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What is the best 2-person small hot tub I can buy in the U.S.?
What is the best 2-person small hot tub I can buy in the U.S.?
Written by Kimberly Giraldo
Updated over a week ago

Searching for a hot tub that’s ideal for a single person, couples or a compact space? If you’re considering a small, 2-person hot tub, you might be wondering where to start your search. If you’re wondering “What is the best 2-person hot tub?” or “What size hot tub is best for two people?” this article can help answer those questions.

There are many brands with 2-person hot tub models and when considering which to purchase, you’ll want to take main features, price, dimensions, pros, cons and more into consideration. Read on for our take on some of the best 2-person hot tubs on the market. Some hot tubs in this article may have a seating capacity of more than two seats. However, we think these models are similar to 2-person hot tubs. For the sake of comparison and consideration, we’ve included them as an option. Hot tub brands included in this article include models by Hot Spring®, Arctic Spas® and Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs. They are listed in no particular order.

Disclaimer - 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 (March 21, 2023) and may change without notice.

What should you look for in the best 2-person small hot tub?

When you start to explore different 2-person hot tub options, you’ll come to realize that whether it’s brochures, online articles or what you see in store, there’s a lot of information to take in. All that information can sometimes be overwhelming so this article can help you prioritize what to look for.

Ultimately, you should have your own wish list of what you want to get from a hot tub that will be best for you whether it’s relaxation, space, hydrotherapy, lounge seats and more.

The following list includes some of the best main features to consider when shopping for a 2-person hot tub. We’ve also presented some questions you can ask yourself to use as a guide during your own research.

Size — Will the hot tub fit in my desired location? Do I want the hot tub to feel spacious or intimate when all the seats are occupied?

Seat and seat positioning — Do I want my hot tub to have an upright seat, lounger seat and an added toddler or cool down seat? Do I want to be sitting beside or opposite the person sharing the hot tub with me?

Shape — Do I want the hot tub to be round, square or triangular?

Jets and hydrotherapy — Do I want to receive a targeted hydromassage? Do I want the massage to be focused on the top half or full body?

Sanitizer and water care — What sanitizer options are compatible with the hot tub?

Pump — Do I want a two-speed pump or a single-speed pump?

For reference, a two-speed pump powers heating, filtering (low speed) and jets (high speed). This type can be noisier and less cost effective to run.

A single-speed pump comes in the form of a circulation pump (for heating and filtration). The additional and larger single-speed jet pump powers the jets.

Lighting — Do I want my hot tub to have lights on the interior and exterior?

Insulation — Do I want a hot tub that will retain heat well? Does the hot tub have insulation around the shell, cabinet and base as well as a quality cover?

Warranty — How long are the warranties for my hot tub? Do I have to pay a service or maintenance charge?

Extra features — What features and accessories are offered or available as an optional upgrade?

Energy efficiency in a 2-person hot tub

When it comes to energy efficiency in a hot tub, different brands offer different features that they state will reduce energy usage.

The next step is understanding what savings you’ll get when the hot tub is placed in your space.

Helpful questions you can ask yourself can include:

  • How often will my hot tub likely be used?

  • What will the foundation for my hot tub be?

  • Where should I place my spa, and should I be concerned about protection from wind in placing my spa?

To get the clearest answer to any energy-efficiency questions you have, we recommend you speak to a hot tub salesperson.

Jacuzzi® hot tubs have the SmartTub® remote monitoring system that acts as a personal hot tub assistant from your smart device, or it can operate from a cellular connection. Some of its most useful included features are the ability to monitor your hot tub’s kilowatt hour (kWh) usage and ‘smart heat mode,’ which calculates the time it takes the hot tub to reach your desired temperature.

How much do 2-person hot tubs cost?

The price for a quality 2-person hot tubs can range from $7,000 to $14,000 depending on the brand and model.

The retail price of a 2-person hot tub is dependent on several factors including build quality, where components are sourced, features included and design. In addition to initial purchase costs, there will be running costs to keep in mind. Speaking to a salesperson can help you clarify exactly what a specific 2-person hot tub will cost.

Hot Spring® Jetsetter® hot tub

Searching for a hot tub that can fit into the corners of a small backyard, a confined patio or porch? The Hot Spring® Jetsetter is designed for small spaces and easy installation and can fit through a standard doorway.

