Browsing hot tub options on a budget and wondering what you can get for a lower price tag? Are you curious to know if a cheaper priced hot tub can still be good quality?
Wanting a simplehot tubthat won’t cost the earth and leave you with unpleasant surprises post-purchase is understandable. The good news is that yes, there are options that provide the best of both worlds!
In this article we review what we consider to be the five best producers of cheap hot tubs that are available in the UK - including the main features, prices, pros and cons of specific models.
In this article, we’ve used brand names not affiliated with Jacuzzi Group. You can see the list of the brand owners at the bottom of this article. All information, including pricing and product details, was accurate at the time of writing (May 11, 2023) and may change without notice.
These brands and the models mentioned are listed in no particular order. The images used are Sun and Soul Spas™, a brand owned by Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd under Jacuzzi Group.
What affects the price of a hot tub?
Hot tubs range in price in the UK from approximately£2,995 to more than £25,000.
You may be asking yourself 'why the price difference'? Let’s start with some of the most important factors that play into the purchase price of a hot tub:
Hot tub materials
High quality materials cost more and are commonly reflected in the retail price tag.
A highly reputable brand is likely to still fit their entry-level hot tubs with good quality materials.
A hot tub collection that’s had design input from industry experts, over a long period of time may have patented unique features that cannot be copied.
Many years of experience in developing the best approach to hot tub design and long-term quality.
Brands with a respected presence in the hot tub industry will have the know-how to create a credible product for a top or entry level price.
Innovationcan cost more because the margin in a product is funding research and development in the industry.
Where components are made, where product is assembled, hot how long it takes to ship and who is selling it, are some of the factors that can make the price of a hot tub cheaper or more expensive.
Featuresand modern technology play a significant role in the price of a hot tub. You will find digital screens, remotes, apps, speakers, lighting and more are either included, an optional extra, or an upgrade to a hot tub.
Businesses that do not have a physical retail store or showroom often sell lower priced hot tubs as they don’t pay as much in overhead costs.
Are cheap hot tubs any good?
It can be easy to assume that a ‘cheap hot tub’ must be a poor-quality option, but there are hot tubs on the market that can provide you with great value for money, as well as quality.
In fact, many reputable brands have ‘entry level’ priced collections to cater for people shopping for a hot tub with a smaller budget.
Credible hot tub brands will prioritise quality over cheap components, even in their lower priced hot tubs. This means you will still get a high-quality product but might not get additional luxuries such as the latest technology.
A cheap hot tub can be a great option if you’re happy to invest in a hot tub that provides simple features and ticks the top priority points on your hot tub wish list.
Have a set budget? You may like to check out this article which reviews what we consider to be the top 4 hot tub collections and models on the UK market that are priced under £10,000.
If you’re searching for cheap hot tubs in the UK and want to get the best quality option for your money, it's important to balance affordability with quality hot tub features.
This means that hot tubs that provide the best of both words are likely to be priced at the higher end of the entry-level price range.
Although the features in a cheaper option are unlikely to match the top quality you’ll find on luxury hot tubs, you will find that paying a little more in this entry-level price range will give you a hot tub that will last longer and is equipped with better warranties.
For peace of mind that you’re making a good investment with a cheaper priced option, we recommend you consider the:
A quality filtration system which includes a minimum 50 square foot cartridge filter and a separate circulation pump.
Automated sanitising system
Options like UV and Ozone solutions to enhance filtration and water care.
Made with a strong material like ABS (also used for car bumpers) for protection. If there is a curved edge, this will provide a barrier against water damage.
Quality frame options include treated timber, steel or injection moulded plastic. This will prevent rot, mould, rust and rodents entering the cabinet.
Acrylic shell that is well structured to prevent delamination.
A entry-level or cheap hot tub will have a more basic standard of jets and less targeted placement.
The strength, positioning, type and customising ability of good hot tub hydromassage will be more limited to higher priced hot tub options.
