Over the past couple of year’s we’ve grown fonder of hot tubbing. The one thing that ruins our experience is weather (rain, wind), so we decided to get a hot tub gazebo (a couple actually). To figure out which one is the best one to protect us from the elements.
We’re going to review some below:
Our neighbours think we’re crazy (jealous), when we pull out our hot tub, inflate it and just relax in our garden. Often with a glass of wine in our hands. We love doing it and believe it’s one of the best ways (if not THE best way) to relax after a hard day at work.
The only thing that ruins it is rain (snow on a mountain top we can handle – British rain, not so much).
So we decided to bring the tub indoors, we thought that as long as our floors where protected and we could pump the water out, we’d be safe?
Well, the mould set in
Of course it did, and i can’t believe we didn’t think of it sooner. The combination of heat, and water is just a disaster waiting to ruin the inside of your home.
So we bought our first Hot tub shelter by the same guys who made Lay-z-spa. It’s called The Bestway Lay-Z-SpaTM Dome, it looks like this:
Now the first thing that’s worth mentioning is that it costs about the same price as an actual Lay-z-spa vegas so if you’re looking for cheap, you’d be better off with their newer product (we’ll list that later on).
As you can imagine this is very tall, 8 Foot to be exact. So that’s about the size of your average ceiling in your home. So bear that in mind as you’ll have to place this in your garden somewhere.
The instructions state that’ll take on average 8 minutes to set up (very specific) – it won’t, maybe if you’ve had experience setting up a hot tub gazebo, you could get this up an running in about 15 minutes. If not, give it at least 30 minutes whilst you scratch your head at a few things.
What we liked about this is that it helps protect you from insects, whilst allowing somewhat of a breeze in. The ventilation is great from reducing the likes of mould setting in. It’s incredibly spacious and it will offer somewhat of protection from weather.
Having said that, what we didn’t like
It’s incredibly flimsy, and can get battered in strong winds. On top of that, some water does leak in if it’s heavy rain. So we suggest buying a waterproofer, in conjunction with this. Or you can melt and paint wax on the top of the tent (it’s invisible and works well to keep water out).
So would we recommend this? well it depends on you, if you use your hot tub a lot and need something reliable 100% of the time. Sadly we wouldn’t recommend this to you. If you use your hot tub rarely, then we’d say it’s a great buy, but you’d be better off with Bestway’s cheaper version of this tent
Coming in at almost 3 times cheaper than the original hot tub gazebo, this hot tub shelter is just as good as the earlier one mentioned. And there’s less messing around.
Using tent poles instead of an inflatable structure (c’mon guys what where you thinking?) this gazebo for hot tubs is a lot more sturdy and waterproof.
We also like that they’ve took out the floor for this model. In the earlier model you where given a floor (probably to hold it all together) and you’d forever be leaking water onto the ground. The water would just sit there, but now the water can drain easily into the ground.
One other thing you’ll notice, is they use a darker material for the outside. In the earlier model they used a very light cream (which is incredibly see through). So if you’re looking for privacy, away from your “curtain twitching neighbours”, then this model is a lot more suitable.
The only downside is, it can be difficult to set up on a patio. As you have to peg this structure out. But if you can find another way, then go for it we say!
We love this, but we’re afraid you’re going to turn you nose up at it. You see this igloo acts as a perfect hot tub shelter to brace you from the elements.
But it’s a lot more compact than the other shelters (don’t run just yet)
It’s easy to set up and you can extend it out onto your patio with relative ease. As you can see in the picture above this gazebo is being used as, well an additional room for the garden. You’re often limited to what you can use the earlier shelters for.
With this, you can set it up. Use it for you hot tub and when you’re finished with your hot tub, keep it up and use it as a second room. Some people even choose to grow plants with it.
As beautiful as it is, there are two things you need to consider, first will my tub fit in here? (the answer is likely yes as it has a diameter of 3.6m) but it will be a tight squeeze.
The second thing you should consider is do I want less privacy? As you see with the earlier model’s they include some sort of privacy, with this igloo? well the whole world will see you.
We did like the fact that this igloo has 2 windows allowing for you to control the temperature in the room. It’s rust proof and can survive the elements a hell of a lot better than the earlier models we mentioned (this one boasts to be snow proof too).
Ultimately the choice is up to you but we prefer the igloo as is looks a lot better and is a great accessory.