Hot Tub Games, Exercises & Stretches

Fun, Easy-to-Do Hot Tub Exercises and Stretches

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Hot tub exercises & stretches for all ages

Water workouts are low impact. They can even be therapeutic for people with joint pain or injury. The water’s buoyancy resists muscle movements, making the hot tub suitable for cardiovascular activities. That said, you should never perform exercises in extreme heat. Before any workout, reduce the temperature of your spa below 102 degrees.

Hip Extensions

Stand straight in your hot tub, holding the wall for support. Lift one leg to the side, parting the water as you bring it towards the surface. Once extended, bring your leg back down beside the other. Repeat 10 or so times before moving onto the next leg. You can increase the resistance with a float weight on your ankle.


Grab a set of float weights and push them below the water. Bring your hands to your waist, extending your arms downwards. Next, curl your arms upward, bringing the weight to your upper chest. Then, push the weights back down to your side in a counter-movement. Repeat this motion 10 or times before resting.

Shoulder Rolls

Sit or kneel in the hot tub, immersing your chest underwater. Roll your shoulders forwards, using the water as resistance. After a few repetitions, reverse the motion and roll backwards. You may need to rest between sets.


Sit on the edge of the hot tub, holding the wall or rail for support. Flutter your feet underwater, making a riptide in the spa. Perform this exercise in intervals of thirty seconds to one minute.


With your chest under water, push your arms in front of you and hold your hands together. Next, swing both arms out to your side, keeping them at shoulder level. Repeat this motion without pausing, mimicking the act of wading in or treading water.

Arm Circles

Starting with your arms at your side near should level, begin to move them in tight circles under the water. Experiment circling backwards and forwards and change the size of your circles between workouts. Like the last few exercises, focus on intervals rather than repetitions.

Wildly Entertaining Hot Tub Games for Friends and Family

Hot Tub Games

When hosting hot tub parties, playing games with your guests can make for an enjoyable evening. Which games you will find feasible, however, depends on the number of participants and your spa size. Consider such criteria when learning the games below.

Waterproof Cards

You can play any regular card game in the hot tub with a waterproof deck. Some retailers even sell waterproof board games. As you introduce more pieces, you will want to buy a floating tray to keep them from falling into the water.


This game requires two red plastic cups. The first cup scoops water and pours into the second during gameplay. Each person takes turns filling the second cup, leaving it floating in the spa. The first person to sink it loses. The game continues until one player stands.

Pass the Bottle

Bring an empty plastic bottle into the hot tub. Begin with one person pinching it between his or her chin and shoulder. Slowly, have that individual pass the bottle to the person on his or her left without using hands. The same process continues player-to-player until someone drops the bottle. However, the same body parts cannot be used to transfer the bottle in back-to-back passes.

Ping Pong Basketball

Fill cups with water around the edges of the hot tub and take turns shooting ping pongs at them. The player who sinks the most shots wins. Adults can play without water and use beer instead, but this risks spillage.

Musical Jets

This game borrows its premise from musical chairs. The difference: Players vie for a seat with an active jet, so you must turn off some jets to begin and progress the game. Use a speaker to play music as everyone rotates in a clockwise motion. When the music stops, all players scramble to sit down.

How To Drain A Beachcomber Hot Tub

Learn how to drain your Beachcomber hot tub every three to four months. A regular draining schedule limits your exposure to chemicals and makes maintenance much easier. If anything, you can drain more often if the hot tub is heavily used.

Before draining your spa, always power it down. As with any electrical device, failing to cut the power when dealing with water puts you in danger. Thus, you must not just turn off the spa, but also disconnect its power supply. At this time, you might also find it opportune to wipe down the cover and replace the filters. Doing so minimizes the transference of dirt and chemicals into the clean water.

Option 1: Use a submersible sump pump

The quickest way to drain a hot tub is with a submersible sump pump. With one, you can drain up to 2,000 gallons of water per hour. Simply, drop the pump into the tub, flick on its switch and wait as the water flows out.

Option 2: Use a garden hose

You can create a syphon with any garden hose if you do not have a sump pump available. Follow these steps:

  1. Put a garden hose directly into the hot tub.
  2. Make sure that you connect the hose to a water supply to create a flow towards the tub.
  3. If you bend a kink in the hose then shut off the water, you can redirect that flow when you straighten it.
  4. So long as the tail end stays below the level of the hot tub, gravity takes care of the rest.

Option 3: Use the drain plug

Many models of hot tubs come with drain plugs that allow you to just leak the water out. Unless located at the bottom of the hot tub, the problem with drain plugs is that some water remains at the bottom.

Where Should You Drain the Hot Tub?

Most bylaws prohibit draining hot tubs or pools into storm drain systems. Although homeowners choose to do so anyway, this introduces an array of chemicals into our rivers and water tables. Instead, municipalities ask that you drain directly in the wastewater drain connected to your home.

When Is the Right Time to Drain a Hot Tub?

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Hot tubs require weekly maintenance to keep sanitary. Chemical imbalances in the water can lead to mould and other bacterial growth. This is a hazard to your health as a bather as well as the health of the tub.

When neglected, hot tub chemicals corrode the interior lining and filters. But even with proper care and attention, hot tubs need periodic draining.

How Often Should You Refresh the Water?

Older hot tubs need cleaning more often than new ones. The filters experience greater stress as pieces in the spa begin to dissolve. Nevertheless, a hot tub of any age needs cleaning at least three times a year. However, the frequency depends entirely on usage.

Generally, if you bathe in your spa more than two times a week, you should drain the water every two to four months. More specifically, perform the following calculation to estimate the number of days between refills.

  • Formula: (# of gallons ÷ 3) ÷ # of bathers daily = # of days between cleans
  • Example: (475 gallons ÷ 3) ÷ 2 = ~80 days

The average hot tub contains 475 gallons of water. Assuming you average two bathers daily, the estimated wait between refills is 80 days.

That said, if your average is fewer than two, this does not mean you can get away with cleaning yearly. Even if you don’t use your spa often, you do add new chemicals. The longer between drains, the harder it is to maintain a proper balance.

Three Signs Your Water Needs Changing

  1. Cloudiness: Sometimes, cloudy water indicates the wrong use of sanitizer. If you recently topped it up, then this could be the case. General cloudiness, though, means it’s time to purge.
  2. Odour: Stale water reeks. The moment your water smells bad, change it. Smells point to bioactivity, which can lead to infection.
  3. Foam: Foam can be tamed with dedicated products. However, foam that will not subside should signal to you that the water needs replacing.

