What it isspa appeared on the scene in the mid-1980s – and the name says it all. Unlike a spa made of acrylic, fiberglass or concrete, these lightweight, portable hot tubs have sides that are literally soft, or pliable, to the touch. But they’re sturdy and can hold the weight of the average adult as he or she perches on the rim to swing their legs into (or out of) the warm, bubbling water.
Basically, there are three types of soft-sided spas: the cushioned unit made of durable vinyl, with a high-density yet lightweight, foam core; a version with an aluminum frame and padded walls; and the inflatable vinyl unit. All are extremely portable, easy to install, require no plumbing or special electrical wiring, and fit into small spaces – indoors or outdoors.
These spas are typically equipped with heaters, motors, filters, thermostats and hydrotherapy jets. (Inflatables also include blowers.) Underwater lights and covers come with some companies’ spas. Some owners like to add wooden supports and decking around the units, making entry/exit easier and adding to the aesthetic appeal.
Water purification options include ozonator/chlorine, mineral purifier, and copper ionization systems.
The lightweight nature of the soft-sided spa means it can be placed on practically any deck, patio or room in the home.
Installation couldn’t be much easier. No need for an electrician or plumber. If you have a flat surface, a standard 110 to 120V household outlet (nonshared) and a garden hose, you’re ready.
For soft-sided foam-core models, just plug the unit into the outlet and fill it with water from a garden hose. For inflatables, the first step is to inflate the spa, then plug it in and fill with a hose.
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