Softub vs Traditional Hot Tub
A Softub® is a truly portable hot tub that is light weight, affordable, comfortable and energy efficient. It is not an inflatable hot tub, but rather a soft-sided, highly durable tub that you can set up anywhere, any time of year, and it offers barrier-free seating to take full advantage of all the benefits of hydrotherapy.
Still considering a traditional acrylic hot tub? Let’s take a closer look at some of the differences and why a Softub could be your best choice!
|Hard Acrylic Tubs
|Any adequate, smooth, load-bearing surface, outdoors or indoors. No additional preparation costs.
|Construction, excavation, or concrete pad sometimes necessary for permanent location. $450 average expense.
|Plugs into any isolated 15 amp/115 volt outlet - no additional costs. Cord mounted Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) included.
|Installation of extra amperage or of 220V-60Amp line is needed. Additional GFCI purchase may be required. May cost up to $1,200.
|Simple as 1, 2, 3 can be done by one person.
|Costly Crew, placement, plumbing, electrician costs.
|Easily rolls through any standard doorway and can be setup by one person.
|Typically requires professional installation, additional expenses, and home structure alterations.
|Easily moved from location to location.
|Usually not practical due to weight and site prep involved.
|Included insulated folding lid that assists in heat retention and efficiency. Convenient combination locking straps to secure spa when not in use.
|May be an optional item with an additional expense. Many come with keys that are inconvenient to use.
|Strategically placed, interchangeable hydro-jets for even hydrotherapy.
|Hydrotherapy often uneven due to number and configuration of jets.
|Constructed from a PolybondTM foam for no hard, slippery surfaces and no hidden depths.
|Must use caution with slippery surface, and hard corners with dangerous, hidden depths.
|Spacious barrier-free seating allows a variety of positions and unrestricted movement for hydrotherapy jets.
|Hard, molded plastic, and "assigned" seats that restrict activity and position.
|Padded surfaces to surround yourself in a cushioned manner.
|Hard surfaces that are just plain uncomfortable.
|Available in 13 standard colors (6 standard colors on Portico).
|You can maintain your Softub Spa at your desired water temperature for about $15 a month.
|Typically operate for $40-$70 or more per month.
|Exceeds stringent national compliance requirements. No harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted during the manufacturing process and excess materials are recycled.
|Many spa manufacturing methods emit harmful, environmentally-damaging VOCs. Many are constructed from material that can't be recycled.