You’re looking to turn your backyard into an entertainment spot. What’s a better option - a pool or hot tub? The choice is somewhat subjective, of course. But hot tubs have a few distinct advantages over their larger counterparts when it comes to maintenance, cost and frequency of use. Here are some of the reasons you might be happier with a hot tub.
1. They’re Far Less Expensive
The most popular hot tubs, above-ground acrylic spas, sell for about $4,000 to $7,000. They seat anywhere from two to 10 people and feature a variety of soothing jets. Some even have luxury features like sounds systems, TVs, lounge seats and LED lighting.
By contrast, most in-ground pools sell for $20,000 to $30,000.
Maintenance costs are also less with a hot tub. Plan on spending $300 or less per year on chemicals, compared to $500 or more with a pool. There are also fewer parts and components that can break down and require replacement.
2. They’re Easier to Maintain
Hot tubs do require regular maintenance. You’ll have to monitor pH levels and add the proper chemicals. You’ll have to “shock” the hot tub from time to time to ensure proper chlorine levels. And every so often, you’ll want to drain the hot tub, clean it and refill it.
A pool requires all the same steps - just over a much larger surface area. Plus, you’ll also have to skim, vacuum and winterize the pool. Vacuuming alone can eat up half an hour per week.
As with pools, you can reduce the amount of time you spend maintaining the hot tub by sanitizing with bromine instead of chlorine. Make sure you compare the two thoroughly.
3. They Can Be Used Year Round
If you live in a cold climate, you can only enjoy a pool for a few months out of the year. The rest of the time, your investment isn’t giving back. A hot tub can be enjoyed all year round for relaxation and entertainment.
4. They're More Relaxing
Pools are a great source of entertainment. They create an ideal setting for backyard cookouts and parties, and they’re great for families with kids. However, they’re not as relaxing. A hot tub helps soothe sore muscles and relieve the stress of the day. It’s the perfect way to unwind. Pools have some relaxing benefits, too, although the stress of maintaining them negates some of that.
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