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11 of the best garden hot tubs for the heatwave

They're a summer essential and so many are now on sale...

Sales of hot tubs have gone through the roof over the last two years thanks to the pandemic, and 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?

When you can't make it to the pool or beach, not a lot beats spending your weekend 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. 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 recommended 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 garden hot tub? To help you choose, we've searched online to find the best available options to buy right now, and some of them even have big discounts.

Best garden hot tubs for summer 2022

Inflatable Hot Tub & Accessories, was £461.95 now £361.95, Aldi

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Yes, Aldi's sell-out hot tub is back for summer 2022! The four-person inflatable has 135 air jets to soothe and relax, heated bubbles and a 795L capacity. It comes complete with two headrests, a thermal ground cloth, user-friendly control panel, carry bag and an insulated and lockable cover. If last summer is anything to go by, we don't think it will be around for long.

Dimensions: H 71cm x W 201cm x D 201cm

Canadian Spa Grand Rapids Inflatable Hot Tub, was £449.99 now £299.99, Robert Dyas

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With a saving of £250, this is the best price we've found for this popular Canadian Spa hot tub, so be quick. The 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. 

Dimensions: H 72cm x W 180cm x D 27.24cm

CleverSpa Oceana Hot Tub, was £450 now £294, Argos

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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. 

Dimensions: H 66cm x W 180cm x D 180cm

CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub, £199.99, Amazon

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CosySpa's reliable hot tub 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.

Dimensions: H 70cm x W 210cm x D 210cm

Lay-Z-Spa Cancun 4 Person Hot Tub, £360, Argos

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Boasting five-star reviews and with one of the lowest price points on the market, the Lay-Z-Spa Cancun is a fail-safe choice. Despite its powerful AirJet massage system, it inflates in less than five minutes and doesn't require professional installation.

Dimensions: H 72cm x W 180cm 

Inflatable Hot Tub, was £519 now £499, Expondo

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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.

Dimensions: H 66cm x W 183cm x D 183cm

MSPA Alpine Delight Inflatable Hot Tub, £559.99, The Range

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With its sleek black colourway and concealed pump, MSpa's inflatable Alpine Delight hot tub is one of the most stylish we've come across. Its 108 jets are designed to relieve tension, plus it features whisper quiet technology so you can relax totally uninterrupted.

Dimensions: H 68cm x W 185cm x D 185cm

vidaXL Black Poly-Rattan Spa Surround, £560.99, OnBuy.com

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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.

Dimensions: Outer diameter 283cm, Inner diameter 203cm, H 25.55cm

Canadian Spa Cambridge Hot Tub, £5,994.99, The Range

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Looking to invest in something more long term? Go for the Canadian Spa Cambridge hot tub. Designed for up to six people, it features 34 hydrotherapy jets, Bluetooth audio with a built-in speaker and LED mood lighting with an illuminated waterfall.

Dimensions: H 88cm x W 200cm x D 200cm

RotoSpa QuatroSpa Hot Tub, £4,749.99, Robert Dyas

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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.

Dimensions: H 74cm x W 200cm

Canadian Spa Yukon Hot Tub, £6,300, B&Q

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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.

Dimensions: H 74cm x W 100cm x D 213cm

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