Which is more relaxing: soaking in a hot tub or swinging in a hammock in the countryside? It’s a hard choice, especially if you prefer to spend time in nature. But suppose you could combine these two experiences?
One day in 2015, the inventor Benjamin H. Frederick decided to make his dream a reality and began developing a project called The Hydro Hammock. His concept got a lot of attention from luxury lovers, but the road from idea to product was not a straight one.
Is it a hammock, is it a tub?
Although essentially a hammock, the Hydro Hammock is intended to also be used as a hanging pool, a hot tub, or а summer shower. You could even dig a hole in the ground to build a temporary hot tub right in the sand (or in the snow) by securing the hammock within the hole.
The Hydro Hammock is made of a sealed synthetic fabric with high tensile strength, which allows you to fill it with approximately fifty gallons of water. And it’s so roomy that two or three people can easily get into it.
Along with the hammock, the kit includes all the required installation tools and parts, such as mounting straps and carabiners. However, you will need to buy a portable water heater. This piece of equipment is quite heavy, so it’s not ideal for hiking. The heater does come in a case with two wheels and an extendable handle, though, which makes it easy to use at a campsite.
The water heating system runs on gas, and has a 12-volt pump to circulate the water. The system heats the pressurized water, which can be added using a garden hose. You can also fill the water from a stream or a lake, and enjoy the hot water in the hammock wherever you are. Alternatively, simply allow the heater to swirl the water in the hammock, heating it to a comfortable temperature.
Why you would love it
One of the most attractive features of the Hydro Hammock is its mobility – it can easily be packed for any trip. Or, if you want, you can install the Hammock on the balcony or in the courtyard of your country house.
Just as importantly, the water heating system can also be used as an outdoor shower, where you can enjoy the water treatments for about two hours, while using less than three gallons of water. This is particularly useful in the hot season.
The Hydro Hammock is shaped like a canoe, except that it’s suspended and filled with water. Getting into it will be a new experience for you. Just use your imagination, especially if you want to enjoy it as a couple.
Hammock is unstable to get in
You need to climb very carefully into the Hydro Hammock, doing so near the center and easing into the hammock cradle. If you climb in too quickly or at the wrong angle, the hammock can roll over and you can injure yourself or others.
Needs special installation
You need to choose sturdy pillars or trees to attach the Hydro Hammock because, with water and people, the total weight will average around 700 pounds. You should also ensure that the Hammock hangs evenly, so water doesn’t collect at one end and spill over.
The water heater should be carried separately and, since it weighs about 60 pounds, it may turn out to be an unnecessary load when packing things for a restful trip.
Because the Hydro Hammock set only has a hose with holes that circulates water, there’s no way to get a hydromassage effect, which is a basic relaxation feature of hot tubs.
Hydro Hammock with a water heating system
How much does the Hydro Hammock cost?
The Hydro Hammock itself is relatively inexpensive. Considering the price set by the developer, it would cost you only $260. However, if you want to heat water in a hammock, you have to spend an extra $920 for a portable heating system.
An expert opinion
“In general, the idea is interesting, but I do not think that it would be able to win an audience. It does not look safe. Personally, even the usual “dry” hot tub, not to mention the hammock that looked like a hot tub, was a problem for me … I never managed to get into it with the first attempt. According to the description, you can take a shower for two hours. It turns out that the heater’s power is enough only for this time. But for a hot tub, especially if there can be several people, this is very poor. I do not see anything in it that would be better than the inflatable hot tub. As for me, this hydro hammock has more headaches than real profits.”
— Peter Rossi, bespoke hot tub designer, ex-Head of Product at Jacuzzi Group.
Benjamin Frederick, the inventor of Hydro Hammock
Hammock halt — for now
The idea of creating a Hydro Hammock seemed successful, but the developer did not have the opportunity for further production. The project was published on Kickstarter, which managed to raise some funding. A prototype was made for advertising purposes, and an engaged audience did appear. But it turned out that the inventor was mistaken in his estimates about the cost of the final product and the Hydro Hammock was not released. As a result, many frustrated customers were trying to get their money back.
“It appears the main refrain we have from buyers is the cost and insufficient culture around the product…”
— Benjamin Frederick, the inventor of Hydro Hammock.
However, the makers of The Hydro Hammock announced on their Facebook page that they plan to restart the company in 2020. However, in order to enter the market again, they need to find better financial support and start developing a more affordable product.
Although this project was innovative, it is not particularly different from the inflatable hot tubs, which can be a good option if you like this kind of recreation. Bear in mind that this kind of model not only lets you stay in warm water in the open air, even at a low temperature, but also offers several other bonuses — for example, a hydromassage.
