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The Ultimate Guide To Buying A Float Tank

So you're thinking of buying a home float tank, but you're not sure where to start your search. You might have questions, like, "How much will it cost? What supplies do I need? How do I keep the water clean?"

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:

  • Location

  • Budget & Financing

  • Types of Float Tanks

  • Necessary Supplies

  • Warranties and Support

  • FAQ’s


First things first… do you even float?

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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 off 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 around $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 Float 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

 Pictured: Zen Float Tank

Pictured: Zen Float Tank

Right now the Zen Float Tent and Zen Float Tank are the the world’s most affordable float tanks. The patent-pending designs are a huge leap forward in float tank technology enabling the entire unit to be shipped anywhere worldwide in just two boxes.

2. Traditional Style Tanks

 Pictured: Samadhi Float Tank

Pictured: Samadhi Float Tank

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 Float Tanks

 Pictured: I-Sopod

Pictured: I-Sopod

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

 Pictured: Float cabin

Pictured: Float cabin

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.


Necessary Supplies

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:

  1. For customers in the lower 48 United States, Zenfloatsalt.com offers bulk float tank epsom salt that provides affordable home delivery.

  2. Another option would be to find a local univar in your area by searching online for bulk epsom salt. Be careful to make sure that it is USP grade epsom salt.

  3. 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.


FAQ's

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 $2,200 but let’s just say we factor in shipping and epsom salt too so now you’re looking at roughly $3,200. Divide that over 12-18 months of payments are you’re looking at roughly $200-$300/mo payments. Over the years this equates to hundreds if not thousands of dollars in potential savings!


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

How to clean and maintain your float tank water

Does the upkeep and maintenance of owning a tank at home seem overwhelming or intimidating? Well, you might be surprised at how simple it really is to clean and take care of your water. 

In fact, we've made it as simple as possible by providing each of our customers with a Complete Water Care Guide that outlines all the details, and with a Quick Maintenance Guide for easy regular upkeep.

Weekly maintenance takes on average 15 minutes and if you do these tasks on a consistent basis your water and salt can last up to two years. 

Watch the video below to see a full demonstration of what goes into water care and float tank sanitation: 

Water Care FAQs:

How much water and salt does the Zen Float Tent hold?
The Zen Float Tent holds 200 gallons of water and 800 lbs of epsom salt. We provide customers with a package deal that includes 850 lbs. of salt so that you have extra to fill the tent as evaporation can remove water and salt.   

How often do I need to replace my tents water and salt?
If you regularly care for your water — which only consists of 15 minutes per week — the water and salt will last for two years. Because of evaporation you will have to fill up your tent with a little bit of water every month, and add new salt to increase the concentration. This is why we provide our customers with an extra 50 lbs of salt than what the tank holds — so that you have enough to fill up after evaporation, for the next two years. After 2 two years it is important to drain the water completely, clean the tent, and then refill.

What do you use to clean the water?
We use one high-powered, 1,700 Gallons per hour (6,500 liters) pump, which has replaced the previous 2 pump system. This pump cleans the water using a carbon filter bag and a UV light. Because this filter is higher-powered than the last filter, you may find you have to add more hydrogen peroxide than previous. This filter system It is located at the front of the tent, against the front wall, and is held down with magnetic strips, so not to bother you during a float session.

How do you heat the water?
Our tent is designed with two radiant heat pads that are attached to a temperature controller to continually monitor the water temperature. The heating pads are on the floor, under the water, to send heat up through the tent. You can easily set the temperature to whatever degree you prefer.

What does weekly water care consist of?
Weekly water care consists of measuring the Hydrogen levels, the alkalinity and the pH levels in the water. Bi-weekly it is important to check water levels and salt concentration. We make weekly water care very easy by providing you with an in-depth Complete Water Care Guide and a Quick Maintenance Guide to walk through the steps of caring for your tent. We also provide you with test strips and pH solutions to easily measure water levels and make adjustments.

For specific information on checking water, salt, hydrogen, alkalinity and pH levels click here.

Is it risky to have the filter submerged under water?
No.It is a submersible pump so it is made to be underwater.   During a float you will unplug the filter to remove light and calm the water. So the filter will not be a disturbance during the float.

