A relaxing soak in a hot tub can work wonders on both body and mind: It can reduce stress, eliminate aches and pains, and improve sleep quality. Soaking in a hot tub can also reduce water usage in the long run because you don’t drain it after every use as you do a bathtub. Unlike a swimming pool, a hot tub is never out of season. If you’re thinking about buying a hot tub, there are several sound reasons to justify the purchase.
Here are the picks for some of the best hot tubs for your home. Before jumping in with both feet, however, be sure to learn about the features you should look for and other factors to consider when shopping for a hot tub.
- BEST OVERALL: Sundance Spas Optima 880 Series
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Intex 28439E Deluxe 4 Person Inflatable Spa Hot Tub
- BEST THERAPEUTIC: HotSpring Jetsetter LX
- BEST WOOD-FIRED: Northern Lights Small 4 Person Wood Fired Tub
- BEST FOR SMALL SPACES: HotSpring TX
- BEST LARGE-CAPACITY: Jacuzzi J-365 Large Comfort Open Seating Hot Tub
- BEST CORNER TUB: Master Spas Twilight Series TS 240
- BEST INFLATABLE: Intex 85In x 25In PureSpa Plus
Types of Hot Tubs
Almost all hot tubs fall into one of three categories: portable, in-ground, or inflatable. If you are new to the hot-tub market, this is the first decision you should make to narrow down the best options for your home. Read on to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each type and their approximate costs.
Though they’re not a cinch to move around, prefabricated, installed hot tubs are technically considered portable because they can be drained and relocated. They are made of durable molded material, operate in all types of weather, and are built to last for decades. Prices typically range between $3,000 and $6,000.
Installed portable hot tubs offer a lot of flexibility in terms of placement. They can be set up on a patio or with a deck surround, or even vaulted into the ground. If you are diligent about cleaning their filters and covering them when not in use, portable hot tubs are relatively easy to maintain. You can purchase them in a variety of seating and jet options as well.
In-ground hot tubs are built in place using either a rigid pre-molded liner or a flexible liner. They are often connected to, or adjacent to, in-ground pools. The cost of in-ground hot tubs averages between $12,000 and $20,000.
In-ground hot tubs can be built with materials, colors, and design elements that match your home’s landscaping or décor. The shape and size options for custom-built, in-ground hot tubs are virtually unlimited.
Inflatable hot tubs are the fastest and simplest type to set up and are easiest to transport. Many can be packed small enough to fit into the trunk of a car. This kind of hot tub is also suitable for season-long use, with water quality and maintenance requirements similar to other hot tubs. Prices vary from $500 up to about $2,000.
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