Comfortable seating and jet placement
It's important to feel at ease when you sit back and relax.
Trying a hot tub out in a showroom before you buy will help you find a hot tub with seats that feel and work the best for you and your body.
A recognised brand that includes a good digital or analogue touchscreen display with wireless technology.
Warranty and customer care
Good warranties showcase the confidence the manufacturer has in the product. The support they state they will provide, no matter what stage you're at in your buying journey, should provide you with great peace of mind.
What are the best cheap hot tub brands in the UK?
To save you time and minimise uncertainty, we have listed the top 5 reputable and reliable hot tub brands that we believe offer good products in the lower price range.
Platinum Spas are based in Chesterfield and manufacture hot tubs and swim spas.
According to their website, they work with more than 100 partners across the UK and Europe and have been in operation since 2013, when they were first sold by Superior Spas™.
Their affordable hot tub range is the ‘Deluxe Range’. It's made up of models, ranging in size from seats to 7 seats.
Platinum Spas Tahiti price
Pricing for the Deluxe range is not displayed on their website. The ‘Tahiti’ 2023 hot tub model in this range is available at various dealerships, including Hot Tubs Rock for £5,999.
Dimensions: 213 x 165 x 78.1cm (L x W x H)
Main features of Platinum Spas Tahiti Hot Tub
Seat up to 4 people
Moulded ABS base
Ozone water clarifying system
Individual seat pressure controls
Stainless steel jet castings
Underwater and waterline lighting
Integrated Bluetooth® system
Pros of Platinum Spas Tahiti
Balboa® control system
High density lockable cover
Matching steps are included
Three shell colour options
Lifetime warranty on shell structure
5-year warranty on shell surface
2-year warranty for pumps, control box and display module
Cons of Platinum Spas Tahiti
Balboa Worldwide App (bwa™) that is compatible with Bluetooth system – purchased separately
2 loungers take up more space. Seating 4 people may feel cramped
No child or cool down seat
Lifetime warranty on shell structure is ‘10 years’
Wellis® was founded in 2003 and they manufacture and ship their products worldwide. Their products include garden furniture, hot tubs, swim spas, bathroom and accessories.
Their entry level collection ‘MyLine’ is available at their Northeast Megastore and is designed to be family friendly and affordable.
Prices are not displayed for every model in this range on their website. The Pluto has a price of £4,695.
Dimensions: 200 x 200 x 89cm (L x W x H)
Main features of Wellis® Pluto hot tub
mySEAT™ to cater for men and women of different heights and sizes
myJETS™ neck and shoulder massage
Mymusic™ 2.0 sound system (via Bluetooth)
16 exclusive LED lights
Foam body and foil skirt insulation
Pros of Wellis® Pluto
4 shell colour options
10-year extended shell structure and configuration warranty
3-year engineering parts warranty
2-year spa components (standard and optional) warranty
Cons of Wellis® Pluto
Filter box located at end of lounger may make a taller person feel cramped
Water features e.g., waterfall not included
Shorter warranties than other hot tub brands and models mentioned in this article
Leading manufacturers of rotationally moulded spas since 2001, DreamMaker Spas™ create their products using Syncrylic™ material.
DreamMaker Spas™ are manufactured in Florida, and sold world-wide, they house a range hot tub, plumbing and electrical components and more.
DreamMaker Spas™ EZL Price
Hydropool is one of the biggest dealers of DreamMaker Spas™ in the UK. Their Northwest store stocks the “Dream Maker EZL” which price starts at£4,495.