Can you use chlorine in a tent?
No. Chlorine mixes with the oxygen and oxidizes the iron in the water causing your water to turn brown. All you need to keep the water and salt clean is hydrogen peroxide.

How do I clean the tent?
Diluted hydrogen peroxide makes a great cleaning tool. Use gloves and a sponge or towel to wipe down the inside of the tent walls to clean them. Be sure not to get any hydrogen peroxide in your eye as it can cause eye damage.

PRO Tip: Always shower before entering the float tent to remove loose hair and oil on your skin. This will prevent loose hair from getting caught in the filter and will help keep your water cleaner and lasting longer!

[Video] - Watch Us Fully Assemble A Float Tank In Less Than One Hour

Most people don't believe that the Zen Float Tent comes in a box. 

What does that mean for you? No movers. No awkward angles up the stairs. No professional installation needed. 

Another thing that a lot of people don't believe is that the entire tank can be assembled in less than an hour. So for this Facebook Live video we're showing you exactly how it can be done. 

Click the play button below to watch us fully assemble a float tank in about 45 minutes: 

[Video] - Unboxing The Worlds Only Affordable Home Float Tank

During one of our Wednesday Facebook Live Videos we thought it would be cool to unbox a Zen Float Tent, so you can see first-hand exactly what you'll get when you decide to invest in one of our home float tanks.

If you have any questions that weren't answered in this video, feel free to leave it in the comments below and we will get back to you with an answer ASAP. Click the play button below to watch now:

Don't Have Space For a Float Tank At Home? Here 5 Creative Ways To Make The Most Of Small Spaces

For some people 60 minutes at a float center just isn't enough. The thought of being able to float whenever you want, for as long as you want, and as often as you want, sounds like heaven and the only thing you can think about is whether to buy or build your own float tank so you can float from the peace of your home. 

Years ago the main issue would have been affordability, but luckily the Zen Float Tent has changed the game and made it possible for a lot more people. Even if you can afford it though, you've probably thought, "Where the heck would I even put a float tank?"

Obviously, the ideal location is in a spare bedroom or somewhere indoors near a shower but if you don't have this luxury almost any indoor space will work.Over the years we've seen our customers come up with some pretty innovative ideas, so we thought we'd share a few of them in this post. 

 

 

1. Your Unfinished Basement

No need to overhaul your unfinished basement when you can easily turn it into your private float room instead. Basements make good float rooms because they are usually more quiet than the rest of the house and away from the noise of street traffic.  

We highly recommend insulating underneath the tent if the area has cement or hardwood flooring. We'd also recommend the use of a space heater, especially in the winter when it gets cold since the ideal float room temperature is 70-78 degrees. 

 

2. Your Home Office

It may seem counter-productive to have a float tank in your home office but it can actually be a really good idea for a few reasons. For one, floating enhances creativity so it may help you when you're feeling stuck or have writers block. Floating also boosts your energy levels and improves your focus.  

 

3. The Garage

Garages can make excellent float rooms if you live somewhere tropical that doesn't get too cold in the winter. Many of our customers in California and Florida tend to go with an option like this. Again, we suggest keeping a space heater on hand for those colder temperature days. (And don't forget towels out there, too!) 

 

4. Your Kitchen

Let's just say we've seen it done. 

 

 

5. Your Bedroom

So you may not have an entire spare room but that doesn't have to count out your bedroom. On the bright side, with your tank in such close quarters you won't have a hard time remembering to hop inside often. 

The other upside is most bedrooms are connected to or near a bathroom so you can easily go from the tank to your shower and vice versa. 

 

These are just a few ideas to help you make the most of any small space that don't involve remodeling your entire home or getting rid of your precious man cave. But as you can see, with a little creativity even a dull garage can be transformed into a relaxing oasis. 

 

Ready To Make Your Dream Of Owning A Float Tank A Reality? 

Grab a copy of this free brochure and learn if the Zen Float Tent is right for you:

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5 Costs to Consider Before You Buy a Float Tank

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. 

