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  1. Hot Tub vs. Pool: Comparing Pool & Hot Tub Benefits

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    Many people dream of adding a hot tub and pool to their house. The two make an excellent pair, each serving slightly different purposes for entertainment, exercise and relaxation. While most of us would love to own both a hot tub and a swimming pool, sometimes space and money forces us to choose one. But no matter which one you get, you’ll be making an investment that will enhance your life.

    Let’s compare pools and hot tubs now to see the benefits of each and help you make the best choice if you have to decide between the two.

    Your Friends and Family Will Love Your Pool and Hot Tub

    Whether you get both or choose between the two, your friends and family will love spending time with you in your pool or hot tub. Both allow you to connect with the people you love without distraction. No one will be using their electronics in the water. Instead, they will be spending quality time enjoying the water with you.

    Pool Entertainment vs. Hot Tub Entertainment

    Typically, pools can fit many people and have a lot of room for movement. The downside to this is that they usually take over most of your backyard, and some people can’t fit a pool on their property.

    The great thing about hot tubs is that you can choose what size you want depending on your desires and space. You can purchase an intimate 2-person spa for romantic evenings, which will take up very little room. If you’re more interested in having lots of people in your hot tub, you can buy a larger 6-7 person hot tub or a 12 person swim spa. Best of all, you can use your hot tub with your friends and family year round.

    Make Exercise Safer and More Efficient With Hot Tubs and Pools

    For the best workout possible, look no further than a hot tub or pool. Both offer a more efficient, low-impact workout; water buoyancy allows for cardio exercises that don’t put stress on your joints, making your exercises safer for you. This is especially helpful for people with physical disabilities or ailments. Water resistance gives you a full-body workout during most exercises and helps you develop flexibility, balance and muscle symmetry much quicker.

    Pool Exercise vs. Hot Tub Exercise

    Having enough space to workout is almost never an issue in a pool. You have a large body of water to swim laps, do strength exercises and stretch in.

    Though many people don’t think of hot tubs as exercising machines, they definitely can be. Swim spas have enough room to swim against a powerful jet for a great cardio workout, and exercise spas feature resistance band attachment mounts for strength training. Smaller and more traditional-sized hot tubs are perfect for stretching and low movement exercises.

    ThermoSpas® Spa Trainer combines both cardio and strength training to make the ultimate workout machine. Because the spa trainer is so large, you can swim in place against a powerful jet stream, or work on building your muscles with resistance bands and structural bars.

    Hot Tubs and Pools Are Great for Relaxation and Therapy

    Both pools and hot tubs offer soothing ways to relax and forget about the busy world outside your home in your own personal water oasis. Imagine coming home from a long day of work, getting into your pool and floating on the surface, allowing your body and mind to completely relax. Or, stepping into your hot tub after a busy day to receive a powerful back massage in bubbling, warm waters.

    Pool Therapy vs. Hot Tub Therapy

    Both are also great for therapy. Hydrotherapy has been used for years to help people suffering from physical injuries or diseases to exercise and get pain relief. Hot tubs have the added bonus of warm water and jets. Together, heat, buoyancy and massage can help relieve joint, head or muscle pain, sleep problems and stress. Warm water therapy has also been proven to help with arthritis, restless leg syndrome, multiple sclerosis and more issues.

    Pools and Hot Tubs Increase Your Home’s Value

    When you add a pool or a hot tub to your house, you’re creating an area that will generate endless hours of fun. People who are looking to buy homes know this. Pools and hot tubs generally increase home values, though the actual amount they increase it by varies from place to place.

    If you have a portable hot tub, you can always take it with you if you want to keep it. While a portable hot tub can increase the perceived value of your home for the potential buyers, your property taxes shouldn’t be affected. In most states, property taxes only increase when permanent fixtures, like in-ground swimming pools, are added to your home.

    We hope this guide to hot tubs and pools helps you see the benefits you can get from both of these wonderful water oases. If you’re interested in purchasing a hot tub, we would be happy to help you find the perfect ThermoSpas® hot tub to fit your needs and budget. All you have to do is schedule a free, no obligation hot tub site inspection here. ThermoSpas® hot tubs are custom built to meet each of our customers’ personal needs. You can choose everything from the number of jets, color, features and elegant spa accessories. Contact us today!

  2. 5 Movies With Fantastic Hot Tub Scenes

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    From Austin Powers breaking wind in a spa to a warthog and a lion relaxing in warm water together, hot tubs have been featured in many fantastic and diverse movies. Though each of these movies is different in its own way, they all share one similar quality: they present hot tubs as a place of relaxation, romance and conversation.

