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The Pros And Cons Of Soft-Sided Hot Tubs

There are several different styles of hot tubs available. Many people opt for a more conventional acrylic or resin hot tub, but soft-sided hot tubs are also worth considering. They're not right for everyone, but they might be right for your needs. Consider these pros and cons of soft-sided hot tubs.

Pro: They are more affordable.

The price of a soft-sided hot tub is almost always lower than the price of a similarly sized hot tub of any other variety. If you are on a tight budget, a soft-sided hot tub is a great option. You may be able to get one for even less than you'd pay for a used, hard-sided hot tub.

Con: They don't have jets that are as powerful.

Because of the way they are designed, with thin and flexible walls, soft-sided tubs can't really be built with super powerful jets. The jets in this type of tub tend to be relaxing, but they don't have the deep massaging power that the jets in a hard-sided tub might have. If you are buying a hot tub mainly for the therapeutic benefits, a soft-sided tub may not be the best choice for you.

Pro: You can relocate them easily.

You can set the soft-sided tub up in one area, use it for a few months, and then take it down and relocate it to a new area. This is fairly easy to do on your own. You can also pick the tub up and move it to a new home. If you think you might move soon, then a soft-sided hot tub is a wise investment. Hard-sided tubs take so much more effort to install, move, and transport. 

Con: They tend to use more energy. 

Soft-sided hot tubs do not tend to be as well insulated as hard-sided tubs. They lose a lot more heat, so the heater has to work harder to keep the water warm. As such, you will pay more to power a soft-sided tub than a hard-sided one. There will be a bigger difference during cold weather than during the warm summer months.

After considering these pros and cons, you should have a better idea of whether a soft-sided hot tub is the right choice for you. If you decide that it's not, that's totally okay! Hard-sided tubs cost a little more, but they are more efficient and more powerful, and sometimes that's what you need.

For more information about hot tubs, contact a company like Marquis Spas.