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5 costs to consider before you purchase a float tank

 

1. The Float Tank Itself

This is the most obvious cost to consider but it can also vary a lot depending on what type of float tank model you choose to purchase. 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 around $2,000 up to $30,000+ depending on the type of tank. A complete breakdown of all the different float tank types can be found in this post

 

2. Shipping Costs

In most cases you will have to contact the float tank manufacturer directly to find out pricing based on your shipping address. 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 Tank are designed to be light and easily shippable in one boxes, more commercial type models will require the tank to be delivered on a truck and professional installation

Expect to pay anywhere from $100 up to $1000+ for shipping.

 

3. 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 up to $1000 for a pallet of epsom salt.

 

4. 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, through Amazon, or at your local pool supply store. Some may even be included with your float tank purchase. 

Expect anywhere from $50-$100 a year for supplies.

 

5. 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.

While we can’t speak for everyone because electricity rates can vary so much between country to country and even state to state, you can expect to pay anywhere between $20-$100/month to heat your float tank. 

Is owning a float tank right for you?

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. 

This 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. 

 

Ready to get floating? Learn more about the Zen Float Tank, the world’s most affordable float tank.

[Video] - How To Take Care of the Water In Your Float Tank

So you've got a float tank setup at home with over 200 gallons of water and 800lbs of epsom salt. But now what? How do you honestly keep that much salt water clean and sanitized?

When it comes to float tank water care, it's not as hard as a lot of people to believe it to be. But it's kind of like maintaining a car. If you wait until your tires are bald or forget to upkeep on your oil changes, it makes it a lot harder to get things back on track again.

If you maintain a regular cleaning schedule from the get-go, keeping your float tank water clean and fresh is easy-peasy. Check out the video below to learn more:

In this video our team discusses:

  • The 6 main aspects of water care
  • The difference between the quick water care guide and complete guide 
  • Where to find cleaning products and tools
  • Tips + tricks for easier water care maintenance

Other Resources:

Link to Quick Maintenance Guide 

Link to Complete Water Care Guide

[Video] - How To Fill Up A Float Tent: Part 2

This is the second video in a two-part video series showing you all the steps that go into filling up a float tent, installing the pumps and cover, and getting the Float Tent ready for your first float. 

In this video our team covers:

  • How to install the filter pumps, tubes, tent cover and door poles.
  • Tips and tricks for the best home install
  • The main differences between the v1.0 and current 1.5 new and improved model of the Float Tent
  • What to do if your tank gets a leak or tear 
  • Tricks for sound-proofing
  • Post-Float relaxation tips

 

Are you ready to improve your home and life with a Float Tent? Start by requesting a complimentary shipping quote here. Save hundreds of dollars over floating at your annual center and join hundreds of others already enjoying the benefits of floating from home. 

    [Video] - How To Fill Up A Float Tent: Part 1

    Have you ever wondered what goes in to filling up a float tank with 200 gallons of water and 800 pounds of epsom salt?

    It sounds like a ton of work just to be able to experience the many benefits of sensory deprivation at home, but surprisingly it's easier than you think!

    To give you a visual idea of what goes into filling up a tank, we did a Facebook LIVE video and filmed our team filling up a Float Tent for use at the Zen Float Co office. In the video below, we answer questions live from our Facebook audience and also share some our most valuable tips and secrets.

    Whether you've been on the fence about buying a float tank for yourself or are just curious after watching an episode of Netflix's 'Stranger Things', this video is worth checking out.

    View the full replay by clicking the play below button below. 

    In this video, our team covers:

    • Tips before getting started
    • Why we include an inline water filter with your purchase
    • Things to consider when choosing the placement of your float tank
    • The best ways to mix up the epsom salt
    • Different ways to insulate the bottom of the tank 
    • Where to purchase bulk epsom salt
    • How often you need to purchase and replace the epsom salt 
    • Other tips about at home sensory deprivation and maintenance 

    Think you might be ready to own a tank? 

    Start by requesting a complimentary brochure.

    Save hundreds of dollars over floating at your annual center and join hundreds of others already enjoying the benefits of floating from home. 

