What Is a Self-Cleaning Hot Tub?
If you have ever wondered what a self-cleaning hot tub is, you are not the first! For anyone that has previously owned a hot tub or swim spa, the idea that a spa can completely take care of itself sounds too good to be true.
So, can hot tubs actually clean themselves? Keep reading below to find out what you need to know about self-cleaning hot tubs.
What is Self-Cleaning
Essentially, when a hot tub is being labeled as self-cleaning, it indicates that less maintenance is involved, and owners will save both time and money. It does not mean that the hot tub takes care of itself entirely. In reality, most hot tubs would be considered self-cleaning as this technology is basically referring to the filtration system of the water.
Hot tub water filtration is designed to keep the water in the spa clean. Since all hot tubs have water filtration, does that mean that all hot tubs are self-cleaning? Technically, yes. However, all hot tubs require maintenance and the level or amount of maintenance may vary based on some additional ‘self-cleaning’ features.
In simple terms, a self-cleaning hot tub has incredibly efficient filtration and an automatic dosing system.
For the filtration factor, 24-hour pumps along with a pressurized filtration system are often used to improve efficiency.
For the automatic dosing or inline system will continually add chlorine and bromine to the water, which is helpful and saves on a maintenance task. But an inline system doesn’t have the ability to test the sanitation (pH levels) of the water. This is essential to ensuring that your water is safe and doesn't irritate the skin of bathers.
It may be better to think of a self-cleaning hot tub as a low maintenance hot tub instead, that way there isn’t any misunderstanding about the fact that there will always be some type of owner responsibility in ensuring that a hot tub is properly cared for.
What to Look for in a Self-Cleaning Hot Tub
Some self-cleaning hot tubs will be more effective than others. It helps to know what to look for and what is considered the leading technology on the market. Hydropool hot tubs are equipped with a built-in floor vacuum that automatically cleans the bottom of the tub while the surface debris is also being removed. Perhaps most impressive is that Hydropool self-cleaning system filters 100% of the water every 15 minutes!
While you will always still need to do a little bit of work, a true self-cleaning hot tub can help take a good portion of maintenance work away, allowing you even more time to enjoy your hot tub.
To find out more about self-cleaning features, download a hot tub buyer’s guide here.