We get this question A LOT. In fact, it might be the question we are asked most; next to, "What if I'm claustrophobic?" "How is the water cleaned?" and "Wait, so I float naked?" I thought I'd make a quick blog post discussing the differences in these two types of tanks.
The pod and the room, essentially, provide the same floatation experience. They are both float tanks which are designed to float your body in roughly ten inches of skin temperature, heavily salted (Epsom salt) water. They are simply shaped differently. Float tanks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles of enclosure. A lot of people assume that these are small tanks with a lid right over your face (like a tanning bed or an MRI), but this isn't the case. They are spacious!
Leaving the lid open completely will most likely cause you to feel cold and this can be difficult to ignore. If you're someone who is always cold, the good news is that the float room tends to stay a touch warmer and a bit more humid, so you might want to give that a try!
The float room is a tank similar in size and shape to a small sauna and it is built into the wall. You step though a door in the wall to enter the tank. It is 8 feet long and 4.5 feet wide. It has a high ceiling, reaching 7 feet. It's a bit bigger than the pod, but it's the same price to float no matter which tank you pick. The float room is hard to photograph because it's behind the wall. We're often asked if two people can use the float room at the same time. Two could probably fit, but it would be tight and you would feel every movement from the other person. We only offer individual float experiences at this time. Some people ask if you use the room standing up, but the answer is no. You use the room the same way you use the pod or any modern float tank, you lay down in the water and just float.
Well... those are the basic differences in the pod vs. the room. Some people swear by one or the other. Try them both to see if you're a pod person or a room person!