Hot Tub Maintenance Checklist

A hot tub maintenance checklist is a handy way of keeping a sanitary spa and extending the life of your hot tub

Most new hot tub owners feel relieved when they realize how easy it is to keep up their hot tub maintenance. A few simple tasks and regular spa maintenance will extend the life of your hot tub as well as keep it clean and sanitary.

Proper hut tub maintenance involves cleaning the exterior and maintaining fresh, balanced water inside.

While chemicals reduce bacteria in the water, high levels pose a danger to swimmers. Moreover, the hot tub itself is at risk of corrosion when improperly kept. Thankfully, you can avoid this without little invested time.

How To Maintain Your Hot Tub

If you own a hot tub, you already know of its many benefits. All that’s left to learn is how to maintain your hot tub so it can continue to benefit you.

Although hot tub maintenance may not be the easiest endeavour, it will ensure that your hot tub remains in good condition for a longer period of time. By following these few steps, you can ensure your hot tub longevity and a great experience with your hot tub.

Hot tub Maintenance Checklist

  1. Maintain proper chemical and mineral levels
  2. Clean spa filters periodically
  3. Drain and refill water
  4. Inspect your safety cover
  5. Refinish wood surfaces

Maintain proper chemical and Mineral Levels

It doesn’t take a scientist to check chemical levels in a hot tub. Most hot tub and pool stores sell strips that gauge how mineral or chemical-intensive the water is. These checks need to happen about once a week. The main chemicals to watch are chlorine, bromine and baquanine. The pH level, too, is important.

When adjusting chemical levels in the hot tub, measure prior to dumping. As well, add one chemical at a time, then wait to allow for full chemical absorption and dispersal. Always keep the water flowing during maintenance: the jets mix the chemicals more thoroughly.

Every so often, you should shock the water with sanitizer. While this prevents you from briefly using the spa, it helps to restore levels and deteriorate undetected build up. Shock every few months, in between recycling the water.

Clean your spa filters periodically

Filters need cleaning every two to four weeks with a hose and water, and every three months with a chemical solution. They also need replacing when frayed, split or thinned. Age wears out filters, but excessively dirty hot tubs make filter maintenance more of a priority.

To clean the filters, pop them out and run the hose through the cartridge. Doing so flushes anything clogging the mesh. It also helps the filters work more effectively once reinserted. You can purchase filter cleaner to make this process easier; it may also extend the life of each filter.

Every hot tub’s filter should be cleaned every three to four months by soaking in a chemical solution. If buildup is not removed from the filter, your hot tub’s water will be unfiltered and dirty.

It can also cause problems with the actual overall hot tub system. You can clean your filter by using a standard hose to spray it down every few weeks. every few months use a filter cleaning solution.

Drain and refill water appropriately

When it comes to draining and refilling, every hot tub is different. Be sure to read any directions that come with the unit and talk to your dealer to get the best information for your hot tub’s needs. While doing this, also be sure to balance out the chemicals properly for safe use.

Be sure you are using your hot tub safely. Don’t allow what may seem like minor slip-ups in maintaining your hot tub turn into major damages in the future. Preserve your hot tub’s life by following the above tips and you’ll be enjoying your unit for years and years to come.

Inspect your safety cover

Your safety cover is an important element in maintaining your hot tub. Be sure that you inspect if monthly checking for wear and tear that may need to be addressed. Also, be sure to wash it down once a month to maintain cleanliness in your hot tub.

Refinish wood surfaces

If you have an older hot tub or a new one with wood finishing, the most important thing to do to stretch your hot tub’s life is to refinish the wood surfaces once a year. Especially in places with varying temperatures and weather patterns, refinishing the wood is essential for protecting it from water damage. Make a quick trip to your home improvement store and get supplies to refinish all wood surfaces so that you have a protected and beautiful hot tub.

If you are interested in purchasing a hot tub, contact Canadian Home Leisure at 905.430.9965 or email us at We can help you find the best unit for you and your home.

Hot Tub Rules And Safety Recommendations

Hot tub rules can save you loads of headaches and money in the long run. Image of Beachcomber hot tub with blue lights

As a hot tub owner, you are responsible for the bathers in your spa. This means that you must enforce certain hot tub rules, even if they restrict how fun the activity can be. The following sections outline such rules on how to use your hot tub safely.

Shower before entering the hot tub

Rinse your body before stepping into the spa. Remove all oils, creams, fragrances, and dirt to keep the water clean and balanced. Similarly, refrain from pouring detergents or soaps into the water. A Jacuzzi might tolerate such chemicals, but hot tubs are different. The motors and filters might clog.

Refrain from consuming alcohol, prescription and recreational drugs

Surprisingly, warm water can heighten feelings of inebriation. Sipping on alcohol in the spa may seem relaxing, but indulging in too much can be hazardous. At any rate, you should keep any glass containers away from the tub. Dropping glass could lead to shards in the water, causing great damage to the lining and mechanics.

Keep Hot Tub Temperatures Below 104 Degrees Fahrenheit

For safety reasons, your hot tub should never exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. For children of five or younger, the temperature should stay under 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Regardless of temperature, do not sit in hot water for more than 15 minutes. Doing so elevates body heat levels dangerously high. While some adults do not feel the effects as strongly as others, children often grow uncomfortable after 10 minutes.

If you are pregnant or have a special medical condition, consult a doctor for temperature recommendations.

Do Not Dive or Dunk into the Spa

Unlike pools with deep ends and diving boards, you should step gingerly into your spa. Ease yourself from the ledge, using any steps that descend into the water. Diving into shallow water is reckless.

High temperatures can agitate skin on the face, so keep your head above the water level. Moreover, hair can get tangled in the jets and filters, leading to entrapment. While modern hot tubs have caps and shields to prevent this, you should exercise caution in the spa regardless.

Hot tub safety is a factor that usually gets overlooked when people purchase hot tubs for recreational use. However, there are a few dangers that could take place while using a hot tub. If you already own a hot tub or are looking into purchasing one, this article will acquaint you with the possible dangers that you can prevent.

Never leave children unattended

If you have children or know that children will be around while a hot tub is in use, be sure that they are never unattended. Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children. To avoid drowning, always be cautious and attentive to children and have them supervised by an adult.

Monitor the length of time you’re in the hot tub

Hot tubs are meant to induce relaxation, which can sometimes make users confused about how long they’ve been in the hot tub/ how long they should stay in. Although the feeling is warm and comforting, do not stay in a hot tub for extended periods of time. Not only can this cause dizziness, light-headedness, and confusion upon exiting the hot tub but there is also a greater chance of a user falling asleep and potentially drowning if they stay in for too long.