Dimensions: 200 x 175 x 81cm (L x W x H)
Main features ofDreamMaker Spas™ EZL
This 3–4-seater hot tub comes with:
Plug and play option
Bucket seats and lounger seats
16 stainless steel jets
Digitally controlled pump
EZ Kleen or Convex 2 Filtration
Foam barrier insulation
Weather shield cover
Pros of DreamMaker Spas™ EZL
Great for families
Adjustable jet faces
Syncrylic™ unibody construction – 7 colour options
5-year shell and structure warranty
1-year parts and labour warranty
Cons of DreamMaker Spas™ EZL
Ozone is optional
No speaker or Bluetooth
Cheaper looking appearance compared to an acrylic shell hot tub
Artesian Spas™ offer five hot tub collections to meet a range of budgets. According to WhatSpa? Website, Artesian Spas™ range in price from £4,000and under to more than £18,000.
Their entry level option is the Garden Spas range, specifically their only 2-seater in any of their ranges, ‘Garden Spas; Azalea”.
The price for Artesian Spas™ Azalea is not displayed on the website. You will need to visit a dealer or make contact online.
Dimensions: 193 x 117 x 81cm (L x W x H)
Main features ofArtesian Spas™ Azalea
Neck, back, legs and feet massage
21 stainless steel jets
ArcticPac Insulation with ABS bottom
Illuminating blue LED light
Maintenance free cabinetry
Digital control system
Pros of Artesian Spas™ Azalea
Compact size – fit into small spaces
Lifetime structure warranty
1 year surface, electrical, plumbing and cabinet warranty
12-year structure warranty
Plug and play
Cons of Artesian Spas™ Azalea
Ozonator, multicolour LED light and shell colour upgrade are optional not included
Size is ideal for couple or singles. Less ideal for families
Pricing not displayed
Sun & Soul Spas™
Sun and Soul Spas™ is a brand owned by Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd under Jacuzzi Group. Three hot tub models are available within the collection in the UK.
The SOUL500™ is a popular, simple and practical option, particularly for families.
Sun & Soul Spas™ are available from Jacuzzi® stores and dealerships such as Hydrolife and priced from £4,999.
Dimensions: 200 x 200 x 84cm (L x W x H)
Main features of Sun and Soul SOUL500™
34 jets with one lounger or 40 with two
Insulated high density cover with locking clips
SpaNet™ heat pump (optional)
Incline bromine dispenser and O-zone water purification for sanitization
Multicolour LED lighting
Lockable control panel for pumps and lights
Plug and play option
Pros of Sun and Soul SOUL500™
Great size for families
Labour costs included within warranty
Injection moulded frame with a lifetime warranty
10 year non pro rata structural warranty
5-year plumbing warranty
2-year pumps and controls warranty
FourCore™ Shell Construction
SmartFlo™ circulation pump
SpaNet™ SV Mini™ Control System
Illuminating Waterline Lighting
Cons of Sun & Soul Spas™ Soul 500™
Audio and Wi-Fi kit are optional
Does not have a cool down/child seat
Only has one shell and cabinet option in most dealerships
We hope that this article has eased any assumptions around 'cheap hot tubs'.
There are some great options to consider with quality features, it's just a matter of knowing what factors to look for and what pros and cons that will come with lower-priced options matter to you.
If running costs is an important part of your buying decision, this article will answer your questions around daily average running costs for a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, what affects running costs and more.
The following registered trademarks are owned by companies not affiliated in any way with Jacuzzi Group.
Platinum Spas is a trademark owned by Superior Spas Ltd. Midlands Hot Tubs is a trading style of Midlands Hot Tubs Ltd and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN 123456. Wellis Spa® is a trademark owned by Wellis Magyarorszag Kereskedelmi es Szolgaltato Zrt. CORPORATION HUNGARY Dreammaker Spas is a trademark owned by LMI IP, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FLORIDA 2452 LAKE EMMA ROAD STE. 1000 LAKE MARY FLORIDA 32746. Hydropool is a trademark owned by Hydropool Inc Artesian Spas™ is a trademark owned by May Manufacturing, LLC Sun & Soul Spas™. Bluetooth® is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Balboa® trademark is owned by Balboa Water Group. Superior Spas trademark is owned by Superior Wellness Ltd.
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