Maximum relaxation: why do you need a whirlpool tub
Whirlpool tubs are the ultimate in relaxation. They provide soothing massage from their multiple jets and have a sloped inner surface for proper lumbar support. Even the most budget of whirlpool tub will help you unwind after a hectic day.
Create your perfect bath
To fully enjoy your whirlpool tub you need to know several essentials that will make you want to never leave the local oasis that is your jet tub:
- Set the temperature you are comfortable with. Most people prefer 100-102°F hot water; you can measure it with the common thermometer. Always check the water before immerging into it.
- The water in your whirlpool tub must be no less than two inches above the highest tub jet.
- Be careful while getting into the tub, hold on something if you need to and slowly sit down, and let the warm water help your muscles fully relax.
- Press the on/off button to start the pump that will set the air jets to work and enjoy your recreational time.
- By the end of the bathing, turn the jets off, be careful to drain and clean the whirlpool tub after each use.
How does a whirlpool jet tub work?
Whirlpool jet tubs work by forcing air through spouts. When this air is forced into water it creates a jet which can create a soothing massage on your body. You can easily adjust the air force of the pump to create more or less bubbles.
Things you need to know:
- Jets do not heat the water in the tub;
- Whirlpool tubs should be cleaned after every use;
- You will need a professional to install the whirlpool tub in the safest way possible.
How to choose the proper size of a whirlpool bathtub?
As for anytime you plan on installing something new, be sure to measure, measure, measure. Many bathtub areas in bathrooms are cutouts, meaning you have three walls to content with. If you’re lucky enough to have a free-standing tub, be sure you still know where other bathroom pieces will be in the space. Make sure that whichever whirlpool tub you purchase will fit the area. If not, you may have to cut into an existing wall which makes for a lot more space.
One other issue when it comes to size is just how tall the person using the bathtub will be. If you are over 6 feet tall, then you may be more interested in a longer bathtub. This way you can properly submerge yourself. If you don’t have the space in your bathroom for a long tub, then you can look for a deeper one. Basically, if plan on using and investing in a whirlpool bathtub, be sure that it will be usable.
How to use a whirlpool bathtub safely?
No matter how healthy you are to begin with, it’s always a good idea to limit the amount of time that you spend in a whirlpool bathtub. This is especially true if you like the water nice and hot. If you have timed jets, be sure to set them for about 20 minutes. And when they turn off, that’s your cue to leave the bathtub.
Features to consider while buying the perfect whirlpool bathtub
The following are some important features that will help you to determine which whirlpool bath suits your needs best and lead you to the greatest purchase of your lifetime
Your current bathroom will determine the size of your new whirlpool bathtub. There are many designed to fit where a standard bathtub was, which limits the amount of demolition you will have to do. Some whirlpool bathtubs are large enough to fit two people. Decide how often and why you want your whirlpool bathtub to decide what size will work for you. The Jacuzzi J4S6042WLR1XXW and the American Standard 2776118W.020 Cadet models are small enough to fit a standard bathtub cut out. The Carver Tubs SKC5555 is a corner unit and may require more effort to fit in an existing bathroom.
Most whirlpool tubs are made from acrylic or a blend of acrylic and another plastic material. They are meant to be rustproof and resistant to wear and tear. Some whirlpools also have anti-slip material on the bottom to help when you get in and out of the tub.
Where you place your whirlpool tub pump is very important. Be sure to check your instruction manual when you install it as the pump needs to be able to reach both electrical and water hook ups.
Whirlpool tubs need a pump to force air through the jet and make the bubbles and streams that are so relaxing. The stronger the pump, the more forceful the air will be. Most whirlpool tubs have pumps that are between 1 and 2 HP in strength.
If you have a whirlpool tub with a heating option it means that as air is pumped through the jets it is also heated. This ensures that the water doesn’t cool off and you don’t need to constantly add more hot water from the tap to achieve your desired water temperature. However, the hotter the water, the less time you should spend in the whirlpool tub.
Features to add
Whirlpool tubs that have a lot of jets will often come with a control panel. This allows you to program the tub and attune it to your needs. Other features include a shower wand and a back or neck pillow for extra relaxation.
Water jets or air jets?
Whirlpool tubs shoot out blasts of water, not air. The water jets are strategically placed to hit parts of your back. Air jets, which can be found in air tubs, have more openings and produce an endless stream of tiny bubbles for massage.
A whirlpool tub should be enjoyable, and having to do too much maintenance will limit this enjoyment. The first step with maintenance is to try to prevent any issues from arising. While it may be tempting, most manufacturers suggest avoiding bubble bath and bath oils as these can clog the intricate water jets. You should also flush the circulation system at least once a month, but if possible, after each use. Finally, read your owner’s manual which will have cleaning and maintenance tips specific to your model.
A warranty on any large purchase is always important. A whirlpool tub can be expensive, and a warranty will help protect your investment. However, warranties can vary greatly on different whirlpool tubs. The American Standard 2776118W.020 Cadet, for example, only has a one year warranty. The Jacuzzi J4S6042WLR1XXW, on the other hand, has a limited lifetime warranty. Customer service goes hand in hand with the warranty. If the customer service has poor reviews and the warranty is quite small, then that is a huge red flag on the product.