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Best Posting Tubs 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Posting Tubs of 2018
Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy posting tubs and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place. Here are the customer reviews of some of the best posting tubs of 2018. The rating is based on multiple factors: The 3 metrics ‐ Design, Materials, Performance, and other indicators such as: Popularity, Opinions, Brand, Reputation and more. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this posting tubs win the first place?
I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this posting tubs come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
Why did this posting tubs take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers.
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Do your research
Before jumping on that buy button, there are a few things you should do before purchasing a hot tub.
It is recommended to do thorough research before purchasing a hot tub in Cornwall. Buying online has grown in popularity, but when it comes to securing a high quality hot tub you should speak your local supplier first.
There is nothing worse than buying a product online to find out that it is low in quality!
By visiting a local hot tub supplier in Cornwall, you can see the hot tub in person before you buy. This also gives you the chance to discuss your requirements and wishes with a professional advisor. This way the supplier can talk you through the best options, while also taking into consideration your budget. You can also ask any questions you may have, making your decision to buy clearer.
Another recommendation is to speak to friends and families who may also have a hot tub in Cornwall. Chat to them about their experience and how a hot tub has made a difference to their lifestyle, the style that works for them and anything else you would like to know!
Pop online and read reviews of your local suppliers – buying a high quality hot tub is important. This means you need to ensure you are purchasing from a trustworthy manufacturer and supplier.
Support and repairs
On-going support is also a great advantage, with many suppliers offering their services after your purchase has been made.
Cornish Hot Tubs provides a repair and services option. Their trained service engineers are always on hand with common hot tub parts to help you with any problems that may arise.
Their services include – annual servicing, maintenance, water changes, warranty work, training and changing filters.
Before purchasing, don’t forget to ask your supplier what they offer and work out if there services suit you and your needs.
Everyone needs some down time, that’s why having a hot tub in the back garden can be a perfect fit. Assuming you have enough space, you can enjoy the fresh air without a care in the world.
A hot tub is also great for your physical and mental health with the use of hydrotherapy – the use of water being used for pain relief or treatment. A hot tub therefore is a great addition to relive stress and simply relax alone, or with others.
Read more about the benefits on our recent blog post – ‘The Health Benefits of Regularly Using a Hot Tub’.
Creating family time
Bring the family together with a hot tub in Cornwall! Being social and maintaining a good relationship with your family and friends is important. And what better way to do it than with a hot tub? It is perfect to use all year round, while also getting the family active and making memories you can cherish.
Read our recent blog post, ‘Making Family Time With A Hot Tub In Cornwall’.
Features to take into consideration
Hot tubs come in a whole range of styles and sizes, so it’s important to choose one that suits your family and home.
Firstly, do you have enough space? A hot tub can be used indoors and outdoors, and it is important that you measure your space before committing. A local supplier however will usually access the situation beforehand with a site survey, but it is always great to be prepared.
If you are seeking a hot tub for just the two of you, you won’t need a large hot tub. If you are expecting a few more people, you can get up to eight seats making it perfect for social events like garden parties.
Money and budget
Working within a budget can be tough, but talking about your situation with a supplier can put things into perspective. This way, you can discuss your requirements but also manage within your budget.
You could also ask about estimated monthly costs of running a hot tub to understand your commitment before purchasing.
Many hot tubs come with additional features and accessories; therefore avoiding these extras could save you some money to allow you to work within your budget.
You may also find that your local supplier in Cornwall offer second hand hot tubs – a great chance to save money. Cornish Hot Tubs offer just this, so if you’re interested give them a visit!
Many hot tubs now provide amazing features such as coloured lighting and music devices. This is fun and exciting for hot tub parties and using them in the dark – perfect for inviting friends over for a good night.
Technology follows us everywhere, so you may be thinking this is a great chance to leave your mobile behind and simply relax without any distractions. A hot tub is perfect for this, especially to bring the family together.
If you are the opposite however, you can enjoy a built in music system which can spice things up a little.
As previously discussed, the added lighting and colour changes can also make the night more fun and entertaining for your guests. While also offering therapeutic benefits for those stressful days!
