What Temperature Should a Hot Tub Be?
For centuries, people have soaked in hot water to help them feel better, relieve pain, and get rid of stress. Today, hot tubs provide the perfect place to relax in hot water while experiencing soothing jets and family bonding time.
However, If you’re a new hot tub owner, you may not know what temperature your hot tub should be.
So, how hot are hot tubs? Hot tub temperatures range anywhere from 90-104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Depending on your preference, your age, and your health, you should keep your hot tub at a different temperature within that range.
Learn the best hot tub temperatures for each situation below.
The Ideal Hot Tub Temperature for Relaxing
Most hot tub users find that the perfect temperature is between 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit. However, some like the water to be body temperature at 98 degrees, and some like it hotter–up to 104 degrees.
Test out a few temperatures and see what you like best. Nothing is better than finding that “just right” feeling in a hot tub.
It’s also common for hot tub owners to change the spa temperature depending on the time of the year. Below are how some examples for winter and summer.
Hot tub temperature in winter
Although definitely not a requirement, many spa owners like to increase the temperature during cold winter months.
For example, John, a Bullfrog Spa owner, likes the drastic difference between the water and air temperature. He says it’s “great therapy to go from a 104 degree spa to 20 degree air temperature.”
Others, such as Chris from Colorado, like a more mild change. He says, “We keep the spa at 101 degrees in winter and 99 degrees in the summer.”
Hot tub temperature in summer
If you live in an extra hot climate, consider dropping the temperature a bit during the summer and see what you think. Keeping your spa temperature below 98 degrees can be refreshing while still providing the warm water that makes you feel so relaxed.
Don F. says, “I actually like it about 95-97 degrees in the summer.”
Safe Hot Tub Temperature
It’s important to stay safe while enjoying the benefits of a hot tub.The CPSC advises to never exceed 104 degrees in your hot tub. Temperatures of 106 degrees or higher can potentially lead to heat stroke.
For your safety, your Bullfrog Spa will not allow you to set a temperature above 104 degrees.
Keep in mind that your age and health can also change the safe temperature zone. Here are a few factors to consider:
If kids will be using the hot tub, the recommended temperature is around 95 degrees or less so they don’t overheat. And don’t let children stay in the spa for more than 15 minutes at a time.
Bullfrog Spas also recommends having children sit in the provided child or “cool down” seats that aren’t as deep in the water.
For older adults
If you suffer from any health issues, especially heart problems, consult your doctor before using a spa. Your doctor may recommend relaxing at a lower temperature. It’s also important to stay hydrated, so keep a bottle of water nearby.
Hot tubs can be a great way to relax and improve your life. Download the hot tub health benefits guide to learn more about what a hot tub can do for you.