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Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Find it in your Softub.

The explorer hacked his way through the dense jungle as his team of men followed closely behind. Pack animals laden with food, water and other supplies ambled along as the men fought to create a path in the stifling heat and humidity, the sunlight glinting off their chest plates and helmets.

The men searched for something elusive. The Fountain of Youth. That mythical source of the “water of life” that can grant eternal youthfulness and longevity.

The team pressed on, when suddenly the jungle foliage began to thin, and the temperature began to cool. The explorer knew he was close to another water source. Would this finally be what he was looking for?

They breached the final barrier and entered a clearing. In the center stood not a spring, but something … unexpected. A Softub. Was this it? Was this the secret to staying young?

Turns out, maybe so. While you probably think about your Softub mainly for relaxation, it can also be a great way to enjoy warm-water exercise. And water exercise can be a great way to stay flexible and fit as you age.

The water removes the pressure of gravity on your muscles and joints, allowing you to move with more ease and comfort - all in the privacy and convenience of your home.

Thanks to the open seating arrangement, a Softub is flexible enough to allow for different exercises so you can enjoy variety while you maintain your health and wellness. Try simple exercises like these, hot tub yoga, or even use water weights for a complete workout. Your body will benefit from both the cardiovascular and weight bearing exercises.

Another benefit - the water pressure can actually help improve your blood circulation and decrease your blood pressure. That’s something that can benefit many of us as we age. Plus, you get to enjoy the soothing warm water and powerful jets once your workout is complete.

So - is regular water exercise the mythical Fountain of Youth? Our explorers decided so. In fact, they still enjoy water exercise every day. As for you? Well, you’ll have to decide for yourself. The good news is, all you have to do is slide into your Softub and try it out!

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Advice for parents, from a teen: connect with your kids in a Softub

Ok, listen. My friends don’t know I’m writing this. Honestly, I’d never hear the end of it if they found out. But I’m going to do all of you parents a favor.

You want to know how to talk to your teen, right? I mean, I get it. We’re quiet. We don’t tell you what’s going on in our lives. It probably seems like just yesterday that we were following you around the house, and now when we’re home you never see us because we’re in our room with the door closed.

You’re worried about our grades, our friends, our futures. I get it. And, truth? We appreciate it. We’ve got a lot on our minds. We just … don’t always know how to start the conversation.

So here’s my suggestions. Don’t push it. Just be there. Talking to us face-to-face is awesome, but so is just hanging out side-by-side and being ready to listen. You know where a great place to do this is? The family hot tub.

In the hot tub, there aren’t any distractions. It’s a great place for conversation. Just make sure you put away your phone or your tablet so you can really hear what we’re trying to say, alright?

You know how the hot tub relaxes you? It does the same for us. And when we’re relaxed, we’re more likely to open up to you. Don’t come at us with a secret agenda - we’ll spot that a mile away. It’s all about spending quality time together and being open.

Here’s another idea. If you want to get to know our friends, let us invite them over for a hot tub party, or make it a standing invitation for after the game, after school dances, whatever. Show an interest in us, in our lives. We like that. (Even if we act like we don’t.)

So. That’s the low-down. Just … don’t tell anyone you heard it from me. Ok?

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The Softub Difference

Softubs are different, and it’s the differences that make them great.

“Sure,” you’re thinking. That’s what they all say. But Softubs really ARE different. One look will tell you that. But that’s just the start …

First of all, don’t think of a Softub as a soft-sided hot tub. While it IS a hot tub, in that you can immerse yourself in soothing hot water and experience hydromassage from powerful jets, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Softub has more in common with the therapy tubs you find in sports facilities and hospitals, than it does with fancy hot tubs that have dozens of jets, WiFi and Bluetooth stereo systems. Plus:

There are no pinch points, because Softub doesn’t force your body into preformed seats.

  • There are fewer jets, but they’re powerful and move the water around.

  • It can support hot or cold water - just like a therapy tub.

  • A therapy tub can double as a hot tub. A hot tub can’t double as a therapy tub.

If you’re on your feet all day, if you play sports, jog or live an active life - you’ll love the soothing, therapeutic benefits of a Softub.