Acrylic is sleek, contemporary and durable. It can be molded into complex contoured shapes for comfortable, form-fitting seating in a large range of sizes. These spas are framed and wrapped with a synthetic or wood cabinet with the equipment contained within.
Rotationally molded spas are constructed with the shell and cabinet as one piece, creating a very strong, durable spa with a no maintenance finish.
For energy efficiency it is important to choose a roto-mold hot tub with a dedicated heater. Some roto-mold manufacturers cut corners by using pump heat-recovery systems rather than a heater. Heat recovery spas do not heat as rapidly, and are difficult to regulate temperature in.
Vinyl hot tubs are an inexpensive option with limited features. There are two types of vinyl spa: the cheap inflatable and the soft-sided spa.
Inflatable hot tubs are a temporary option for those looking to have a hot tub for one to two seasons.
Soft-sided vinyl spas made from marine grade vinyl and foam are easily moveable, but have quality equipment and a longer life span.
If you frequently entertain, make room for a larger full-featured spa. You wouldn’t want guests to take turns in your new hot tub, and likely won’t be disappointed with the generous seating arrangement.
A couple or a single person that will be using the spa for its therapeutic purposes could be satisfied with a 2-person tub, especially if space is limited. Keep in mind an extra seat or two is nice for more room to stretch out and enjoy more variety in seating.
Don’t fall for extravagant jet counts and gimmicky massage packs that are difficult or expensive to replace.
Spa covers are not an option, they are a necessity. Heat rises, and a quality cover will not only conserve energy and save money on electricity, but protect the hot tub from dirt, weather and unwanted visitors.
Electrical Hook Up
For non-permanent installations, Plug-and-Play connections that fit a standard 120 volt outlet are a great option.
A 240 volt electrical service results in much more rapid heating and is considered to be best for permanent installations of acrylic spas. 240V systems must be wired by a qualified electrician and require a GFCI-protected circuit and spa disconnect panel for safety.
UV Purification vs. Ozone
Ultraviolet Purification is the innovative, superior way of sanitizing your spa. Ultraviolet light targets bacteria, damaging its DNA so they cannot reproduce. UV-C purifiers do not have damaging effects or lose effectiveness over the life of the bulb.
For many years hot tubs have used ozonators to significantly decrease the amount of chemicals needed to keep spa water sanitary. Unfortunately, while ozone gas can be an effective treatment in spas, ozonators decrease in effectiveness over time and can damage gaskets, seals, and spa covers.
Set your budget first
Once you actually start on the fun part of looking for a hot tub, you’ll have all sorts of decisions and choices to make, so it can be a big help to set yourself a framework in which to take them. Write down, realistically, the absolute maximum you can afford to spend on a hot tub and whether this is in cash or through financing (from the retailer or from another source), or a combination of both. Remember this is a limit rather than a target. It essentially helps to keep you on track and realistic about features you need versus features you want and makes you think about just how much you want any extra features that could be considered non-essential such as entertainment options. If you then discover that you’ve set your heart on a more expensive tub than you can afford right now, you have a concrete savings goal at which to aim.
You might also want to spend some time looking at the likely running costs of your hot tub to see how they fit in both with your household budget and your likely use of the hot tub. For example, while you may, in principle, be able to afford both the purchase price and the running costs of a large hot tub, if you’re only going to use it occasionally and/or mostly for a small number of people, is it really worth the extra money it will cost to buy and run? Only you can take this decision and you’ll need the numbers to make it.
Choose your preferred brands first
This may sound like putting the cart before the horse, but there are numerous hot tub manufacturers out there and, bluntly, the quality varies widely. We’d therefore suggest that you start off by picking a reputable supplier, since they are most likely to have quality brands in their range.
The best suppliers will also do everything they can to give customers all the information they need to make a buying decision right on their website and if buyers do need more help, they will be able and willing to provide it. Then whittle down the brands to the one(s) you like the best. A lot of brand have tailored features that can be common place throughout the range, it can be a good starting place to understand each unique offering and what its exact purpose and benefit is.
