Best hot tubs 2020: the essential buyer’s guide from WhatSpa?


As the home wellness trend continues to gain pace, having a hot tub at home is now seen as a necessity rather than a luxury for many. Regular hot tub sessions are proven to relieve stress, improve sleep quality and help overall well-being.

Perhaps most importantly in the age of the digital revolution, a family hot tub now provides a tech-free sanctuary where all members of the family can spend quality time together. This ensures open lines of communication without the frustrating distractions of smart phones, tablets, laptops and constant notifications.

If you’re new to hot tubs, finding the best hot tub model for your needs can be tricky without the right advice. Navigating through specifications, reviews, pricing and dealers can appear overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this guide along with example hot tub reviews from our free WhatSpa? magazine.

Once you have enhanced your hot tub knowledge and shortlisted several hot tubs, it’s time to throw your swimwear in the car and get test soaking hot tubs at your local dealerships!

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WhatSpa? is the UK’s leading hot tub buyer’s guide magazine, and has been helping UK hot tub buyers to make more informed decisions for more than 15 years. Our magazine will be your expert guiding hand to buying a hot tub.  Full of valuable advice on how to buy, what to buy and even preparing for delivery day.

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The WhatSpa? Best Buy Awards

The WhatSpa? Best Buy Awards section within the magazine, features 24 pages crammed full of the very best hot tubs to buy with hot tub reviews, 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.

Previous WhatSpa? Best Buy Example Hot Tub Reviews

View WhatSpa? Best Buy hot tub reviews from previous issues below. To see the latest hot tub reviews and WhatSpa? Best Buys request your free copy of WhatSpa? now.

Jacuzzi® J-475 IP

Seats 6

WhatSpa? Verdict

It takes a lot to dislodge a six-time Best Buy award-winner, but for 2019 the brand new Jacuzzi® J-475 IP has pipped its slightly bigger J-480 IP sibling to the honours list. This contemporary model is a real showstopper with its dramatic curved high-back profile, designer styling and state-of-the-art equipment. The hybrid layout combines the best of both all-seater and lounger models with a comfortable RX Jet Therapy Lounge and powerful foot dome for bathers in all of the bucket seats. New style touches such as the wide-sheet waterfall, striking corner cabinet lighting, and diverter controls that serve double-duty as cup holders are the icing on the cake!

Coast Spas® Cascade II 61

Seats 7

WhatSpa? Verdict

One of the hottest new products to hit the hot tub market in the last few years, the Elite Cascade II is a must see for people who have great panoramic views over their gardens and surroundings. Coast Spas® has developed and patented an ingenious way of using a balance tank, so that excess water flows beautifully over a full-width waterfall at one end of the spa to create an ‘infinity edge’ experience of looking straight out onto your surroundings. The dramatic raised back with 24-inch waterfall adds the finishing touch. A gadget-laden spa that oozes luxury and will have your family and friends gasping in amazement!

The Caldera Spas® Palatino

Seats 6

WhatSpa? Verdict

The Palatino by Caldera Spas® is a multiple Best Buy award-winning hot tub and is the bigger sibling to this year’s award-winning Marino, both of which are best-selling models in the Vacanza Series of six models. Like the Marino, the Palatino oozes quality, with a stylish ergonomically sculpted shell, a beautifully contoured lounge seat 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. An amazing spa by a manufacturer of good repute!

Marquis® Epic Ultimate MS BA

Seats 5

WhatSpa? Verdict

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 the whole package for health, wellness and beauty conscious spa buyers. Definitely one for the wet test list if budget permits!

Artesian Spas™ Elite Eagle Crest

Seats 6

WhatSpa? Verdict

True to its name, the new ELITE range by Artesian Spas™ has really raised the bar for this Las Vegas-based manufacturer. You’d expect the bright lights of Vegas to be reflected in their latest design cues and the ELITE hot tub range delivers with an awe-inspiring after-dark light show with an array of underwater and exterior lighting plus backlit water fountains and a branded 20-inch waterfall. The scope of the specifications and design is also first rate, particurarly the unique Direct Flow system, which puts each bather in control of their own massage experience. The lounger armrests is super comfortable and Spa Frog® tops off the high-end spec.

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What you should consider when looking to buy a hot tub

The process of buying a hot tub can be daunting for many of us. All the talk of jets,  pumps and control panels can overwhelm the uninitiated.

To help you navigate the market and ensure you purchase your ideal hot tub, we have put together this guide. At the end of the day purchasing a hot tub should be fun as you unlock all the benefits of your very own home wellness zone.

Which hot tub specifications & features should I look for?

  • Seating depth – you’ll want to consider the seating depth depending on the height of the people that will use the hot tub. This is especially important for families with small children.
  • Seating style – do you want a hot tub that includes a relaxing lounge seat or would you prefer an all-seater hot tub for a more social seating style?
  • Hot tub capacity – what are the maximum amount of people that will be using the hot tub at any one time?
  • Warranty cover – consider the length of the parts and labour warranty offered.
  • Electrical supply required – consider whether the hot tub is ‘plug & play’ or if you’ll require a dedicated power supply.
  • The number of hydrotherapy pumps & jets – this is where testing the hot tub is really important, you’ll need to be comfortable with the level of hydrotherapy the hot tub provides.
  • Extras included – this can include Bluetooth speakers, subwoofer, mood lighting and more.

What type of retailer should I choose?

There are serious dangers involved with poor quality ‘bargain’ hot tubs. Whilst buying online may be appropriate for purchasing cheap inflatable hot tubs and paddling pools, buying a quality hot tub online should not be considered.  When purchasing a hot tub, where electricity and water meet, you’ll want to ensure that when your spending thousands of pounds that your hot tubs meet strict safety guidelines.

Local specialist hot tub retailers will only sell hot tubs that meet strict UK safety guidelines and they stake their reputation on the quality of their product as well as service. Once you’ve identified potential hot tubs, you’ll want to visit your local showrooms to test out the tubs and see what they have to offer. This is one product where you should definitely try before you buy!

What is the best location for a hot tub?

Deciding on the best place to install your hot tub is one of the key decisions you’ll have to make when looking to buy your ideal hot tub. Considering hot tubs can weigh up to two tons when full, you will need to ensure you choose an appropriate surface. Often a level reinforced concrete surface is best, however many people also choose to install their hot tub on decking. View our hot tub installation inspiration article to view the latest installations across the UK and be sure to ask your local hot tub retailer for their advice.

What’s my next step?

Now that you’re on the road to buying your shiny new spa, you want to make sure that you choose the best hot tub model for your own particular needs. There are literally hundreds of models available so request your FREE copy of WhatSpa? now to see Best 50 hot tubs in our Best Buy Awards feature.

WhatSpa? is rammed with over 140 pages of hot tub buying advice with everything from our jargon-busting Spa Masterclass, which explains in layman’s terms all of the features to look out for, a Pre-Delivery Guide which explains all the steps in the run up to delivery day, plus Grand Designs and Hot Projects features which showcase some of the most stunning hot tub installations in the UK to whet your appetite for your own garden design.