Sales of hot tubs went through the roof last summer, and still not quite post-pandemic, this year we're expecting much of the same. Now the sunshine is here, what could be better than treating yourself to a relaxing oasis of bubbles in your own garden?
While we wish we could be on a sandy beach, for now we'll happily make do spending our weekends with a good book or a few drinks in a hot tub. New research even suggests that a soak has many of the same medical benefits as aerobic exercise (we'll drink to that).
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Whether you want a more affordable and low maintenance inflatable or the commitment of a luxurious hardshell jacuzzi, there are several options available. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions customers have.
What temperature should I keep my hot tub at?
Anything below 40 degrees Celsius, as any higher can be potentially harmful due to an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Otherwise, it just comes down to personal preference.
How long can I stay in a hot tub?
Experts suggest no longer than 30 minutes as it's important to give your body a break from the chemicals and the heat.
How often should I change my hot tub water?
It's recommended you should change the water every three to four months, however, if it doesn't look dirty you shouldn't need to change it.
How do you clean a hot tub without draining it?
If the water looks dirty then it should be drained, but check the pH levels first. If they're between 7.2-7.8 it doesn't need to be drained yet.
Should I leave my hot tub filter on all the time?
Most are recommend to be left on for a minimum of eight hours every day, but some require 12-24 hours per day. Check the manual of your specific hot tub as keeping it on makes the pump more efficient.
Does a hot tub need to be plugged in all the time?
Yes. In the long run, it's more cost-effective to leave it on than to turn it off and reheat.
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So, where can you find the best hot tub for your garden? To help you choose the perfect one for you, we've searched high and low to find the best available options to buy online right now.
Shop the best hot tubs for summer 2021
CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub, was £499.99 now £399.99, Amazon
This reliable hot tub from CosySpa is quick to inflate and heat. You can also choose from lots of optional extras, like a drinks holder, two headrests and an inflatable lid for improved cleanliness.
Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tub, £350, Argos
Boasting five-star reviews and with one of the lowest price points on the market, the Lay-Z-Spa is a fail-safe choice. Despite its powerful AirJet massage system, it inflates in less than five minutes and doesn't require professional installation.
MSpa Delight Aurora Hot Tub, £490.81, Amazon
With its sleek black colourway and the option of adding an LED light strip, MSpa's inflatable hot tub is one of the most stylish we've come across. Its hydromassage jets are specially designed to relieve tension and improve circulation. Plus, it's remote-controlled for ultimate convenience.
Canadian Spa Grand Rapids Inflatable Hot Tub, £475, B&Q
This indulgent hot tub heats up quickly and has an impressive filter to keep the water crystal clear. It also features an aromatherapy system, which releases soothing scents for a spa-like experience.
CleverSpa Oceana Hot Tub, £570, Argos
With its grey rattan design and built-in pump, CleverSpa's Oceana hot tub will look great in even the smallest outdoor spaces. It also includes a 365 FreezeGuard so you can get in whatever the weather.
Inflatable Hot Tub, £635, Expondo
The Expondo inflatable hot tub is one of the most spacious you'll get your hands on, comfortably fitting six adults. It comes with a powerful heating system and whirlpool massaging for deep tension release.
Avenli Rattan Bubble Spa, was £349.95 now £319.95, All About Fun
For just £319.95 and with free next day delivery, this Avenli hot tub is the most affordable option we've found. It has 95 all-surrounding massage air jets and temperatures can reach 40 degrees, so there's no compromise on the experience either.
MSpa Bergen Hot Tub, £545.95, Amazon
The Bergen hot tub comes in several different sizes, so there's one to suit every space. It's designed to stay hot in even the coldest weather and has a sensor that means the filtration system will be automatically turned on for 60 minutes every four hours.
vidaXL Black Poly-Rattan Spa Surround, £575.99, OnBuy.com
So, this is technically an accessory, but it really completes the 'holiday' experience when you add a wooden surround to your hot tub. The perfect place to keep your book, G&T or towel, it also comes with added inside storage.
Canadian Spa Toronto Hot Tub, £7,500, B&Q
As a long term investment, we love the Canadian Spa Toronto hot tub. Designed for up to six people, there's a sculpted therapy seat, a roomy lounger and corner nooks for friends. It also includes 44 jets with adjustable air controls and a built-in aromatherapy system.
RotoSpa QuatroSpa Hot Tub, £4,749.99, Robert Dyas
This six-person jacuzzi is made from highly durable, weather-proof panelling, which is built to last you for years. It includes 26 luxury hydro jets, a digital control system and a waterfall feature.
Canadian Spa Yukon Hot Tub, £4,750, B&Q
If you've ever wished you could transport your bath outside on a beautiful day, Canadian Spa has answered your prayers. Complete with mood lighting and a music system, this is a dream situation.
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