The idea of soaking in hot water is nothing new. It was a common practice among the ancient Romans and Japanese. The four types of hot tubs available today are above-ground, inflatable, wooden, and in-ground.

*      Above-ground -; This is the most popular type of hot tub sold. These are prefabricated hot tubs that are made from molded acrylic. They usually have a cabinet of wood or a synthetic wood-like material wrapped around the outside. These types of hot tubs are durable, lightweight, and come in a wide variety of colors. Above-ground hot tubs are touted as portable, and they are, but at an average weight of 200 pounds or more, they are cumbersome to move.

*      Inflatable -; A truly portable option is an inflatable above-ground hot tub. Just unpack, inflate, add water, turn on the heater and add people. Inflatable hot tubs may be taken on vacation, camping or brought to parties. Care must be taken as the vinyl can be easily damaged.

*      Wooden -; These are built of cedar, redwood or teak, shipped in sections, and assembled on site. The appeal of wooden hot tubs is largely attributed to their beauty and durability. They tend to be deeper, providing more legroom. Due to their increased water volume, they are heavier than other styles and require a base of solid concrete or reinforced decking to support their weight. A major advantage of Wooden Hot Tubs is that in addition to electricity, they may also be heated with gas or wood.

*      In-Ground -; The most expensive and permanent hot tub style is an in-ground type. In-ground hot tubs are wonderful additions to existing swimming pools. In-ground hot tubs require professional installation, excavation, plumbing, and electrical work. In-ground hot tubs are made of gunite or poured concrete, and often have a decorative tile overlay.

There are many on-line retailers that sell hot tubs. Simply surf the Internet and find a local dealer and click here to browse their selection of Hot Tubs. To justify the purchase of a hot tub, consider some of the benefits they provide. In addition to relaxation, they frequently lower one’s heart rate and blood pressure and increase the flow of blood to the muscles. The latter is beneficial to those who suffer from joint and muscle ailments or pain.