Avoid body entrapment

The function of a hot tub is for water to be drained from the bottom of the pool, circulate through heating units, and be brought back into the hot tub. These drains are very powerful and have caused body parts to be sucked into them, holding a person underwater. In the event of body entrapment, be sure to know where the emergency cut-off switch is located and remove the body part immediately.

Beware of hair entanglement

Hair entanglement is similar to body entrapment where long hair, instead of body parts, gets trapped in a drain or suction in the hot tub. This can cause the person to be held underwater and potentially drown. If hair gets entangled or trapped, follow the same procedure as body entrapment.

As with all activities, when it comes to enjoying a hot tub, health and safety should be everyone’s highest priority. It doesn’t take much more than common sense to ensure safety in a hot tub. Now that you know the potential dangers of hot tubs, prepare yourself and others for them and enjoy hot tubs safely and responsibly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian Home Leisure supports the healthy and safe use of all hot tubs. If you are looking for exceptional hot tubs and hot tub experts, Canadian Home Leisure is here to help. Contact Canadian Home Leisure for great offers and solutions for all your hot tub needs and any questions you may have.

Who should not use a hot tub?

Children under 5 are cautioned against using a hot tub. Pregnant women should also refrain from using spas since raising the internal body temperature could cause birth defects. Anyone with health concerns should also refrain from using a hot tub.

How long should you spend in a hot tub?

Generally, it is recommended to spend no more than 10-15 minutes in a hot tub at a time. Use discretion and limit your hot tub use to 15-minute intervals to ensure your body temperature is regulated and you avoid dizziness and drowsiness.

What age is safe for hot tubs?

Hot tubs are intended for the use of children over 5 years of age and older. Seniors may need to avoid hot tubs if there are any health concerns or illnesses that pose a serious risk if their internal temperature is elevated.

Should you shower after using a hot tub?

It is recommended to shower after soaking in a hot tub to wash off the chemicals and any bacteria that may have been in the water. Prolonging post hot tub bathing gives bacteria more opportunity to sit on your skin and do harm.

Clear Up Cloudy Water In The Hot Tub

Cloudy water in your hot tub is most likely the result of a chemical or mineral imbalance. It’s possible you have too much organic matter in the water, improper PH levels, and improper chlorine levels or dirty water that needs replacing.

Dipping a test strip into the water can quickly reveal why your water is discoloured. Test for total alkalinity, calcium and pH.

High calcium hardness or total alkalinity

A combination of high pH together with high calcium or alkalinity will cause cloudiness. High calcium levels can prevent chemicals from properly breaking down in your hot tub. This can result in cloudy water.

Also, check the pH levels to see if any balancing is required to maintain the appropriate chemical levels in your hot tub. The solution is to bring your hot tub to a safe pH level between 7.2-7.8.

Accumulation of lotions, cosmetics and hair Products

Body products are a common culprit of hot tub contamination. If all users of the hot tub don’t shower prior to entering the tub, any oils and creams on your skin will enter your hot tub water and compromise its overall cleanliness.

Ensuring all hot tub users shower before entering the pool is a great way to cut down the number of chemicals entering your hot tub.

Cloudiness can also be caused by perspiration and body oils that have dissolved in the water. This is a natural result of people using the hot tub and can be corrected by shocking (adding a greater than normal amount of oxidizer) and ensuring the filter is clean.

If the water hasn’t been replaced in more than 3 months it may not be worth shocking the water. You will be better off by replacing the water with clean water.

Correct problems with your pump

Proper filtration is essential to maintaining clean, clear spa water. So, if your water is losing clarity, you may need to increase the run-time of your pump to increase the filtration of the water.

It’s also important to check for potential failures in the functionality of your pump. If the pump’s impeller is broken or clogged, which can be caused by leaves or hair getting trapped in it, the filtration and movement of your hot tub’s water will be greatly impeded if not stopped entirely.

Low levels of spa sanitizer

If your spa has low levels of sanitizer such as bromine and chlorine, this could allow for bacteria to accumulate faster than they are being neutralized by the sanitizer. Accurate sanitizer levels should destroy bacteria that can cause cloudy water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to go into a hot tub with cloudy water?

Avoid going into a hot tub with cloudy water because of the potential health risks that could be causing discoloration of the water. Incorrect pH levels, bacteria, erosion of metals and improper filtration can cause health concerns and may not be safe.

How long does it take for the cloudy water in your hot tub to clear?

The length of time to get your water crystal clear can take up to 24 hours if you’re adding oxidizer or cleaning your tub and replacing the water in order to let the chemicals circulate. Correcting pH levels can take as little as 15 minutes.

Can too much chlorine cause cloudy water in my hot tub?

Too much of any of the chemicals and minerals used can cause the water in your hot tub to become cloudy. Test for high levels of chlorine and pH using test strips. High levels of calcium will prevent these chemicals from breaking down.

How do I keep my spa water crystal clear?

  1. Use spa sanitizer.
  2. Test and maintain appropriate chemical balance.
  3. Have users shower before entry.
  4. Replace the water every 3-4 months.
  5. Maintain clean filters.
  6. Correct issues with your pump.

The Ultimate Hot Tub Buyers Guide

The thought of buying a hot tub is exciting but can be confusing at the same time. A hot tub is a great addition to any home; however, without the proper research, your new investment can add stress instead of taking it away.

Though the prospect of having your own personal relaxation getaway is something to look forward to, making decisions about models, features, and reputable companies can crate some buyer’s hesitation.

Thankfully, we at Canadian Home Leisure are hot tub and leisure product experts. Here is the complete guide to purchasing the best hot tub for your personal needs.

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Why buy a hot tub?

Prior to purchasing a home spa, decide what its main use will be. Will the hot tub be for individual or group use? The number of users you plan on having in your spa at once is a key factor in deciding how large it will need to be.

Hot tubs are also a great investment for those looking to treat physical ailments. The warm temperatures and motion provided by the jets can help sports-related injuries to arthritis.

18 factors to consider when buying a hot tub or spa

  1. Size
  2. Price
  3. Build and quality
  4. On-board features
  5. Location
  6. Warranty
  7. Good dealership
  8. Design/Aesthetics
  9. Energy Efficient
  10. Indoor VS. outdoor spa installation
  11. When Is the best time to buy a hot tub?
  12. How to Choose a Quality Hot Tub Cover
  13. Essential hot tub accessories for your first spa
  14. What is involved in a hot tub installation?
  15. How much will I pay on hot tub running costs?
  16. Hot tub decks: Design blueprints and requirements
  17. Backyard hot tub ideas: The best and the beautiful
  18. Hot tub design tips

The size of your hot tub

Hot tubs come in a wide variety of sizes from tiny two-seaters to pool-sized eight seaters. How many people do you intend to accommodate with your hot tub? Are you looking for an intimate, two-person maximum or are you thinking more along the lines of the Roman baths and the more the merrier?

