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are hot tubs good for you

Are hot tubs good for you?

You may have heard about some of the health and wellbeing benefits of immersion in water. But are hot tubs good for you?

When and how should you use them? We give you the lowdown on how to use hot tubs for optimum health benefits.

Exercise & yoga

If you fancy boosting the wellbeing benefits of using a hot tub, then why not try some simple exercises or yoga during bathing? Stretching and strengthening muscles are both great ways to build core strength and help you retain good posture. Exercises may be particularly beneficial to the elderly or those sat at a desk on a daily basis, helping to restore posture.

Tired & stiff joints or muscles

If you’re feeling a little creaky or you’ve been training hard, your joints or muscles may feel like they need a little TLC. The calming and soothing effects of warm water will really help with these niggles, providing medication-free relief. Similarly, if you have a condition such as arthritis, then the warm water and jets in a hot tub will boost circulation, offering some respite from symptoms.

Use in short bursts

One instance where a hot tub may not be good for you is if you stay in for too long. As the water is usually slightly warmer than body temperature, hot tubs raise your core body temperature. Staying in for too long could make you feel woozy, nauseous or faint. It’s recommended to stay in for 15 – 20 minutes at a time and ensure you drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated whilst bathing.

Good for your mental wellbeing too

What better way to switch off at the end of a long day that with a good soak? Bathing in a hot tub allows you time to think, focus or perhaps enjoy a spot of meditation. As the warm water raises body temperature, bathing in the evening can aid sleep, which in turn will help with your overall wellbeing.

When to seek professional advice

Occasionally, a hot tub may not be suitable for an individual. It’s always best to check with your doctor if you suffer from high blood pressure or you may be pregnant.

Potential issues

You may have heard stories of skin complaints, Legionnaires disease and other nasties that can be associated with bathing in a hot tub. All these problems can be completely avoided with correct chemical balance, regular filter cleaning and draining a hot tub on a regular basis after high usage. Hydropool hot tubs are so easy to maintain. If in doubt, Yorkshire Hot Tubs are on hand to service your hot tub so you can sit back, and bathe worry-free.

If you would like more information on our range of tubs, then please browse our range.

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What is a Self-Cleaning Hot Tub?

And why do you need one?

If you’ve been shopping around for a hot tub, you may have come across several different brands, all promising differing specifications, quality and price. There are many household names you’ll have come across all with special features to entice you to buy.

One brand you may have heard of is Hydropool. A unique feature of the majority of Hydropool’s’ tubs and swim spas is the exclusive ‘Self-Cleaning’ function. Designed to make your life as a hot tub owner easier, the Self-Cleaning function has so many benefits, which we run through in this blog.

Cleans 100% of the water in just 15 minutes

Hydropool Self Cleaning hot tubs have excellent filtration systems. One great feature is that 100% of the water passes through smaller filters 8 times in 2 hours. The regular filtration reduces pressure on the main filter and gives you confidence that the water is continually cleaned. The filters are easy to access and the core filter contains Microban to further preserve its life.

Integral floor vacuum

When you drain your hot tub, you’re bound to have residue on the hot tub floor that’ll need removing before you refill. With a Hydropool Self Cleaning hot tub there is an integral floor vacuum to save you valuable time and hassle. This integral feature removes the need to ever vacuum the hot tub floor and eliminates even the heavier dirt and grit from the floor.

High Flow Filter Surface Skimmer

This clever filter removes the heavier debris from entering the filter by skimming off larger residue. It also removes oils and floating debris that are too large to pass through the smaller filters. This prevents clogging of the pipes and filters.

Surface filtration from the jets

Strategically positioned jets and seating design ensure that the flow of water pushes all debris towards the high flow surface skimmer. This filtration boosts the efficiency of the Self-Cleaning system.

Fully customise your water care system

With Hydropool’s Self-Cleaning hot tubs you have the option to customise your chemical system. Choose from the HydroClear PureWater system, PurEssence and EZCare, all of which give you the most efficient hot tub cleaning system in the world. UV and Ozone water treatments are teamed with the Self-Cleaning features mentioned above to remove 90% of water contaminants.