    Two New Products to Enhance Your Float At Home

    If you're signed up to receive our monthly newsletter you might have heard that this week we officially launched two new products to enhance your home floating experience. One is a physical product and one is digital product, both highly requested from our customers and floating community. 

     

    Introducing, the first guided meditation audio made specifically for floaters. This 30-minute guided meditation is perfect for anyone new to floating, meditation, or if you just have a hard time quieting your mind. And the best part, it's completely Free! Give it a listen and be sure to leave us your feedback. 

    But what good would a guided meditation for floaters be without some way to listen to it underwater? Introducing our other newest product, Float Buds: underwater headphones. For those times when silence is not golden, enjoy the combined benefits of floatation with guided meditation, relaxing audio, and binaural beats.

    Float Buds are 100% waterproof and even act as earplugs during your float. Learn More and Shop Now!

    Here at Zen we're constantly working to improve the Float Tent and your home floating experience and we hope these two items help you to achieve deeper, more meaning floats and enjoy your time in the tank even more than you already do!

     

    If you have any suggestions or ideas or items that you would like to see us offer in our online shop we welcome your feedback by leaving a comment below or sending us an email at info@zenfloatco.com. 

     

     

     

    5 Tank Hacks to Consider for Winter Time

    Cold temperatures outside certainly make it harder to maintain the perfect water and room temperatures that we all like to float in, but that's no reason to let the winter weather get you down. Luckily, there are a quite a few easy and inexpensive ways to keep your heating costs low during the winter months.  

    Try these tips and techniques to help fight off the cold and keep your float tank running at optimal performance this winter: 

     

    1. Insulate and Cover Your Windows

    Windows are one of the easiest places for heat to escape in your home and nothing is worse than a cold float room. Covering your windows with space blankets or bubble wrap can go a long way in keeping your existing heat indoors and outside air outdoors. 

    2. Insulate the Outside of the Tank

    The best way to keep your float tank heated is by stopping the heat from escaping in the first place. Try wrapping a few mylar thermal blankets around your tank to keep more heat in. Besides preserving heat, the blankets give your tank a retro, futuristic look. 

    3. Insulate Underneath the Tank

    Rugs and carpets help keep heat from escaping through your flooring, especially if your float tank is on concrete or tile. Some other materials we recommend using to insulate underneath your tank are rubber padding, carpet padding, vinyl mats, interlocking foam mats, or plywood. 

    4. Make Sure Your Air Vents Are Open and Directed Properly

    It's common during the summer to close the air vents in your float room to keep cool air out. However, once you've switched from using cool air to heated air in your home, you'll want to make sure to re-open up the vents to allow the warm air to flow in. 

    The one thing to lookout for is to not point the air vent directly at the tank (the warm air tends to come in through the vents of the float tent and throws off the temperature inside the tank). You may be able to redirect the air by adjusting the vent or building a funnel out of cardboard like pictured below.  

    5. If All Else Fails, Use Space Heaters

    A decent space heater can be found online or at local Walmart or Target for less than $100 and the nice thing about space heaters is they do not have to be in use at all times. Try turning on the heater an hour or two before you float and then turning it off again once you are done. This won't use up too much electricity but will help in keeping your float room close to the ideal temperature of about 78 degrees while in session. 

    DIY Float Tank vs Buying

    Thinking of building a sensory deprivation tank? This post will help you compare the choice of DIY vs Buying

    So you want to be able to experience the benefits of floating from home. Do you build a float tank or just buy one? That is the question. 

    Just a few years ago the choice between building a DIY tank or buying a float tank use to be a very easy one if the main concern was cost. 

    You were going to spend at least $12,000+ for a new one or you might find a used one on Craigslist for around $6,000 if you were really lucky. Even then, you would have to freight it in and some how move it into your home. Not an easy task.

    So with the cost of building a float tank at only $2,500-$3,000, the DIY route used to be the most affordable option. However, the invention of the Float Tent changed all of that drastically.

    Now, you can own a float tank for around $2,000 and have it shipped anywhere in the world for relatively nothing. This is a big game changer and largely why our Kickstarter back in April of 2014 did so well.

