There are few things more relaxing than sitting in your very own backyard hot tub. After a long day at work or an intense workout, a hot tub offers a comfortable, warm sanctuary for you to enjoy. Let's take a look at the models available and find the best one for your home.
Types of Hot Tubs
In-ground hot tubs
Like in-ground pools, these hot tubs are built into the ground using a pre-fabricated shell, cement or occasionally, tile.
Acrylic hot tubs
These above-ground spas feature an acrylic hot tub shell inside a wood encasement. They offer various seating arrangements and typically have more jets than other models.
Roto-molded hot tubs
Also referred to as plug-and-play hot tubs, roto-molded tubs are fully assembled and require no installation. These tubs are single units made of a heat-resistant thermoplastic designed to prevent rust and rot.
Features and add-ons for your hot tub
Hot tub accessories
In-ground permanent hot tubs
Much like in-ground pools, these hot tubs are built into the ground using a pre-fabricated shell, cement or occasionally, tile. They can be shaped and sized to fit in your yard with the capacity to accommodate any number of people.
In-ground hot tubs are best for…
People with built-in pools: If you're already installing a built-in pool, a built-in hot tub right next to your pool is a simple addition that will create an outdoor paradise in your backyard.
Commercial use: Because they can be designed to hold any number of people, commercial businesses such as hotels and gyms can design built-in hot tubs for a larger maximum number of people.
Acrylic hot tubs
These above-ground spas feature an acrylic hot tub shell inside a wood encasement. These are the most common backyard spas, and they offer seating in different shapes and sizes to accommodate your needs. These spas typically have more jets than other hot tub models.
Acrylic hot tubs are best for…
Traditionalists: When many people think of a private hot tub, they picture acrylic hot tubs. They're perfect for people who aren't ready to try a newer rotational-molded tub or vinyl-liner tub.
Customization: Acrylic tubs offer a variety of features that you may not find in other spas. Create the perfect experience with varying jet numbers from a couple to over one hundred jets, lighting features, sound systems and more options.
Rotational-molded (roto-molded) hot tubs
Also referred to as plug-and-play hot tubs, roto-molded tubs are fully assembled and require no installation. As the moniker suggests, you simply plug the hot tub in, and it's ready to go. These tubs are single units made of a heat-resistant thermoplastic designed to prevent rust and rot.
Roto-molded hot tubs are best for…
A simple spa experience: These tubs don't include many features, which is perfect if you simply want to relax with a few friends in a jetted spa.
Frugal shoppers: While some roto-molded hot tubs aren't significantly less expensive than acrylic tubs, the thermoplastic mold is designed with longevity in mind. Your hot tub will last for years, and you'll likely pay slightly less in up-front costs.
Portable vinyl-liner hot tubs
These hot tubs are made of vinyl with a lightweight, inflatable frame for stability. You can empty, deflate and move these convenient hot tubs when you are finished using them.
Portable vinyl-liner hot tubs are best for…
Seasonal usage: Because these models can easily be deflated, folded and stored, they're ideal for people who only use a hot tub for short periods and store it for the rest of the year.
Budget buyers: These models are less expensive than traditional portable hot tubs, so you can enjoy the comfort of a hot tub without making extra room in your budget.