When buying a hot tub, the last crucial step is securing somewhere safe to house it. Will you keep it indoors or use of one the many lucrative hot tub enclosures? We discuss the pros and cons of both below, and give you a few suggestions on what enclosures you should consider.
Where to Begin?
It’s exciting isn’t it? getting your first hot tub of course, but i’m sure you’ll agree with me here it’s also slightly worrying. Will this damage my home? Will it break and leak? – They’re all reasonable concerns, and if you don’t plan properly they could be very valid ones.
We’ll say this right away; we keeps our’s outside in the garden for two reasons:
- Our Home isn’t big enough for a Hot Tub room (we wish)
- Mould creeps in fast and spreads everywhere
- When you’re finished you can easily dump the water
So it left us with no option but to buy a hot tub enclosure. Now you’ve got a couple of options that we’ll introduce you to now. The first is, you could buy a hot tub gazebo, you could also buy a hot tub igloo, you could build an enclosure outside and finally; you could buy a wooden shack/gazebo.
They’re are suggestions anyway – but yanno what, by folksinging our suggestions we can guarantee you that you will avoid mould, save money, have a nice suitable extension to your home and have a blast!
Like most of our guides we’re going to start with the cheapest options first, moving to the more expensive (prettier) options later. We have chosen not to review some bad enclosures but you can find them in our gazebo post.
This is Bestways Hot Tub Gazebo for their Lay-z-Spa; but it could be used for many other Hot Tubs, as it’s the perfect size.
Requiring some patience the first time you set this up, it’s by far the most economical choice of a hot tub enclosure. All of the sides are zippable, which is exactly what you need.
By having sides that Zip down you can increase the privacy in any direction (to stop neighbours from snooping in on your party). You can also allow Sunlight in and by the same mechanism, zip it up to keep a draft out.
As the sides are zippable, the chances of mould setting in are very low. And because it’s made out of plastic, you can easily hand wash this or house it down to clean it.
The absence of a base is also a great idea as it allows all water to be drained and it also means that you could have a permanent hot tub set up in your garden and can have the freedom to chose when you want to set up you hot tub enclosure.
Diameter of 3.90m
Height of 2.55m
Width of 3.90m
Now you may be looking at this and thinking ” yeah that aint gonna fit a hot tub in there” but you’d be surprised. Yeah ok, it’s cosy but that adds to it’s charm.
Besides you’re sitting down most of the time anyway.
Here’s the thing, you climb in through the door, step straight into the hot tub and swivel around to let the next person in. Can you remember the dens you use to make as a kid? They where either out of blankets or fridge boxes and where always cosy – you had a blast.
Ok so you’re a grown adult and i get it, you may not like the idea of this hot tub enclosure. But it does the job, it protects you better than any of the others from the elements and it looks classy as well.
If you have an inflatable tub and don’t plan on using it all year around. Then this ones for you, as you can double this igloo up as your own private get away, a nice place to relax and a reason to get out of your home (that is why you bought a hot tub anyway, right?).
It’s also a great place to grow plants, ever fancied yourself as a bit of a farmer? no, me neither but you can give that impression to your friends by growing some tomato plants in there when it’s not in use.
Ok so seriously how does this perform as a hot tub enclosure? well it protects from all of the elements, the snow will sit gently on top, the wind may try and batter your enclosure down, but it’s robust and the frame is well built.
The only downside is the lack of privacy you can get with this, as it’s see through you can clearly see what others are up to and that may be a bit off putting to someone who wants that extra protection.
Diameter of 3.6m
Height of 2.2m
Now if you ask us, this is our first choice for a hot tub enclosure. A tent can look a bit “silly” and an Igloo can be too Cosy. So if you’re looking for more of a permanent fixture. Then this is what you need and you can get it for a rock bottom price (seriously, check out our wooden gazebo article and compare the prices).
This gazebo offers you the strongest and most water tight structure out of the lot, of course it’s up to you to further modify this to add a back panel, and some curtains – should you see fit.
The structure itself will not move in bad weather and during the summer months you can enjoy this space as an extra room in your garden.
Many people have let their creative flair take a hold of them, allowing the likes of passion flowers to grow across the gazebo; others have added fairy lights to theirs. And simply adding a bit of paint will transform this into something magnificent.
It’s incredibly easy to set up also; it’s shipped in 11 panels : 2 handrails : 12 posts, along with clear instructions on how to set it up.
Things that don’t come with this include shingles (but you do get a wooden roof) and flooring – all optional.
This would suit those that want a more permanent fixture in their garden, or have a acrylic/wooden hot tub and would liek to keep it well protected outside.
Width of 3.5m
Height of 2.6m
Length of 3.5m