We’d suggest you start by doing a little research on the history of the brand and sticking with names which have been around for a while. Quite simply, there’s generally a reason for this. Customer reviews are also a valuable source of information. Remember that pretty much every company is going to produce a faulty product every so often, it’s what they do about it that matters. These days, social media, can also be a good place to check. Increasingly both retailers and manufacturers are using channels such as Facebook and Twitter as an extension of their customer service department and you’ll be able to see for yourself how they engage with their customers, past, present and potential.
Reputable retailers will usually have a range of models from the key brands, which means that there’s a very good chance of you finding one to suit your needs. You’ll probably find it a whole lot easier to go about your search this way round than trying to find the perfect model from an unfiltered range of brands.
What’s also very important is where you adjust the post from.
Most modern posts use a remote that you mount onto your handlebars, allowing you to use the post without moving your hands from the bars, which is an obvious benefit when you’re riding in rough terrain.
Some cheaper posts are adjusted at the saddle, but I feel it’s worth spending the extra cash on a proper remote.
You can often pick the style of remote that you need and there are different versions that can sit under the bar or on top of the bar.
An interesting development has been the introduction of wirelessly operated dropper posts
The former is perfect for anyone running a single chainring at the front and also means that you can keep a solid hold on the grip while you use it.
The latter is best if you run multiple chainrings and still need space for a shifter.
Either way, a light, fast action and easy to locate lever is what you need to look for.
Most remotes on the market use a cable to operate them but some, such as the RockShox Reverb, use a hydraulic system.
There are drawbacks and benefits to each. Cables are cheap and easy to replace if they fail but over time they become stiffer to use as dirt enters them.
That isn’t a problem for hydraulic units, but they are much harder to fix should you damage one in the field.
The cable itself can be routed externally from the top of the seatpost or internally by exiting the bottom of the post before being routed through the frame to the handlebars.
The former is easier to fit, but the latter is preferable so long as your frame has the routing for it.
Having the cable hidden means it’s less susceptible to damage and also won’t flap about and catch on your legs or paintwork.
An interesting development has been the introduction of wirelessly operated dropper posts.
As well as getting rid of the faff of cable routing it means you could theoretically have just one post that you use across a number of bikes, assuming they share the same seatpost tube diameter.
The Fox Transfer Factory dropper post
Fox’s second attempt at a dropper post is a resounding success, with super reliable cartridge internals and a smooth, fast stepless design.
There are internally and externally routed designs and up to 150mm of travel on offer.
You get your pick of a 1x specific underbar cable remote or one that works with a shifter, while the micro adjust twin clamp head is super secure and easy to adjust.
The RSP Plummet
It might only have 100mm of travel, but the RSP is impressively smooth and sturdy for the money.
The cable remote is easy to use and the cartridge internals have proved to be reliable, if not overly fast to return to full extension.
The micro adjust clamp head does hold the saddle securely and is easy to tweak.
The KS eTen dropper seatpost
KS makes a number of more expensive posts, but this budget dropper offers up to 100mm of travel with external cable routing.
In common with most budget droppers it’s pretty weighty, but it is available in a number of diameters.
The action is a bit sluggish, with a noticeable hesitation as it returns to full extension, but it’s the single bolt clamp head that’s the major issue, as the amount of layback can really mess with your riding position.
Tablet Buying Guide: What to look for when buying a tablet
There’s a lot more to tablets than just the iPad. If you’re looking to replace a PC with something simpler and more portable, or just want a grab-and-go device for email and movies, we’ve got answers to all your tablet questions.
But if you just want a fast and easy answer, these are a few of our current top choices.
Apple iPad Pro
Apple’s iconic iPad is the most popular tablet, and for good reason: it has stellar performance, the largest app store and a fantastic ecosystem that supports access to an incredible number of tools, games and music and video apps. The processor inside of the iPad Pro 9.7, our top choice, is one of the fastest mobile chips available. It’s the best iPad model to get, though it also comes in a larger 12-inch model. If you want to save some cash, the older iPad Air is still a worthy choice, too.
Google Pixel C
If you prefer Android, the Google Pixel C is for you. It’s a speedy 8.9-incher with top-notch graphics performance. Google’s growing ecosystem is confidently catching up to Apple’s, though it still lacks in tablet-optimized apps. It also has a solid magnetic keyboard accessory (sold separately) that connects so strongly, you can even hold it upside down and it won’t detach.
