Having reviewed and tested numerous hot tubs, we’re often asked ” Are there any hot tubs we would avoid?” Which we think is a reasonable question. So we decided to answer this in the form of a blog post.
But before we get started, it’s important to remember that we wouldn’t naturally go out our way to buy a “proper Hot Tub” and in that instance, it could be viewed that we’re slightly bias towards their inflatable cousins: which would be an accurate description.
The initial attraction to owning a blow up tub is deemed to the price. And the lure that you can deflate it and box it away at any time and not have that year round commitment to maintaining and cleaning your tub. It’s great.
So without further a do, is there any hot tub we wouldn’t give a glowing review to?
Yes, we’ll start with Lay-Z-Spa. Now Lay-Z-Spa could be seen as the pioneers in creating inflatable hot tubs, and we’re defiantly a fan, but that wasn’t always the case.
You see in the earlier days a number of their products had issues with, the water not getting too warm, air leaking out of valves, the structure was a bit flimsy etc.
So we set ourselves up a general rule – don’t buy a Lay-Z-Spa tub pre 2015, such as the lay z spa premium series (2012) to make you aware Amazon don’t even stock these!
They just don’t sell, and why would you buy one when the Pairs or the Vegas hot tub would do a better job?
But i’m sure you’d agree without the complications the premium series went through, they wouldn’t have been able to create their great modern champions that we love and use today.
Having said that we’re still not a huge fan of every Lay-z-spa hot tub, take the Siena for example.
The designs not that great, it looks more like a bath. Designed to allow 2 people to fit into the tub but for us it ruins the experience. The whole pull to have your own hot tub is down to the communal experience you share with your friends. And that’s hindered in this somewhat “selfish” hot tub.
Lay-Z-Spa aren’t alone in creating “brave” designs, with Intex developing this huge money burner of a tub:
Using one side as a normal swimming pool and the second side as a hot tub. I mean we get it, it’s unique and everything. We just don’t see the point in having a swimming pool attached to a hot tub. There’s far better Intex products out there that give Lay-Z-Spa a run for their money too .
There is also a few wooden hot tubs on Amazon (just under £2000) that we won’t link to for legal reasons. We wouldn’t go out our way to own one of them either – the reason being? they’re not suitable for the UK. Their setup is to include a wood burning boiler in the water with you.
So you’re essentially in a warm bath outdoors, with a giant metal generator next to you – now of course you’re protected form it via a few pieces of wood. But we’re still not comfortable with the way it’s built. Also there is a hell of a lot more upkeep with a wooden hot tub vs a blow up or acrylic tub.