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How to choose the best hot tub

Looking to add a hot tub to your home? Our guide is here to help you find the best type for you.

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Types of hot tub

Bring the spa experience home and soak beneath the bubbles with your very own hot tub. On many people's outdoor wishlist, a hot tub can add a luxurious touch to your garden and are great for wowing your friends and family at parties. With many aromatherapy and relaxation benefits, they also provide a soothing space to unwind.

Hot tubs come in many shapes and sizes, so before you buy, there's a few things to consider. Size, outdoor space and price are all likely to play a part in your decision and our guide is here to help you find the right spa for you.

    Inflatable hot tubs

    What are they? - Inflatable hot tubs are a cost-effective and flexible option. They're usually cheaper than hard shell designs and can be stored away when not in use. And you still get the jets and bubbles you need to enjoy the full hot tub experience.

    How do I install an inflatable hot tub? - The great thing about an inflatable hot tub is that they're super easy to install. Just use the included pump to inflate it, plug it in and connect to an outdoor tap and it's ready to use.

    What else should I consider? - Some portable hot tubs aren't suitable for use-all-year round. If you like taking a dip in the winter, then consider a hard shell model or inflatable hot tub with freeze shield technology.

    How can I get one? - With an inflatable hot tub, you can usually choose between delivery or collecting in-store.

    Why buy an inflatable hot tub? - They're an excellent entry into the world of home hot tubs. They're flexible enough to be stored away, but still provide a great spa experience in the comfort of your garden.

      Inflatable hot tub sizes

      The size of inflatable hot tub you need depends on how you're going to use it. Buying as a couple or family? Then a small 2-4 person hot tub will be fine.

      Planning to entertain? Choose a hot tub with space for up to 7.

      Inflatable hot tub features

      Key features to look out for:

      Jets - Hydro and massage jets provide a powerful and invigorating hot tub experience.

      Lights - Underwater LED lights add a premium touch.

      Freeze shield - All-year-round use of your inflatable hot tub.

      Aromatherapy system - Releases soothing scents.

      Rapid heating - Heats the water quickly and efficiently.

        Inflatable hot tub accessories

        Add to your hot tub experience with our essential extras. A cover will provide you with extra protection against the elements, while a beautiful surround, drinks holder or canopy provide added convenience.

        Our range of inflatable hot tubs

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        Hard shell hot tubs

        What are they? - With their rigid design, hard shell models provide the ultimate hot tub experience. They often have more powerful jets, more features and more space inside than an inflatable option. Plus, they have the added benefit of being suitable for use in all seasons.

        How do I install a hard shell hot tub? - Once you know where it's going to be kept, you need to connect it to an outdoor tap and a power socket. Our hard shell hot tubs shouldn't require an electrician to install them.

        What else should I consider? - You should only consider a hard shell hot tub if you have a permanent space at home for it. They can't be stored away when not in use and are more difficult to move.

        How can I get one? - Due to their size, hard shell hot tubs are only available for delivery.

        Why buy a hard shell hot tub? - With specific seating and powerful jets, hard shell hot tubs are full of features to give you the very best home spa experience. They're sure to look great in your home and wow any guests.

        Hard shell hot tub sizes

        There's two types of hard shell hot tubs; standard hot tubs and swim spas. The number of people that can fit in a standard hard-shell hot tub varies from 2 to 7.

        Swim spas are rectangular and can usually hold more people than standard hard shell hot tubs. The swim function works by generating a current for you to swim against.

        Hard shell hot tub features

        Key features to look out for:

        Jets - Often feature powerful massage jets in each seat.

        Ozone generation - Reduces the need for chemical maintenance.

        Aromatherapy - Releases soothing scents to enhance relaxation. 

        Lights and audio - Get the party going with music and premium LEDs.

        Waterfall - An eye-catching way for the water to flow.

          Hard shell hot tub accessories

          Add to your hot tub experience with our essential extras. A cover will provide you with extra protection against the elements, while some rattan steps, a comfortable sofa or beautiful surround will complete the look.

          Our range of large hot tubs

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          Hot tub maintenance

          How to clean your hot tub

          It's important to keep your hot tub clean and give it regular maintenance. There's several ways you can do this.

          1. Test the water for bacteria with PH strips.

          2. Replace the water filter (read the manual for guidance).

          3. Clean the sides regularly with a non-abrasive cleaner.

          4. Treat, drain, refill the water (read the manual for guidance).

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