A two-person hot tub – what should it be like?
A two person hot-tub is just like regular bathtubs; only this one fits two people at the same time with sufficient space for both to be comfortable. There are, of course, properties that need to be in the design. First is heat retention properties. Hot water is therapeutic, and that is why most people prefer to use it in their bathtubs. It helps relax muscles and release tension.
Some hot tubs include heating elements in their design, and all the user has to do is add water and wait a while for it to heat up. The best 2-person therapeutic hot tub would even include equipment to regulate the temperature, so it doesn’t end up too hot. Other than heat retention and size, most other properties are optional and vary from tub to tub.
Things to consider while choosing a hot tub
Since the properties vary, different people will have different experiences. This is why you should consider some factors should before the official purchase. Listed below are these factors.
Type: Outdoor or indoor tub?
Sometimes you can choose a tub based solely on preference. You may want one to use outdoors in your backyard or one to use in your bathroom. Those for outdoor use will come with features that support that. They may include weather resistance, a cover, long cables that allow the bathtub to be positioned away from the house and still reach an outlet. Of course, those without weather sealing need installation in the home; otherwise, they may deteriorate fast.
Two-person hot tubs have also been known to be rather bulky. As such, you have to consider your living situation before going to a showroom. How big is your bathroom, and is the extra space enough to host a tub? If not, is your back yard capable of hosting a tub? Would you be willing to eliminate some of your current fixtures to create some space? Answering these questions will give a clearer view of the size of the tub you need to purchase.
Materials and durability
What materials are used in the construction of the tub? Are they weather resistant or do they need to be covered by a roof? How durable is the material? Two-person tubs need to be as sturdy as possible. This way, they can hold the weight of both parties in the tub alongside the water without any hiccups.
The pump helps to circulate the water in the hot tub. A low-speed pump pushes water through filters, and this also helps to purify the water. Also, where water jets are present, there are high-speed pumps that make massages by the hot tub possible. Not all tubs have both pumps, and where the pump is present, the output is different. As such, knowing the capability of each pump when looking for a 2-person hot tub spa may help you make a better decision.
Depth and capacity
If you want to be fully submerged, there is a depth for that. On the other hand, if being completely soaked in the water is not your cup of tea, you can choose a shallower depth. The depth of the tub also has a bearing on the capacity of the tab with regards to how much water it can hold. However, most tubs, including those on our list range between 130 to 200 gallons of water.
Our list has tubs like the American Spas AM-628TM triangle spa that weigh as much as 600 pounds while others weigh just 79 pounds. Weight is an essential factor not only in the transportation of the spa but also in the installation. Where you are installing the tub in your upstairs bathroom, the weight comes into play as it might be too much for the floor whereas your patio is empty. Also, the weight is affected by the size of the tub, materials used in construction and accessories included. If you want to be able to move the tub from time to time, go with the lighter options.
Look and style
Just from looking at the images above, you can tell designs are very different. Some are oval shaped, some have a triangular feel, and others are full rectangles. The next difference is in the exterior where the tubs vary from stainless steel to wooden ones. The tub is supposed to help you relax, and aesthetics are a big part of that. Even some features such as the LED lights and waterfalls are there specifically for that purpose.
If possible, pick the most appealing so you may look forward to getting into the spa every so often.
Warranty on shell and parts
You may want the most extensive warranty you can find so that in any case something terrible happens and the tub gets damaged you can get a replacement. If you don’t look through the warranty terms carefully, you may find yourself having to dispose of a pricy investment in no time at all.
Some extra features make the tub more appealing to use. Things like LEDs that light up the tub make it possible to turn off other lights in the house, and that helps people relax more. Also, some like the Symbolic Spas two-person indoor bathtub have Bluetooth speakers so you could listen to music while you bath. All these could help break a tie between two viable options.
How much do two-person tubs usually cost?
Tubs tend to be expensive, but they are also one-off investments. Once you’ve bought one, it is unlikely that you will buy another one in less than five years. As such you can expect to find them at a price point between $1500 and $3000. There are of course exceptions such as with the inflatable tub on our list. However, to be safe, you should budget for about $2500.