Microsoft unsurprisingly makes the best Windows tablet.
While iOS tends to get first dibs on the latest apps, Android has definitely made strides of late with its media ecosystem. Movies, TV shows, magazines and games, in particular, have seen vast improvements in both quantity and quality of selections. Also, it’s a more customizable OS than any other.
A Windows tablet can do anything a Windows laptop can do.
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft’s latest operating system works great on traditional laptops and desktops, but also on tablets and hybrids. The latest Windows OS combines the best parts of old and new Windows features into a cohesive package, and its functionality focuses largely around taking advantage of a touchscreen. Unfortunately, the app store is severely lacking in variety and number of apps available in comparison to both iOS and Android, but because it’s Windows, you can get software from just about anywhere.
Not all stylus are created equal — or offered for free.
Straight baths are the most common option for bathrooms, but also offer plenty of variety within the range. For example, double ended baths have taps fitted along one side of the bath, leaving both ends free for you to lean back and relax.
The single ended straight bath, like the Kensington above, is one of the best options for most bathrooms, as they fit more compactly in the space. This style of bath also gives you the option to add a shower
For more in-depth information, see our straight bath buying guide.
When you don’t have the room to have a shower and a bath, but can’t live without both, then an L-shaped or P-shaped shower bath is the answer. The benefit of a shower bath over a regular straight bath is that it is slightly wider at the showering end, to give you more room when taking a shower.
Get the best of both worlds, with an L shaped shower bath
For more in-depth information, see our shower bath buying guide.
These baths are great for larger bathrooms, but can also be surprisingly space-efficient. The rounded shape slot seamlessly into a bathroom for a streamlined look, offering a large and luxurious bathing space.
There are different designs available within our corner bath range, including the luxurious whirlpool bath, so you can create the feeling of a spa in your own home.
The type of bath you choose will dictate the type of taps you can go for. Some baths have tap holes where either mixer taps or single taps can be fitted, whereas others may need taps mounting elsewhere.
Straight baths will generally have the option for mounting taps at one end or in the middle. Some freestanding baths can also have the taps mounted on the end or the middle, though some will need to have them fitted to a wall, or coming up out of the floor.
You want it to last
As is the norm, you are bound to quickly fall in love with your new tub chair and when you do, you’ll want it to last for as long as possible. It’s with this sense of longevity in mind that we have chosen designs put together with quality manufacturing techniques and great looking, durable materials.
All of our tub chair designs are built around hard wood, Beech wood, Hevea wood or general wooden frames to ensure solidity and provide the base for being upholstered in sumptuous fabrics. When purchasing your new tub chair you should be aware of what the chair’s frame is made of, as we’ve highlighted here – after all the frame is the bones that will keep your new found love together and with you for as long as possible. We have chosen our frames wisely, so it’s one less thing for you to worry about.
Combined bath and shower
Think about who will be using your new bath and in which way. ‘Showers are seen as a bathroom essential, but you may still want a bath for those chill-out moments or for small children,’ says Mike Wilson, marketing manager at Kohler. ‘So if space is tight, you may need to combine showering and bathing in one functional space.’ If this is the case, consider a P-shaped bath, which has a curved shower screen and a larger, anti-slip end for showering in.
There are many ways to give a run-of-the-mill inset bath a luxe look. Forget wobbly acrylic panels – encase your bath in sexy tiles, glossy mirror or even coloured glass, which can be illuminated with bathroom-friendly LEDs for added ambience. ‘If your budget’s limited, position an inset bath in the middle of the room and clad it entirely in a beautiful material,’ says Hayley Tarrington, senior designer at CP Hart. ‘This can create a freestanding look for a fraction of the cost.’
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Show More ‘Wedi board is a waterproof panelling system that’s perfect for bath cladding – and you can tile directly onto it,’ says Matt Watson, marketing manger at Kaldewei ‘Mosaics are also a great option as you can make them go around corners.’ Whatever cladding you choose, remember to enable access to the plumbing in case anything springs a leak.
