What every best Hot Tubs has:
- Adjustable jets.
- Low heat loss.
- An energy-efficient heater.
Made of molded acrylic or thermal plastic, above-ground hot tubs are the most popular type. They come in a wide range of styles, features and prices, starting as low as $2,000. One plus is that these models don't require professional installation as long as you have the proper electrical circuit already in place, though many are only available through specialty retailers. See our full review »
The Lifesmart Antigua, also known as the LS-400-DX, is a full-featured above-ground spa with seating for five, including a lounge position; 17 therapy jets; a waterfall jet and more. The Lifesmart Antigua draws rave reviews across the board from users. The faux-mahogany skirt adds a touch of class, while the locking hard cover adds a touch of convenience and safety. The Antigua is made by the parent company of Hot Springs hot tubs, a well-respected brand sold at specialty retailers, and it meets California energy efficiency standards.
Those on a tight budget don't have to do without the benefits of a full-featured above-ground hot tub, not with options like the Lifesmart Bermuda (also known as the 100-DX) available. The Bermuda features Lifesmart's rugged RockSolid shell, 12 therapy jets, a waterfall jet and a locking cover. Capacity is rated for four people, but that might be pushing things. It's very energy efficient and meets standards in all states, including California. User reviews are abundant, and very positive overall.
An inflatable hot tub can be a good option for those who lack the space or funds for a more permanent model. They can be installed virtually anywhere and, unlike other spas, they're truly portable and easy to store in the off-season. While soft-sided hot tubs are the least expensive option, they're also the least durable. Most feature air blowers rather than water jets. Blowers can be surprisingly effective, but they can also be surprisingly noisy. See our full review »
Though it's among the least-expensive inflatable hot tubs you can buy, the Coleman Lay-Z-Spa is a hit with owners. It's easy to set up, and the air blower that substitutes for the water pump in a conventional hot tub can be used to inflate the Lay-Z-Spa. The Coleman is fully featured for an inflatable spa as well, including a padded ground cloth, inflatable insulating cover, floater for chemicals and a repair/patch kit should the tub spring a leak. It's rated to hold six people, but things will get very tight with that many. It's also not recommended for use if the air temperature is below 40 degrees.Buy for $411.70
The original hot tub was a wooden wine cask, and many owners continue to prefer the simplicity and natural beauty of wooden tubs. A good wood hot tub is very durable and can be assembled on site, making the tub easier to install, even indoors. Wooden hot tubs are also customizable and offer more heating options -- some are even heated using wood fires. See our full review »
Although it's the most expensive type, an in-ground hot tub is the ultimate luxury add-on to your home. Made of either poured or air-blown concrete, these tubs require professional installation, which is a lengthy and costly process. Yet they also offer near-infinite flexibility in design, allowing you to choose the size, shape, style and heating fuel. See our full review »