Relaxation Nation: Spring Hot Tub Trends for 2016

“Relaxation Nation” is Rick Limpert’s new column exclusively for the Modern Life Podcast Network and Modern Life Discussions.

Pardon the pun, but hot tubs are “hot”! According to The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals there are 5.8 million hot tubs in use in America. There is no better place to unwind and spend some time with friends and family than in a hot tub this spring and helping your body, mind and soul recover and relax in the process. With the rapid advancement of technology, the hot tub experience has become increasingly convenient and beneficial.

“Hot tubs are a great way to escape in any season,” says Brent Macklin, Co-Founder of Arctic Spas. “With tons of new and innovative features available today, hot tubs have become easier to care for with increasing energy efficiency and more benefits for users. Whether it’s your own backyard oasis for when family and friends visit, or a therapeutic retreat for you, hot tubs offer many benefits no matter when.”

Artic Spas has been a flagship brand of hot tubs for over two decades. Macklin has identified five of the top hot tub trends for the 2016.

Automated Water Treatment– Water treatment does not have to be a burden for hot tub owners. Technology advancements like built-in chlorine generators and automated testing and dosing has made water maintenance convenient and easy. Not only does this automated technology save you time and money, the water quality measurements are displayed in real-time on the controls and through any web-connected device. The hot tub keeps itself clean and safe and you can check the waterquality status from anywhere via the internet using your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Increasing Energy Efficiency – In order to keep energy costs down and minimize your environmental footprint, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important in hot tub design. Arctic Spas’ innovative built-in, real-time power consumption monitoring allows owners to input their local electricity cost provided on their utility bill, and the hot tub calculates what their hot tub is costing them. Built-in self-diagnostic topside controls that monitor and adjust temperature levels and reliable covers or lids are also key when it comes to preventing heat loss and unnecessary energy use.

Larger Tubs – Having a swimming pool and a hot tub at your home may have previously been seen as a luxury, but with the recent advancements of swim spas, it’s now affordable and convenient. Swim all year, hot tub all year and entertain the kids all year in all weather pools big enough to accommodate family and friends. Two to three times the size of a typical hot tub, all weather pools still have all of the hot tub features plus some of a swimming pool, such as depth and size. They also enable ‘lap swimming’ using counter current jets or tether poles. Some models feature backlit swim up bars, just like tropical resort pools and maybe best of all, the cost to run all weather pools is not much more that a hot tub. Both the Arctic Spa hot tubs and all weather pools cost about $1 per day.

LED Lighting – Colorful lighting can take your hot tub experience to the next level by not only adding visual appeal, but also conveniently illuminating features like drink holders and jets. Lighting options such as Arctic Spas Northern Lightsystem, inspired by the Aurora Borealis, brings digital color changes and fades to your spa. You can choose the perfect lighting scheme to fit your mood, adding to the ambiance of your soaking sessions or backyard parties.

Therapy – Chromatherapy, or color therapy, is a growing trend in hot tub design, where colored lighting changes the overall look of the water and can help calm and rejuvenate the body. Hydrotherapy water massage has also become a major benefit in owning a hot tub as it can help improve circulation, decrease joint pain, and accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. Another growing interest is aromatherapy, where specific scents combined with the natural warm flowing water and comforting lighting help relax the body.

Thanks for reading the first installment of “Relaxation Nation” and for more information on hot tub trends or Arctic Spas products, visit

Relaxation Nation focuses on Hot Tubs
Relaxation Nation focuses on Hot Tubs



Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News,, and in Sports Illustrated.

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