimming pool during the summer months, because it can be harder to swim in a small hot tub.
Overall, the size of your hot tub matters. You should take into account how you intend to use the spa, how often you will use it, and whether you have sufficient leeway in your budget to run the hot tub. These are all things you should consider before your purchase, because you may not be able to return your hot tub for a smaller or bigger one. If your hot tub will be housed on a deck, always ask for an expert opinion of whether the deck is strong enough for the task, and how much the weight limits are.