So you're thinking of buying a home float tank, but you're not sure where to start your search. To help make the buying process easier, we put together this detailed guide so you can learn what's involved with owning a tank and make the best decision when it comes to you and your floating needs.
Here's a list of what we'll cover:
- Budget & Financing
- Types of Float Tanks
- Necessary Supplies
- Warranties and Support
First things first… Do you even float?
This might sound silly, but you would be surprised how many people hear about floating through a podcast, the news, or through friends and family and immediately jump on Google to go buy a float tank.
But that’s kind of like buying a car without test-driving it first. Heck, it’s kind of like buying a car without even having your learners permit yet.
We’re not saying you HAVE to try floating before you buy a float tank, but we HIGHLY recommend it.
Year’s ago, it might not have been possible to float a center near you because of the lack of availability. But these days, float centers are popping up all the time and it’s likely you have a center within a relative driving distance from your home.
Our good friends at FloatationLocations.com offer a free Float Center Map that can help you locate your nearest location.
**We recommend going at least 1-3 times before taking the next step to buying an at home tank.
Location For Your Float Tank
Before you begin shopping, it’s important to decide on a location for your float tank. Start by comparing the available rooms in your home or condo:
- Which location is the most quiet?
- Do you have the ability to close the room o from other rooms in the home?
- Is there a room with less natural lighting than others?
- How large is the room? (Most float tanks are at least 8 feet by 4 feet wide and you will need some room around the edges for maintenance)
- Is there a grounded electrical outlet within reach?
- Do you have control over the temperature of the room?
- What kind of flooring does the room have in it?
Ideally, most people generally choose to use a spare bedroom, office, or basement room and a hard surface such as wood or tile is preferred over carpet. Although, you can always use a rug, styrofoam, or a vinyl mat to provide extra floor protection. In special cases we have seen people find creative and unique ways to setup a tank in their garage or sunroom areas. This may be a potential option if you live in a climate that stays warm year-round but it’s not suitable for everyone.
Finally, if you need to make any modications or renovations to your potential space, you’ll want to be sure to get that out of the way before you have your new float tank is delivered so when it arrives you are ready to set it up, fill it up, and get your float on.
Float tank Costs and how To Budget
Most float tanks you see at centers or on the news cost anywhere between the $10K-30K mark, with the least expensive costing $6,000. Currently the most affordable option on the market is the Zen Float Tent. For roughly $2,000 you can get an entire float tank setup shipped direct to your door.
In the past, it used to be that saving up enough money to buy a float tank was near impossible for most people. However, times have changed and the cost to get a float tank setup at home has decreased significantly.
You too, can now be like Joe Rogan, and float from the comfort of your home — without taking out a 2nd mortgage.
Just keep in mind while planning your budget that this is just the cost for the float tank setup alone. This usually does not include epsom salt, cleaning supplies, the monthly cost to heat the water in the tank, or any shipping costs. To be safe, we recommend planning at least $1000 dollars for all of this, with shipping costs and another $50-$100 a month in heating costs depending on your location.
Float Tank Financing
If your budget is a little tight it may be a good idea to find out which float tank manufacturers offer financing. This can help ease the upfront cost and can usually offer lower monthly payments within a reasonable budget.
Zen Float Co currently offers financing, which you can read more about here: www.zenfloatco.com/financing/
Types of sensory deprivation tanks
New float tank manufacturers are popping up all the time and they likely won't stop coming as floating gets more popular. Instead of going over features and benefits of all the different types of float tanks we wanted to break them down into the basics, that the average floater would care about.
|Types Of Float Tanks||Tank Features||Pricing|
|Home Style Tanks||More affordable cost and designed to fit in a smaller home setting. Can be shipped worldwide and installed easily.||$2000+ and up|
|Traditional Style Tanks||Rectangular shape. Hatch style door. Can be disassembled into separate pieces and usually have a liner system inside to hold the water.||$6,000 to $20,000|
|Pod Style Tanks||Sleek, futuristic design. Most common type of tank you'll see at float centers. Often have some fancier features such as built in sound and lighting systems.||$8,000 to $40,000|
|Float Rooms and Pools||Float tanks you can stand up and walk around in. Least likely option for most people’s homes because of size and price.||$10,0000 to $50,000|
Technically, any of these sensory deprivation tanks below can be a home float tank, but many times having a tank at home will come down to budget so we’ll start with the least expensive to most expensive:
1. Home style Tanks
Right now the Zen Float Tent is the world’s most affordable float tank and the only tank on the market under $6,000. The patent-pending design is a huge leap forward in float tank technology because of it's vinyl canvas, which enables the entire unit to be shipped in just two boxes and set up in about an hour.