Take into consideration the space limitations of your backyard and your
social activity/ hosting habits. If you plan on entertaining frequently, the largest size for your space limitations may be the best option for you. On the other hand, if you like to lay low, a comfortable 2 seater might suit your needs best.

Price: How much does a hot tub cost?

The average hot tub runs a little under $10,000. You need to factor in the upfront investment as well as the cost to maintain and power your hot tub year-round, which can run you a little south of $100/month.

There are hot tubs out there for $4,000 all the way up to $20,000 and everything in between. Now, before you get too excited about this addition to your outdoor space, create a realistic budget for how much you can spend on the hot tub. Make sure to consider both short and long-term costs.

Short-term costs obviously include the cost of purchasing the spa itself and any work required to prepare the chosen space for its arrival (this can include installation of electrical outlets or proper flooring for the spa to sit on).

The costs associated with regularly maintaining your hot tub are examples of the long-term expenses that you should expect to incur as a spa owner.

Build and quality

What material should you go with? Tubs today are made from two materials in most cases; wood or fibreglass reinforced plastic.

When tubs are made from wood they are usually made from hardwoods like, cedar, redwood or teak which are all capable of handling the presence and effects of water well and these are more traditional-looking.

Plastic tubs are lighter, they tend to leak less than their wooden counterparts and more often are able to have more comfortable seating and seating options.

On-board features

Not every spa comes equipped with the same features. Hot tub technology is always making advances.

You can purchase amazing add on features such as mood lights, waterfalls, music systems, a dozen different kinds of jets and more for your hot tub. Choose features that you find necessary and/ or exciting that will make you enjoy your hot tub all the more.

Rank quality over quantity. For example, a more efficient the heater will reduce the monthly cost of maintenance and extend the spa’s life.

Of course, features align closely with the price. Warranties fall into this category, too. Know how well protected your purchase will be and for how long.


When finding the right spa for your home, first determine where it will be located on your property. You will need a stable surface with access to electrical outlets. It’s also important to purchase a hot tub that complements your outdoor space. The amount of available backyard space can limit how large your spa can be.


Unfortunately, with any purchase, there’s always a risk for something to go wrong or break. If this happens, you’ll need immediate maintenance for your hot tub so getting a good warranty is absolutely essential. Reputable manufacturers will carry lifetime warranties for the hot tub shell and many years of coverage for the electrical and mechanical components. Be sure that you get sufficient coverage for your hot tub choice.

Good dealership

If possible, buy your hot tub from a certified dealership. Refrain from online and auction-style stores. The bargains may seem enticing, but the product rarely delivers as expected.

Physical spa shops offer customer support, recommending hot tub care products and practices. This will help immensely in the months that ensue your purchase.


Admittedly, how the hot tub looks will influence your decision. That said, where your hot tub sits can make a dramatic difference to its appearance. For this reason, plan where you want the hot tub to go in advance.

Measure accurately, considering the permanency of its location. For example, the landscape or desk space surrounding it. Locate electrical outputs, too, as you’ll need to power its jets and appliances.

When measuring the size of your hot tub, understand how far the square footage will go. In other words, the maximum capacity of the hot tub and the room for stairs or trim around it. The more you investigate such details, the better chance you have of stealing a deal!

Buy an Energy-Efficient Hot Tub

One of the things to consider when purchasing a hot tub is the energy consumption that will accompany your new home spa. If you purchase a hot tub expect to see your energy bill climb, but there are ways to reduce consumption by planning ahead.

Purchasing the most energy-efficient model possible and making use of smart ownership practices, will minimize the financial toll that a hot tub has on your home. Make sure to consider these four points when looking into the energy-efficiency of a potential hot tub.

Fitted Cover and Quality Insulation

Both these points revolve around preventing the removal of heat from your hot tub. And the more your water temperature drops, the harder your hot tub has to work to heat the water. Properly fitting spa covers stop rising heat from escaping the spa. On the other hand, spas with full-foam insulation provide dense insulation, which serves to maximize heat retention.

Hot Tub Placement

A hot tub that’s sheltered on all sides or located by a house corner or tall trees, won’t lose heat as fast as one with all the sides exposed. Having barriers around your spa helps to shelter it from cold winds and retain some of the heat. So, determining the right place for your hot tub is just as important as which one you choose. 

Plumbing Design

When it comes to energy-efficiency, basic is best. The more diverter valves and elbows and union points in the design, the poorer the jet performance will be and the more piping the water has to travel through. This allows for more heat to be lost as the water is cycled through the system.


Many hot tubs make use of lights on the exterior or inside the tub. Depending on the type of bulb being used, the amount of electricity that’s drawn upon varies. For instance, LED bulbs are much more conservative with their energy use than incandescent bulbs. 

Indoor VS. outdoor spa installation

Many things differentiate hot tubs on the market. Although features and design individualize some models, there are broader differences to consider. For instance, the intended environment for the spa.

Some hot tubs are portable, suitable for families who move around or feel tight on space. Others are permanent fixtures in homes and backyards. For many shoppers, the decision where to put a hot tub boils down to an indoor versus outdoor installation.

Indoor Hot Tub pros

  • Ultimate privacy
  • Easy accessibility
  • Less maintenance

Indoor Hot Tub Cons

  • Potential risk to woodwork, structure, walls (paint and insulation), and floors
  • High ventilation demands

Tips on Preparing for an Indoor Spa

For indoor spas, the ground floor promises the greatest structural support. After all, some hot tubs exceed 5,000 pounds once filled. Pushing a hot tub through doorways and upstairs also poses a challenge. You may find the ground floor most convenient.

Regardless of where in the house, consider drainage and power. Spas often demand more electricity than is available through conventional outlets. Moreover, the environment must be protected against spillage, leakage, and moisture. How much water escapes the bathtub is small in comparison. Not to mention, the steam generated is more extensive than a long shower.

Good ventilation will help reduce the threat to your home’s interior. However, it will not keep the spa room safe from water damage. For this reason, tile the floors, ceilings, and walls. The humidity is greater than in a typical bathroom, so you may need to remodel aspects of the room accordingly.

