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What temperature should your hot tub be

Part of the pleasure of getting into a hot tub is having the water at the exact right temperature for that blissful experience. For most people that will usually be around 36°C and 38°C but there are also a number of other factors that could affect what feels like the right temperature. From the weather outside to personal preference, body temperature and who is using the hot tub there are lots of different influences that may mean you need to think more about the temperature the hot tub should be.

Why does it matter?

Aside from personal preference and pleasure there are also some health risks that may arise if your hot tub is set at the wrong temperature. Here are a few situations to consider when looking at how hot your hot tub should be:

  • A low temperature is best if you’re pregnant. Sitting in hot water for more than 10 minutes can raise the body temperature above 38°C and this is not advisable if you’re pregnant. So, it’s best to keep the water temperature below 35°C and to limit the length of soaks to 10 minutes or less. If you’re likely to faint or become dehydrated then you may not want to use the hot tub at all while pregnant.
  • Children need lower temperatures. Most of the advice is to avoid hot tub use for children under the age of 5. Older children can use it safely but require a lower temperature of around 35°C because they are not able to regulate their body temperature.
  • Be aware of the health risks. If you’re not well it’s not a good idea to get in the hot tub in the first place. And if your body temp exceeds 39°C then there are health risks to consider, including dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

How to find the right temperature for your hot tub

While this is mostly going to come down to personal preference. It’s worth noting that the highest safe temperature for any hot tub is 40°C. It’s a good idea to be aware of your own general body temperature (we are not all the same) when picking a setting for your hot tub. Most hot tub factory settings will be 38°C, which is a degree above the average body temperature and seems to be comfortable for most of us. During the winter months it’s advisable to keep the hot tub temperature at 38°C, as this will not only ensure you can use it throughout the season but also avoid any parts of the hot tub freezing over. In the summer months you might want to adjust the temperature - try adjusting it to anywhere between 29°C and 35°C to find the level that is the most comfortable to you. If you’re not going to be using the hot tub for a while then turn the temperature down to around 30°C.

Your hot tub should be at the temperature that works best for you and your lifestyle. We offer servicing and post-sales care for all of our customers to make sure that our customers get the best out of their hot tub. We are proud to have a multi-award-winning showroom located in Kent, so please come down and try out our huge range.

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The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company specialise in providing hot tubs, swim spas, pools and gazebos and have experience of over 50 years in this industry. We also offer servicing and post-sales care for all of our customers to make sure that our customers get the best out of their hot tub.