If you are a new hot tub owner, you may be unsure about what temperature the water in your hot tub should be. Most hot tubs have a temperature range between approximately 32-40 degrees Celcius and how you set it will depend on personal preference as well as other factors such as age and health.
Chances are that when you first get your hot tub, you'll need to experiment to find that perfect temperature. Some people like the water to be as hot as possible, whereas others find that uncomfortable and prefer to aim for something closer to normal body temperature. Of course, if there is more than one person using the hot tub, you may have to come to some kind of compromise so that everyone has an enjoyable experience.
You may want to alternate the temperature during different times of the year too. For example, when it is particularly cold outside, turning the temperature up a couple of degrees will help beat the chill. On the other hand, during the Summer, you may not want the water to be quite so hot as you would normally have it. Again this is down to personal choice and you may just keep it the same all year round.
The most important thing to consider when setting your hot tub temperature is safety and different users will have different requirements. We have a safety limit of 40 degree Celcius so they cannot be set any higher than this. There are however, a few considerations dependent on the individual:
Children- Children love being in water, but for them to use a hot tub safely, the temperature should really not exceed 35 degrees Celcius and bathing should be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes at a time. This will reduce the chance of overheating and dehydration.
Older adults- Again exercise caution, set the temperature slightly lower and avoid bathing for prolonged periods of time. This will of course vary from person to person depending on overall health, not just age.
Existing medical conditions- If you do suffer from particular health conditions, it's advisable to have a chat with a medical practitioner before using a hot tub. They will be able to recommend how you can use a hot tub safely and without detriment to your health.
Pregnant women- It is always advisable to seek medical advice before using a hot tub when pregnant. Making sure you keep the water temperature at a safe level and that you don't bathe for longer than 15 minutes at a time is also important.
Hot tubs offer many relaxation and health benefits as long as they are comfortable and safe. Follow the above advice and you should have many years of enjoyment in your hot tub.
Also, always remember to replace your cover when your hot tub is not in use to help maintain the water temperature!