Outdoor Hot Tub ProsOutdoor Hot Tub Cons
– Asset for property value
– Beautiful deck and landscape opportunities
– More space
– Substantial installation if without a proper foundation
– By-laws and other municipal regulations
– Greater maintenance and risk of damage by the elements

Tips on Preparing for an Outdoor Spa

Like in the house, an outdoor spa requires extensive structural support. Not all landscapes are level, so flattening an area is a necessary first step. But keeping the foundation strong with concrete and other durable materials can add to the cost of a spa. All things considered, don’t mistake this as an argument that indoor spas are cheaper.

Position your outdoor hot tub away from other water sources like eavesdrops and irrigation systems. Although a water unit, excessive moisture can lead to mildew, rust, and other problems. If possible, keep the spa shaded by aligning it close to the home or under a gazebo. Light can fade the exterior and burn the surface leather much like our own skin.

A good distance from the home is about ten feet. From this distance, the spa can connect with power panels without extension cords. Anything closer may intrude on the flow of traffic in and out of the home. It may also make things harder to clean!

When Is the best time to buy a hot tub?

When is. the best time to buy a hot tub? This shows a spa in the winter covered in snow

According to Jacuzzi, the most popular time of year to purchase an outdoor spa is the early spring. It leaves ample time to prepare for summer—a time suited for outdoor living. 

Conversely, purchasing a spa in the fall presents a sanctuary from the impending snow.

Arguments for or against hot tubs are possible year-round. So what other factors need weighing?


Have you prepared a space for your new hot tub? If not, plan for landscaping or construction. Furthermore, consider the environment you wish to cultivate around your spa. The spring offers mild temperatures and fecund yards.


The right time to buy a hot tub hinge upon how you intend to use it. If it will serve as a winter getaway, then get one in the fall. If you like to host parties in the summer, then shop around in the spring. That said, you needn’t always be a season ahead.


Only you will know when you’re financially ready to buy a hot tub. Nevertheless, sales along the way might help you afford one sooner. Sometimes, the best time to buy is when the price is right.

More often than not, the New Year brings great cost reductions. As the fiscal year turns towards its end, businesses look to ramp up sales and sell inventory.

Real Estate

An outdoor spa is not a small investment. So you must assess your plans to move and how a new hot tub fits in. Calculate the cost of relocation and the effect of a spa on home value. Depending on how far you look ahead, the right time might just reveal itself.

How to choose a quality hot tub cover

Hot tub covers are essential accessories. They conserve heat, reduce operational costs and maintain adequate chemical levels in the spa. Not to mention, they stop leaves and other outdoor debris from falling into the water.

An average cover lasts between three and five years, depending on its usage and quality. To get the most years from a cover, evaluate three criteria below before purchasing it.

  1. Foam Core
  2. Reinforcement
  3. Vinyl Quality

1. Foam Core

How well hot tub covers retain heat depends on three things:

  1. foam density
  2. foam thickness
  3. foam sealant

Foam density

A 1.5-pound density cover will provide sufficient strength and rigidity. That said, larger spas might need upgrading to two pounds.

Foam thickness

Hot tub covers less than two-inches thick will not provide enough support or insulation. Similarly, flat covers collect water and can sag over time. Covers with a two-inch slope are best, with a minimum thickness of three inches at its shallowest point.

Foam sealant

Poly wraps form a moisture barrier and prevent water from penetrating the foam. Standard poly wraps are two millimetres; never buy less than this. Additionally, check the workmanship of the hinge seal to minimize gradual heat loss.

2. Reinforcement

All covers require a reinforcing c-channel to bolster the foam and hold its form. Most channels come in aluminum or galvanized steel—the latter offering more strength.

How the cover is sewn also affects its durability. Look for products with at least triple-stitching around high-stress areas like handles, locking straps and seams.

3. Vinyl Quality

Good quality marine vinyl weighs 30 ounces or more. It will also include UV and mildew inhibitors.

For colder climates, check the recommended temperature ranges to ensure the vinyl will not crack or blister.

Most covers now include drain holes, too, that allow moisture to escape. Ensure your cover has this feature to avoid waterlogging.

Why Spa Covers Are So Important

Spa covers are imperative to preserving the integrity of your spa. From safety to hygiene, a good cover helps keep your spa in good working order.

Prevents Bacteria Growth

Without a cover, your hot tub is exposed to a variety of different sources of bacteria. For example, yard debris, insects and even rainwater will have access to the water and potentially compromise your hot tubs cleanliness.

Provides Protection from the Sun

Extended exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause slow deterioration to your hot tubs acrylic shell, which will shorten its lifespan. A cover protects your backyard investment from those harmful rays and lengthens the life of the hot tub in the process.

Acts as a Critical Safety Measure

If you have young children or pets, such as dogs or cats, a cover is a crucial safety precaution. Although not as large as a swimming pool, a hot tub is still deep enough for a child or pet to drown. Keeping your hot tub covered whenever it’s not in use is critical to avoid a potentially devastating situation.

Saves on Energy Costs

Covers also prevent drastic temperature fluctuation in your hot tub. Without the cover, heat escapes from the water much easier, which means much more energy is required to keep the water at a consistent temperature. Not only will this raise your energy bill but it forces your spa heater to work overtime to heat your water. This can cause unnecessary wear on your heater components, resulting in them having to be replaced sooner.

If your hot tub’s cover isn’t in good working order or you don’t even have one, here are some of the top reasons to invest in one. Take care of your investment so you can enjoy it for years to come!

Essential hot tub accessories for your first spa

On its own, a hot tub can provide hours of enjoyment and relaxation. From kicking back alone to hosting spa parties, it’s the ultimate leisure activity. Yet many spa owners feel the tub is not enough. They prefer adding accessories to improve its ambiance or make maintenance easier. So here are a few essentials to consider at the store!

Spa Steps

Aboveground spas can be hazardous to enter. For climbing in, buy a set of steps that allow bathers to sit, twist and lean on the ledge safely.

Test Strips and Chemicals

Hot tubs require weekly maintenance to keep the water clean and balanced. Products you will need to refill include sanitizers; shockers (i.e. bromine and chlorine); alkalinity, calcium and pH risers; water clarifiers and more.

Covers and Floating Blankets

Investing in a good cover can do wonders for your tub:

  • It reduces energy consumption by regulating the temperature;
  • It keeps debris and dirt from contaminating the water;
  • It protects the interior components from unnecessary damage and weathering.

Covers work well between hot tub uses. For days when you constantly jump in and out of the water, you should also invest in a floating blanket. These look like strips of bubble wrap that can temporarily provide the aforesaid benefits.