Aside from rectangular baths, there’s a host of shapes – from ovals to hexagons to squares – that might suit your space better. ‘Whatever shapeor size you choose, a bath will take up a fair proportion of the room,’ says Mike Wilson, marketing manager at Kohler, ‘so it’s a good idea to go to a retailer who can design a complete space. They may be able to do something clever that will ultimately save you money.’ ‘Everyone wants a bath to last a long time and do a good job,’ says Jonathan Carter, marketing manager at Victoria & Albert, ‘so the material you choose can be crucial.’
Country Home and Interiors
It’s never too early to start preparing for a hurricane, stocking up on supplies, planning evacuation routes and keeping informed on the weather. The agency often works with local news outlets to inform residents of looming disasters and recommends checking the TV and radio often. The National Weather Service sends out an official warning before a hurricane is expected to hit.
The chances of Irma hitting the Florida coast later this week are growing, according to the National Hurricane Center. At least one county has already ordered evacuations. A hurricane watch advisory is issued 4hours before a possible storm, according to FEMA, and an official hurricane warning can follow several hours later. Residents should review their escape plans, make sure their supply kits are in order and follow any evacuation orders issued by local authorities.
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Accessories and Add-Ons
Aside from the tub itself, you may want to add on extra features or accessories to increase the enjoyment of your spa. You can choose from a wide variety of synthetic steps, lifters, aromatherapy oils, purification systems, spa covers and other extras so you can customize your spa experience the way YOU want.
Person Hot Tub
The SaluSpa Siena has been designed specifically as a two person Inflatable hot tub. There would be enough space in the centre to accommodate two small children, but this is a very grown up tub, in every sense of the word.It is our recommended hot tub for couples.
The Coleman SaluSpa and Miami will accommodate four adults although in our opinion for a comfortable hot tub experience they are best suited for just two people that’s why we have included them here.
The answer to energy use and costs has too many variables to give a real guide. Some inflatable hot tubs are fitted with a 1300 Watt heater, which is the main drain on electricity and your wallet.
So as pointed out in the “How Large” note above the hot tubs physical size is important. The bigger the tub the higher the maintenance and energy costs. This is where a tub timer can be important.
The inflatable hot tub buyer has a large range of prices and features to choose from so it is important to list the features you need and the size you want. Given the wide range available you will certainly be able to find what you need.
We have reviewed what we consider the best portable and inflatable hot tub options for 201They have incorporated what we believe to be the best features at their particular price points.
Sitting in your tub lowers blood sugar levels for people with Type Diabetes. Dr Steve Faulkner of Loughborough University found that a soak in the tub reduces peak blood sugar levels by per cent more than an hour cycling, and increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent burning 12calories per hour.
Headaches: The hot water provided by the tub helps vascular dilation and can provide tension related pain relief associated with some forms of headaches.
Back Pain: Hot tubs stimulate blood flow. This helps to brings healing nutrients to the affected area of the low back. Warming the body in the warm water inhibits the pain messages being sent to the brain.
Obviously in the summer months outdoors is going to be great. If you are in a particularly hot region then, although it is tempting to leave the spa unprotected in the sun to keep water temperature up. Be cautious of too much hot a sun, as the tub can deform with exposure to excessive prolonged heat. Setting up or putting it inside a gazebo is a perfect solution to overcome this. See our guide to the best gazebos >>
Temperatures of below 40ºF are not recommended by the hot tub manufacturers, Freezing temperatures will ice up, and ruin heater and pump. So it is time store the tub away for next year or even better set it up indoors.
If you have space inside for your inflatable hot tub, great news. Lets make sure its the right space.
Firstly will the interior floor cope with the weight of the tub? Fundamental! Will your tub really fit into the space, and can you enter and exit the tub safely?
Ideally you should be able to walk around the tub, and have easy access to the pump and heater unit. Check the electrical connection you are plugging into, and remember that your hot tub produces a lot of heat and humidity, so be sure the ventilation is sufficient to cope with it.
The vast majority of posts are going to offer infinite adjustment. That means you can stop the post at any point along its travel. Many riders prefer this type of post because of the ability to fine tune their saddle height depending on the situation. A few posts come with preset positions. Fox chose to go with three for their now-defunct DOSS post, and Specialized has posts with either three or ten preset positions.
Choose a call-to-action button.