Saving you time and worry

Another great feature of a Self-Cleaning hot tub is the worry-free indicator. It notifies when the tub is on Self-Cleaning mode and reassures your family and friends that the tub is in operation.

We think that the Self-Cleaning hot tub models offer you the best low maintenance hot tub on the market. If you need any further information or would like to wet test one of our models, please contact us.

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What’s the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub?

If you are lucky enough to own a hot tub, you want to make sure you gain the maximum benefit, both health and investment-wise.

It’s recommended that you use a hot tub for around 15 minutes several times a week. But what is the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub? Let us give you some of our favourite ideas…

Begin the day with a dip

Before you head to work:

If you need a little help waking up or getting ready for the day ahead, why not try an early morning hot tub to awaken your senses and joints? You may be preparing for a big meeting or have a job interview to attend. A spot of meditation before work may help you focus and perform better. You could try adding some invigorating aromatherapy fragrances from DreamScents. Or why not try some hot tub exercises or yoga poses to awaken your muscles?

Weekends before a lazy breakfast:

Enjoy a lazy Sunday morning dip to gently start the day ahead. It’ll work up an appetite for your favourite breakfast and start the day off leisurely. It could also blow away the cobwebs from the night before!

An afternoon summer party

Host a gathering:

What better way to enhance a summer BBQ than by inviting friends or family round to share a hot tub together? It’s a guaranteed way for your guests to relax, chat and spend some quality time together. The kids love a pool party, so why not let them invite their mates to enjoy their very own party in a tub?

Evening relaxation

After exercise:

One of the most relaxing times of the day to enjoy a hot tub is after a workout. Soothe your aching muscles by spending a few moments in a lovely bubbling hot tub. The targeted jets will bring welcome relief after any form of exercise, aiding muscle recovery, blood flow and wellbeing; especially after cardiovascular exercises.

To aid sleep:

Ditch your phone and shelve the boxset to carve some time out together with an evening hot tub. Evening immersion helps both body and mind signal it’s time to calm the stresses of the day and become ready for bed.

Embrace the dark nights:

Rather than huddling round a bonfire this 5th November, why not watch the fireworks from the warmth of your hot tub for an awesome display? Or celebrate the year end in style and enjoy a midnight dip in the hot tub on New Year’s Eve! Pop the champers and create a New Years to remember!

Make it your routine

Soaking in your tub at your favourite time of day in the week will regularly become your routine. It will quickly become part of your warm down after exercise, or before you head off to bed at night. You’ll quickly find the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub.

If you’d like to know more about our range of luxury Hydropool self-cleaning hot tubs, then give us a call or pop into our Ilkley showroom for a chat.

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5 Benefits of a Hydropool Swim Spa

You’ll reap so many benefits from using a Hydropool Swim Spa. Here are just a few of our favourites…

1. Designed with Aqua Fitness in mind

A Hydropool swim spa is suitable for all ages and standards of swimmer. However, for the fitness fanatic, the versatility of your workout in a swim spa is second to none. Where else do you remove the need to turn, increase resistance, or use tethers to work targeted parts of the body in the water? Certainly not in your average swimming pool!

You can convert your swim spa into your very own gym. No more membership fees! Exercise when you want in the privacy of your own home or garden. A swim spa has aqua fitness step built into the shell, the option of adding bars or use water dumbbells and resistance bands to increase the intensity of your workout.
You’ll find that by using a Hydropool swim spa, you’ll increase the number of calories burned and strengthen your core muscles. By swimming regularly, you will discover that your flexibility gradually increases which will spur you on to use the swim spa regularly and maintain fitness for life.

2. Revive tired muscles

After a workout, there’s nothing quite like a soothing warm soak to rejuvenate tired muscles. The hydrotherapy seats at the top end of your spa take care of all those niggles, aches and pains. The Hydropool 19DTfX is our largest swim spa model, even has an integrated hot tub to delivers the ultimate spa and fitness centre in one.

3. Boost your immune system

A combination of exercise, sweating and targeted massage jets will give your immune system a much-needed boost. Exercise causes changes in your antibodies and white blood cells, moving them round the body to fight infections. Exercise also causes your overall body temperature to rise, which helps fight any infections from taking hold.

