Hot tub types
Above-Ground Acrylic Hot Tubs
Hot tubs have been around for centuries in various forms. Ancient Turks, Greeks and Romans had vast pools heated by fires below the pools. Since ancient times continual changes and improvements have been made to hot tubs. Here are some of the most common today:
Acrylic hot tubs have a fibreglass or foam understructure and a wood or synthetic cabinet. These are the most popular type of hot tubs. These types of hot tubs are considered portable but do require equipment to move them typically. Installation has to be well planned as well as proper electrical connections need to be provided.
Inflatable and Portable Hot Tubs
Inflatable and Portable hot tubs are an excellent choice for those that want to be able to take their hot tub with them on camping trips and to their friends house. The drawback with these types of tubs is that the water temperature tends to drop quickly in them and they will not last as long as other types of hot tubs.
Wooden Hot Tubs
Wooden hot tubs are the "original" type of hot tub. They are usuall simple construction in a "barrel" shape with flat bench type seating. These types of hot tubs require careful maintenance and are not suited to all areas and climates. Wooden hot tubs were very popular during the 70's and 80's on the West Coast.
In-Ground Spas are the most expensive spa type. They require excavation, in-ground piping and a separate area for the equipment. While very much permanent installations, these types of spa can be rather costly if something goes wrong. They are not suited to all areas and climates.