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Consumer Reports’ Top Picks: The Best Hot Tubs for a Relaxing Soak
Consumer Reports’ Top Picks: The Best Hot Tubs for a Relaxing Soak
Written by Kimberly Giraldo
Updated over a week ago

If you are thinking about purchasing a hot tub for a relaxing soak, you’ve likely turned to sources such as Consumer Reports and other reputable sites to find out which are the top picks. If you are looking for the best hot tub brands, this article will uncover some of the most reputable brands on the market.

If you have searched sites such as Consumer Reports or searched the internet for the best hot tubs for a relaxing soak, this article serves to condense that information all in one place. Read on to learn about some of the top-rated hot tubs.

What are the best hot tubs for a relaxing soak?

Aside from Consumer Reports, there are several sources that rate the best hot tub manufacturers. You may find that overall, many of the same brands are featured on these sources’ top picks lists. Some of these brands include:

Dimension 1 Spas®


Master Spas®

Sundance® Spas

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs

What are the best hot tubs for a relaxing soak?

If you are seeking a top-pick hot tub, there are certain factors you should look for beyond choosing a reputable manufacturer, such as one of the aforementioned brands. Read on to learn about the aspects that make up consumers’ top picks:

Reputable manufacturer — When you are seeking the best hot tub, you will want to start with the best manufacturer. To rest assured that you have purchased the best hot tub for your needs, seek a reputable manufacturer that has longevity and credibility. When you invest in a hot tub from a quality manufacturer, you can have peace of mind that you have one of the best hot tubs on the market.

Quality build — Premium hot tub brands build quality products. Once you’ve determined the best hot tub brands on the market, you will also want to look at how those manufacturers build their hot tubs. You may want a hot tub that is built in America, you may want a hot tub that is engineered and designed with the highest attention to detail. When you seek the best hot tubs, they should be built with quality, craftsmanship and longevity in mind. The Jacuzzi® brand, for example, is focused on quality and design to ensure you will enjoy your hot tub for many years to come. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are designed to perform for years with minimal care. So you can spend less time caring for your hot tub and more time relaxing in it.

Durable materials — Some of the best hot tub picks on the market are also made with durable materials that are built to last. If you plan to place your hot tub outside and you live in an area with extreme weather, durable materials are even more important. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, for example, are made with durable and reliable materials designed with you in mind. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs feature a ProFusion™ Shell. The highest quality acrylic, a bonded vapor barrier, and a resin composite are layered together for ultimate durability, creating an inseparable bond that can withstand both heat and cold.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs’ Tool-Free Cabinetry is fade-resistant and maintenance-free. It is built to withstand heat and cold while maintaining its beauty.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs also feature a ProPolymer base, a rugged protective barrier that insulates the spa from the foundation. The durable ABS-formed foundation protects your hot tub’s components from moisture and the elements while adding structural strength.

High-performing, energy-saving insulation is also key to the best hot tub. All Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs exceed the California Energy Commission standards for spa energy consumption. The Jacuzzi® brand’s insulation completely surrounds the hot tub shell and fills the cabinet. This lowers your operating costs, ensures quieter operation and is reliable even in the coldest of climates.

Exclusive one-of-a-kind innovations — The top hot tub picks will also feature innovations and first-to-market advancements that enhance your hydrotherapy experience. For example, the Jacuzzi® brand was the first to introduce Infrared and Red Light therapy in an underwater application in hot tubs. The Jacuzzi® J-LX® Collection as well as select models in the Jacuzzi® J-400™ Collection feature this exclusive IR + Red Light therapy that takes hydrotherapy to the next level. If you are looking for the best hot tubs for a relaxing soak, you will want to look for specialty aspects such as this which will truly set your spa experience apart from the rest.

Superior jets — The power of your hot tub’s jets cannot be understated. The power and comfort of your hot tubs jets, as well as the ability to customize your hydromassage session, are all important features of the best hot tubs for a relaxing soak.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs feature a number of exclusive proprietary jets, each of which has a unique purpose to help elevate your soak. With purposeful, customizable jets, you can enjoy superior relaxation and soothing comfort that will help you feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and restored after a soak.

Best-of-market equipment — The equipment of your hot tub is also vital to ensuring your best hot tub experience. The equipment and functionality of your hot tub should be high-performing and stress-free. Consider this when it comes to shopping for a hot tub with the best possible water management and filtration systems. These are important to help keep your water clear and ready for use as well as for simple hot tub maintenance. The higher quality equipment, the less work you will have to do to keep your hot tub performing at its peak.

Smart technology — Smart technology can help you manage and maintain your hot tub easily and with little hassle. If you’re looking for peace of mind, consider a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub with the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® System. This patented, industry-first remote monitoring system allows you to control your hot tub through your smartphone, smart device or Siri® and Alexa® wearables* — from anywhere in the world.

Ease of use — Ask yourself this: “How much time and effort do I want to put into operating, managing, and maintaining my hot tub?” Your answer is probably very little. After all, you don’t need another task to add to your already busy schedule.

You’re likely seeking a hot tub for its relaxing and soothing properties. So your hot tub should not cause you any added stress. It’s important when shopping for your hot tub that you choose one that is easy to operate, manage, and maintain. High-performing premium hot tub models from luxury brands are designed to be easy to use, easy to manage, and easy to enjoy. Don’t settle for a hot tub that is going to add stress to your life. You deserve a hot tub that will help you relax and unwind. Keep that in mind when you are selecting the best hot tub for your self-care sanctuary.

What is the best hot tub for the money?

If you are looking for the best hot tub for your investment, you’ll not only want to ensure you’ve checked all the aforementioned factors but that you look into the features and warranties of your hot tub. The best hot tub for your money will not only have the best features, but it will also have warranties on parts and equipment. This should provide you with peace of mind that if you have a problem with your hot tub or need customer service or repair, that you will be in good hands.

Where should I look for the best hot tubs for a relaxing soak?

If you are ready to shop for the best hot tubs for a relaxing soak, you will want to visit your local authorized hot tub dealer. Just as with hot tub brands, not all hot tub showrooms are created equal. Look for a quality spa dealer that carries some of the top brands that are mentioned previously in this article. You’ll also want to ensure that the spa dealer has been around for some time and that they have a stellar reputation. Trust your instincts when you start shopping at nearby spa showrooms.

It's important that you purchase your hot tub from a trusted source that can properly guide your hot tub decision and that can also help you through the delivery and installation process. Finally, you will want to be able to create a relationship with your hot tub dealer in the event that you need supplies, accessories, repairs, or anything else down the line.

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Medical disclaimer: This information is not intended to prescribe a particular diagnosis or course of action. We are not medical professionals. Please contact your GP or other medical professional for advice if you have any concerns about your current health or well-being.

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