    If you’re a hot tub lover and need a good movie to watch tonight, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at some of the best movies that feature hot tubs now.

    If you have your own hot tub cinema, watch one of these flicks in your spa for extra fun!

    ferris buellers day off

    1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    Hot Tub Scene: In this humorous classic, Ferris and his girlfriend, Sloane, relax in a hot tub after an adventurous and expertly executed day off from school. Unfortunately, the conflicted Cameron, Ferris’ friend, opts to spend time in the pool instead of joining the couple in the spa. While Ferris and Sloane soak their troubles away in a soothing spa, Cameron worries over his impending punishment. If you’re in the mood for a carefree, funny movie, check this one out.

    Recreate This Scene: Take a day off work or wait until the weekend to spend an entire day with your loved one. Make sure it’s packed full of fun and exciting activities, such as having lunch at a fancy restaurant, going to a sports game and/or visiting an art museum. After your long and busy day, slip into your hot tub with your partner and talk the rest of the evening away.

    Best ThermoSpas Hot Tub to Recreate This Scene:ThermoSpas’ Maui 2-3 Person Hot Tub for a relaxing and fun soak with the one you love.

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    2. Hot Tub Time Machine

    Hot Tub Scene: If you’re in the mood for a crazy, off-the-wall experience, Hot Tub Time Machine is the movie to see. The plot is driven by a hot tub, but it’s no ordinary hot tub. Rather, it’s one that transports the main characters back to the ‘80s after they spill an energy drink on its controls. A group of old friends who are unsatisfied with their lives get together at a ski resort that holds a lot of memories for them. They attempt to melt their troubles away in a hot tub, but instead are taken back in time for the chance to change their future.

    Recreate This Scene: Though many of us wouldn’t mind taking some years off of our age by being transported back in time, pouring drinks on your hot tub controls isn’t the way to do it. Instead, invite some of your longtime friends over for an evening in your spa. Reminisce about the good old days and share a few drinks. By the end of the night, maybe it will feel like you haven’t aged at all.

    Best ThermoSpas Hot Tub to Recreate This Scene:ThermoSpas’ spacious 6+ Person Hot Tubs to allow for a big get together.

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    3. About Schmidt

    Hot Tub Scene: Jack Nicholson won an Oscar in this comedy-drama for his portrayal of Schmidt, a widower who tries to find purpose in his life and reconnect with his daughter. While Schmidt is at his future son-in-law, Randall’s house, he throws out his back. Randall’s mother suggests that he soothes his injury in the hot tub with her, and he takes her up on that offer. He soon begins to relax and feel better. That is, until Randall’s mother takes off her clothes and joins him in the hot tub nude. His relaxed state quickly races away as he gets out of the tub, terrified.

    Recreate This Scene: We don’t think anyone would want to experience the horror that Schmidt goes through in this scene. So instead of recreating the entire scene, you can just recreate the first part. Whenever you’re feeling pain, step into your hot tub, sit down and let the warm water and jets work your pain away.

    Best ThermoSpas Hot Tub to Recreate This Scene: OurThermoSpas Healing Spa was specifically designed to treat sore muscles. Just sit back, relax and feel the pain fade away.

    the lion king

    4. Lion King 1 ½

    Hot Tub Scene: For a family movie night with the kids, you can’t go wrong with Lion King 1 ½. This film is a fun new perspective on the original Lion King, shown through the eyes of Timon and Pumbaa. We see how the two characters meet each other and what they experienced during the first movie. At one point, Timon, Pumbaa and Simba relax in a bubbling hot spring or natural hot tub. You’ll have to watch the movie to see the hilarious outcome of this scene.

    Recreate This Scene: Your kids will love to pretend that you all are Timon, Pumbaa and Simba your hot tub. As long as they are over 10 years old, bring them into the spa with you, let them take the reins and act out the scene with them. They’ll have a blast.

    Best ThermoSpas Hot Tub to Recreate This Scene:ThermoSpas Concord 4 Person Hot Tub is the perfect size for a family of four or five to spend time together.

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     5. Austin Powers International Man of Mystery

    Hot Tub Scene: This one’s for the adults. For a laugh-out-loud evening, put on the first installment of Mike Myers’ Austin Powers series. Austin, a secret British agent in the swinging ‘60s, is frozen in order to be revived and defeat his enemy, Dr. Evil, when he is also awoken from his cryogenic freeze. The hot tub scene involves the funny-looking Austin Powers getting intimate with a gorgeous woman in a hot tub. Hilariously, the more unattractive the hairy Austin is, the more interested the woman seems to be. You just have to see it for yourself.