Water Vacuums and Nets

Inevitably, things will fall into the water—bugs, food, leaves and more. Having a tool to quickly remove them can help you maintain water balance and improve hygiene.


Many spa shops sell inflatable pillows. You can let your pillows float or mount them with suction cups where you sit.


Installing speakers in your hot tub can cost a small fortune. As well, it limits their use. Instead, look for cordless speakers on your deck or surrounding patio. That way, you can listen to your music in or out of the tub.

Filter Cartridges and Cleaners

Your jets and filters need replacing over time. By cleaning them regularly, you can increase their lifespan. Therefore, keep stock of both filters and cleaners for your routine checks.


Underwater lights can add to the allure of a spa, particularly at night. They also help bathers get in and out of the tub safely.

What is involved in a hot tub installation?

Installing a hot tub takes no time at all. For most homeowners, all the work comes before its delivery. Hot tubs need sturdy foundations and easy access to electricity.

Municipal permits and restrictions

Depending on your city, some municipalities require permits that specify restrictions such as:

  • The spa must clear the home and property line by at least five feet;
  • The spa must be at least ten feet from overhead powerlines;
  • The spa must sit at least five feet from the electric panel.

Proximity to a water source

In addition to the bylaws, you must consider the proximity to your water source. If connected to the home, anything further than 50 feet will result in inadequate pressure. Likewise, if you must fill and drain your tub with a garden hose, it needs to be close to the bib.

Proper concrete foundation

Once filled with water, a hot tub weighs thousands of pounds. For this reason, all tubs need a concrete platform to keep level. If you plan on building a deck, it must be professionally constructed and certified to support such weight. Even still, some hot tubs are just too large for backyard decks and will need placing underneath.

The electrical components of a hot tub

For most hot tub installations, there is no plumbing involved. That said, you will need to deal with wires and electric panels. Spas use outlets of 240 volts or more, which requires you to contact a professional electrician for this part of the installation. The high voltage involved is far too dangerous to tamper with.

After the electrician hooks up the spa, keep the power off a little while longer. You should first clean the jets and interior and open the air valves. Only once cleaned can you fill the tub with water and chemicals. Afterwards, flick the switch and wait for the water to heat!

How much will I pay on hot tub running costs?

The price of electricity varies, making it difficult to calculate how much hot tubs cost extra in utilities. Some hot tubs require more energy, just as some regions charge differently for electricity. Ultimately, the amount you can expect to spend on hot tub running costs depends on your spa’s water volume, temperature and mechanical makeup.

Calculate the volume of water

How much water your hot tub holds affects the amount of energy needed to heat it. The greater the volume, the higher the costs.


Both the inside and outside temperature of your spa affect its energy consumption.

High temperatures need more energy to maintain. Similarly, cold weather means your tub must work harder to regulate its temperature.

Indoor spas face challenges when it comes to humidity, too. That said, a good cover can reduce your electrical overhead.


Some models are more energy-efficient than others. Insulation plays a large role in the conservation of heat.

Electrical Outlet Installation

Most hot tub buyers worry about energy consumption and not how they will juice their spa. Some homes do not offer adequate voltages to power a hot tub and thus require new outlets.

This can be a steep upfront investment, so when calculating your running costs, consider how much electricity your spa needs and confirm your existing outlets can support it.

Maintenance Fees

Besides energy, hot tubs do require some manual upkeep. You will need to replenish and replace the chemicals, filters and pumps, which adds to your bottom line. Factor such supplies into your monthly budget.

Hot tub decks: Design blueprints and requirements

The average hot tub weighs 8000lbs. Add six or seven adults and the weight could exceed 9000lbs. Understandably, the structure you place under your hot tubs needs sturdiness and sound engineering.

For this reason, we recommend hiring a professional deck or patio builder. But if you’re a DIY person, we’ve provided some load-bearing calculations below.

Hot Tub Deck Foundational Calculations

When designing a hot tub deck, you need to determine the size of its posts, joists and beams. To do so, calculate its minimum load-bearing capacity:

  • Dry weight + water weight + maximum occupant weight = total weight
  • Total weight/square footage = support load

Using the formula above, let’s pretend our hot tub weighs 1000lbs.

It holds 2000lbs of water and six people, averaging 185lbs each.

The total weight of the tub comes to roughly 4110lbs.

If its square footage is 40, then the design must accommodate 102.75lbs per square foot of deck.

The wooden frame that you construct does not support the weight of a hot tub alone. Every spa needs a concrete slab underneath to ensure it remains level and does not sag into the ground. Typically, a 3-1/2 to 4in slab is enough.

Note that elevated decks require professional engineers to design and build. This is the law in most municipalities. There are too many variables and concerns to undertake such a project alone.

Backyard hot tub ideas: The best and the beautiful

Hot tubs come in various shapes and sizes. How you fit one onto a property depends on the landscape, power supply, privacy, and more. If unsure which tub suits your home best, here are a few creative spa installations to generate ideas.

The Pool & Spa Combo

Combination of a pool and spa

Embedding a spa within your pool is a gorgeous way to consolidate water property. Most homeowners who adopt this design add the hot tub to the shallow end. Doing so conserves space by sharing the stone perimeter of the pool.

A Secret Spa Enclave

In-ground hot tub built into a secret enclave

Nestling a deck and spa into an enclosed area ensures the utmost privacy and serenity. Underground spas intrude less on the surrounding space too. They make it easier to decorate the surrounding area with furniture.

The Gazebo

A hot tub under a gazebo

Gazebos offer some privacy and protection from the weather. You can enjoy sheltered spas in a rainstorm or in the heat of a clear afternoon. Plus, gazebos protect spas from snowfall and sunlight bleaching.

A Luxurious Lookout

Purchase. a hot tub to compliment the view from scenic property

Hot tubs overlooking property from the second storey can create jaw-dropping views. That said, they do sacrifice privacy in concentrated areas. Nevertheless, elevated spas provide easy access to rooms on the top floor. They can also circumvent the limitations of a small backyard.

Into the Wild

Image of a hot tub in the woods for a private setting

If you own many acres, consider constructing a spa platform far from home. In wooded areas, spas complement other camping themes like fire pits, trailers, and more.

An Easy Patio Expansion

buy a hot tub that fits on an easy patio expansion

Even without a large budget, hot tubs can grace any home patio. Keeping the hot tub near the home is most convenient for cleaning, using, and powering it.

Hot tub design tips

Hot tubs flush to a deck’s surface are beautifully sleek and modern. Unfortunately, for families, such designs pose a safety risk.

Similarly to in-ground pools, children can slip and fall into the spa. That said, keeping a lid locked and closed can minimize the risk.

