Finding the perfect hot tub water temperature is key to enjoying your spa time to the fullest. But, how do you know what will work best for you? The truth is, there is no one perfect temperature.
Your ideal heat setting will depend on a variety of factors from your age and health to your personal preferences.
To get a better handle on what might work for you, we’ve prepared some hot tub water temperature tips that will help you stay both safe and satisfied.
If You Like Warmer Hot Tub Water Temperatures
If you’re a heat lover, you probably enjoy a relaxing soak at the maximum heat setting.
As long as you’re a healthy adult, soaking at a hot tub water temperature of 102-104°F is fine, but you will need to shorten your spa time accordingly.
If you stay in your spa longer than 20 minutes at the maximum heat setting, you could run the risk of dehydration or even heat stroke.
By limiting yourself to 15-20 minutes, however, you’ll be able to reap all of the benefits your spa has to offer.
If You Like to Enjoy Longer Soaks in the Spa
If you’re a healthy non-pregnant adult, it’s safe to use your spa at 100°F for as long as you feel comfortable, although we don’t recommend exceeding one hour.
If you’re a senior, you should ask your doctor for his or her input. He or she will be able to give you a recommendation on temperature and duration of use.
Do You Have Health Concerns?
Here are the recommended hot tub water temperatures for common health concerns…
Using a Hot Tub While Pregnant
The idea of a long soak in the hot tub may sound pretty appealing when you’re dealing with a sore back and achy feet. As an added bonus, the buoyancy of the water removes stress from your joints, offering your body weightlessness that can’t be achieved out of the water.
As blissful as a nice, long soak sounds, staying safe is always your first priority when pregnant. And that means soaking in your spa for only 10 minutes at a time and lowering the hot tub water temperature to 100°F or less.
Using a Hot Tub For Arthritis
Many people think more heat means more relief for achy joints. Soaking at your hot tub’s maximum water temperature of 104°F, however, isn’t recommended for arthritis sufferers.
Warm rather than hot water has been found to be most beneficial to those with joint pain. Experts tout 100°F as the perfect temperature for soothing aches and pain and decreasing inflammation.
If You Have Children
As long as children can keep their heads out of the water, it’s perfectly safe to bring them into the spa with you.
Keep in mind, however, that kids under the age of 12 don’t have the same ability to sweat as teens and adults. And that means it’s far easier for them to overheat or become dehydrated.
To keep the experience safe for young children, make sure the hot tub water temperature is turned down to 98°F and soaks for between five and fifteen minutes at a time.
If that’s a little too cool for your tastes, you can have your kids do partial immersion. Your hot tub’s bench or jump seat will enable them to stay cool by keeping their upper body out of the water.
Speaking With Your Doctor
If you are pregnant, have arthritis, would like to bring children into the spa, or have another health concern, we always suggest first speaking with your doctor.
Your health and wellness are always our main concern, which is why speaking with your doctor is so important.
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