    Though there still are reasons you may consider building over buying. Let's cover them below: 

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    The Pros of a DIY Float Tank

    Basically, if you are a handy builder type you may enjoy the process of crafting your own tank just how you like it. You could could make it bigger, or smaller, or do a killer outer design. You could make it match your float room perfectly. All sorts of ideas come to mind.

    You could even do a Float Room which would allow you to stand up in the tank when getting in. The options are endless, but the budget will be too. If you build a bare bones DIY float tank like the one on IsolationTankPlans.com, it's going to run you at least $3,000+ and that doesn't include the salt. 

    The other pro would be sound dampening. Currently the Float Tent does not provide much sound dampening, but usually a float room is quiet and you're wearing ear plugs when you float so it's not an issue. Seriously, go lay down in your bathtub with your earplugs in and your ears under water–you won't be able to hear much.

    Or the other option would be to custom build a float room that's quiet and still get a Float Tent. Your call on that one but it comes down again to how much time and money you want to save in the process.

     

    The Pros of Buying A Tank

    I've personally gone down both routes and can speak from experience that the most convenient and affordable way to float at home is in a Float Tent. 

    You'll save time from buying over building, which will ensure that you'll be floating that much sooner. Not to mention, the Float Tent comes with a 10-year warranty so if anything goes wrong, you're covered.

    The other big advantage is that they are light and easy to ship, so it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. Plus, they're portable in case you need to move or relocate. 

     

    Think the Float Tent may be right for you?

    There are already thousands of people all around the world experiencing the life-changing benefits of float therapy from home, and you could be one of them too! Get more detailed info and download our brochure that covers all the aspects of owning a Float Tent to help you decide if it's right for you.


    Float Now, Pay Later

    We now offer float tank financing – so you can float now and pay later!

    What does that mean to you? It means you can apply for 6-months of interest free financing through Paypal, buy a float tent now, and then pay it off over time at your convenience. 

    Thanks to the financing options through Paypal Credit, anxious floaters awaiting a home setup can now stretch out their payments over 3, 6, 12 months or more – making it easier to float at home than ever before.

     

    What is Paypal Credit? 

    PayPal Credit is a line of credit from Comenity Capital Bank that gives you the flexibility to pay for your purchase now, or pay over time. It’s easy to apply and easy to use.

    View PayPal Credit terms and conditions

     

    How does the "No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 Months" offer work?

    You’ll have the option to make no payments for 6 months, on qualifying purchases. You will receive monthly statements and can make payments at any time. As long as you pay in full by the promotion expiration date, you will not be billed interest for that purchase. If you do not pay in full, interest will be calculated from the posting date (which is usually within a few days after the purchase date) and will be billed to your account.

     

    What can I finance from Zen Float Co through Paypal Credit?

    At this time, we only offer financing on the Zen Float Tent - for our North America model. As soon as we have International Stock Float Tent's available again, we will offer financing on those as well. 

    All Epsom Salt, Parts & Accessories are not available for financing and must be purchased through our website using our regular online checkout option. 

     

    How do I purchase a Float Tent using Paypal Credit?

    Step 1: Visit our financing page and hit the Paypal "Buy Now" button.

    Step 2: From there you'll be routed to a Paypal checkout page where you can choose your payment method. Click the option that reads "Pay with a debit or credit card, or PayPal Credit."

    Step 3:  Complete the application to apply for Paypal Credit. 

    Step 4: Once approved, continue through the rest of the checkout process and until you've completed your order and have come to our "Thank-You" confirmation page.

    Step 5: Wait for your tent to arrive and begin floating at home! 

     

     

    **Please note: if you plan to purchase Epsom Salt or any extra items, you will need to place a separate order from our online shopping cart and pay with a debit or credit card through our online checkout system. 

     

    I've Setup TONS of Float Tents, These Are My Favorite Tricks.

    Whatsup good people. This is Shane.

    So, I was setting up a tank for Duncan Trussell this last week and I was going for the ULTIMATE install. I've learned a lot in the last few years and I've picked up some ways to do it better. The install turned out PERFECT and this is what I did below. We are working to make some of the things available in the stock Float Tent package but for now you'll have to do it on your own. 