2. Traditional Style Tanks
These tanks are designed like the original float tank by Samadhi. They are rectangular and have a hatch style door. They can be disassembled into separate pieces and usually have a liner system inside to hold the water. The industry was built on this tank design, it's functional, affordable, and time-tested. The range of these tanks are from $6,000 to $20,000
3. Pod Style Tanks
These are the ones you often see pictures of spread around the internet. They look really cool, and they are based off of the first pod design by I-sopod. They look like a sleek futuristic space vehicle. Most of the manufacturers popping up nowadays are this style tank. They often have some fancier features such as built in sound and lighting systems. The range of these tanks are from $8,000 to $40,000.
4. Float Rooms and Pools
These are getting more and more popular all the time but are probably the least likely option for most people’s homes because of size. Essentially they are float tanks you can stand up and walk around in. They are great for float centers and many floaters could appreciate the freedom to move in them. Outside of manufactured rooms there are pools built custom inside float centers that oer the same experience. The price can range from a $10,000 DIY
to $50,000+ for a custom designed room.
In order to setup and maintain your float tank you’ll need a few extra things besides just the tank itself to get started:
- Epsom Salt - Anywhere between 850 - 1000 lbs. depending on the type of float tank you choose.
- Water Care & Cleaning Supplies - Water skimmer, 35% hydrogen peroxide, PH Up and Down, and Peroxide Test Strips.
Where do I find this stuff?
Finding bulk epsom salt that delivers to your area and at a reasonable rate can be a little tricky depending on where you may live but we do know of a few options and solutions:
- For customers in the lower 48 United States, Zenfloatsalt.com offers bulk float tank epsom salt that provides affordable home delivery.
- Another option would be to nd a local univar in your area by searching online that oers epsom salt in bulk. Be careful to make sure that it is USP grade epsom salt.
- Some online stores such as Costco or Walmart sell epsom salt in medium to large quantities.
Almost all water care & cleaning supplies can be found on Amazon or your local pool supply store.
Warranties and Support
Like most big purchases these days, having some sort of warranty or guarantee is important and expected. Not only should the manufacturer you plan to buy from oer some sort of long term warranty, but you also want to make sure your mechanical parts are covered for at least the rst year.
Operating a float tank and maintaining the water can be a little bit of work at first but over time it gets easier and becomes a habit. At any rate, it’s important to ensure that whoever you buy from has a dedicated customer service team to support you through your first years of owning a float tank.
1. I only float a few times a month. Will buying a float tank really be worth my investment?
A float tank is a bit more of an up front investment but ultimately it’s an investment in the healthiest way physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially to manage the challenges we have. In the words of Joe Rogan, “I think it’s one of the most incredible pieces of equipment for self-help and introspective thought that you could ever find… It’s been one of the most important tools for me in personal growth for understanding myself, how I am, and what effect I do have on other people.”
2. I plan to move in the next year or two. Isn’t it a huge hassle to buy a float tank and then have to move it?
In some cases, yes. Because the majority of float tanks are not designed to be portable, draining the water and then assembling/disassembling the unit would take a lot of time and a ton of effort. However, the Float Tent is a little easier to move from room to room because of the light canvas material. We wrote a good article about how to move the water in your float tank that you can read at: http://bit.ly/MoveFloatTankWater
3. Is it safe to place a float tank if I want to place it on a second or third story in my home or condo?
Yes, we’ve done it and seen it done many times. But we can’t stress enough to proceed with caution. Some float tanks weigh much more than others depending on the size and materials used. The Float Tent is the lightest weighing around 2200lbs. once filled with water, which really isn’t far o from the weight of a water bed and people have had those in their homes for years. However, if you want to be extra safe or happen to live in an older residence, the best decision would be to hire a structural engineer to come out and inspect the area before ordering a tank.
4. I’m interested in financing my float tank. What would my payments look like?
This all depends on how much you nance and how expensive of a float tank that you buy. But just to show you an example, let’s use the Float Tent: The Float Tent starts at $1,850 but let’s just say we factor in shipping and epsom salt too so now you’re looking at roughly $2,500. Divide that over 12-18 months of payments are you’re looking at roughly $150-$250/mo payments. Over the years this equates to hundreds if not thousands of dollars in potential savings!
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DISCLOSURE: Some numbers and figures used in this guide are solely estimates and do not reflect exact costs. This guide is intended to be used as a only as helpful resource and was not created to serve as legal advice