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Old 01-20-2014, 06:35 PM
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Default 2 Person Hot Tub for outside deck needed

Wife told me to research this so I will start here. We have Natural Gas for heat at my house if that matters at all. Any advice?
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I have an outdoor hot tub separate from my pool. First let me suggest if you can afford and have the room, get something bigger than a two person. Minimum of four and if possible go with six, trust me you will enjoy having some other gals in a hot tub sipping on wine and spirits. The warm water of a hot tub seems to get them all loose. Never forget the first time some friends went out to our hot tub while we were gathering up some towels inside and as I walked out...my vision not what it use to be..said is she topless? Oh yes....lol Also the number of jets in the hot tub you purchase has a lot to do with how good the massage action is on the old body. More jets makes for a better massage.
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What happens in the Hot Tub stays in the Hot Tub, until the filter gets it.

We have a Baja and have been very happy with it.
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Remember, always pee OUT of the hot tub. Never into it.
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Small tubs get cold quick in the winter time.
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disagree a little bit. sometimes i like it @ 104--but can only handle it for ~10 mins without a break.

but set it at 101 and i can sit and relax for 30+min.

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When it is real cold here in LA, I set mine to 100 and we have a large ice chest next to hot tub that you can reach in for cold beer or wine. At 100, I fine the tolerance level is quite long which is good if you have it filled with loose gals! LOL
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Wife told me to research this so I will start here. We have Natural Gas for heat at my house if that matters at all. Any advice?
Right off the bat......your not going to find too many 2 person tubs. I started looking again about 4 years. I look at a bunch of them and ended up with a Strong Spa. One of the reasons I did was I went to the factory store one day just to look and ended up getting a 90 minute tour of the factory by one of the sales guys. These things are built like tanks, the ONLY wood in them is under the motors. Everything else is rotomolded plastic. The do make a two person tub the "Monaco" but at 6"2 I found it too short and not deep enough. I bought a "Milan LX" which is basically a small 4 person tub. It holds 350 gallons, I've owned it for about 3 years and have not had one issue. Our electric bill has gone up about $10.00 a month. Strong Spas are extremely well insulated. Out the door, delivered and installed was a little under 4k. Any maintenance, replacing pump etc.... is going to be a breeze




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This is the tub I have, built in steps and towel warmer
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Ok, thanks for the advice.
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Take a good look at the nordic tub hot tub.

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Yes you definitely want a 220 volt power supply for the heater on the spa. It works a lot better. Also if you are putting the spa on a wood structure, insure it can support the weight of the size spa you purchase. I have a Jacuzzi 530 gallon hot tub. We can fit six comfortably in it and eight if we have to.
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The number one problem with a two person hot tub is the size or should I say volume. You're in NY and therefore you get winters; as soon as you open your tub in winter and turn on the jets your little tub will be fighting a losing battle to keep the water hot. Hot tubs are GREAT when the temperature is at 104° in the winter time, they are no fun when they are at 102° or less.
I'm in my tub about every other night. I like it about 102F in the fall and winter, however I'll turn it down to 90F if I'm not using it for a day or two. If its 30F outside it will recover to 102 in 75 minutes. I don't think the heater kicks on from May to September, the heat take off from the motors is excellent. I normally run a (2) 4 hour cycles during the day, in the summer I need to push it back to the minimum of 2 hours or the tub gets too hot
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We have an older Hotspring that we bought new about 14 years ago. Here's my top ten things I've learned over the years:
1) The closer you put it to the door, the more it will get used in the Northeast.
2) Get 220 as mentioned. 120v units suck.
3) I use about $30 electricity per month and leave it at a constant 100 degrees. Still nice and warm, and you can stay in for hours.
4) You'll get less use out of it if you keep it cool and tell yourself you'll turn it up a few hours before you want to use it.
5) Take the stairs inside during the winter, then when you want to use it take them outside, open the cover, and then go inside and change.
6) Get trays or a table to rest the drinks on.
7) Don't fret about 26 jets vs 27 jets. Seating options for 4 to 6 is more important. Forget the ones where one side is taken as a lounger for laying down.
8) Go for a popular brand name that you can easily get serviced 10 years from now. That no name brand from Costco that has the built in tv and towel warmer will be impossible to get a new control board for in 10 years. When you get out you're warm already and warm towels no longer matter.
9) Get a cover bracket so you can easily flip the cover open and off with one hand.
10) With moderate use, plan on changing the water once a quarter.
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disagree a little bit. sometimes i like it @ 104--but can only handle it for ~10 mins without a break.

but set it at 101 and i can sit and relax for 30+min.

Totally agree. At 104 the wife hardly makes it to the 15 minute jet shutdown. 101 gives us a good 25 minutes.

Nothing better than diving into fresh powder (snow), rolling around, and then jumping into a hot tub.
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Totally agree. At 104 the wife hardly makes it to the 15 minute jet shutdown. 101 gives us a good 25 minutes.

Nothing better than diving into fresh powder (snow), rolling around, and then jumping into a hot tub.
i'm yet to have the hot tub and snow at the same time. cant wait
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