Why a cedar hot tub?

cedar hot tub

Northern Lights has been crafting cedar hot tubs for over 25 years, and while our cedar tubs are high quality and built to last – one of the questions we get all of the time is, “Why cedar?”.

While cedar has that beautiful fresh and fragrant aroma – it’s not the only reason why we rely on it so much in crafting our barrel hot tubs (though it is a really nice part of it!).

At its core, cedar is robust and strong, and it’s long been the choice for not only barrel hot tubs, but for log cabins, canoes, fences, decks, and so many other structures that rely on its strength. Its natural oils give it added protection against rot and decay. And specific to our cedar hot tubs, it has a great expansion ratio from wet to dry – so it forms a tight seal! Adding to all of that, its strong but fibrous structure is filled with tons of micro air pockets – making it an incredible insulator, and ensuring your cedar hot tub stays as hot as possible, without the need for added levels of insulation on the sides. It’s really quite incredible.

As we do with our cedar barrel saunas as well, Northern Lights only uses clear (knot-free) grade A cedar for our barrel hot tubs, ensuring lasting quality and craftsmanship for years to come. As you customize your own hot tub, you can choose between Western Red Cedar, or Alaskan Yellow Cedar – both are great choices, with a straight grain pattern that gives them added stability against warping or twisting, and they’re both incredibly durable.

Last but definitely not least – we ensure that all of the the cedar we use for our barrel hot tubs is sustainably harvested from forests that adhere to the strictest reforestation practices. This ensures that not only do our forests stay healthy, but that this beautiful resource is available for many generations to come.

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Aquatherapy and cedar hot tubs

Aquatherapy and cedar hot tubs

Not only do they look incredible in any space, barrel hot tubs have the added benefit of depth that sets them ahead of other hot tubs, making aquatherapy and cedar hot tubs go hand-in-hand.

Aquatherapy is a great way to reduce the swelling of joints and inflammation, or add motion and physical activity with low impact effects on your body, whether you opt for a deep soak, or making use of the depth that the hot tub provides for aquatherapy exercises. The quiet but impactful jets offer added massage-like qualities that further enhance your experience!

What makes our cedar hot tubs even more beneficial is their ability to go from hot tub to chiller tub at the flip of a switch, with the use of an arctic heat pump. Cold plunge therapy has been used in sports rehabilitation for years, and is the perfect compliment to a heated soak. The mild shock of temperature change works overtime to aid the repair of strained and/or overworked muscles and joints.

Cedar hot tubs are perfect for any back yard, but are also featured in spas, hotels, and sport recovery locations all over the world for their soothing and healing benefits and high quality, low-maintenance, long-lasting design.

Learn more about the benefits of hydrotherapy, why cedar is perfect for hot tub construction, or start designing your own cedar hot tub!