Facebook added a very handy feature in December 2014: the option to place a simple call-to-action button at the top of your Facebook Page. You can learn how to add a CTA button to your business’ Facebook Page here.
You can choose from seven pre-made button options (“Sign Up,” “Shop Now,” “Contact Us,” “Book Now,” “Use App,” Watch Video,” and “Play Game”) and link it to any website that aligns with your business’ goals. It could link to your homepage, a landing page, a contact sheet, a video, or somewhere else.
Create custom page tabs.
By default, your page tabs are set as Timeline, About, Photos, Likes and More. But Facebook lets you create and leverage custom tabs — which are basically like landing pages within your Facebook Page, or calls-to-action where you can feature anything from case studies to marketing offers to other promotions you’re running.
They’re right at the top of your page and let you give visitors specific path to do what you want them to do on your Page. For example, if you’re hiring a lot of people, you might create a custom tab for “Jobs” that links to your jobs site, like Zendesk does on their Page:
You can create custom tabs by signing in, visiting your Page, clicking the “More” tab and choosing “Manage Tabs” from the dropdown menu. (Read this blog post for further instructions.)
Saltwater system eliminates the need for adding chlorine or shocking your spa and thus saving a ton of time and struggle. What’s even better is that the spa won’t have that typical chlorine smell
If you have problems breathing the air with the smell of chlorine, saltwater treatment system is more suitable for you
While water jets are a common occurrence in conventional built-in jacuzzi, they are rarely found in inflatable spa
It’s exactly the same as water jets, except this study.
AirJets create very nice tinkling feeling and are very relaxing too., they also cool the water. a feature, it’s a whole different concept. This is an like an ordinary pool, it’s a perfect choice for a family with children. Children usually don’t enjoy staying calm and relaxing in a hot tub. So this product joins those two opposite worlds together.
This is the best inflatable hot tub in our TOP list. It is both really affordable and really luxurious. blowup hot tub with a very nice design. It comes with a built-in to prevent limescale build-up. The build-up of limescale can lead to clogging of the pump and filter cartridges.
If you wonder if Intex inflatable whirlpool has a cover included – it does, for insulation – it also serves as safety function and prevents children from falling into the spa, as well as preventing dust and leaves from contaminating the water
Palm Springs is one of the bigger ones
Unlike SaluSpa Paris, SaluSpa Palm Springs portable jacuzzi doesn’t have that cool LED lighting. If that’s an issue for you, check out SaluSpa Paris.
Manufacturer claims a capacity of up to people – it is possible, but it’s a tight fit.
This one comes with a cushioned air pad floor for extra protection & insulation. If you want to further minimize heat losses and improve comfort, use additional mats/old carpets or anything suitable.
If you install your tub indoors, then your biggest concern is ventilating all of the moisture given off by the tub, and you obviously need proper drainage.
Installing Outside: The closer it is to your home, the lower your installation costs. Those electric wires that run from your home out to your hot tub’s electrical panel are expensive, so the closer the better, not to mention the labor involved if you have to dig a trench across or under who knows what to bury electrical cables.
If it’s going on the ground, remember that if you live in a colder climate, every spring the ground thaws out and if you have your tub sitting on the ground, once the ground starts to melt next spring, it will shift the weight of the water in your tub, creating major stress, and if the shell cracks, you’ve got major problems.
You are either going to have to dig a hole at least four feet deep down to get below the frostline and pour a concrete slab that deep or, if it is going on a deck, then make sure the deck can support all that extra weight.
An average six person hot tub full of water will weigh at least 5000 lbs. without any of your crazy, drunken friends in there splashing around, so see if the area you are thinking about installing your tub on will take the weight. If not, you might have to look at digging some four foot deep holes to pour concrete support columns that come up just above ground level or higher and then sit four inch square, pressure treated wooden posts that will sit right under your deck’s floor joists, under the deck, to help support the weight of your tub. Four concrete columns will work fine and you might be able to get away with just two if done properly. Any carpenter or good handyman can do this for you if you’re not familiar with the procedure but if it has to be done, do it before your tub goes in.
It would suck to have all your friends over for a hot tub party and the entire tub collapsing on your deck, not to mention live electrical wires coming loose with water splashing everywhere and people stepping in it. Not the kind of buzz they intended on getting at your party. I smell lawsuit if someone gets hurt, or worse, so why take the chance? Do it right the first time.