According to the Hot Springs® website, the Jetsetter® three-seat luxury spa features comfortable seats with purposefully arranged jet systems that work together to target specific muscle groups. This hot tub offers massage for the neck, shoulders, back, wrist, calves, and feet.

Hot Spring® Jetsetter® Price

Hot Spring® does not display the exact pricing for this model on its website, but it range between $10,000 and $14,999. Exact price can be requested, or you can speak to a salesperson.

Hot Spring® Jetsetter® Dimensions:

  • Height (cm): 84

  • Length (cm): 213

  • Width (cm): 173

  • Filled weight (lbs): 3,070

  • Water capacity (liters): 925

  • Hot Spring® Jetsetter® Features

  • Seats – Seating for 3

  • Size – 213 cm x 173 cm x 84 cm

  • Shape – Square

Jets and hydrotherapy – 22 jets and types including one Moto-Massage® DX, 2 SoothingStream®, 1 JetStream®, 1 Rotary Hydromassage, 2 Rotary Precision® and 14 Directional Precision®

Insulation – Multiple layers of urethane foam

Water care and filtration – 100 percent no-bypass filtration, high-flow Tri-X® filters

Pumps – One WaveMaster® 70000 one-speed jet pump, 1.65 HP Continuous Duty and 3.5 HP Breakdown Torque; SilentFlo 5000 circulation pump

Lights – Multi-color LED interior lighting

Warranties – 7-year no leak shell, 7-year shell surface, 5-year cabinet, no-leak plumbing, component, No-Fault® heater, 2-year interior light assembly, and 1-year wireless remote control battery. According to the Hot Spring® website, the servicing dealer may charge a repairperson travel or service fee that is not covered by the warranty.

Optional extras include – Lift ‘n Glide® cover lifter, Highlife® Collection step

Hot Spring® Jetsetter®

  • Compact shape

  • Insulation meets certified California Energy Commission (CEC) standards

  • Offers multiple shell options and three cabinet options

  • Includes unique Moto-Massage® jet

  • Hot Spring® Jetsetter® Cons

  • No Dual-Action filtration

  • May be charged a travel or service fee by servicing dealer

Arctic Spas® Arctic Fox

Considering a 2-person hot tub with extra room that’s made by a brand that markets itself on designing hot tubs that can deal with cold weather conditions? The Arctic Fox® by Arctic Spas® may be the hot tub to keep in mind. This model features two upright seats (known as His and Hers Shuttle Seats) as well as a lounger and small seat that can act as a cool down or child seat.

The depth of the hot tub is greater than what you’ll find in many other options in this size range on the market, and the cabinets are made with western red cedar. There are two options to choose from — the Prestige or Signature, the latter of which is equipped with more jets and pumps.

Arctic Fox 2-person price

The price for the Arctic Fox hot tub is not displayed on the company website. You can request price by submitting an online form for a follow-up quote or visit a dealer to speak with a salesperson.

  • Arctic Fox Dimensions:

  • Height (cm): 98

  • Length (cm): 174

  • Width (cm): 217

  • Volume (gallons): 208

Arctic Fox Features:

Seats – 2 seats, 1 lounger, capacity: 4

Size – 217cm x 174cm x 98cm

Shape – Square

Jets and hydrotherapy – Signature: 30 jets and two pumps; Prestige: 15 jets and one pump

Insulation – FreeHeat™ perimeter insulation system

Water care and filtration – Arctic Pure® Water Care and Progressive “Smart” Filtration

Pumps – High-efficiency Aquaflow pumps (two pumps with Signature; one pump with Prestige)

Lights – Northern LED Lights

Warranties – 5-year warranty on labor

Optional extras include – SpaBoy® saltwater system, Peak Ozone System, Ultimate Lighting Package and more

Arctic Fox pros

  • Extra space and range of seating types

  • Cedar wood cabinet for authentic, rustic look

  • Designed to withstand very cold climates

  • Five shell color options

Arctic Fox cons

  • Less intimate with angled seating

  • Smaller, shorter or older children or teenagers may need a booster seat for the deeper seating

  • Limited lighting on exterior

Jacuzzi® J-315™ Hot Tub

J-315™ hot tub with lounger for small spaces

Searching for a comfortable, compact and quality hot tub that can fit into a small space? The Jacuzzi® J-315™ Hot Tub from the J-300™ Collection of mid-range spas is one to add to the consideration list.