    Recreate This Scene: Make time to spend a romantic night with your loved one in the hot tub. Pour some beverages into a few plastic glasses, set yourLED lighting to a romantic red or blue color, put on some slow music on and watch sparks fly in the hot tub’s warm water. If you really want to recreate this scene, memorize and recite some ofAustin’s hilarious quotes in his exaggerated English accent. This should definitely get your loved one laughing.

    Best ThermoSpas Hot Tub to Recreate This Scene:ThermoSpas Gemini 2 Person Hot Tub for a romantic and intimate night with your loved one.

    Whether you’re watching these movies inside or outside of your hot tub, we hope you enjoy them. They are some of our favorites. If you would like to relax in a hot tub just like the characters in these movies,feel free to request a free hot tub site inspection from us. We would love to help you find the perfect place to put your hot tub so that you can have fun in it just like these characters do.

  3. How to Watch Football The Right Way in Your Hot Tub

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    Football season has finally arrived, and with it will come weeks of suspense, excitement, tears and cries of joy. There’s no better way to experience all of these emotions while watching the big game than in the warm waters of a hot tub.  The soothing jets will comfort you when your team is down, and your touchdown celebration will be much more intense with splashing waters of excitement all around you.

    We here at ThermoSpas want to transform your football game viewing experience for the better. Here are a handful of great tips to help you create the perfect football game viewing experience in your spa.

    Prepare Your Hot Tub for Game Day

    Before your buddies come over, make sure your water is clean and clear. Do this by testing the water’s chemical levels with test strips to make sure it’s balanced. If it’s not, add the chemicals needed. This will ensure your water is safe for soaking in while watching the game. Also make sure to quickly rinse and inspect your filter, or thoroughly clean them if it’s been a while.

    If you haven’t refilled your hot tub with clean water in the past four months, now is the time to do it. You don’t want to be distracted from the game by dirty water. Drain your hot tub, clean the shell’s surface and jets, and then fill it back up with clean, fresh water. Don’t forget to have extra towels on hand for your friends and family. They might be so focused on the upcoming game that they forget to bring them.

    Make Sure You Have Enough Space

    Make sure you know how many people can comfortably and safely fit inside your hot tub. If you’re inviting more people than can fit in your spa, set up chairs and a table outside of it for others to sit and watch the game. Then, during breaks, the people inside the hot tub can switch places with the people sitting outside to cool down and eat snacks.

    We recommend that you don’t spend more than 15 minutes in a 104° F hot tub at one time. You can extend the time you can be in the spa by reducing the temperature a few degrees, or switch with the people outside of the hot tub every 15 minutes if you want to keep the heat up.

    Make Sure You Have the Perfect TV Set Up

    We’ve finally come to the most important part of game day: the television. Make sure you have your television set up so that everyone inside the hot tub and outside of it can see the game comfortably. If your TV is not waterproof, keep it a safe distance away from the hot tub so that it doesn’t’ get damaged.

    If everyone watching the game is in the hot tub, waterproof spa-mounted televisions are great options. If you have friends outside of the hot tub as well as inside, you might want to consider wall-mounted televisions or projectors. Check out our guide to making your own hot tub cinema for more information about how to create the perfect TV setup for your spa.

    Don’t Forget About Refreshments

    Whenever you’re in a hot tub, hydration is very important. Make sure to keep water and sugar-free drinks close by for people to refresh themselves with. You and your friends should be drinking water every hour. Consider buying a waterproof floating refreshment tray to put your drinks in. You won’t have to take your eyes off the game to grab a drink if you have one of these.

    Also, make sure to only use plastic cups or cans in your spa. You really don’t want glass breaking in your hot tub. Instead of glasses, stick a few plastic cups in your refreshment tray, sit back in the warm water and watch your team dominate.

    Prepare Some Good Grub

    What’s a football game without food? Set out some finger food on the table outside of your hot tub for quick snacks throughout the game. We suggest party mixes, chips, shrimp, guacamole, salsa, wings or nuts. Keep the food outside of the hot tub so that you don’t damage your filters or contaminate your water. Try to keep the food close though, so that you can quickly step out of the hot tub to grab snacks from the table.

    Half time is a great time to cool down and take a break from the heat of the hot tub and the game. Depending on the time, you might want to have a bigger meal available at the table during half time. Big subs can feed a lot of people and are easy to buy and make. Nachos and tacos are also a pretty easy and tasty option.