Softubs are also designed to be easy to install, and easy to move around. Hard tubs are often sold with “free” installation, which sounds like a great deal. But a closer look reveals some hefty hidden costs. Depending on where you live, you may need a permit. You’ll also need to make sure you have a 6” slab to set your heavy hard tub on, a 50-60 amp breaker with a kill switch, and a buried 220 wire. Those costs could equal $2000 or more above the cost of your hot tub - and above the “free” installation.

A Softub can be installed almost anywhere, indoors or out. Roll it where you want it, fill it, plug it into a standard 110v outlet, and you’re in business. No hidden installation costs here!

The bottom line is, Softubs are unique. We didn’t invent hydrotherapy, and neither did any hot tub company. But we think we’ve perfected it.

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Tom Thornbury’s Vision

ANYbody, ANY body part, ANYwhere, ANY time. That’s the Softub difference - and it’s all because of Softub founder Tom Thornbury’s vision to develop an efficient, portable, true hydrotherapy spa.

Hydrotherapy

Tom wanted to create a spa that would offer true, beneficial hydrotherapy for any body part on any size body. By eliminating the seats and cutting back on the number of jets, Tom and his engineers created a therapy tub that’s comfortable for everyone, provides complete immersion, and eliminates stress on joints.

Traditional hot tubs force you into pre-formed seats and jet configurations that limit your range of motion and may or may not fit your body size and shape. If you can’t quite get comfortable, and if you can’t quite achieve relaxation, you can’t get full hydrotherapy. Softub fixes these issues.

Portability

Tom also wanted Softub owners to be able to take their tubs anywhere, indoors or out. To achieve that, Softubs have to be lightweight, durable, able to sit on just about any surface, able to plug into a standard outlet, and completely self-contained with no special plumbing needs.

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We’d say he achieved that goal! People use their Softubs everywhere, from their back decks and patios, to their basements and master bathrooms, to their boat decks and more. It’s durable enough to be outdoors all year long, yet quiet enough to be installed inside (and sized so it can be rolled through any doorway.)

Ease of Use

Another of Tom’s requirements was that the Softub be ready to use at any time. Typical 110v spas cool down quickly while they’re being used - Tom was insistent the Softub not have this problem. Thanks to stellar engineering, Softubs can allow for both hot and cool water therapy - they can maintain temperature ranges of 80-106 degrees.

 Fancy hot tubs with dozens of jets, light shows, Bluetooth stereos and Wifi might impress your neighbors. But that’s not what Softub was designed for. In terms of hydrotherapy, Softub does everything a glitzy hard tub does, for about half the price. Plus, you get simpler maintenance, a stronger warranty than any hard tub in the industry at this price point, and about one-third of the operational costs.

 We’d say Tom succeeded.

No, it’s NOT an inflatable hot tub!

It’s a common misconception. And if we’re honest, it sort of makes us crazy. We hear it all the time at shows. But no, Softubs are not inflatable hot tubs. They’re real, honest-to-goodness hot tubs that will provide you with years of worry-free enjoyment.

Yes, they’re portable. But you don’t blow them up.

Once people see a Softub side-by-side with an inflatable tub, the differences are easy to spot:

Softubs are lightweight, but sturdy. Move it outside for the weekend and indoors for the week. See - lightweight. Yet it’s also strong enough that you can sit on the side, just like you can with a hard tub. Try that with an inflatable. We don’t think you’ll be happy with the results.

Softubs have powerful jets. Powerful jets mean you get soothing hydrotherapy. Inflatable tubs use underpowered air jets that just don’t get the job done.

Softubs are energy-efficient. Our Hydromate system incorporates the pump, heating system and motor into one unit, using the motor’s excess heat to heat the water. Innovations like this helped get Softubs registered as energy-efficient appliances.

Softubs come fully loaded. You get a high-density, insulated, locking cover; underwater LED light and more. Features you’ll find in traditional hard tubs, not inflatables.

When you get down to it, there’s really no comparison at all. If you’re shopping for a hot tub, don’t compare Softubs to throwaway inflatables. Compare Softubs to traditional hard hot tubs, and you’ll quickly discover Softubs are an affordable, portable, energy-efficient alternative.

Roll it into place. Move it indoors or out. Save money on the purchase price and monthly operational costs. What’s not to love?

Just, please. Don’t call it an inflatable hot tub.

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Yes, you CAN use your Softub indoors!

