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4 Hot Tub and Sauna Myths: Debunked or Confirmed?

4 Hot Tub and Sauna Myths: Debunked or Confirmed?

October 3, 2017 1:52 pm Published by: INNOVEX

Surprisingly, hot tubs and saunas can be a rather controversial topic. While many see them as must-haves for a weekend party or the place to go to relax after work, some people stay away from hot tubs for fear of the old wives’ tales lurking about. It’s time to put these myths to rest once and for all.

Here are 4 common hot tub and sauna myths: which ones are debunked and which ones are confirmed?

Myth #1: Hot tubs and saunas don’t offer any health benefits.


Many people look to their hot tubs and saunas, not only for a way to relax or to entertain, but to take care of their health. In fact, the practice of taking a hot soak or a steam has been pervasive in many cultures for hundreds of years–precisely for the health benefits. Here are a few:

To detoxify

The human body naturally expels harmful substances by sweating. When you soak in a hot tub for just fifteen minutes, you lose about one pint of sweat and, with it, a wealth of harmful toxins from your body.

To fight the common cold

As winter approaches, you might take vitamin C supplements and try extra hard to get in a healthy eight hours of sleep a night. But, if you want to further bolster your defense to the common cold, consider adding a steam in the sauna to your routine.

According to a study from the University of Vienna, Austria, sauna bathing can help to reduce incidences of the common cold.

These are just a few of the many health benefits hot tubs and saunas can offer.

See the Top 5 Health Benefits of Hot Tubs and the Top 6 Health Benefits of Saunas.


Myth #2: Hot tubs aren’t sanitary.


One of the most prevalent myths about hot tubs is that they are not sanitary. This is simply not true. In fact, your hot tub may be more sanitary than your pool! Here’s why:

The filtration systems in hot tubs are comparable in size to those used in pools. This means that (unless you have a hot tub that holds 20,000 gallons of water!) the filtration system in your hot tub is cleaning far less water than it is in your pool. In other words, the filtration system is working a lot less harder in your hot tub than it is in your pool. Consequently, the filtration system will not burn out as easily, keeping your hot tub consistently clean and clear.

Of course, to keep your hot tub sanitary, always remember to use the appropriate chemicals.

Find the hot tub chemicals you need here at the Pool Source.


Myth #3: The more jets in your hot tub, the better.


When it comes to finding the perfect hot tub for you, there’s a lot more to think about than simply how many jets the hot tub has. After all, when it comes to hot tubs, the old cliché, “quality over quantity,” is definitely true.

What else should you consider in a hot tub’s jets other than quantity?

  1. What type of jet is it?
  2. How big or small is the jet?
  3. How strong is the jet?
  4. Where is the jet positioned in the hot tub?

Some jets are designed specifically to massage, others produce maximum bubbles, and others to pulsate. If you only focus on the amount of jets in your hot tub, you’re limiting yourself. Instead, to create the best atmosphere for your hot tub, take the time to consider all your options.

Hot tubs and saunas are a lot of people’s favorite way to relax at the end of a long day.

But, for some reason, they’ve also acquired a bit of a bad reputation. Fortunately, most of these negative myths have been debunked.

Now that some of your hot tub and sauna fears may have been subsided, are you ready to start looking for your perfect model?

Browse our selection of hot tubs and saunas at the Pool Source.

Want to come in for a test soak and try out a hot tub for yourself?

Contact us at the Pool Source to get started.



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Alex Reardon