    Represent Your Team

    Just because you can’t wear your team’s shirt in a hot tub doesn’t mean you can’t represent them. It just means you have to be a little more creative. If you have a ThermoSpas hot tub with LED lighting, change the spa color to match your team’s colors. This will look especially awesome during evening games.

    Another great idea is buying some flags for your team and setting them up around your spa to show your pride. Finally, ask all of your friends to bring their football shirts and hang them up with hangers on trees, walls or other places you find around your hot tub (as long as it’s not too windy out). You’ll transform your backyard into a football shrine for your team.

    If you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to having the ultimate football-watching experience in your hot tub. You’ll never want to watch the game on a couch again. For those of you who don’t have a hot tub yet, but are interested in getting one, feel free to contact us for a free site inspection. We’d love to help you find the perfect spot to put a hot tub so that you can have more fun in your backyard or home.


  4. Drink Recipes: Refreshing Drinks to Sip On in Your Hot Tub

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    There is nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing drink in a bubbling hot tub on a perfect summer evening. Just like fragrances, delicious drinks can enhance relaxation in a spa by reinvigorating the body and soothing the senses. We have rounded up a list of refreshing recipes for drinks that will quench your thirst while you are in your spa for the ultimate relaxation experience.

    As always, it is important to avoid using glass in and around your spa. Make sure to purchase plastic or non-breakable cups while drinking in your hot tub to ensure a safe and fun soak.

    Peach Iced Tea

    From Myrecipes.com

    Serving size: ¾ gallon

    If you want a quick and easy drink that tastes like summer, this Peach Iced Tea recipe is the way to go. It bursts with refreshing citrus flavor and boasts a gorgeous orange color.


    • 3 cans, or 11.5 ounces, of peach nectar
    • 2 quarts of freshly brewed or store bought tea
    • ¼ of fresh lemon juice
    • 1 cup of sugar


    1. Mix all of the ingredients together
    2. Chill until ready to serve

    Piña Colada Smoothie

    From Bhg.com

    This non-alcoholic version of the classic drink is great for family time in the spa. It’s refreshing, flavorful and tropical, and will fill you up for a quick and easy snack in the hot tub.

    2 servings


    • ½ cup of unsweetened coconut milk
    • ½ cup of vanilla yogurt
    • ½ of banana
    • ½ cup of pineapple chunks
    • 1 tablespoon of honey
    • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla


    1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.

    Mexican Strawberry Water

    From Allrecipes.com

    Mexican Strawberry Water is just one type of aguas frescas, which literally translates to “fresh water.” These light-bodied and refreshing drinks are very popular in Mexico, allowing for people to cool down in the strong heat. This particular aguas frescas is light-bodied and packed-full with flavor.

    4 servings


    • 1 and 1/2 cups and 2 tablespoons of strawberries, sliced
    • 3 and 1/2 cups of cold water
    • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon of white sugar


    1. Pour 1/2 cup of water into a medium sized bowl. Then add strawberries and sugar. Mix together.
    2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let it sit for 4 hours.
    3. After 4 hours have passed, remove from refrigerator and blend on high until smooth.
    4. Get rid of pulp and seeds by pouring the liquid through a wire mesh strainer over a large bowl.
    5. Add remaining 3 cups of cold water to the bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
    6. When ready to serve, pour the drink over ice and serve.

    TIP: If you want to spice your drink up with some alcohol, try adding a little Bacardi rum. Make sure to hydrate regularly with water if you are adding alcohol.

    Raspberry Lemonade

    From Allrecipes.com

    A great twist on classic lemonade, this raspberry delight is sure to keep you relaxed in your hot tub. It’s easy to make and will brighten up your day with its big flavor.


    • ¼ of a can, or 12 fluid ounces, of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
    • ¼ of a can, or 12 fluid ounces, of bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
    • 1/8 teaspoon of lime juice
    • 2/3 cup of water
    • 3 tablespoons and 1 and ¾ teaspoons of crushed iced
    • 3 tablespoons and 1 and ¾ teaspoons of fresh raspberries, garnish


    1. Mix the raspberry lemonade concentrate, lime juice and water together in large punch bowl. Then, stir in the lemon lime soda and crushed ice.
    2. Pour into glasses and garnish with a fresh raspberry.

    These drinks are sure to make your spa time an even more refreshing and rejuvenating experience. If you have any other drink suggestions, we would love to hear them. To learn more about fun things to do in your hot tub, keep an eye on the entertainment section of our blog. It is filled with activities to make your time in the spa an even more enjoyable experience.