You know a Softub is comfortable, portable, and easy to use. But did you know you can also use your Softub indoors? It’s true! If you’d like to use yours indoors, just follow these simple tips to get the best experience:

Where you place it matters

Be sure to place your Softub on a smooth, strong and level surface that can handle getting wet. Regular hot tub use means the flooring around your Softub is going to get wet - from splashing, from dripping, from filling and emptying the tub. Make sure that, even if the water spills, the flooring won’t be damaged. If your Softub is installed on an upper floor, be sure anything on the floor below is protected in the case of a major water spill.

Choose a room with ventilation

Your Softub, just like any hot tub, creates hot water. And that creates humidity. You’ll experience a more comfortable environment by reducing the humidity levels in the room, either by opening a door or window, or using an exhaust fan. You can also use a dehumidifier in the room to bring the moisture levels down even further.

Make sure you have a dedicated circuit

A Softub needs a 110v 15 amp or 20 amp dedicated circuit. That means no other appliances run on the circuit. Your Softub should be placed within reach of the outlet. Use of extension cords is NOT recommended.

Watch that lid

You prop up your Softub lid when you’re using your spa. The condensation will drip down to the floor, so consider placing a mat below the lid so your floor doesn’t get slippery.

With just a little thought, you can safely and comfortably use your Softub indoors. Some people choose to place their spa indoor exclusively, while others move their hot tub in and out, depending on the season. Thanks to the easy portability of Softub, the choice is yours. (And you can change your mind any time you want to!)

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Supercharge Your Sedentary Time!

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If you’re going to be sitting at home, you may as well be sitting in a hot tub! Here are just a handful of hot tub hobby hints...

Morning coffee

Hot coffee in your hot tub to start the day - Why wouldn’t ya?

Evening cocktails

Why sit on that old uncomfortable couch when you could be having a nightcap AND a massage at the same time?

Listening to music

Some of our spas come standard with bluetooth compatible music systems installed!

Reading

That good book you were reading just got better!

Meditation

Needless to say, the soothing sensations of hot tub soaks lend very nicely to meditation.

Stargazing

When was the last time you did? Your hot tub provides a nightly excuse to re-familiarize yourself with the constellations.

Seclusion

Need some alone time? Well, shutting yourself in your room sounds more like a punishment! Treat yourself to some seclusion in a spa. You owe yourself some quality time.

Socializing

Sometimes, the more the merrier! Having friends over to catch up? Tell them to bring their suits!

Getting a massage

Your spouse doesn’t want to give you a massage? Your spa does!

Date night

Why drive across town and spend a bunch of money when you can unwind together in the comfort of your spa and in the privacy of your own yard?

Spas are among the few treats out there that are truly good for you! Want to learn about the therapeutic benefits of regular hot tub use? Come on down and visit us! We look forward to meeting you.

Testimonials

People everywhere are falling in love with Softubs! From the easy installation, to the portability, comfort and affordability - the reasons are endless. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to our customers tell you why, in their own words.

Chris and MaryAnn have been Softub owners for five years, and use their Softub all the time! They set their hot tub outdoors on their deck. They both recommend Softub to their friends, and MaryAnn says “It’s easy to clean, it’s easy to keep, the upkeep is minimal and the electric use is phenomenal!”

 

Lehman and Ellie have owner their Softub for one year, after replacing a traditional hard tub hot tub. Lehman says that, between the two, “There’s just no comparison.” The Softub is easier to operate and easier to upkeep, and was easy to install on their deck with the fantastic view. Another way the Softub beats their old hard tub model? “You can take it down and move it anywhere in no time at all.”

As a black belt in tae kwon do, Beth knows all about sore, aching muscles. And she loves the relief she gets from her Softub. “I feel relaxed immediately,” she says. She also has two sons who play football, and they love to use the Softub after their games, especially those in cold rain and snow. “They can’t wait to come home and soak in it for as long as I’ll let them.

Tom and Peggy keep their Softub “the best single investment they’ve ever made” at their camp, where Peggy says they simply roll it out on Thursday and roll it back in on Sunday. Tom appreciates that the Softub is easy to move and can be set up just about anywhere. In fact, Peggy says, the set up is so easy “even HE can do it!”