That being said, keep your hot tub 17-14in above the deck lets bathers sit on the rim and enter/exit the water.

Regarding the position of the deck, consider the following:

  • Wind direction
  • Placement of trees,
  • Coverage from the sun and other elements,
  • Privacy.

For deck inspiration, check out the following blogs: DIY Network and Houzz.

Make your spa purchase an enjoyable investment

The purchase of a hot tub can seem daunting but in the end, the benefits of your purchase will far outweigh any concerns you may have now.

Get educated.

Know what you’re looking for BEFORE going into a dealership and get the hot tub that’s a perfect match for your needs.

How To Prepare Your Beachcomber Hot Tub For Cold Weather

It is important to take care of your hot tub throughout the year as to ensure the system’s longevity. This is especially important when the season changes from the warmth of summer into the chilling cold of winter. Here are the easy steps that you must take to ensure that your hot tub is safely prepared for the winter.

If you are not going to be using your hot tub throughout the winter, there are 5 simple steps that you should take to shut down and winterize your Beachcomber hot tub:

1. Ensure all electrical components are turned off, including the breaker.
2. Drain the tub. Be sure to open all jets and control valves before doing this.
3. Turn on the blowers in order to clear the plumbing lines. Things caught in the plumbing lines can cause unwanted clogs, which can be easily avoided by completing this step.
4. Clean and dry the shell. Drying the shell is to ensure that no unwanted substances or smell begin to form inside the tub throughout the winter.
5. Put the cover on and secure it.

For those who do want to use their hot tub throughout the winter, there is a different set of rules:

1. Stock up on sanitizer for the winter. You don’t want to run out of these. Continue to replenish chemicals throughout use,
2. Keep an eye on your tub water level. If your water freezes over, damage can be done to the heater and pumps. Ensure that a temperature is maintained to avoid this freezing and consequential damage.
3. When your tub is not in use, put on the cover and secure it.

Beachcomber hot tubs can be used throughout the winter as long as they are properly cared for. These high quality and durable hot tubs can provide you with comfort and relaxation that you desire throughout any season! If you are interested in purchasing a Beachcomber hot tub, call Canadian Home Leisure at 905.430.9965 today or visit us at our location on 1515 Hopkins St in Whitby!

Fall Comfort Foods That You Can Grill

When the cold weather starts to roll around, visions of cozy fireplaces, warm blankets, and knitted socks begin to slip into everyone’s daydreams. It is also around this time when people begin to obsess over seasonal favourites and comfort foods such as hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, and other pumpkin spiced goodies. But who said that barbeque can’t be considered comfort food? Here are our 4 favourite Fall Grilling Foods and Recipes to go with it to bring you all of the comfort you desire this fall season.

Grilled Potatoes
Potatoes are the world’s best comfort food. It can be cooked and used to make a variety of different things to satisfy every individual’s taste. You can make baked potatoes (a classic), a grilled potato salad, or grilled potato mash or whatever else your potato heart desires.

Grilled Squash
Fall is the prime season for squash. Indulge in this delicious and sweet food by grilling it on your barbeque along with other vegetables such as the aforementioned potatoes, red peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms. Once the grilling is done, mix them all up into a healthy grilled vegetable side dish!

Whether you’re into chicken kebabs, vegetable kebabs, lamb kebabs, or anything else, kebabs are a great and easy meal to make on the barbecue. Kebabs are also a uniquely customizable which makes it an ultimate form of comfort food. Simply gather the ingredients that you like, season to taste, and throw them on the barbecue!

For all of the meat-lovers out there, there is no better comfort food than a huge slab of ribs! There are so many things to do to ribs to make them extra delicious, but our personal favourite way to prepare ribs can be read in this blog!

Looking for creative ways to put a twist on your favourite comfort foods? Try grilling them on a barbecue from Canadian Home Leisure! You can make delicious and satisfying meals right until the end of fall on our durable and top performance barbecues. To purchase a barbecue from top brands such as Broil King and Weber from Canadian Home Leisure, call us at 905.430.9965 or visit our showroom at 1515 Hopkins St in Whitby.

Delicious Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Imagine this: you on your backyard deck, sitting under the gazebo (or umbrella, whatever tickles your fancy). The sun is setting in the gorgeous, pink tinged western sky and you gaze upon it in a state of utter relaxation. Your feet are up on your stunning outdoor ottoman and there’s an ice-cold beer in your hand (or a glass of wine, perhaps a margarita, we don’t judge). Life here seems just about perfect, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not and we’ll tell you what’s missing: a giant, heaping, steaming plate of tender and juicy baby back ribs. Thankfully, we at Canadian Home Leisure have just the recipe for you.

Literally. Here’s our favourite recipe for the best baby back ribs*:

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 2 hours 40 minutes

Ready In: 3 hours



2 (2 pound) slabs baby back pork ribs

Coarsely ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon ground red chili pepper

2¼ tablespoons vegetable oil

½ cup minced onion

1½ cups water

1 ½ cup tomato paste

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup brown sugar

2 ½ tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1¼ teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

2 teaspoons whiskey

2 teaspoons garlic powder

¼ teaspoon paprika

 ½ teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon dark molasses

½ tablespoon ground red chile pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degree F (150 degrees C).
  2. Cut each full rack of ribs in half, so that you have 4 half racks. Sprinkle salt and pepper (more pepper than salt), and 1 tablespoon chilli pepper over meat. Wrap each half rack in aluminum foil. Bake for 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir the onions in oil for 5 minutes. Stir in water, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, liquid smoke, whiskey, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, dark molasses, and 1/2 tablespoon ground chilli pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 1 1/4 hours, uncovered, or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat, and set sauce aside.
  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  5. Remove the ribs from the oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Remove the racks from the foil, and place on the grill. Grill the ribs for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Brush sauce on the ribs while they’re grilling, just before you serve them (adding it too early will burn it).

A new barbeque for your backyard is the best way to get the most delicious, homemade baby back ribs. Get your Weber or Broil King BBQ at Canadian Home Leisure located at 1515 Hopkins St. Whitby or give us a call at 905.430.9965.

*Recipe from, by Scott David Hibbard

How Hot Tubs Help With Work Related Stress

It has been clinically proven that stress can negatively affect mental and physical
health. Stress can be caused in all facets of life but is especially present as work
related stressed caused by tough coworkers, clients, and deadlines, overtime, under
compensation, and whatever else you might be going through at work. It is
important to relieve stress before it takes a negative toll on your overall wellness. If
you don’t, stress can manifest itself as heart conditions, high blood pressure,
digestive issues, acne, and more. Stress is pretty much unavoidable and will happen
to everyone to some degree. The only thing we can do is manage it and find ways to
relieve it. The perfect way to do this is by sitting down and relaxing in a home hot tub.

