If you're looking to add a hot tub to your garden space, it is definitely worth getting up to speed with the best hot tub brands. Even though hot tubs have become an accessible luxury, with more brands and variety than ever before, they are still a huge investment and commitment. So knowing which brands are worth looking at is essential before making the decision to invest or make the most of any hot tub deals.
Black Friday deals on hot tubs brands 2023
Black Friday has finished, but some sales remain… throughout the month of November, we're expecting to see a whole host of last-minute Black Friday deals on big hot tub brands. Want to grab a bargain? These are the best deals still available or keep scrolling to continue reading our buyer's guide.
Best Lay-Z Spa deal: Lay-Z-Spa Maldives HydroJet Pro Hot Tub, WAS £1,299, NOW £849
Best Wave deal: Wave Sorrento Drop Stitch Spa - Black, WAS £899.99, NOW £499
Best CleverSpa deal: CleverSpa 6-Person Inflatable Hot Tub, WAS £537.20, NOW £343.95
Best Outsunny deal: Outsunny Round Inflatable Hot Tub Spa, WAS £743.99, NOW £509.99
Best Jacuzzi deal: Jacuzzi J210 4 Person Hot Tub, WAS £5,799, NOW £4,999
Each year brings the promise of exciting new garden trends that will help transform your outdoor space and each year that goes by sees the return of the hot tub. Creating your own spa in your garden is still as popular as ever, who needs to go abroad or to a fancy spa when you can create the ultimate relaxation area in your very own garden?
Thankfully, we've done the research on the best hot tub brands so you don't need to. With that, Modern Gardens has hand-picked the best hot tub brands that deserve your attention this year.
The best hot tub brands at a glance:
• Best value Lay-Z-Spa hot tub: Lay-Z-Spa AirJet Miami 4 Person Inflatable Hot Tub - view offer on Appliances Direct
• Best for hard water area Intex hot tub: Intex PureSpaTM Bubble Round 4 Person with updated control base - view offer on Amazon
• Best for features Canadian Spa hot tub: Canadian Spa Company Calgary 4 Person Plug and Play Hot Tub - view offer on Argos
• Best for quick inflation CleverSpa hot tub: CleverSpa Cotswolds 4 Person Round Hot Tub - view offer on Homebase
• Best easy to use Skarsgards hot tub: Skargards Panel Classic Wooden Hot Tub - view offer on Skarsgards
Best hot tub brands
Well-known and reliable
If you've been shopping around for a hot tub or already own a hot tub, you'll probably be well acquainted with Lay-Z-Spa. According to verified reviews from Trustpilot and Amazon, Lay‑Z‑Spa is the UK’s most 5‑star reviewed hot tub brand and has an ever‑growing community of over one million customers. Not to mention, a huge variety of products. Despite the names of the hot tubs being from around the globe, they are a UK-based company and they are proudly known for their variety, versatility, convenience, and energy efficiency.
The brains behind Lay-Z-Spa are also incredibly committed to self-care. An independent study recently found using a Lay‑Z‑Spa for 30 minutes has positive benefits including reducing anxiety, elevating heart rate, increasing blood flow, reducing stress hormones, and reducing blood pressure.
For more options, check out our selection of the best Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs.
Best value Lay-Z-Spa hot tub
For a fab price, you can experience ultimate relaxation with the Lay-Z-Spa Miami Airjet, perfect
- Great value
- Easy setup
- Energy-efficient timer
- A little cramped
Affordable and convenient
Intex is an American brand that is well respected here in the UK and all over the world. The brand is well known for producing airbeds, above-ground pools, hot tubs, toys, furniture, boats and so much more. They are also committed to decreasing our carbon footprint. For over 10 years, they have worked with suppliers to reduce the amount of fossil fuels used.
Often found in Aldi's beloved Specialbuy aisle, Intex hot tubs combine hot tub knowledge with great value, providing a unique spa experience and providing ultimate comfort and relaxation at the touch of a button.