4. Stress relief

Exercise has been proven to help with stress relief. Our bodies are designed to move around, and there’s no better whole-body workout than swimming. You’re guaranteed to have forgotten the days woes after a relaxing or rejuvenating swim in the swim spa. Reducing stress hormones keeps you healthier. Plus, a Hydropool swim spa is so luxurious, it won’t feel like you’re exercising!

5. Hydropool Swim Spa patented technology

Hydropool have been refining and developing their technology for over two decades to provide you with the perfect swim. Today, balanced hydraulics, along with increased depth and width for maximum water volume fully enhances the comfort of your swim.

The patented ‘Swim Fin’ technology lessens turbulence by cutting the vortex emerging through the jets. The Aquachannel shape of the overall shell also helps with minimising backsplash that can result in a jerky swim. Hydropool’s fully adjustable current as well as interval training allows you to create a swim that’s tailored to your individual needs.

The power of the Self-Cleaning technology is sure to be the biggest benefit to you. With 100% of the water travelling through the filters every 45 minutes, you’re guaranteed crystal clear water with none of the hassle.

We’d love to show you first hand how great our swim spas are. Why not come down and visit our Hydropool Swim Spa Showroom or book a wet test to try one out for yourself?

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Hot tub myths – busted!

Are you considering buying a hot tub?

Heard some hot tub myths that have concerned you?

We’re here to dispel the most common hot tub myths, so you can sit back and purchase worry-free.

Myth 1: You must use chlorine

If you’re adverse to the thought of bathing in chlorine, don’t worry! There are alternatives that still give you all the sanitation without that distinctive swimming pool aroma.
Bromine is an alternative sanitising chemical that works best at higher temperatures, so perfect for use in a hot tub. It also doesn’t have the distinctive chlorine odour.
With saltwater technology, your hot tub is sanitised more naturally. HydroClear patented technology purifies water using 50% less chemicals. By utilising ozone, the water is oxidised naturally, passing through a UV light. The combination of the two creates more oxygen to reduce calcium or biofilm build up in the pipes.

It’s worth mentioning that if you have the correct balance of chemicals and the right pH level when using chlorine, the smell should be only slight.

Myth 2: Hot tubs take a lot of maintaining

Not true! A quick 5-minute check every week is all it takes to check that your hot tub is sanitary and safe to use. Testing and topping up of chemicals will become part of your routine. Hydropool’s Self-Cleaning models filter 100% of the water in just 15 minutes so you’re reassured of hygienic water that’s safe for all the family and your friends. Yorkshire Hot Tubs also offer comprehensive service packages to maintain the parts within your tub. Contact us for more info.

Myth 3: Hot tubs are expensive to run

Think your electric bills will skyrocket when you plug in your tub? No way! Thanks to Hydropool’s superior quality insulation guarding against unnecessary heat loss, you’ll be confident that that your electricity is not being wasted. For pennies a day, you can keep your hot tub running at 37 degrees constantly.

Myth 4: The more jets the better

Not necessarily. Whilst you may think a hot tub jam-packed with jets will give you a better massage experience, Hydropool jets are fully targeted to key areas of your body depending on seat depth. Trying the different seat depths in your tub will ensure you target key areas of your body. For example, the S Shape immersion lounger incorporates jets aimed at key areas such as the neck, back, calf and wrists.

Myth 5: You need to turn your hot tub off when not in use

False! Why turn off your hot tub when you can keep it running cheaply and know that you can jump in and use it whenever you want? The only time you may need to drain your hot tub is if you are not living in your property or not using it over the winter. Otherwise, a hot tub is the ultimate in luxury during in the winter so keep it ready for a dip day or night!

Myth 6: Buying a cheap hot tub saves you money

Sorry to break the news but buying a cheaper hot tub may cost you more in the long run on heating bills, maintenance and time. This is one of the most common hot tub myths. Whilst inflatable versions cost you on average £500 to buy, you’re likely to receive higher electric bills due to poorer quality insulation and heat loss from the cover. You may also find that due to the high costs of running, you decide to drain, deflate and pack your inflatable tub away. Such a shame!