Each inflatable hot tub comes with a range of features and accessories included in the price. In general, they include the following: a water heating system, an insulated earthing mat, an Air Jet system, a spa pump, a leatherette top cover, drinks tray, side grab handles, a spare filter cartridge, chemical floater, a repair kit, and an owner’s DVD. All of this means that your inflatable hot tub comes with everything you need so you can enjoy it right out of the box.
As for price, inflatable models are usually two times cheaper than jacuzzis, and in addition this type of hot tub is a mobile unit that you can take anywhere. It’s also very easy to install, which allows you to put it not only in your backyard or deck, but also in the basement or on a terrace.
Comparative review of Inflatable Hot Tubs
Let’s look at several inflatable hot tubs you might like.
1. SaluSpa Siena Inflatable Hot Tub
Price: check on Amazon.
Customer reviews: 3.5 out of 5.
SaluSpa Siena Inflatable Hot Tub
The manufacturer decided to create this hot tub exclusively for couples. Its shape looks like a large canoe, which distinguishes it from the traditional round hot tub. This means that two people can fit easily and comfortably, making it ideal for a romantic evening.
2. SaluSpa Miami Inflatable Hot Tub
Price: check on Amazon.
Customer reviews: 4.1 out of 5.
SaluSpa Miami Inflatable Hot Tub
This is a round hot tub. It can sit four people, which makes it perfect for an afternoon with close friends. It’s also big enough for a family with a couple of children, or for two adults who prefer a lot of room in their hot tub.
Take a look at the overview spreadsheet.
|Model||Persons||Water capacity, gal||Power rate, approximately||Inflated Size,|
|Siena||2||143||110 – 120V|
|Miami||2-4||177||110 – 120V|
Additional ways to power an inflatable hot tub
Each inflatable hot tub works from an ordinary electrical outlet but, if you plan to take it with you to the campsite, then you should think about a backup power source. Portable generators are great for this. There are many models on the market, which use different fuels and have varying capacities. They can also serve as the main source of energy if it’s not possible to connect to a centralized power grid. If you’re at the summer cottage, getting the necessary electricity won’t be an issue.
How to choose a generator
When choosing a generator, there are three main considerations: fuel consumption, power output, and cost. You’ll need to estimate how long you’ll be using the generator for each time you start it up, how much fuel it consumes per hour, and whether this is offset by buying a cheaper or more expensive model. You’ll also want to look at the generator’s safety features, such as overload prevention, automatic shut off, idle power, and so on.
Which generator is best?
Gas-powered generators are the most suitable for a short-term power supply or for small private cottages. Gasoline generators have some advantages compared to diesel or propane. They cost less, and have readily available models with a power of less than 4 kW. On the downside, these generators have a very short service interval (about 100 hours), a high fuel consumption, and the smallest motors (which limits the length of time you can use them).
Rainier R2200i Portable Power Station
Rainier R2200i Portable Power Station
Dual-fuel generators, on the other hand, are much more economical to use. This hybrid has the best motor and service interval, as compared to gasoline or diesel units. You might also find it more practical to buy a propane generator, due to the lower fuel price. Additionally, propane generators produce a lower toxic content in the exhaust gases.
Champion 3500 Portable Generator
Champion 3500 Portable Generator
|Model||Item Dimensions||Power Source||Wattage||Cost|
|Champion 3500||23.2 x 19.1 x 20 in||Gas, Propane||3,500 watts||check|
|Rainier 3500||20 x 12.5 x 18 in||Gasoline||2,200 watts||check|
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Hydro Hammock reviews from Kickstarter
“Hello! I am super excited about this project and I wanted to make sure I haven’t missed anything. Survey emails have not gone out yet, correct? Thank you for your ideas which have been brilliant. Be well and travel safely to you and your family.”
— Julianna Hagelauer
“Is it just me or is the shipping a month or two late now? Any updates?”
“Another Month has passed.. But i haven’t received anything. What’s the Status now ?”
— Rolf Koch
“Benjamin, since you do not reply to personal mails anymore, I’ll put my question here: can I still agree to your offer to be refunded? I don’t think you will ever ship a hammock to any of the backers, so a refund would be fair.”
— Arno Lambert
“I’m a backer from the start. I’m sorry but I feel 3 years is just too long to wait anymore, that money could have been collecting interest all these years! I would like my refund before the end of this year, Thank You.”
— Margaret Ringnalda
“Benjamin, we’ve been patient and understanding of your situation but enough is enough. Stop lying to us.“
— Josh Gallo
“So is there any chance of a product being shipped or what? Just morbidly curious at this point … four years later …”
— Jerry Napleton
The idea of a hydro hammock is an interesting thing. But, even if Benjamin Frederick is able to restart production, the overall benefits remain doubtful. So, if you decide to treat yourself with a hydromassage in a hot tub, choose proven products that leave only a delightful experience.