Hot tubs are one of the best ways to unwind after a long day and can be enjoyed year-round. Unfortunately, their high temperatures can make them breeding grounds for bacteria, which is why the best hot tub you can use is the one in your own backyard. As the physical therapy benefits of hot tubs become more widely known, there has been an increase in the number of people adding hot tubs to their homes, which has widened the market and spurred the introduction of affordable hot tub models.
Our choice picks for some of the best hot tubs combine luxury, style, and affordability with a large array of styles to suit any patio or yard. Choose from seating for four, five or six people, sit back and enjoy their ergonomic design with large Captain’s chairs and a full-body lounger included in some of the models.
Whether you need one for physical therapy or simply want to feel the bubbles on a clear night, the best hot tubs can give your backyard a huge upgrade while allowing you to enjoy a spa-like treatment every day of the year.
1. Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa
For an affordable hot tub that is easy to set up and comes with all the accessories you need, we recommend the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa. The 242-gallon hot tub can reach a max temperature up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot tub is powered through an electrical outlet and the Coleman comes with a hot tub cover, one pump, one chemconnect dispenser and two filter cartridges to ensure the tub stays clean. A digital control panel allows users to easily set the temperature. By using the power-saving timer, users can also set when they want the hot tub to heat up in order to cut down on energy costs and ensure the tub is only hot when it’s being used.
Pros: With outer measurements of 77″ L x 22″ H and an inner diameter of 57”, the Coleman can fit up to six people at once.
Cons: The Coleman doesn’t feature powerful jets for massaging like other options on our list.
2. Bestway Hot Tub, Miami
Soak your muscles in a hot tub that features 120 powerful jets using the Bestway Hot Tub, Miami. The long-lasting inflatable hot tub features added durability thanks to puncture-resistant tri-tech material and I-beam construction. Temperature can be set at a max of 104 degrees F for up to four people to enjoy at once. Like the Coleman, the Bestway also features a 72-hour power saving timer that allows users to set their heating preferences in advance of use in order to cut down on energy costs. A cover, pump, chemoconnect dispenser and two filter cartridges are also included.
Pros: The Bestway includes two carrying handles on either side of the hot tub to make it easier to move the unit when it is not filled with water.
Cons: At 177 gallons, the Bestway is the smallest hot tub on our list.
3. Coleman SaluSpa Portable 4 Person Outdoor Inflatable Hot Tub
For a hot tub with enough space for up to four people to relax at once, we recommend the Coleman SaluSpa Portable 4 Person Outdoor Inflatable Hot Tub. The inflatable tub heats up quickly and includes 60 surrounding jets that heat and bubble for total muscle relaxation. A cushioned floor and sides make for a comfortable seat anywhere in the tub. The SaluSpa is made to last thanks to TriTech three-ply construction. A reinforced cover is also included and features lock clips and a built-in air chamber for insulation. The 192-gallon hot tub comes with one liner, one pool cover, one pump, one chemical floater, one Air Jet system and one patch kit. A digital display system enables customers to set the temperature between 40 degrees F and 104 degrees F.
Pros: The SaluSpa features the rapid heating AirJet Spa system, as well as an integrated water filtration system.
Cons: The instructions included are difficult to read and the SaluSpa is a bit small for four average-sized adults.
4. Essential Hot Tubs 100-Jet Calypso
For a hot tub that will last for years and can be used in all four seasons, we recommend the Essential Hot Tubs 100-Jet Calypso. The stainless steel, insulated hot tub features two-tone adjustable jets that allow users to choose between passive therapy and an invigorating massage. The digital backlit display control allows users to pick the speed of the jets as well as the temperature of the water. Three high-performance pumps deliver water through the powerful jets, which users can enjoy while sitting in one of the three Captain’s chairs or the lounger. Water cascade creates a peaceful environment and the Calypso can also be used for fun gatherings thanks to its LED-lit cupholders, 16 LED perimeter lights around the outside of the hot tub and Bluetooth pairing speakers. We also like that the Calypso comes with a heavy-duty insulated, tapered cover.
Pros: The Calypso has the biggest seating capacity on our list and is the most long-lasting and durable hot tub.
Cons: The Calypso has a much higher price point than the inflatable hot tub models on our list and is more difficult to move. It also requires more energy to run and therefore comes with a higher utility bill.