With a Hydropool hot tub, you can be certain that the very best quality insulation is used within the cabinetry for maximum heat protection. The hot tub covers are also made of quality density materials with added insulation and fit each hot tub like a glove to guard against heat loss. With all the money saved on heating, you can sit back and relax in the knowledge that you can keep your tub switched on, running 365 days a year. Ready to use at any time!

Myth 7: You can’t exercise in a hot tub

Wrong! You may believe that swim spas are the best option for exercise, but there are several strengthening and cardio exercises you can perform from the comfort of your own tub. Body twists, squats and lunges all get your heart rate up and strengthen your core at the same time. All with minimal impact on your joints. Great for those of us who favour a gentler workout.

Myth 8: Hot tubs are unaffordable

Not with our 0% finance packages! We offer a range of finance options to suit you. Our Serenity range offers you an affordable, luxury hot tub which will serve you for decades to come. Talk to us direct for our very best prices.

We’d love to reveal our great range of hot tubs and swim spas first hand. Come and visit our showroom, book in a wet test, or contact us for more information.

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Prepare your hot tub for summer 🌞

Ok, so recently it’s been a bit of a washout, but here at YHT HQ we’re getting excited about a long summer of hot tubbing ahead!

You may have already scrubbed the BBQ, swept the patio and dusted off the sun lounger but may not have thought you have to prepare your hot tub for summer.

Luckily there are a few simple tasks you can perform that will ensure zero down-time this season. You can sit back and look forward to a full summer of interrupted bathing.

Spick and span

The most obvious way can prepare your hot tub for summer is to give it a good spring clean. A great way to start is by completely draining your tub. If it’s been a while then an intensive pipe flush such as our EzSysytem Flush is a great idea. Give the shell a good wipe with a non-bleach all-purpose solution. You can then concentrate on the filter. Remove and soak in a solution or for best results, use Instant filter Nu. If the filter has seen better days, then ensure you call us to order an approved replacement.

Adding the correct amount of chemicals and allowing the tub to come up to temperature is the next step. Once it’s up to the optimum temperature, your tub will be fully sanitised and ready for the summer season ahead. As always, if you need any advice on which chemicals to use, then please contact our team for some helpful advice.

And if it sounds like too much hard work why not book a service from us by one of our lovely engineers Nick and Mark who will do it all for you! Just call the showroom to book.

What’s the damage?

During a cold winter your hot tub experiences hidden stresses and strains behind the cabinetry. Regularly checking the interior is a vital part of hot tub ownership. Any signs of damage to the parts need to be identified swiftly to preserve the overall longevity of your tub. Carry out visuals of the seals, pipes and shell to check if any cracks have appeared. Replace any parts as necessary. We handle services and repairs of many hot tub brands, so contact our technicians to carry out a full inspection of your tub if you’re concerned.

Cover check

When the weather is warm your hot tub won’t use as much energy to keep the temperature consistent. You’ll still need to periodically check your hot tub cover is in good condition though.

  • Check and clean the vinyl top and underside with a non-bleach cleaning solution
  • Check for damage or cracks to the vinyl underside
  • Ensure all clips are functioning properly creating an effective seal.

Cool it

On really hot summer days you’ll be searching for ways to cool down. For a refreshing dip, you may want to reduce the temperature of your hot tub. Bathing in a 40 degree tub when it’s already hot outside will leave you dehydrated and uncomfortable. No-one wants to exit a hot tub looking like a lobster! A cool 37 degrees will be enough to invigorate you. If you’re feeling brave you could even turn it down lower than body temperature for total refreshment.

Remember to enjoy your hot tub in short bursts during summer and stay hydrated by keeping a nice cool drink in your ice bucket. Turning down the temperature of your hot tub in summer when the ambient heat is higher will save energy too, meaning a more efficient hot tub.

If you’d like some assistance to ensure your hot tub looks ship-shape for summer, then give us a call. We’ll carry out a full service, drain, fill and chemical top-up to save you the hassle.

Hot Tub Garden

How an outdoor hot tub complements garden living

Hot Tub Garden

The addition of a hot tub needn’t be a manmade eyesore in your beautiful garden.

If you’re thinking of buying a hot tub but want it to blend in with the flora, then take a look at our suggestions about how to incorporate an outdoor hot tub into your garden with a combination of furniture, decking, gazebos and plants.