     

    Tips for the Ultimate Setup: 

     

    1. Secure the inside light caps - Every Float Tent comes with a patch kit, which has some super glue with it. I decided, instead of climbing in the tank after it's built to secure the light cap I would just glue it on before putting the cover on. I used a couple of small dabs of glue on the outside of the cap, stuck it in place, and BAM. No more trying to install these babies after the fact. Much easier AND they won't fall off ever!

     

    2.  Secure your poles - Sometimes the poles in the door get out of place, it can get irritating. I picked up some 3M mounting foam tape on amazon, and applied a small 1/2" x 2"" piece to the poles that moved. Then slid them in the sheeth and pressed it together. The poles stayed TOTALLY in place. Awesome hack! I should warn you, make sure to get in the tank before securing the poles to make sure there are no light leaks. Once everything is pitch black, hop out and tape the poles.

    Here's a link where you can buy the:  M

     

     

    3.  Tidy up all the cables easily - I just picked up a white cable box, which seems like it wouldn't be a big deal but trust me IT IS. It made the install so nice and tidy. Here is a link to the box on amazon, and some picture of how it looked when I used it. It looked so LEGIT that we're looking into getting a ZEN cable box made. They are so cool!

    Link: Cable Box

         4. The easy way to turn off your water filters when you float -  So first thing... NEVER float with your filters on! They are noisy and have light coming out of them. Second, it's a pain to unplug them and plug them back in sometimes (first world problems.lol) So I picked up this little 3-outlet strip that plugs easily into the GFCI. Now when I'm ready to float I flip the switch off and both pumps shut off. When I hop out, I hit them back on easily. Isn't that nice!?    Here's the link for the   3-Plug Switch on amazon.    NOTE: ALWAYS CONNECT ANYTHING NEAR THE TANK THROUGH A GFCI.    

     

    4. The easy way to turn off your water filters when you float - So first thing... NEVER float with your filters on! They are noisy and have light coming out of them. Second, it's a pain to unplug them and plug them back in sometimes (first world problems.lol) So I picked up this little 3-outlet strip that plugs easily into the GFCI. Now when I'm ready to float I flip the switch off and both pumps shut off. When I hop out, I hit them back on easily. Isn't that nice!? 

    Here's the link for the 3-Plug Switch on amazon. 

    NOTE: ALWAYS CONNECT ANYTHING NEAR THE TANK THROUGH A GFCI. 

     

    Those are my favorite tricks for the perfect Float Tent install. Even if they seem like "no big deal" ... trust me, they are. When your Float Tank is installed nice, clean, and easy, you'll enjoy it more. 

    HAPPY FLOATING!

    Introducing the Zen Float Tent – Version 1.5

    Existing users have asked, we’ve listened to the requests, and now we’re proud to announce the recent release of a new set of product upgrades for the Zen Float Tent. These upgrades show our strong, ongoing commitment to the original vision of getting everyone floating at home affordably.  Anyone that purchases a Zen Float Tent moving forward will receive these upgrades and to accommodate our pre-run floaters from the first production we will offer exclusive access to the upgraded components at reduced prices.

    Upgrades as of June 2015

     

    Electrical

    • Float in complete silence! The float temperature controller circuit board has been completely re-worked with a solid state relay and the sensitivity has been updated to 0.5 degrees. This will both reduce the frequency of the controller turning on and off and also provide a totally silent operation to ensure a click-free float.

     

    • No more messy cords! The inline GFCI's have been upgraded and replaced for an external GFCI of a well known top brand. This allows for a more customized setup for your float tent.

     

     

     


    Bio Film

     #1 Recommended Upgrade for Existing Customers!

    #1 Recommended Upgrade for Existing Customers!

    • One single pump, high-powered UV filtration system. In response to some users reports of bio film build up we have created a higher-powered pump and filtration system to give more water circulation. This means cleaner water, faster filtration times, and overall easier maintenance. From months of testing we believe this is the answer for those experiencing the issue. Click Here to read more about the filtration system upgrade.



    Hacks

    • More room to float! From user feedback from the first production of tents we have incorporated this common tent hack by adding resin coated neodymium magnets into the cover to hold the flaps around the tank flat against the sides. This maximizes the amount of floating space inside so you can solely focus on your float.

