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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: 


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. 


5 Signs You're Ready to Buy a Float Tank For Your Home

Buying a float tank isn’t exactly something you do on a regular basis.  So, naturally it’s going to require some research and decision making first. 

Maybe you’ve dreamed about floating at home.  Or perhaps you’re just tired of paying high prices at a float center. But are you really ready to take that next step?

Here’s a look at a few signs that you might be ready to become a float tank owner in the near future. 


1. You already float at least 1 to 4 times a month

The most obvious reason to buy a float tank: save time and money!  If you are already floating on a regular basis, you're likely spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on floating.  

Years ago, the thought of buying a float tank for your home was impossible because of the high costs associated with doing so.  But the invention of the Float Tent™ has completely changed the game. Now, for less than $2,000 you can get started floating right from the comfort of your home. 

You'll also save time over driving to your local center. Even if it's just an extra 30 minutes or hour every week.

***Use this handy calculator to see how much time and money you could save by owning a tank.


2. You have the physical space for it

This one could be a matter of actual square footage in your home or just a matter of priority. Sure, it might mean giving up a spare bedroom or your man cave in the basement, but in almost all cases it will be worth it.  Having the space could also mean getting rid of the dining table you never use and floating in your kitchen instead.  

The important thing to realize is that you don't need an entire room dedicated to floating to get started. Just think, do I have enough space for a twin size mattress? If the answer is yes, you likely have enough space to fit a personal sized sensory deprivation tank.


3. You don't mind a little maintenance

Floating at home will require some obvious amounts of work: setting up the tank, regularly maintaining the water, cleaning out the UV filter, etc.  It’s not going to be exactly like showing up to your local spa where everything is done for you.  

The good news is that all float tanks usually come with some sort of filtration system that will help take care of a big part of the water maintenance. In addition, some knowledge on proper water care is needed for regular upkeep.  


4. You don't have a float spa near you

Float centers are popping up all over the world but there are still many places without a float spa for tens or even hundreds miles.  If this is the case for you, bringing the floating experience to your home might be the best and only solution. 


5. You want to get more into floating and take your practice to the next level

You might not be a regular floater but if you want to get more into floating, there is no better way to jump on in than getting started regularly at home.  Owning a personal floatation tank allows for deeper and overall more meaningful floats, as there is no time limit and you are naturally more comfortable in your home environment. The more you float the better you become at it, and the more you'll be able to reap the full benefits of the tank..


If you can relate to one or more of the signs above, you just might be ready to buy your own personal float tank.  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! Download a copy of The Ultimate Float Tank Buying Guide and learn about all the different considerations that go into becoming a float tank owner!