Outside Hot Tubs

One of the first hot tubs I used was up a mountain in the Rockies on the outskirts of Beaver Creek, Colorado after a days skiing. It was the middle of January and the weather was freezing, it had just gone dark and hot tub was on the balcony lit by some very nice low lights and with lovely views on a starlit night towards the snow covered mountains, one of the most idyllic nights which was repeated every day of the holiday.

As an introduction it could not have come much better than that. All the problems that came to mind seem to have been solved in one very simple experience. I had always imagined that the hot tub was something you could only use an a good summers day, or evening, and that it would have to be carefully put to bed in the winter with all pipes drained and the hot tub fully emptied.

This still seems to be a thought today, and many tubs seem to be inside houses or outside, and not used over the winter, but the suppliers and manufacturers these days have so perfected their products that they have an all year capability.

The answer seems to come in the remit that the best suppliers seem to be pushing at the customer in what do they want from a hot tub? It is easy to just want a tub, and then expect a supplier to know exactly what you want, but there are so many options and many of them the supplier cannot simply guess what you want as standard.

The first thing is to decide how many people you are going to need it for, and how often are you going to use it. Is the tub only going to be used for high days and holidays? Or only at the weekends, because you do not get home from work until late during the week? 

Is it going to be a portable spa or inflatable hot tub? Or can it be a luxury model?

Probably the biggest item is where can you put the hot tub? This question may seem simple, but it probably decides whether you use it regularly or rarely. Firstly to use it regularly, you will be using it on cold days and sometimes at night, no problem when you are in the pool, but getting to it can be cold, and in the dark it will be difficult and require good lighting. If you can open the door walk two steps, remove the cover and get in it will be comfortable, accessible and used often.