As it’s officially Spring now, we can start planning and preparing our gardens for the summer ahead. We’re exhibiting at the Harrogate Flower Show this weekend and have a few favourite ideas to share with you…

A burst of colour

As always, plants and shrubs will complement the natural wood, helping to provide an organic screen. Use climbing perennials and annuals such as fuchsia or clematis will add a burst of colour. If you’re thinking of a pergola then try a winding wisteria, vine or climbing rose to add scents and vibrancy. Keep these plants regularly pruned to help prevent debris entering your hot tub. A balance between a selection of evergreen plants or shrubs will ensure that your garden is green all year round.

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Gazebos and Canopies

Create some cover from that Great British drizzle with a natural cedar gazebo. With designs tailored to your exact hot tub or swim spa, they provide an organic, aesthetically pleasing canopy. Add climbing plants, bunting, fairy lights, hanging baskets or wooden furniture to enhance the look.

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Natural Decking

If you’re thinking of sinking your outdoor hot tub into the ground, building decking could be the perfect option for you. Building steps up to your tub so you can step in will help to blend your tub with the garden.

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Pots

Ideal for the summer, adding pots of pretty and vibrant flowers such as begonias, marigolds or geraniums offer instant and long-lasting colour that last the whole summer season.

Fragrance

As well as choosing plants you like for their beauty, it’s worth considering fragrance when planning your garden. The sweet scents of roses, evening primrose, jasmine or lavender will awaken your senses during immersion.

Use natural screening

Try adding natural screening such as bamboo around your hot tub. It’s great natural alternative to fence panels to provide screening and protection.

The addition of an evergreen shrub will not only give you good green cover but protect against the wind. You’ll also enjoy a more natural type of privacy with a green screen such as Japanese Yew or Emerald Arborvitae which can grow to up to 15 ft. These shrubs need minimal pruning (just once a year) and are fast growing.

Eating & Drinking

You could even add an outdoor bar area in addition to your outdoor furniture to enhance your garden living experience. A good quality gas barbeque or even a wood fired pizza oven provides a welcome addition to your garden that can be used all year round!

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Lighting Options

Create a truly atmospheric evening hot tub experience with solar powered lighting. Add small torches either sides of paths, or on longer stems beside your tub to light the way to your tub at night. You could also consider adding some dimmable lighting. See our features and upgrades page for information on packages that can be added to your Self-Cleaning hot tub to enhance your experience.

To see one of our recent garden installs take a peek at this video from local company Smart Spaces

If you need some help planning your garden and finding the perfect place to house your outdoor hot tub, then we’d love to help.

Why not pop in and see us at the Harrogate Flower Show this week, or head to our showroom in Ilkley to view our stunning range of tubs and swim spas. We look forward to meeting you!

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How to have the best nights sleep ever

Struggle to drift off in the evening?

Wake up in the early hours and can’t get back to sleep? Or lie awake all night worrying?

These are all common problems that most of us suffer from time to time.

If you need a little help to switch off, we have some great suggestions for you to try to get the best nights sleep.

Routine

If you regularly vary your bedtime, stay up late or have trouble getting into a bedtime routine then why not try these tips to help you?

  • Herbal tea such as camomile can help you drift off before you go to sleep, or you could try a glass of warm milk to help stimulate sleep-inducing serotonin levels.
  • A regular bedtime and wake up time is also a good habit to get into, with your body soon getting into the rhythm and eventually allowing you to wake up naturally.
  • Try reading a book in bed to help focus your mind away from the days events and allow your brain to start shutting down. Just make sure it’s not too scary or thrilling or it could have the opposite effect!

Get Some Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to exercise regularly. Even a brisk 30-minute lunchtime walk to get your heart beating will help promote good sleep. Better still, why not try swimming? One of the best forms of exercise, with limited impact on your joints, swimming for 30 minutes gets your heart beating and all your major muscle groups working. If you’ve not seen our amazing range of swim spas, then take a look. Exercising in a swim spa offers an adjustable workout against a current, and you can tailor the speed to your exact ability. They also come with a range of extras including tethers to create an aquatic gym experience. With a range of sizes available to fit the smallest of spaces. Plus, there’s no need to hike down to your local pool or gym! Read more about buying a swim spas here.