Best for hard water area Intex hot tub
Many areas of the UK have to deal with hard water, which can be harsh on skin and clothes. As well
- Heated bubble jets
- Built-in water treatment system
- Simple maintenance with easy to replace filter system
- Cleaning filters is harder than expected
Trusted and Premium
Built to withstand the harsh Canadian winters, Canadian Spa Company hot tubs stock both hard-shell and inflatable hot tubs that can accommodate between two to seven people. They are more known for their hard-shell tubs and can cost up to more than £20,000 for high-end models. You can order direct from their website, but their products are also available to buy from B&Q and Argos.
Best for features Canadian Spa hot tub
This Canadian Spa Company Calgary Plug & Play spa fits in almost any location. It is roomy but
- Energy efficient
- Loads of features despite being compact
- Simple to set up
- Have to remember to change filters every 4 to 6 months
Easily available and lots of choice
Another well-known and trusted hot tub brand, Cleverspa offers a wide variety of affordable inflatable hot tubs sold at many high street retailers including Tesco, Homebase, The Range, B&Q and Asda. Prices start at around £250. The hot tubs, and the accessories, are all readily available too.
Best for quick inflation CleverSpa hot tub
This soft green CleverSpa hot tub comfortably fits 4 people, boasts a rapid inflation time of
- Inflates in less than 5 minutes
- Thick and robust material
- Unique colour
- Colour exclusive to Homebase
Authentic and environmentally friendly
Wood-fired hot tubs are a different option from ones that require electricity and are much more traditional and environmentally friendly. A lower-running-cost option, a woodfired hot tub will really stand out in your garden and is powered by logs. Skarsgard hot tubs produce a small range of authentically Swedish wood-fired hot tubs. There are three types that come in two different sizes and prices range from £3,000 to £5,000.
Best easy to use Skarsgards hot tub
This classic wooden hot tub from Skargards and the tub features Thermowood cladding to keep the
- Simple to use
- Made of eco-certified Thermowood
- Delivered ready to use
- Need to keep on top of cleaning and changing logs
VERDICT: Who makes the best hot tubs?
Modern Gardens Magazine recommends all of the above as reputable hot tub brands. But, overall, our top pick is Lay-Z-Spa. Buying a hot tub is an investment and though Lay-Z-Spa isn’t a budget brand, there are many models to choose from and the reviews speak for themselves.
Can inflatable hot tubs be used in winter?
While the British climate may not be the best for the hot tub season year-round, most contemporary inflatable hot tubs are made with a heat maintenance system that will keep the water warm even during the winter months. Therefore, unless it’s raining – you can go into the hot tub for most of the year.
Inflatable hot tub maintenance: A quick guide
After selecting your dream inflatable hot tub, be sure to read through the manufacturer's instructions so you know how to best take care of it so it will last a long time.
Draining and flushing your hot tub should be done around three to four times a year. However, despite some hot tubs coming with cleaning kits, they should be cleaned weekly and routinely treated with chemicals. You should always refer to the manual when it comes to chemicals. Depending on the brand of your hot tub, the hot tub filters should also be cleaned on a monthly basis. You will need first to clean the tub itself and the filter, plus test the pH and alkalinity of the water.
pH and alkalinity: If your inflatable hot tub doesn't come with a test kit, you'll need to purchase one to test the pH and alkalinity of the hot tub water at least once a week. The recommended amount of pH levels should be around 7.4 to 7.6 pH. If it is too acidic or has too much alkaline, you could damage the material of the inflatable hot tub and irritate your skin.
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Hannah Mellin is a Homes & Garden Product Writer for Modern Gardens, A Modern Kitchen, Yours and Take A Break. She has been working in the Journalism industry for over a decade and has written for an array of brands including John Lewis, Daily Mirror and Grazia. When she's not writing, researching or testing products, she's renovating her Victorian terrace and chilling in the garden with her sausage dog Waffle.