Whether you've been floating for years or just heard about it recently and have only experienced it one or two times, it's pretty easy to become hooked on that post-float feeling after you get out of the tank. Your mind is calm and quiet, your skin is softer, your body feels almost reborn again, and every ounce of stress, pain, or tension you were once feeling is now completely non-existent. Sound familiar?
So now you've only got one of two options. Pay to visit a float center in your area (if you happen to even live near one) or really take your float practice to the next level by buying a float tank for your home.
Buying a float tank is sort of like buying a car. You don't just buy a car and then never put another dime into it again. You have to pay for gas, regular oil changes, monthly insurance and every so often you're required to invest in a new set of tires or brakes.
However, we typically justify paying these costs because of the convenience of having your own car as opposed to taking public transportation or the freedom that having your own car gives you to go where you want and drive yourself or whomever you please. The same concept applies to buying a float tank.
At first you might think, "Wow, isn't this a huge investment just for my health and well-being?" but in the long run, owning your very own float tank also gives you the ability to float whenever at your convenience.
As you begin the hunt for the perfect float tank, it's important to consider your budget and the real costs that go into becoming a float tank owner. Below are the five main costs to be aware of before you can set your budget and start the processing of choosing your perfect float tank for your home setting.
Five costs to consider before you shop for a float tank
1. The cost of the float tank itself
This is the most obvious cost to consider when searching for a sensory deprivation tank but it can also be the biggest cost difference depending on what type of tank you choose. Most float tank manufacturers should offer pricing right on their website but some may require you to fill out a form with your name and email.
Expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $30,000+ depending on the model you choose.
2. The cost to ship the float tank to your home
Usually when it comes to this cost you will have to contact the float tank manufacturer directly. Mainly because when it comes to shipping the price can vary a lot depending on where you live around the world and also the weight of the actual float tank itself. While some tanks like the Zen Float Tent are designed to be light and easily shippable in two boxes, more commercial type models will require the tank to be delivered on a truck and professional installation
Expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1000+.
3. The cost of the initial order of epsom salt
Most people assume that buying a bulk order of epsom salt is going to cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. When in fact, epsom salt has become a lot more affordable to ship in bulk over the last couple of years with the rise of the float industry. Some websites offer live freight quotes while others will require you to fill out a form or order by phone to calculate shipping rates to your area.
Expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $800.
4. The cost of necessary water care and maintenance supplies
When it comes to storing 200+ gallons of water in your home, there is going to be a certain level of water care required in addition to the filtration system included with your tank. The main supplies you'll need are a hydrometer, PH Up and PH down, Hydrogen Peroxide (preferably 35%), test strips, and a water skimmer. The nice thing is that all of these items can be found online, some through Amazon, or at your local pool supply store and some may even be included with your float tank purchase.
Expect anywhere from $50-$100 a year.
5. The ongoing costs
Last but not least of costs to consider are the ongoing costs. What makes owning a float tank nice is that after you've invested in your initial setup, there are only a small amount of ongoing costs to maintain it. In a lot of cases, you will even recoup your initial investment within the first 1-2 years of owning a float tank if you happen to already be floating at a center more than 3-4 times a month.
The main ongoing costs are going to be the electrical costs to heat the tank as well as buying and replacing the epsom salt every 2 years or so. We already reviewed the cost of epsom salt above, so now we'll dive right into monthly heating costs. While we can't speak for every type of float tank, we can provide a the costs of running a Float Tent in Utah, so you can get a basic price range in your mind.
To find this out, our team dropped the tank water to room temperature which turned out to be 61 degrees (water is colder than air at room temp), and then proceeded to heat it back up. The ideal floating temp is 93.5 F, this is because even though your core temperature is 98.7 F, your skin isn't. After plugging a handy dandy electrical meter into the wall and plugged in my heaters. Here are the results:
• It took 30 hours to raise the temp 30 degrees. We designed the heating system to be affordable, and always on. This means it's not about speed, it's about efficiency.
• It took 23.9 Kwh to raise the tank 30 degrees. In Utah it's 8.8 cents per kilowatt. Just over $2.10 to heat up.
• Temperature maintenance has come in cheaper at about $1.20 a day in Utah. Keep in mind I keep my float room at about 78 F . If your tank is in a cooler room it will affect your daily cost. When the air temp is 78 F, it makes it so that the air being drawn into your tank while floating will feel like the water temp.
This is rough estimate because electricity rates can vary so much between country to country and even state to state, but expect to pay anywhere between $50-$100/month to heat your float tank.
Now that you know your budget line items, it's time to figure out what to look for when deciding on the type of float tank you will purchase. To help you with your decision process we created The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Float Tank. Access your FREE copy today!