Get Away From It All
Hot tubs allow users to get away from it all. It’s a brief period of letting go of
whatever is stressing you and instead focus on the hyper-comfortable sensation of
being in warm, bubbling water. It is a beautiful escape from your other life of stress
where you can slow down and unwind. When you get home after a long, hard day,
hop into your soothing hot tub for a warm and peaceful soak.

Warmth Improves Well-being
Physical warmth promotes internal health as well as emotional well-being. What
better way is there to warm your body than to sit in a hot tub? Stress can drain you
of your physical warmth so if you’re feeling drained, jump into your hot tub and feel
almost immediately revitalized.

The Many Benefits of Hydromassage and Hydrotherapy
Hydromassage and hydrotherapy provided by a hot tub can soothe anxiety,
depression, and physical pain. These processes release endorphins that act as a
natural painkiller in order to make you feel better. The super relaxing hot tub
experience also boosts serotonin and dopamine levels, which contributes to
happiness and well-being.

Hot tubs can be extremely beneficial to those with high work-related stress. Give
yourself a boost of happiness by taking a mini vacation everyday in a relaxing hot
tub. If you are interested in our Beachcomber hot tubs, visit our location on 1515
Hopkins St, Whitby to check out our wide selection of hot tubs for hydrotherapy. If
you make a purchase between now and the end of the month, you can save 50% off
4 hot tub add-ons in our Summer Bliss Bundle—valued at $1,456. Plus, Don’t pay
until 2020! Call us at 905.430.9965 for more details.

Easy Smoker Pork Shoulder Recipe

Everyone loves a good roast and if you’ve got a backyard smoker and a slab of pork shoulder lying around, you can make one yourself. Here’s a recipe you can use to cook up a juicy pork shoulder in one of Canadian Home Leisure’s smokers.

This recipe is a simple smoked pork recipe that only involves the meat, some spices, and the pork itself. No fumbling around with injections, tools, or wrapping to have it come out perfectly tender during a fun backyard barbeque.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 8-10 pound bone-in pork shoulder roast AKA Boston butt

2-3 tablespoons yellow mustard

¼ cup sweet BBQ rub

1 tablespoon of sweet BBQ rub (for later use)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F (107 degrees C) for indirect smoking.
  2. Remove your roast from packaging and wipe it down on all sides with paper towels. Clean off all small bone fragments and extra liquid on the exterior.
  3. Slather entire exterior of the pork shoulder with yellow mustard.
  4. Season your pork roast on all sides, top and bottom, with the BBQ rub. Do not worry about rubbing seasoning in; just ensure that pork is liberally coated.
  5. Place seasoned roast on smoker fat side up. Place it in the middle of the grate to avoid direct hotspots.
  6. Close the lid and smoke pork until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 195 degrees F (90 degrees C). If you like softer pork, you can cook it up to 210 degrees F (98 degrees C). This process can take anywhere between 15-20 hours depending on the consistency of heat in your smoker and the size of your pork shoulder.
  7. Remove pork shoulder from smoker and wrap tightly in foil. Allow roast to rest for at least an hour before shredding.
  8. Pull apart the shoulder and discard any chunks of fat or gristle. Sprinkle the roast with an additional tablespoon of BBQ rub.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

A backyard smoker can make some of the most delicious meals and BBQ for you, your family, and guests. Canadian Home Leisure is your best source for name brand indoor and outdoor furniture and amenities. Impress your neighbors with culinary delights and delicacies with your new smoker from Canadian Home Leisure.

If you want your own smoker contact Canadian Home Leisure at 905.430.9965 or email us at


Pros and Cons of Retractable Awnings vs. Umbrellas

Looking for shade solutions for your home can be a difficult task. The choice usually comes down to either a retractable awning or an umbrella, both of which have advantages and disadvantages. If you’re looking for home shade solutions for the upcoming summer, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are the pros and cons of retractable awnings and umbrellas to help you make the best decision for your home.

Retractable Awnings:

Retractable awnings are becoming more and more popular in residential areas. This is because they offer great shelter, space, and shade. Retractable awnings tend to be quite larger and cover more space than umbrellas do which makes for more shade. Because of their larger span and coverage, they are also able to offer sufficient protection for anything beneath it whether its people, pets, or furniture. In addition to this, retractable awnings tend to have longer lives than umbrellas, add value to the property, and offer more ground space as they do not require vertical poles. They are also safe for children, and are extremely easy to use.

One criticism that awnings usually receive is that they are very expensive. This is true—a retractable awning will cost more than an umbrella—however, it is important to realize that a household can save more money in the long term in exchange for dealing with a more costly investment upfront. Awnings block the sun’s heat before they enter your home, allowing the AC to cool your home more efficiently .

Many people do not choose retractable awnings for their homes because it is sometimes very difficult to find an appropriate space for them. Awnings need to be placed in spaces that support the awning’s entire length and in spaces that actually need shade cover (such as the front or back yard). Sometimes this is impossible due to  the placement of windows. If not placed in appropriate areas, awnings can either look strange or be useless to a household. If the home is a rental property, you might not even be allowed to install a retractable awning and the investment itself would be wasted if you were to move. In addition to this, retractable awnings are unable to be relocated once they are installed, they can only be removed entirely, and are inconvenient to clean and maintain.


Using a simple umbrella in your space can have many more immediate advantages than a retractable awning. Umbrellas provide excellent UV protection from the sun and other elements, cost less, are movable and customizable, and tend to last a decent amount of time. Umbrellas also usually come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours to suit your needs and aesthetic choices. If you purchase a high quality umbrella, they are easy to operate, are made from durable materials, and are easy to clean.

Although this may sound like the easy option, one must also consider the disadvantages and weigh them against the retractable awning option. It may be true that umbrellas come in beautiful shapes, colours, and designs; however, they still might be an eyesore and an unwanted element in an otherwise tranquil area. They also take up much more ground space because they require vertical poles, get in the way of free motion, and can be difficult at times to set up—especially if you are setting it up alone.

In the end, there are pros and cons to both retractable awnings and umbrellas. Consider the facts above and weigh your options in a way that is appropriate for your lifestyle and necessities. If you are looking for a new patio umbrella or awning, drop by Canadian Home Leisure and check out our wide selection. Take advantage of our No Sales Tax offer going on right now! Call us at 905.430.9965 or 855.430.965, or email to for more information.