WhatSpa? Best Buy Awards - The UK's Best Hot Tubs
The Best Buy Awards section within the magazine, features 24 pages crammed full of the very best hot tubs to buy with specifications, ratings and our WhatSpa? verdict! Our Best Buy Awards acknowledge the hot tub models that excel across a range of criteria, including design, aesthetics, comfort, hydrotherapy and value-for-money. We have split our Best Buy Award winners into five different price brackets to make choosing your ideal hot tub easy.
Riptide Pools Uptown
Riptide Pools has followed up on its remarkable success in the swim spa arena with its launch of the Urban Lite spa collection in 2016, which is designed to minimise operating costs, as all models in the range can be operated as plug-and-play 13 amp spas. The Uptown is the best-selling model in the range and is a spacious five-seater with comfortable lounger plus a range of barrier-free seats, all with different rotary or directional jets. A low-energy Gecko® circulation pump ensures quiet constant filtration and the optional hand-held massage jet reaches those muscle groups that can't be targeted by conventional jets. Ticks all the boxes!
HotSpring Spas Highlife Envoy
Just when we thought that spa design had reached it's zenith, HotSpring® has raised the bar again with it's market leading Highlife range. Designed in conjunction with BMW, the new Envoy® has taken contemporary spa design to the next level. The sculptured base gives the impression that the spa is sitting on legs, with integral corner lighting panels for added ambience. The new backlit Moto-Massage® DX lounger is superb and the backlit pillows, waterfalls and topside controls are stunning. If you are looking for a top-notch spa with the emphasis on sleek aesthetics, comfort and hydrotherapy, the new HotSpring® Envoy® has them all in spades!
Caldera Spas Vacanza Series Marino
Caldera Spas® is one of Watkins Wellness®' top flight stable of brands, and distributed in the UK by Certikin, one of the most respected names in the British swimming pool and spa industry. The multiple award-winning Marino is one of Caldera's top-selling models in the Vacanza Series. The Marino has a stylish ergonomically sculpted shell and roomy non-slip footwell. Barrier-free seating makes moving from seat to seat easy and finishing touches like the Acquarella waterfall ensure a sensory experience that is guaranteed to relax! Built in Spa Frog® tops off the package for easy water maintenance.
Marquis Epic Ultimate
When naming this model, just one word must have sprung to mind for World respected brand Marquis®...Epic! Delivering a simply superb hydrotherapy experience, no expense has been spared on the Epic, which is now vying for top accolades in spa design. Featuring unique Tri-Zone® therapy controls and loaded with 65 of their patented HK® (standing for HydroKinetic) jets, the quality and depth of the Epic's massage is among the best in the industry. The addition of MicroSilk® technology makes this the whole package for health, wellness and beauty conscious spa buyers. Definitely one for the wet test list if budget permits!
Aquavia Spa Aqualife 7
Spanish powerhouse Aquavia Spa is now sizing up the transatlantic competition with its brand new Aqualife range, to cater for the sub-£10k price spectrum. The spacious Aqualife 7 is the pick of the bunch and offers a beautifully moulded shell with lounge seat and four facing seats which ingeniously doubles up the calf jets to become foot jets in the opposing seats! The chic cabinetry is available in three unique finishes including graphite, thunder and walnut, and is both modern and stylish. If it is a modern designer look that you're after, the Aqualife 7 is a must-see!
HotSpring Spas Limelight Beam
As you would expect from the World's largest hot tub manufacturer, the HotSpring® Limelight® collection by Watkins Wellness® was a huge revelation from it's launch. The entire range was redesigned for 2018 and the Beam has quickly become the best selling compact all-seater in the range. Like its stable mates the Beam's contemporary ergonomics are simply stunning; with new designer styling not seen from any other manufacturer. A new indicator light on the cabinet even shows when the spa is ready to use. True to its name, the Limelight® Beam really comes into its own after dark with an amazing array of subtle lighting - a true showstopper!
In-Depth Hot Tub Reviews
Hot tubs are becoming a key investment choice for families wanting to enhance their home enjoyment, rather than risk the ramifications of dealing with the travel doubts and poor exchange rates of Brexit-hit overseas holidays.
Each hot tub review within the magazine includes essential information on the specifications of each model as well our WhatSpa? Verdict so that you can easily assess and compare each model within your price range.
A famous quote states that ‘knowledge is power’ and our Best Buys will provide you with extra product knowledge as a guide to draw up your shortlist of hot tub choices. Thanks to enhanced consumer knowledge, the attraction of unreliable and sometimes dangerous cut price grey imports sold over the internet is subsiding and more and more discerning consumers are buying quality hot tubs from specialist stores, which provide bonafide products and quality showroom customer service backup and support.
There are currently some fantastic deals to be had from some of the market-leading brands, so if you are thinking of investing in a luxury hot tub, be sure to throw your bathing costume in car and ‘try before you buy’ at a selection of local showrooms.
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