     

    • No more floating pumps! Two magnetic pump straps have been incorporated into the tank to hold the pumps in place.

     

     

     

    • No more bulging legs! A new strap that goes under the tank has been added to help keep the two center legs in place along.

     

     

     

    • Lastly, we've added a pre-filter pump that removes hair and debris.

     

     

     

     

    Your Feedback Matters

    This all couldn't have been possible without the feedback we have received from our existing customers.  We always knew our product was good but we have been striving to make it great and we feel confidently that these new features have helped us accomplish that. 

    We want to thank all of our first run floaters for standing behind our product and working with us to continue to improve it. We welcome your ongoing feedback in our forum at www.forum.zenfloatco.com or by reaching out to us directly at info@zenfloatco.com.  Keep a lookout for more product and feature releases as they become available. Happy floating!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    The Zen Float Co Team

     

    Other FAQ

    How do I go about getting these upgrades if I am an existing customer? 

    To honor our existing Zen Float Tent we are offering exclusive pricing to the upgrades in a few weeks as soon as all the parts become available.  Please wait for an email to come directly from us that will explain the process of requesting the upgrades. These upgrades will not be sold directly in our online store, only through purchasing the new version of the Zen Float Tent. 

    What about if I purchased a Zen Float Tent for June Delivery, will I still receive these upgrades? 

    The good news is anyone who purchased a Zen Float Tent for June Delivery will receive these upgrades. We had originally planned on shipping earlier in the month of June, but instead decided to offer these upgrades immediately and delay shipping until the end of June.  

    Why the price change?

    We had to increase the price of the tent ever so slightly from $1,700 to $1,850 in order to cover the cost of these new features.  We believe the extra amount is worth it for the benefit these upgrades will provide to improve and also enhance your floating experience at home. 

    How to Move the Water in Your Float Tank

    Inevitably, every Zen Float Tent Owner is going to get to a point where they need to move the water in their float tank. Whether it’s to move the location of the float tank itself or it’s finally time to change out the existing water for new water, there will be a lot of water weight to tackle when you finally cross that path. 

    Luckily, we’ve figured out a simple solution to move your float tank water fast and efficiently. Don’t panic, it’s pretty affordable too! So, in case you are wondering, “How in the world do I move 200+ gallons of saltwater?”  We’ll show you our best method.

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    Supplies You’ll Need

    Transferring the Water

    With the supplies mentioned above, transferring your water between different locations has never been easier. Simply use a sump pump with a hose attachment to pump the water from your float tent to the kiddie pool. Once you have your float tent perfectly situated in it’s new location, simply pump the water from the kiddie pool back into the float tent. It really is that easy! And the whole process can be done in under an hour.

    Discarding the Water

    If it’s come time to replace your existing water for fresh water and salt, the process is even easier. Simply follow the steps above but instead of pumping the water from your float tank into a kiddie pool, you can discard of your water directly onto your yard or driveway, down a bathtub drain or outside into to a sewer drain.  

    Other Considerations

    • If you are transferring your water, make sure the water is cleaned and filtered before transferring to the new location. 

    • The water hose must be long enough to transfer the water between point A and point B. Be sure to estimate your hose length beforehand.

    • Make sure the float tank is moved to the exact new location that you desire. Once you start pumping the water back into the tank, it will be rather impossible to move or make any further adjustments.

    • This is a good time to add additional insulation underneath the tent if you are using your float tank on concrete or cold tile flooring.  

    Why We Decided To Offer Epsom Salt In Our Store

    From the moment we conceived the Zen Float Tent we knew that offering salt was going to have to be part of the package.  In order to make this possible, we tried reaching out to existing vendors first in hopes of finding a simple, affordable solution.  In the end, no one seemed to share in Zen's vision or were willing to team up with us, leaving us with a difficult choice of having to go it alone. 

    We knew we wanted the purest salt with the least amount of iron as possible. The USP grade was a base level requirement and we were very aware that some of the cheaper USP salts would still cause a discoloration resulting in orange/yellowing of the solution even when passed through the inline water filter.