Tip: Don’t forget to have your electrician fill in any drilled holes in your home or hot tub skirting with electrical putty so mice won’t get in there and build a nest. Mice love the heat but they hate that electrical putty.
Features to consider
Different bathtubs offer different experiences, depending on their varying features. Generally, bathtubs may be classified into four main categories, including whirlpool bathtubs, soaking bathtubs, combination bathtubs and air bathtubs. All the four types of bathtubs differ from one another significantly. For instance, the air baths and the whirlpools are very similar featuring a pump, jets and water lines. The soaking bathtubs on the other hand, are just designed to be filled with water. The difference between a whirlpool and an air bath ids that the air boats move air through their plumbing while whirlpool move water through the plumbing. Throughout this article, the various bathtub types will be discussed.
This type of bathtubs is designed to offer deliberate and vigorous massage to your body, particularly the neck and back parts. The loud noise that emanates from this bathtub, while in use, can be attributed to the system that draws water into a water pump and out through the water jets that line the sides of the bathtub. The following are some of the features that make this bathtub stand out:
Chromatherapy and Aromatherapy
These bathtubs are also equipped with underwater lighting complements. Depending on the model of whirlpool bathtub you have, the color varies, including white or any other coloring. Some of these bathtubs also allow you, the user, to add a variety of aromas into the tub. However, all the manufacturer’s instructions must be adhered to while adding oils and salts as some of them may damage the bathtub.
To enhance the relaxation effect of these tubs, the majority of them come with a heated blower. Rather than heating the water, these heated blowers introduce warm air bubbles in the bathtub. The warm air that is blown into the tub is heated by the heater, which is built into the tub.
To compliment the bubbling water, this water tub is fitted with appropriate underwater lighting. Depending on the model you have, this lighting may be colored or white.
This type of bathtubs combines the features of a whirlpool bathtub and those of air bathtub in one single unit. This allows the user to vary the bathing experience in accordance with his or her preferences. Some of the admirable features of this bathtub include:
The drop-in bathtubs
This type of bathtubs does not have aprons. It may be installed in a sunken level below the floor or on a raised platform. With regards to their finishing, these bathtubs may a décor finish to match that of the bathroom. Alternatively, these bathtubs may also be tiled.
This bathtub style mainly comprises of a crescent-shaped or a finished corner apron on the front. Additionally, it also has two open sides against the walls.
This is one of the materials that is commonly used in the manufacture of bathtubs. In the manufacturing process, Acrylic sheets are molded and then reinforced using fiberglass. In most cases, this material is use din making air baths, combo massage as well as whirlpool bathtubs. The following acrylic properties make it popular as a bathtub building material.
This material is broadly recognized as the affordable alternative to acrylic, gel coat cost is about 2percent less that of acrylic. In the manufacturing process of the bathtub, the gelcoat finish is applied to the mold by sparing and later on reinforced with fiberglass. The following are some of the admirable aspects of this material:
The popularity of cast iron as a bathtub building material started in mid 1800s. In the manufacturing process, a mold is used to cast molten iron. After this a layer of enamel is applied to the cast. The following aspects make cast iron perfect for use in the making of bathtubs:
The only drawback with cast iron bathtubs is the weight. Bathtubs made out of cast iron are very heavy which makes their installation expensive.
To make a bathtub out of this material, an enamel-grade steel sheet is pressed into a mold to shape it. After that, the steel bathtub is then coated with porcelain enamel. The following attributes make this material ideal for making bathtubs.
The downside of this material is that it is heavy and offers limited, with regards to the designs.
Where to have a bathtub in your home
The location of the bathtub is the other thing that you must consider carefully. In some cases, the location of a bathtub may dictate the size and shape of the tub you are supposed to buy. For instance, the space may be limited by the presence of a wash basin or a toilet. As such, the location where you need to have the bathtub. Some of the available shapes of bathtubs in the market today include circular, corner and rectangular.
The other consideration you need to make, regarding a bathtub installation location, is the weight of the bathtub. The bigger the bathtub, the more that water it will hold. This makes the bathtub heavy. Therefore, the floor should also be able to support the weight of the bathtub you would like to have in your bathroom. You may need to consult a structural engineer on this issue.
