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Dreaming of a Spa Tub at Home?
SpaRelax Co.,Ltd | Updated: Dec 23, 2016

Dreaming of a Spa Tub at Home?


A spa tub is any tub with air bubbles, heated water features or tub jets, all designed for a deep soak. There are many kinds of spa tubs. Some are round, some are square, some are oval and some are rectangular. There are freestanding tubs (like the one in this photo), corner tubs and tubs built for two or more people. The options and styles are off the chart.

Tip: Never buy a tub you have not sat in. If you plan to share it with your partner, both of you should climb in at the same time. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can easily slip off when you go to a showroom. Climb into every tub you consider. Many clients of mine have vetoed a tub after simply sitting inside.

A drop-in model. Unlike a freestanding massage spa tub, it's "dropped" into a custom surround. Both freestanding and drop-in tubs create unique installation challenges.

Most spa tubs come with a water pump, a heating system or an air system. Before installing any of those systems or the tub, make sure you test them out first. The last thing you'd want is to find out you have leaks or your spa jets won't work after installation.

A surround also supports the tub. Before installing a drop-in spa tub and surround, consider building a temporary base to make sure everything works and fits correctly.

Freestanding spa tubs like this often require anti tipping brackets. These keep the whirlpool tub from flipping with extra weight. While they are important, these anti tipping brackets are a royal pain in the backside to install. Because the brackets are installed on top of the finished floor with large screws or bolts, it is important to know the exact location of heating wires or pipes.

Tip: Talk to your builder and plumber about brackets I've seen some installations where it was skipped because neither knew it was necessary.



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