What To Look For
In A Hot Tub

Every part you see—and even those you don’t—is important to the overall value of your investment. When buying a hot tub, consider the quality of the materials, options for dimensions and seating, and entertainment features, as well as the warranty.

JETS & MASSAGE

Quantity does not always equal quality; balancing jets and airflow to the number of pumps and the amount of power is critical.

  • If massage is your priority, don’t stop at back jets; there are also jets for the legs and feet, hands, and neck.
  • Look for adjustable jets to fully personalize your massage. Jacuzzi® Hot Tub jets deliver adjustable Aqualibrium®—the ideal mix of water and air—that can be as gentle or vigorous as you prefer.

My husband and I have been talking about getting a hot tub for many years, and this summer we finally decided to do it. We did lots of research; we wanted a trusted brand that had a lot of options for hydrotherapy. We love our new hot tub.

–Greta, San Diego, CA

Quality Materials

Designed for reliability, every part you see—and even those you don’t—is exceptionally engineered with the best materials to ensure a superior product.

  • Find a durable, acrylic shell that is stain and scratch resistant.
  • Research long-lasting cabinetry, such as synthetic wood, that is UV-resistant to withstand weather and stay beautiful longer.
  • Look for an intuitive control system that is easy to use, even in the dark.

Water Management

Sparkling clean water is a priority for all hot tub owners—and choosing a hot tub with excellent filtration can keep maintenance to a minimum.

  • Explore more sophisticated systems with multiple levels of filtration that greatly reduce the amount of time required to keep water fresh and clean.
  • Look for hot tubs that use technology to decrease the amount of sanitizer you need to use. For example, the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub CLEARRAY® water management system is designed for ease of use and exceptional performance, making it simple to maintain clean, clear water.

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Portable vs. In-ground

Portable hot tubs are versatile when it comes to placement, whether you vault it into the ground, build a deck surround or place it on a solid spa pad. Thanks to advanced filtration and quick-drain features, they’re easy to maintain, and they typically have comfortable, versatile options for seating and jets.

In-ground hot tubs are flexible regarding shape and size, such as octagon or cut-corner, and can seamlessly blend into your landscaping. However, these hot tubs do not provide many options for seating or jets, and need to be heated as used, making them less energy-efficient.

DIMENSIONS

To determine what size hot tub you need, consider how many people you want to seat, for what purpose you’re using it, and the area in which you are placing your hot tub. Keep in mind that seating capacity does not always determine outer dimensions; moving up to a hot tub that seats more may only change the exterior dimensions by a few inches while giving you a lot more room inside your hot tub.

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Seating

Often, your seating configuration determines how frequently you use your hot tub. It’s that important!

  • A large hot tub provides an oasis for family and friends. The larger the tub, the more options you’ll have for both open seating and targeted hydromassage in one.
  • Lounge seats and therapy seats are made for relaxation; loveseats are perfect for two. Cool-down seats sit higher above the water line and are great for children or taking a break from the warm water.

The lounge is my favorite seat. I was on the fence about it, but am so glad we got it. My husband enjoys the option of the cool down seat.

–P. Vaughn, Greenwood, SC

COVERS

Your hot tub cover is an important step in water care, keeping debris from the water, helping to maintain heat and adding an aspect of safety when your hot tub is not in use. Make sure the cover is designed specifically for your model; the more tightly it fits, the better it will shield your hot tub from the elements.

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ENTERTAINMENT & CONVENIENCE

Many types of hot tubs today have options available for entertainment and remote monitoring.

  • Easily tap into your playlist with wireless entertainment features that let you control your music from anywhere. On many Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models, you can play music from your phone from up to 30 feet away with our BLUEWAVE® technology.
  • Wireless technology also allows you to control the lights, temperature, and jets remotely. Our ProLink™ App enables you to do all this and more from your smartphone.

We bought the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub with the stereo built in and it is truly an amazing experience.

–Tracy, El Cerrito, CA

Warranty

A good warranty is an indicator of a hot tub’s quality. A manufacturer that is willing to stand by its products knows it won’t typically need to replace them. Look for a comprehensive warranty that lasts at least 5 years and covers not only the shell and surfaces but also interior parts like the pump, heater, and controls. Be sure to read the fine print, and go with a trusted company to ensure they’ll stand behind their guarantees.

Still have questions?

Download a Buyer’s Guide for even more information on hot tub options and features, or get hot tub shopping tips from real buyers in the video below.

BUYER’S GUIDE

Our Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide has all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.