Before buying a bathtub, you need to consider the weight of the tub when empty and when filled with water. You should also ensure that the floor can support such weight. If the floor cannot support the weight, you may need to add support or bracing to support the weight.
When positioning a bathtub in your house, you also need to consider the plumbing. Basically, a plumber should be able to fit in the space so that he or she may hook up the pool. Additionally, the pump and motor also need to be very accessible so that it will be easy to repair them in case they break down.
Some of the bathtub types in the market today need electricity for them to run. These include air tubs and whirlpools. Before installing such bathtubs, you should consult with an electrician. This professional should approve of the voltage outlet and the wiring to be used for the tub.
Size of the bathtub
With regards to the size of the tub you need to have in your house, you need to consider the users. This will allow you to choose between the single person and the two-person bathtub. Additionally, you have also to realize that the cost of operating a large bathtub I is greater than the cost of running a smaller bathtub.
Depth of the bathtub
The soaking depth of a bathtub is measured from the overflow of the bathtub to its bottom. Basically, tubs with a less apron height, about 1inches or less, are easier to enter or exit as compared to those with a higher apron height of 1inches and above. However, the deeper the soaking depth of a bathtub, the more relaxing, the tub is.
The location of the bathtub in the house will also be affected by the location of its drain. Basically bathtubs have a left, right or center drain. For instance, a bathtub that has a left drain should be positioned on the right side of the bathroom. It is also possible to change the location of the drain in many bathtub models, but this may turn out to be very expensive.
Trends in Clawfoot bathtubs
Latest trends in bathroom furnishings show a rising popularity in clawfoot bathtub with elegant hand-held showers.
Abbey Copper Slipper Clawfoot Soaking Tub – No Overflow – Antique Copper
In the past, the clawfoot tubs and clawfoot tub faucets were completely made of cast iron. These tubs would weigh more than 350 pounds! The modern clawfoot bathtubs are also made using the same material for authenticity but can also be acrylic in case of weight limitations. A popular trend today is the all-copper clawfoot tub with matching shower, faucets, and other accessories.
Plumbing Fixtures for Clawfoot Tubs
The usual hot and cold water clawfoot tub faucet fixtures are necessary for these tubs. Today, you can choose from a variety of handheld shower units including the telephone design hand held shower.
Pfister Savannah 3-Handle Tub & Shower Faucet with Metal Lever Handles, Polished Chrome & White Porcelain
Rozinstanitary Brushed Nickel Floor Standing Bathtub Faucet with Handheld Shower
Delta Trinsic Champagne Bronze Floor Mount Freestanding Tub Filler wValve D931V
Hansgrohe 1655382Axor Montreux Free Standing Tub Filler with Lever Handle, Brushed Nickel
Kingston Brass KS265PB Clawfoot Tub Wall Mount Faucet, Polished Brass
FREUER Vasca Collection Classic Clawfoot Tub Faucet, Polished Chrome
AKDY Freestand Floor Mounted AZ8711A Clawfoot Bathtub Faucet
If you like taking a stand-up shower, you can have your clawfoot installed with a circular or rectangular shower wrap around kit. The tub need not be next to the wall for this. You could simply add an elegant and beautiful clawfoot bathtub shower curtain around the tub. The shower head can also be installed on a wall near the tub –this is attached in a manner in which it is within reach for the user.
Zenna Home 34941WW, NeverRust Aluminum Hoop Shower Curtain Rod for Claw Foot Tubs, White
Vintage CoreAcryl Clawfoot Tub with Tempered Glass Shower Enclosure
Extra Wide Shower Curtain for a Clawfoot Tubopaque with Magnets
Barclay 4122-PB Rectangular Units Clawfoot Tub and Shower Filler
Randolph Morris Claw Foot Tub Shower Enclosure with Metal Showerhead RM403SEC Chrome
You can even choose from clawfoot tub accessories in cast iron- including shower pans, soap dishes, tub caddies, bridge faucets etc.
Elizabethan Classics ECTSD3SN Leg Tub Soap and Sponge Holder, Satin Nickel
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