 

Brian has owned his Softub for three and a half years, and most of all he appreciates how easy it is to maneuver. He sets his Softub up indoors in the winter, and then moves it to his deck during the summer. “When it’s empty, it’s so light I can roll it right out by myself and set it up by myself,” he says. Plus, his Softub doesn’t take long to fill or heat up once he’s relocated it - another plus!

Having trouble adjusting after a time change? Use your hot tub!

Slice it and dice it however you choose, time changes are … rough. Granted, “falling back” is a little easier than “springing forward,” but it can still take time (sometimes even weeks) for your body to adjust. And, let’s be honest, the older we get, the harder that “adjusting” seems to get.

Whether you’re grabbing an extra hour of sleep or losing one, there is something you can do to help reset your internal clock - and no, we’re not talking about coffee on an IV drip. Useful as that might be in some situations, we’re talking about using your Softub!

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Using your hot tub for 15-20 minutes every day right after a time change (or anytime you’re struggling with sleep issues) can relieve muscle tension and stress, and ease your mind so you can sleep better.

That’s not the only benefit. Your body naturally adjusts its temperature lower to prepare for sleep. It’s one of the things that makes you feel drowsy. But after a time change, your clock is a little off kilter and your body doesn’t cool down when you need it to. Soaking in your spa for the aforementioned 15-20 minutes about 30 minutes before bedtime will raise your body temperature, so that leaving the warm water mimics that natural cool down. Once you leave your spa, dry off and get ready for bed, you’ll be ready to catch the train to dreamtown.

Before you use your hot tub, be sure to dim all the lights. Consider lighting some candles - those featuring aromatherapy scents that help with relaxation are a great choice. Play your favorite relaxing music softly, lean your head back, and get ready to count sheep.

Baaa.

When your hot tub guests won’t leave

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Not too long ago, we received a letter:

Dear Softub Express,

A few weeks ago, we had some friends over. The evening went great! We had a cookout, enjoyed some hot tub time, and in general just had a lot of fun with our friends. But, as my wife and I were ready to wind things down, our friends seemed to be settling in to stay. The evening grew late - very late - before they finally said goodbye.

We want to continue entertaining and sharing our Softub with friends, but how can we make sure the festivities wrap up at a decent hour?

Sincerely,

“Sleepy in Seattle”

Of course, when you have a Softub, it’s not surprising that your guests want to stick around. The comfort, powerful jets and soothing warm water make everyone want to spend as much time as possible inside. But, thankfully, there ARE a few things you can do to help your guests know it’s time to go, without breaking any etiquette rules.

Start cleaning up

Go ahead and start cleaning up the party mess. That’s a pretty clear signal to your guests that it’s time to wrap things up. Put away the food, pick up any wet towels that are laying around - you get the idea. And your guests are likely to as well.

Turn off the tunes

Do you have music playing? Go ahead and turn it off. Instant party killer.

Turn on the lights

If you’ve had any party lights on, shut those off. Then, turn on the harsher patio lights. Beyond holding a sign that says “Please Leave Now” (Which you would never, ever do.), this is the clearest you can be that the party is over.

Good luck, Sleepy in Seattle. And if all else fails, just be honest. If they’re close friends, there’s nothing wrong with telling them you’re tired, and it’s time for the party to end.

Crazy life? Make it a great life with a Softub.

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Some days are just … long.

You sleep through the alarm, or it doesn’t go off at all. By the time you make it out of the house it’s in shambles! Child number one spilled her cereal and child number two couldn’t decide between eggs and toast or a granola bar and yogurt and then decided not to really eat either of them, and for all that’s holy where are the car keys, and someone’s shouting “Where are my shoes?!?”

You spilled your coffee on the commute to the office.

Your presentation crashed during the meeting, which was going just swell anyway since you had a giant coffee stain down the front of your shirt.

You missed lunch because your boss called an “emergency” conference call that really wasn’t an emergency at all, and there was a traffic jam on the way home.

So yeah … long.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just relax for a little while? Spend a few minutes alone, or reconnecting with your spouse and forgetting about the craziness of the day? There’s no better way than in the soothing environment of your very own hot tub.

But if you don’t already have one, installing a hot tub can be a bit of a headache. And heaven knows that’s the last thing you need.

It’s time to meet the Softub - an energy efficient, portable hot tub that’s designed to make your life better, wherever you are.