    So, we tested. We tested all of the commercially available salts, we looked at each and every vendor before finding one who was willing to supply us as many of them had existing contracts in-place preventing them from supplying us with what we would consider a float standard. We wanted a large enough crystal to ensure a glass like purity but small enough to dissolve quickly. 

    Besides what Zen had envisioned for our salt, we also knew that our customers were wanting a bag size and weight that was easy enough to carry with as few trips back and forth as possible. That's why incorporating 25lb. bags and easy grip handles was a no brainer.  We also knew that the woven packaging and/or paper packaging that is most widely used right now has problems with moisture in storage resulting in solid blocks of salt or when opening the woven packing bits of bag would end up floating around on the solution.  

    The minimum order was massive but we knew that to get more people floating we needed to provide a one stop shop where our valued customers could get a float tent and the salt from one place without hunting around and spending so much time getting quotes and shipping costs.

    To seal the deal, Sean has spent a lot of time ensuring we are as competitive on shipping as possible.  We are getting good rates for all regions in the U.S..  They may not beat the competition right now but we are working on solutions that will in the future. 

    Overall, our goal was to provide a one-stop-shop for our customers and we have accomplished just that.  Floating at home has never been easier or more affordable than with the Zen Float Tent and Zen Epsom Salt.  

     

    You can find out more information about our Float Salt by clicking here.  

    How To Reduce Noise at Home For an Interruption-Proof Float

    We live in a loud and actionable world.  A world filled with the sound of high-speed expressways, notifications from our phones and computers, the neighbor mowing his lawn, the TV blaring in the background, and the chatter of someone else in your home or office having a conversation on their cell phone.  There is constantly noise to be heard, so how is anyone expected to meditate or float in silence?

    It's important to remember that the key to a perfect home floating environment is not in having a float tank that is sound-proof but having a room that is sound-proof.  There are two ways you can help make a room more sound-proof without having to completely renovate your home or spend a fortune. 

     

    Absorbing Sound

    Absorbing Sound is easier than blocking it out. Some ways to absorb sound are through:

    Flooring – Cork floors are the best for sound absorption.  If you already have them in your home,  you're in good luck!  However, if you're like most people who have hardwood, tile, or linoleum in your home, you may want to try using some sort of rugs or sound-absorbing padding.  Anything with carpet is also good for sound absorption.   

     

    Wall Coverings  – Sheetrock, used in most homes, is a terrible absorber for noise.  If you can hear a lot of noise in-between the walls of your home, a cheap solution would be to try foam panels on the walls.  Acoustic tiles are the most design-savvy solution to sound disturbances we've come across so far.  A good example are these tiles from MIO that are designed specifically to diffuse sound and can be installed temporarily with double-sided tape, or permanently with wallpaper paste.

     

    Window Covering – Drapes or curtains can be used as a window covering to help both help absorb and block out noise.  The best sound-absorbing material is something heavier like velvet or wool or a fabric with multiple layers.  

     

     

     

    Blocking Out Sound

     

    Blocking out sound is hard but not impossible.  The two easiest ways to block out sound is through your doors and windows.  

    Doors –  If you are trying to float in a room with pocket doors, you may want to reconsider moving float rooms or changing up your door. Pocket doors are almost impossible to insulate entirely as there are no jambs to close the door against.  The best door to block sound would be a door with a solid wood-core.  They cost anywhere around $200 but can make a huge difference in block out noise at home. 

    Windows – Windows can be caulked or used in conjunction with a rubber seal to make sure they are airtight or if you have the money it might be worth it to invest in double or triple pain windows.  Not only will they block out sound but they will help you reduce your electrical costs of heating the tent as well.  Win-win!

     

    Space Heater - If you don't want to have to make any modifications to you room but still want to block out sound, try using a space heater.  Not only will it help keep your room temperature where it needs to be but the small buzz of a heater is sometimes much less distracting than a car driving by or your dog barking in the background.  

     

     

     

    These are some of our tips for the an affordable and easy way to sound-proof your home float room. Do you have any other tricks or ideas on how to minimize noise and distractions? Please share any advise you have by leaving a comment below.