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to think hot tubs are a waste of money?

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singsinthebath Tue 15-Jun-10 12:20:57

Some people I know have spend £5k on a hot tub for their garden.

Of course, it's their prerogative to spend their hard earned money as they wish. (And I nodded along, and faked some enthusiasm for their choice.)

But I can't begin to count the number of better ways of spending £5k than a bath in your back garden. You can't even have a decent swim in it.

If you have £5k spare, would you spend it on a hot tub? Or something much, much more exciting.....?

PiggyPenguin Tue 15-Jun-10 12:23:48

But if you have nothing else that you need to spend it on, a hot tub that you can use every night for god knows how many years would be a better investment than a week somewhere hot with mossies wouldn't it?

I wouldn't have one though 'cos I bet they cost a fortune to heat. And I'd get bored of it really quickly.

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 15-Jun-10 12:26:14

They shout wife swapping to me. I don't know why. DD's current best friends parents have one. The girls had a joint birthday party recently and other parents invited me and DH to have a soak and some champagne. As they say in the best tabloids, we made our excuses and left.

expatinscotland Tue 15-Jun-10 12:27:08

Because they enjoy it?

My sister has one attached to their pool.

It was heaven. We'd grab a jug of sweet iced tea and hop in.

jendaisy Tue 15-Jun-10 12:27:55

My mum and her partner have one. They never use it. I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time.

MintCracknel Tue 15-Jun-10 12:30:04

We rented a cottage over Christmas once & it had a lovely wooden hot tub. Dh & I spent every evening in it - bliss

potplant Tue 15-Jun-10 12:32:48

I can't imagine anything worse.
As you say, each to their own.

lamplighter Tue 15-Jun-10 12:36:09

I once lived in a house with a sauna. It was a nine day wonder for me and I think a hot tub would be the same.

I would spend the money on a summerhouse or something similar

Pootles2010 Tue 15-Jun-10 12:40:07

I'd never use it, i know this because we went to centre parcs with a villa with a sauna, was really looking forward to that - only ever used it to dry towels in.

Also it would make me think they were swingers!

singsinthebath Tue 15-Jun-10 12:41:18

Oh I hadn't thought about the swingers angle

<wonders what to say if invited for a hot tub session...>

lamplighter Tue 15-Jun-10 12:45:31


You would have to say yes and then start singing of course! You could take requests from your fellow hot-tubbers grin

singsinthebath Tue 15-Jun-10 12:59:03

lamplighter - I'll brush up on my best Barry White style seduction routine.

Alouiseg Tue 15-Jun-10 13:37:05

I'll have one but only when the dc are older. 10 kids in a pool is one thing but 10 kids in a hot tub is gross.

Child soup ;-)

Eve4Walle Tue 15-Jun-10 13:41:06

Oh no, hot tubs are lovely. DHs aunt and uncle have one in their huge back garden.

We all got in it one Christmas when it had been snowing and it was just the best. Such a giggle and very relaxing too.

I'd have one in my garden no problem (well, if money was no object obv).

Blu Tue 15-Jun-10 13:47:55

I know people who use them regularly to relax in all year round.

I hate them, can't stand chlorinated water, but then other ways of relaxing aren't for me, either, particularly golf, fishing, football, having an aromatherapy massage.

Waste is in the eye of the purseholder.

singsinthebath Tue 15-Jun-10 13:50:19

Don't get me wrong - I love a good bath. But why spend £5k on one so you can sit outside in it.

QueenOfFlamingEverything Tue 15-Jun-10 13:54:16

Ooooh, ours is lovely.

Didn't cost 5k though - its made of an enormous old water butt cut in half, with a wood burning stove attached to heat the water.

<dreams of having 5k to spare on anything>

lamplighter Tue 15-Jun-10 13:58:01

Is it bad hot tub etiquette to wink and pout at the person opposite you then? confused

Dagnamit - I knew I shouldn't have done that!

Lauriefairycake Tue 15-Jun-10 14:02:07


How does it work?!?

<visions of plastic water butt melting>


glastocat Tue 15-Jun-10 14:03:42

I'd bloody love a hot tub.

QueenOfFlamingEverything Tue 15-Jun-10 15:03:09

Oh, the wood burning stove is about a metre away from the tub itself and has a water jacket on the back. The water heats up and then goes into the tub through a pipe at the top of the water jacket, which in turn draws the cooler water in through a pipe at the bottom - convection basically.

It does get lovely and hot but you have to splash around to mix it else it tends to be hotter at the top then the bottom.

GloriaSmut Tue 15-Jun-10 15:08:38

How can I say this delicately?

The only really well-used hot tub that I know of is owned by friends in a same sex partnership. These chaps lead a very active social life and no woman on the right side of the menopause is advised to dip any part of herself into their hot tub water.

Alouiseg Tue 15-Jun-10 16:09:40

Very delicately worded.

Sperm soup anyone ? ;-)

agedknees Tue 15-Jun-10 16:10:28

I broke my back getting out of a hot tub (icy steps, feet came out from under me, landed on my back).

They should come with a health warning.

It was lovely using it in winter though (except for the broken back incident).

Mingg Tue 15-Jun-10 16:12:18

I'd love a hot tub and/or sauna

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