3. Materials used in hot tubs (inflatable, wood)
We just talked about types of hot tub based on seating capacity, now let us tell you about four different types of hot tub, on the basis of materials used.
a) Inflatable Hot Tubs: Commonly built of vinyl, inflatable hot tubs can be installed easily on any surface and level, outside or indoors. During purchase, the tub is accompanied by a motor and a hose. You have to inflate the tub using the motor and fill hose, and then plug in the heater.
Plus point: Easy to transport and affordable (can cost less than $500).
Minus point: Not long-lasting as vinyl material can get damaged easily.
b) Wooden Hot Tubs: Built using redwood, oak, cypress, cedar and teak, these tubs are likened to traditional wooden wine casks. Commonly having a round design, these tubs are transported in pieces and assembled on site. Therefore, they can be moved through doorways, downstairs or upstairs to whichever location you want. The price ranges from
$3500 to $10,000.
Plus point: Aesthetic appearance, durable construction and more leg room.
Minus point: Need more maintenance and difficult to clean.
(c) Above-Ground Hot Tubs: These are constructed entirely from rotationally molded plastic that is also known as roto-mold, because it is affordable, lightweight, tough and is available in a variety of colours. Another type of above-ground hot tubs are built of stainless steel, but their expensive price makes them not so popular among the masses.
Plus point: Being portable, a roto-mold tub can be placed on top of a deck during summer and moved to the basement during winter.
Minus point: Roto-molded hot tubs are usually small in size, having a maximum of 6 seaters.
(d) In-Ground Hot Tubs: These require excavation, plumbing and electrical work during installation, therefore are the most expensive type of hot tubs. The price ranges from $14,000 to $20,000. These are manufactured using gunite and sometimes overlaying tiles are also used for decoration.
Plus point: Custom-built and aesthetic appeal.
Minus point: As in-ground tubs are permanent, you can’t take it with you if you decide to move.