About Gary Hohne

Gary Hohne is President & CEO of Hohne Pools, a Maryland pool company.

Best Hot Tubs for Winter

Which are the best winter hot tubs? Choosing the best cold-weather hot tub is a bit like picking the best car: It comes down to which features matter most to you.

The Sundance® Aspen™: A Winter Hot Tub Workhorse

The Sundance® Aspen™ sets a high standard for cold weather hot tub enjoyment. You’ll find it all in the Aspen™. Eight varieties of massaging jets — 66 jets in total – offer the ultimate hydrotherapy experience. The Aspen™ features a SunGlow™ LED lighting system, making it an attractive hot tub for winter nights. Ergonomically designed seats let you relax in comfort.

The Aspen™ seats 7-8 adults comfortably. At 90” by 110”, it’s a roomy option with a 520-gallon volume. Four shell colors and three cabinet colors are available. If you’re looking for the best cold weather hot tub, you’d do well to consider the Sundance® Aspen™.

The Artesian Spas Bimini: A Cold Weather Hot Tub for the Luxury Set

Another strong contender for best hot tub for winter is the Bimini from Artesian Spas. Measuring 91″ x 132”, it’s a big roomier than the Aspen; the Bimini seats 9 adults with ease. Clearly designed for entertaining guests, it’s a dream option for winter hot tub time. Six massage seats, two personal loungers, and a cool down seat make the Bimini a popular hot tub when the temperature drops.

Request an EstimateWhat sets the Bimini apart are the optional upgrades; a cascading waterfall, a relaxing pillowfall, a marine-grade stereo system, and LED lighting are among the many available upgrades. The heavy-duty ProGuard spa guard is a must-have if your spa is exposed to extreme cold.

Pound for pound, the Artesian Spas Bimini is a legit contender as a cold weather spa.

Leisure’s Edge 850: A Top 10 Choice for Best Hot Tub

For true hot tub connoisseurs, the Leisure’s Edge 850 from Premium Leisure is the go-to choice as a cold weather hot tub. And it’s no wonder: This model was named among the ten best hot tubs in the 2010 spa and hot tub picks by PoolAndSpa.com.

With 50 premium hydrotherapy jets, the 850 provides a steady source of relaxation. It’s smaller than both the Aspen and the Bimini – just 91” by 91” – but still comfortably seats 6 people. Its affordable price tag makes it a fine choice for those looking for accessible hot tub pricing.

Visit our hot tubs page to learn more about spas and hot tubs for sale in our Baltimore showroom.

Hot Tub Roundup

At Hohne Pools, we spend a lot of time educating customers about hot tubs. A hot tub is a significant investment, and it makes sense to ask lots of questions before buying a hot tub.

One way we help customers learn about hot tubs is this blog. In fact, take a look at our recent posts and you’ll find lots of useful hot tub tips:

In addition to these articles, the sales and customer service staff in our Baltimore hot tub showroom can answer any question you have about hot tubs. We’ve heard them all!

Have a hot tub question we haven’t answered yet? Contact us and we’ll get back to you with an answer!

Hot Tubs and Children: Safety First

For many children, a hot tub is a fun experience akin to swimming in the pool. But hot tubs are very different from swimming pools, and parents need to oversee kids’ hot tub use for safety reasons.

For starters, very young (and very small) children should be kept out of hot tubs, due to their body size and development. A good rule to follow is that kids should be kept out of the hot tub until they are tall enough to stand in the middle of it with their heads completely above the water. If you’re ever in doubt, check with your doctor to see if he or she thinks your child is ready.

Once hot tub time has been approved, the following safety tips will help make sure everyone has a positive experience:

  • Closely monitor time. Children’s bodies heat up quickly, so you should limit their time in the warm water. The exact time varies depending on your water temperature, but around five minutes is a good place to start.
  • Keep their heads above the water. This is an important drowning deterrent, but also a way to prevent infection. Even incredibly clean hot tubs have some level of bacteria in them, so you don’t want to expose children’s eyes, ears, and upper respiratory tracts to these germs.
  • Cover screens and avoid the water return. Cover all the outlets in your hot tub with screens, and teach children to stay away from the water return and its powerful suction.
  • Supervise, supervise, supervise. Accidents are most likely to happen when adults are not present, so if they aren’t in the spa, children don’t need to be either.
  • Lock it up. When the hot tub isn’t in use, be sure to always put on the cover, and lock it securely. This will prevent curious children from accessing the spa when adults aren’t around.