Softubs are incredibly easy to set-up. Have it delivered today, and you can be relaxing tomorrow. Plus, it’s a one-person job. Just roll your Softub to the desired location - be sure you pick a spot with some privacy, if you have one - lawn, patio or deck. If it has a view, that’s even better! Then unpack the Softub and complete the set-up according to the manufacturer’s directions, including connecting the motor, and adding water and spa chemicals. Then replace the cover and fasten the safety latches. That’s it!

Crazy days are always going to happen. After all, that’s life, right? But having your very own Softub sure does make getting through them a whole lot easier.

Hot tub accessories

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With the holidays approaching, everyone is on the lookout for that perfect gift. If anyone on your shopping list is a hot tub owner, some new accessories for their hot tub would, without a doubt, be a fantastic gift! Hot tubs are calming and relaxing, but the right accessories can make them even better.

Seat Cushions

Seat cushions can turn an already comfortable seat into a seat that you never want to leave. These cushions are also great for shorter people who might like to sit up higher in the hot tub, as well as, people with back or hip pain.  No matter the recipient, seat cushions for the hot tub are sure to be a great gift.

Neck Pillows

You can also purchase pillows designed specifically for hot tubs. Anyone will enjoy kicking back for a rest in their hot tub with a new pillow. This also makes a great gift for someone with ongoing neck pain, taking their hot tub to the next level of comfort.

Steps

Other accessories that make great gifts, are hot tub steps or free standing handrails. These are both great for any style of hot tub because they are freestanding, but extremely useful for entering and exiting the hot tub. Hot tub steps are particularly fun gifts because there are many styles to choose from. There are steps with built in storage, great for storing chemicals or other hot tub accessories. There are even steps with built in planters that add an extra element of style to any hot tub.

Side Tables

Side tables that can be purchased to go on the side of any hot tub also make great gifts. Having a place to set a drink, your phone, or your favorite book is something anyone would enjoy.

Lighting

Looking for something a little more fun? How about wireless water speakers or floating LED lights?  You can even purchase floating game trays to play games like checkers or chess.  Water proof cards can be used with the game trays making any of your favorite card games water-friendly.

The gift options for spa lovers are endless. No matter which of these accessories you choose, any spa owner will be thrilled to open something new for their hot tub!

Everything you need to know about hot tub chemistry

If the thought of keeping hot tub chemicals balanced is keeping you from getting a hot tub, fear not! With this simple guide you won’t have to worry about keeping chemicals balanced. You can put your focus back on the fun and relaxation that comes along with hot tub ownership.

Basically there are 4 things that need to be kept in check to maintain ideal water balance.

  • Alkalinity
  • PH levels
  • Sanitizer levels
  • Presence of organic materials
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Those words may have you checking out already, but it really isn’t as bad as you think. In simple terms; the presence of organic materials, like leaves and dirt, cause bad stuff like algae and bacteria to grow. You need a sanitizer to fight the bad stuff. Proper PH levels make the sanitizer work better and the alkalinity makes the PH more or less stable.

Your chemicals will adjust the alkalinity and PH to make your sanitizers work against the organic material. Since you can’t see the levels of PH and alkalinity by simply looking at the water you will need test strips that change color to let you know what the current levels are in your hot tub.

A test strip that tests all levels with one dip like the Insta Test 4 Plus test strip makes testing chemical levels a breeze. Simply dip the test strip in the water and compare the color of your test strip to the package. If any of the levels are off you will want to add chemicals like PH Up, PH Down or Alkalinity Boost to adjust the level.

Because all of these levels are dependent on the others, you will want to adjust the chemicals one at a time, even if several of your levels are off. Begin by adjusting alkalinity (if needed), then PH (if needed), and lastly your sanitizer (if needed). After adding the appropriate chemical, wait several hours or even overnight, then retest the water to see if any further adjustments are needed. Many times correcting one level will bring the others back into an acceptable range. If more adjustments are needed add the correct chemical, wait, and retest.

All you need to remember is test, adjust, wait, test again, repeat if needed. Anyone can do it, even if you are a chemistry drop-out.

Find your zen with hot tub yoga

Namaste.

