Whirlpool baths have been popular for decades, but it was in the 70s and 80s that whirlpool (or Jacuzzi baths) exploded in popularity. But no one can deny that a whirlpool bath is an investment, and it requires a little bit of maintenance as well as know-how to operate. But to get the most out of your whirlpool bath, you need to be able to use it as often as you can (but this is easy to do as long as you set aside time for it). So, are you planning on investing in a whirlpool bath? Here’s what you should know.
When you purchase a whirlpool bath, you don’t just consider its features – another factor you should think about is its installation. Remember that installing your whirlpool bath takes some time and effort, and it’s best to have it done by professionals. The do-it-yourself method may not be a good idea unless you are a plumber or electrician yourself. You will have to hire a skilled and qualified professional to install your whirlpool bath for you, and they will have to take a close look at the capacity of your water heater, electrical system, and plumbing system.
If you are going for a particular style, such as a platform whirlpool bath or an alcove whirlpool bath, this may come with some additional expenses. If you are thinking of a platform whirlpool bath, for instance, you have to make sure that the flooring and walls are the right fit for your bath. If you want to save a bit on the expense, however, you can go for a stand-alone or freestanding whirlpool bath. Other features can add to the cost, such as a self-heating feature, but many whirlpool bath owners say it is worth the investment as it keeps the water hot for a longer time.
Know the types of jets
There are also two kinds of jets from which you can choose: water and air. Water jets can give you an intense massage, but they can be noisy, especially with older models. Air jets are not as loud as water jets, and they deliver a less intense massage and are more relaxing. The good news, however, is that some whirlpool baths come with both water and air jets, so you’re essentially getting the best of both worlds.
Improvements in recent years
Fortunately, as already mentioned, the whirlpool baths of today are much improved. They now offer more features which make them easier to use and maintain, such as self-cleaning features and the like, and they last longer as well.
Ease of maintenance is a big deal for many, and for good reason. If you invest in a high-quality whirlpool bath, you can take advantage of the much-needed self-cleaning capability, which makes sure the pipes are cleaned out after every use. You can also avoid soap residue (if you are planning to use bath bombs or wash your hair in the bath) by cleaning the whirlpool bath’s sides with a sturdy brush after you use it. Here’s one tip, though: if you want to take a bubble bath in your whirlpool bath, it’s better if you turn the jets off since the bubbles interact quickly with the current in the water. This can cause a massive bubble mountain which can take more than a few hours to disappear. In any case, however, whirlpool baths are a great investment – it’s an investment that many people deserve, and if you think you deserve it, you’re probably right.