Much of hot tub safety for children is common sense. Educating children on how to use the spa safely — and ensuring parents follow these guidelines — will allow you and your children to enjoy hot tub time together.

To learn more about purchasing a hot tub, visit our hot tub sales page or visit our Baltimore showroom.

The (Sometimes Surprising) Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

Most people enjoy hot tubs because of their warm temperature and soothing qualities. But did you know that regular use of a hot tub can also provide all kinds of great health benefits?

Request an EstimateIn fact, they can offer varying levels of relief for people with nagging aches and pains, stiff muscles, headaches, circulation issues, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other conditions, including stress- and sleep-related issues.

How is this possible? Well, soaking in a hot tub on a regular basis exposes your body to heat, buoyancy, and massage – three elements that combine to offer real benefits to your physical and emotional health.

For example, just some of the things these three important hot tub features can do include:

    • Release toxins / contaminants through your pores: Whether you feel a cold coming on or had a bit too much to drink last night, a hot tub can help cleanse your body.
    • Raise your body temperature: Once you step out of the tub, your temperature falls again, which can help induce a sense of tiredness and encourage your body to sleep (a great trick for insomniacs!).
    • Massage sore muscles and joints: Letting hot tub jets massage your aches and pains is a great way to get relief.
    • Reduce your body weight by up to 90%: No, it’s not a diet trick. Hot tubs simply create buoyancy, which helps to almost instantly take pressure off aching joints.
    • Open your blood vessels: This can help to improve circulation, decrease blood pressure, and stimulate nerve impulses that boost your immune system and aid digestion.
    • Benefit people with Type 2 Diabetes: Surprisingly, regular hot tub therapy can help those with Type 2 Diabetes lower their blood sugar, lose weight, and improve their sleep patterns.

These health benefits are not universal across the board, and it’s important to consult your physician before beginning any kind of hot tub therapy. However, if you’re able to use a hot tub to benefit your body in these or other ways, it’s a wonderful way to maximize everything these products have to offer.

If you are interested in learning more about having a hot tub in your home, please click here to get an estimate today.

Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

The very thing that makes hot tubs wonderful – their warm, soothing temperature – makes them a popular place for bacteria and algae to grow. Thankfully, you can avoid these problems by doing regular hot tub maintenance. In fact, keeping your spa sparkling clean all year long is easier than you may think.

Hot tub maintenance is similar to any kind of home maintenance: Do it often, and the tasks are simple, but let long periods of time pass without doing any, and the amount of work increases exponentially.

Maintenance and cleaning instructions vary among different hot tubs, so it’s always a good idea to check the owner’s manual for specific directions. However, just to get you started, here are some basic maintenance tips for keeping your spa operating at peak performance all year long:

  • Clean those cartridges: When clogged, they reduce your water flow. To avoid this, remove your cartridges each month and hose them down to remove any build up. Then about every three years or so, just replace them with new ones. Pretty simple, right?
  • Out with the old, in with the new. Your filters can’t keep every unwanted particle out of your hot tub, so replacing the water every few months is important for keeping things clean. The amount of usage your spa gets dictates how often the water needs to be changed, but as a general rule you should shoot to do it every three to four months.
  • Chemistry is key. Maintaining the correct chemistry in your hot tub is important for preventing bacteria and algae growth. Consult the owners’ manual to see which chemicals are recommend for use on a regular basis.
  • Don’t forget about the cover. Don’t apply cleaner to the inside of your cover, as it will just contaminate the water once you put it back on. Instead, whenever you notice residue accumulating, wipe it off with a wet rag and then dry thoroughly.

As you can see, hot tub maintenance is pretty simple. With these basic tips under your belt, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a sparkling clean spa all year long.