There’s nothing quite like yoga class for helping you find inner peace. First you pack your gym bag, then you drive to the gym and change in the locker room, and finally you try to nail your poses in a room full of other people who all seem better at it than you.

Hmm. Maybe not so zen-like after all.

But that’s OK. There’s a new trend you might really like, that combines two of your favorite things - yoga, and your hot tub!

Many yoga poses (OK, probably not the downward facing dog) can be easily done in your hot tub. Not only will you get the benefits of yoga - you’ll get the benefits of the warm, soothing water of your hot tub, too.

The natural buoyancy eases the strain on your joints, and the warmth from the water will relax your muscles. Plus, you get to skip the yoga pants, the drive to the gym and the audience - and as soon as your workout is done, you can relax and enjoy a soothing hydrotherapy massage. Can’t do that at the gym!

Sound good? Try these poses to get started:

The Half-Boat

Take a seat, keeping your legs half-bent and lift them so they’re parallel to your hips. Hold the pose, and then slowly lower your legs to the starting position.

The Diver’s Pose

Similar to the half-boat. Extend your feet out, and touch your toes with your fingers. Hold the position, then relax.

Tree

Stand with your feet together. Place your right foot on your inner left upper thigh. Place your hands in a prayer position. Hold the pose, then switch sides.

The Breakwater

Stand up straight, and simply twist from side to side.

Experiment with other yoga poses that you’re comfortable with, and that the space in your hot tub will allow. And, as always, talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise program.


Now, say: “Om …”

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Believe it or not, hot tubs can be energy efficient AND economical

We came across this blog on Softub corporates page and thought we would share it with our folks. This article was written in January and William makes some excellent points. Note: we always suggest buying new so you are covered by our incredible 5-year warranty.

Believe it or not, hot tubs can be energy efficient AND economical

By William L. Seavey | Special to The Cambrian | http://www.sanluisobispo.com

We’ve covered solar power, electric vehicles and rainwater harvesting so far.

Now most of you probably think of hot tubs as essentially wasteful and hardly “green,” but I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to be.

Years ago, I actually made a hot tub out of a 300-gallon stock watering tank. Cost then: maybe $500. I set it up on concrete blocks and put a three-burner portable propane “stovetop” under it.

It heated up fairly quickly, although draining and cleaning it posed a problem because the drain hose was very narrow.

About five years ago, I started looking into Softubs, which I’d seen demoed at home shows.

The advantage of Softubs is that they are easily portable (can be rolled when the external motor/pump is removed) and they are not heavy at all, because they are mostly made of vinyl and foam.

But the new cost was $3,000 to $4,000 for units between 6 and 8 feet wide, and I couldn’t afford that. So I started looking at Craigslist for a used one and, lo and behold, I saw two available for around $1,000 to $1,300 each and bought them both. (Silly me. I later sold the extra one and got most of my money back.)

Softubs are heavily insulated (the sides are about 4-inches thick). When they get to the desired temperature (104 degrees max), the electric pump motor shuts off (there’s a thermostat).

Electric costs

Now, I’m sure you’re saying, “Well, electricity is expensive,” and it certainly is, but the company advertises that keeping a Softub hot may only cost around $25 a month. I’ve found that to be true, and mine is in the woods! [Note: It is even less!! $15/mo]

I’ve added extra insulation on the bottom of the tub and 1.5-inch foam over the cover, which can be slid off conveniently. I also have a floating plastic “solar” blanket underneath the lid. Overall, these strategies really keep the water toasty.

Recently I went away on a one-week trip, turned the tub off (which was 100 degrees), and a week later the water was still at 78 degrees (and again, it’s outside)!

I think that’s simply amazing, don’t you? [Yes, we do!]

Solar option

If you want to be ultra-efficient, you might consider powering this up with solar. I believe (but have yet to prove) that a couple of fairly large, say 200 watts or so, solar panels and a few deep-cycle batteries might keep it going indefinitely.

Remember, the motor/pump only runs when the water is being heated — and it is water running around the motor that actually heats the tub. That’s similar to a fridge in a sense — the motor only runs when the inside temperature starts to rise above the cooling settings (so there isn’t a continuous draw).

I haven’t had any maintenance issues in all the time I’ve had the tub(s).

So if electricity is not really an issue, and the water is conserved and ultimately recycled, that’s about as green as you can get, right?