You’ve decided you want a hot tub! You’ve been hearing about the trend of saltwater hot tubs and want to know — what’s the difference between saltwater spas and traditional systems? Saltwater tubs have tremendous benefits; however, there are a few points that may not be as attractive to some buyers.
Why Many People Choose Saltwater Spas
Some of the most common reasons buyers choose saltwater hot tubs include:
- After the initial cost of setup, saltwater is typically less expensive to maintain than a traditional hot tub.
- Salt increases water softness, which means softer skin after a soak, as well as less irritated eyes and softer hair.
- No more chlorine smell on your skin, hair and bathing suit, since the natural chlorine does not produce a smell.
- Saltwater is gentle on the skin and eyes.
- Saltwater is preferable for those who have allergic reactions to strong chemicals.
- Saltwater spas are resistant to drastic water chemistry fluctuations. The minerals in the salt help withstand changes in alkalinity, pH and calcium hardness.
A Few Considerations Before Choosing a Saltwater Spa
Although saltwater hot tubs are a really good alternative, you should know they are not perfect. A few things to consider when deciding between a traditional hot tub and a saltwater spa:
- The initial cost is higher. The salt system can range from $500 to $5,000.
- The salt component replacements add to maintenance costs. This is in addition to normal hot tub maintenance costs.
- Temperature must be maintained. Temperature below 60° Fahrenheit will cause the system to function poorly or shut down.
There is no right or wrong answer — it’s your choice! Saltwater hot tubs offer gentle relaxation, improved circulation and softer skin, and are more environmentally-friendly because they typically use less water. If the choice is clear in a saltwater system, check out the new FreshWaterTM salt system available on all Highlife® and Limelight® collections spas from HotSpring®.