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.
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.