Stay on that grind, but eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of sleep—oh and socialise, but do so carefully since there’s a raging pandemic with a side of inflation. Man, oh man, living in these modern times should be an Olympic sport, a squid game, if you will. If you don’t find ways to let off some steam, all that stress, worry and anxiety can pile up and eventually catch up with your physical and mental health. 

Speaking of letting off steam, how does a day in a big, steamy, hydrotherapy hot tub spa sound? Hydrotherapy swim spas offer a wealth of health benefits, and even if they didn’t, they still offer an epic way to start, spend or end the day. Spas are the worst enemy of stress. And you know how they say, “the enemy of your enemy is your friend”. 

If you’re thinking of splurging on a spa, it’s wise to know a thing or two about the models and features available nowadays. After all, it’s not a small investment and making an informed choice is of prime importance. 

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One Shape to Rule Them All 

Q: What did the rectangular spa say to the round one?

A: See you around! 

Hot tubs come in many shapes; from conventional to unique, custom designs including free-form, geometric, figure-8, and so on. But there’s a reason why buying a rectangle spa is a foolproof choice. 

As you’ve probably noticed, most apartment buildings and hotels opt for rectangular shapes because they’re space-efficient inside and out. They can comfortably accommodate more people and are easy to incorporate into existing landscape or patio designs. Thanks to the straight sides and edges, these units can fit seamlessly into balconies and suites where space is at a premium. 

Hot tubs come in many shapes; from conventional to unique, custom designs including free-form, geometric, figure-8, and so on. But there’s a reason why buying a rectangle spa is a foolproof choice. 

As you’ve probably noticed, most apartment buildings and hotels opt for rectangular shapes because they’re space-efficient inside and out. They can comfortably accommodate more people and are easy to incorporate into existing landscape or patio designs. Thanks to the straight sides and edges, these units can fit seamlessly into balconies and suites where space is at a premium.
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Moreover, this classic shape works well with both modern and traditional architectural features, allowing you to create a unified, cohesive look. For instance, a freeform or heart-shaped hot tub may look out of place in a period or traditional setting. Or the soft, curved circular shapes may not do a great job of complementing an industrial aesthetic. Rectangular spas are as versatile and functional as they come, meaning, they can harmonise with various exterior styles. 

Right next to the house for an added bit of privacy, or a little further away so you can admire it from every angle; a rectangular hot tub spa can work either way. With no awkward edges and curves to give you headaches, you can use the space available to your best advantage. Why is this important, you ask?

Because going for a swim or steam isn’t the only way to enjoy this luxury amenity. For the ultimate backyard retreat, you can build a comfortable seating arrangement along the longer sides of the rectangle and indulge in a visually stunning oasis even when you don’t feel like swimming. 

And when you do, you can dive right into an unrestricted stretch of water, ideal for swimming, exercising or entertaining. 

Size Matters  

…Or to put it another way, you need to choose a spa that suits your needs because no one wants to take turns for a dip. Although smaller units tend to be more affordable to buy and run, investing in a larger model (when the space allows it) is a smarter decision for at least two reasons. 

First, larger units allow for greater functionality. It doesn’t matter if you’re swimming for health, relaxing or entertaining—4+ seaters have plenty of space for all your favourite water activities. 

Second, they effortlessly elevate the backyard aesthetic, creating a sense of luxury and tranquillity. Not only that this is beneficial to your health and happiness, but it also increases your property value. Go big, or go home? When it comes to spas, you can gladly do both.

Beyond Shapes and Sizes

Two down, a few more things to go. When shopping for a spa, you’ll come across a variety of models and features, all available at different price points. Although it’s easy to fall in love with a model just because it looks amazing, or it’s incredibly low-priced, it’s best to dive a little deeper before making a final decision. 

Two down, a few more things to go. When shopping for a spa, you’ll come across a variety of models and features, all available at different price points. Although it’s easy to fall in love with a model just because it looks amazing, or it’s incredibly low-priced, it’s best to dive a little deeper before making a final decision. 
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Regardless of how often you’ll use your hot tub, you’ll want to choose a strong and durable unit that can withstand the elements, moisture, chemicals and the weight of its occupants. Look for robust, reinforced shells and frames that won’t break or bend under pressure. In addition, pay close attention to the quality of components because faulty jets, heaters or pumps can put your relaxation on hold. As they say, you buy cheap, you buy twice.

Saving the best for the last—the features. Yes, these modern times have some perks after all. Long gone are the days of the mundane hot tub. Nowadays, these units come packed full of functional and visually stunning features. From massage and turbo swim jets to self-cleaning filters, all the way to striking LED lighting, convenient storage cabinets and efficient drink coolers—the options are virtually endless. 

Your Key Takeaway 

Shape, size, quality and functionality—the four horsemen of spa shopping. Keep them in mind and start building the ultimate relaxation haven in your backyard. Yes, buying a spa may be costly, but it’s definitely worth it. And with the vast choice of quality-made, low-maintenance and efficient units available on the market, finding the perfect setup won’t be a hassle. With that being said, I’ll leave you to it.