Have an early dinner

It’s also recommended that avoiding eating too late allows your body to digest your evening meal. Eating a smaller dinner could assist with weight loss, with the body working less hard to process a meal later into the day. Eating late into the night can lead to indigestion and blood sugar levels to rise in the early hours, affecting your ability to stay asleep during the night.

Immerse yourself in water

Many of us enjoy a nice soothing bubble bath before bed to help us sleep. The warm, soothing water, and the aroma of the bubbles relaxing our muscles and giving our mind time to wind down after a hard day. Immersion in warm water raises the body temperature then when it returns to normal you become sleepy.
If you love to enjoy a bath, why not try a hot tub to help you unwind? The bonus of a hot tub is the moulded and varied seating depths, targeted jets angled at all your major muscle groups and the bubbles to simple melt away any tensions you may have. Owning your very own hot tub couldn’t be easier, with our range of finance options to choose from. Hot tubs also come in a range of styles and sizes to suit any requirements. Plus, with all the hot tub upgrades such as gazebos, LED lighting, surround sound music systems, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy you can be sure of the perfect way to wind down and drift off into dreamland.

Ditch the Tech

Finally, could your device be the cause of your sleep issues? Numerous studies have shown that exposing yourself to the blue light emitted by a smartphone or tablet before bed can have a negative effect on your sleep quality. Consider turning your phone off a couple of hours before bed, and leaving it in a different room to the one you sleep in. Give your eyes a break from screen time and try reading a book before bed instead to gently wind down.

If you long for the best nights sleep and would like to find out more about our fantastic range of hot tubs or swim spas simply visit our website or contact our friendly team for more information.

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Reasons to love your Hydropool Hot Tub

Take a look at YHT’s top 5 reasons to love your Hydropool hot tub or swim spa.

If you’re the proud owner of a Hydropool hot tub or swim spa, you’ll already be enjoying the many benefits of owning such a great product. If not, see why you’re missing out on these main benefits!

Feel like you’re on holiday 365 days a year

It’s impossible not to notice the superior quality and luxury when you step into a Hydropool hot tub. The craftmanship, additional luxury features such as lights and waterfalls, not to mention market leading technology means you’re guaranteed indulgence all year round.

Create your very own oasis from the comfort of your back garden by adding features such as a gazebo, decking, planters and lighting. Treat yourself to some much-needed me time, or even re-create that authentic spa experience at home with hot tub aromatherapy. Why not host a gathering and rekindle relationships by inviting your friends over for a dip?

Reconnect with some family time

Life is busy. A combination of long hours at work, social commitments or maintaining a home means it’s a struggle for some of us to find time for quality family time together. A hot tub gives you a great excuse! You’re guaranteed to entice the whole family into spending time with each other. Even the moodiest of teenagers can’t resist the luxury of bubbles and jets! It’s valuable time away from screens and the TV to connect with each other, talk about your day and build a lasting bond.

Sleep like a baby

There’s nothing quite like a soothing hot bath to allow you to drift off into dreamland. A hot tub provides you with double the benefits of a regular bath thanks to the addition of targeted jets, comfortable pillows and varying seat depths. Why not try aromatherapy products to aid improved sleep? Bathing in warm water also lets your muscles fully relax to ease any pain you may be experiencing. The heat also encourages your brain to release endorphins (the feel-good hormone) helping you relax away those worries from the day.

Soothe niggling aches and pains

In pain from a recent workout? Have an ongoing back problem? If so, a daily soak in your hot tub could be just what you need to ease your discomfort. Hot water helps muscles to relax to ease spasming, with the natural buoyancy experienced through water immersion allowing you to feel weightless and take the pressure off your whole body.

Maintenance is a breeze

In case you don’t already know, Hydropool’s patented Self-Cleaning technology cleanses the water in your hot tub every 15 minutes, assuring you of 100% clean water every time you use your tub. You spend less time on maintenance, and create more time for what matters.

If you’re thinking of buying a hot tub or swim spa, then we’d love to see you. Come on down to our Ilkley showroom and experience the luxury for yourself. We guarantee you’ll fall in love!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!