With a square design and three seating options, the J-315™ model features a mix of semi-lounge seating combined with upright seating, all ergonomically designed to deliver comfort in a compact hot tub. This hot tub offers intimacy and quality hydrotherapy including Jacuzzi® PowerPro® jets. Its shallow depth accommodates people with smaller physiques and this model exceeds California Energy Commission standards by 35%.

Jacuzzi® J-315™ - $11,775

The retail price (at time article was published) for the Jacuzzi® J-315™ in the U.S. is just over $11,775 (including VAT)

J-315™ Dimensions:

  • Height (in.): 32

  • Length (in): 66

  • Width (in): 76

  • Filled weight (kg): 1301.0

  • Volume (liters): 794.93

Jacuzzi® J-315™ features

Seats – Seating for 3

Size – 66in.x32in.x76in.

Shape – Square

Jets and hydrotherapy – 23 Jacuzzi® PowerPro® jets

Insulation - SmartSeal™ full foam insulation and ProLast™ cover

Water care and filtration – 4-stage filtration system including CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® technology

Pumps – one jet pump and one circulation pump

Lights – ProLite™ LED lighting interior and exterior-B

Warranties – 10-year shell structure, 7 years shell surface, 3 years equipment, controls and plumbing components, 5 years cabinet. No service call charges

Optional extras include SmartTub® remote monitoring system

Jacuzzi® J-315™ pros

  • Energy efficient – J-315™ Hot Tub exceeds California Energy Commission standards by 35%

  • Quality Jacuzzi® PowerPro® jets

  • Good warranties and no service call charges within warranty period

  • Shallow seating options allow smaller and shorter people to feel comfortable in seats

Jacuzzi® J-315™ cons

  • Shallow seating may make taller people feel more elevated

  • Fewer customizing options – (2 color and 2 cabinet choices)

  • BLUEWAVE® Bluetooth stereo system is an optional upgrade

Should I consider a 4-person or 6-person hot tub?

While you’re considering a hot tub, you may be asking yourself: “Should I upsize to a four- or six-person hot tub?” If you’re preparing to make the investment for a hot tub, it’s likely you’ll be looking for longevity from your purchase.

We suggest asking yourself the following questions to determine which size really is best for you:

  • Will you often have friends over?

  • Will the extended family want to join you?

  • Do you like to vary your massages in a variety of seating configurations?

  • Do you want to soak in the view of your surrounding area from different angles?

If any of these questions ring true to you, then you may want to consider a larger hot tub. On the other hand, if the hot tub will only ever be used by a few people, then the two-person hot tub option is likely a great choice.

Where can you buy a 2-person hot tub?

When it comes to buying, there are many purchase options including the brand’s store, a supplier, or directly online. There are second-hand options, too.

If you’re looking for the best options on the market and are doing your research online first, it is always worth visiting your nearest store or showroom to see the hot tub and even try it out for size, comfort, and usability.

Summary - What 2-person hot tub is best for me?

After reading this article, you should have a better idea of what to consider when shopping for the best 2-person hot tubs on the market. Deciding which option is best for you ultimately comes down to personal preference, but you should keep in mind cost, size, features, jets, design — or a combination of these factors.

Interested in learning more about Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs? Click the link below for more information about the many models available.

If you want to arrange a time to try out the J-315™ for size and comfort, click the ‘Find my dealer’ button to find the nearest Jacuzzi store or dealer near you.

Disclaimer: The following registered trademarks are owned by companies not affiliated in any way with Jacuzzi Group. Hot Spring®, Hot Spot®, Moto-Massage®, No-Fault® and SmartJet™, Directional Precision™, Fibercor®, WaveMaster®, SilentFlo™, No-Fault®, Lift ‘n Glide® are trademarks owned by Watkins Manufacturing Corporation Arctic Spas®, FreeHeat™ and SpaBoy® and are trademarks owned by Spa Logic Inc. Affiliations: Jacuzzi® is a registered trademark of Jacuzzi Group. All rights reserved.

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