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The Classic Cedar Hot Tub

Comparing
Cedar

Grade A cedar is used for all of our wooden hot tubs. It’s sustainable with that beautiful fragrant smell, and impervious to rot with a high insulation value – cedar ia a great choice for hot tubs and water applications.

Cedar has long been the premier choice for building boats and canoes and of course, wooden hot tubs, for so many reasons:

Cedar has a great expansion ratio from dry to wet, which means it will expand when wet and form a watertight seal.

Cedar’s natural oils give it natural protection against rot and decay. A cedar hot tub will last upwards of 20 or more years and requires minimal maintenance!

Its fibrous structure is full of micro air pockets which give it one of the highest insulation values of any common wood.

Lastly, but definitely not least – we harvest only sustainable cedar from forests that adhere to the strictest reforestation practices. This ensures our forest stay healthy and the supply of cedar will be available for generations!

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Comparing
Cedar

Grade A cedar is used for all of our wooden hot tubs. It’s sustainable with that beautiful
fragrant smell, and impervious to rot with a high insulation value – cedar is a great choice
for hot tubs and water applications.

Cedar has long been the premier choice for building boats and canoes and of course, wooden hot tubs, for so many reasons:

Cedar has a great expansion ratio from dry to wet, which means it will expand when wet and form a watertight seal.

Cedar’s natural oils give it natural protection against rot and decay. A cedar hot tub will last upwards of 20 or more years and requires minimal maintenance!

Its fibrous structure is full of micro air pockets which give it one of the highest insulation values of any common wood.

Lastly, but definitely not least – we harvest only sustainable cedar from forests that adhere to the strictest reforestation practices. This ensures our forest stay healthy and the supply of cedar will be available for generations!

Comparing Red Cedar & Yellow Cedar

Comparing
Red Cedar
& Yellow Cedar

There are many types and grades of cedar. Northern Lights uses both Western Red Cedar and
Yellow Cedar to build our wooden hot tubs – and both are really great options!

Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar

WESTERN RED CEDAR

There are many types and grades of cedar. Northern Lights uses both Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar to build our wooden hot tubs – and both are really great options!

ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR

Yellow cedar grows at higher elevations, and has much tighter growth rings – which makes it a much harder and stronger wood. Yellow Cedar will hold up better to wear and tear than western red cedar, but has similar insulation properties.

Both varieties of cedar are known for their straight grain pattern, which gives them dimensional stability against warping and twisting – making them VERY durable, and a great material to build your wooden hot tub.

Grade a cedar

Grade A Cedar

As with almost everything, cedar comes in many grades – however, Northern Lights ONLY uses Grade A or #2 or better to build our wooden hot tubs. This grade is simply the best, and defined by its absence of any knots as well as a tight ring pattern.

DURABILITY
Knots in wood cause warpage, and will result in water leaks over time.This higher grade of cedar also has a tighter ring pattern as it is harvested from older trees. A tight ring pattern will define the durability of the cedar.

BUYER BEWARE
Not all wooden tubs are built from the same grade, so be sure to ask when shopping for your new tub. Some competitor’s cedar tubs are even built in China, so buyer beware.

western red cedar
western yellow cedar

Choosing Your Cedar

Market demands greatly affect the wholesale pricing and availability of cedar. As such, cedar has become one of the most sought-after woods internationally. Choosing your wood is a matter of preference and design. The uniform color of yellow cedar is prized by architects looking for a more modern design, whereas the more rustic/random color patterns of western red cedar have always been a popular choice for outdoor projects. The choice is yours! Either way, you can’t go wrong with a cedar hot tub as the perfect addition when creating your own oasis.

Grade a cedar
western red cedar
western yellow cedar
Reliable craftsmanship

Reliable craftsmanship

Reliable
craftsmanship

Whether you’re looking for a classic cedar hot tub, a Japanese Ofuro soaking tub, a hydrotherapy tub, or a hot tub for cold plunge therapy – with over 25 years in business,we ensure that Northern Lights Cedar Hot Tubs are of the top level quality and craftsmanship in the world.

In fact, our commitment to quality and our ongoing customer support for each order we receive is why poolandspas.com has awarded us the top Wood Hot Tub Manufacturer for the past 6 consecutive years.

Our cedar hot tubs can be found all over the world, and we have warehouses in both North America as well as Europe in order to provide our customer with the best service possible.

When we say we know cedar tubs and saunas, we mean it - learn more about us, or our other brands.

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Slide 1
“We love our Northern Lights Cedar Hot Tub!”

We've had our tub going steady for about 1-1/2 years and nothing stops us from using it every day. All our visitors who soak remind us that it's the best soaking tub in the city. Thank You for a wonderful tubbing experience!

JEF & STACY
Slide 2
“I am one happy customer!”

I ordered your Hot Tub Kit and was skeptical as to my ability to assemble it. However you were correct about even the "not so handy" being able to assemble it. The instructions were very well written, and I was up and running over the weekend.

WARREN
Slide 3
“I’m just blown away by the quality of the tub.”

The cedar staves, the shape, finish and thought that you’ve put into everything is simply outstanding. Well done guys. I’m telling all my friends where to find you.

DAVID
Slide 4
“We love our tub. It is our get-away haven.”

I have owned an acrylic spa before and I can honestly say that the experience and enjoyment is not the same as our new Northern Light Cedar Hot Tub. Our family of 4 is in it religiously every day. Keep up the good work!

KRIS
Slide 5
“Tub is assembled at the cottage. Looks Great!!!!”

Quality and materials were excellent! Documentation was accurate and very clear. Support was timely and appreciated.

JUDY
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