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Best Hot Tubs for Your Backyard

We rounded up eight of the best hot tubs for every taste and budget.

Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.

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Hot Tub Buying Considerations

A hot tub is a big investment, and there are several things to consider before buying one. Among them are what type of hot tub to buy (your options include in-ground, above-ground and inflatable), what size to go with and how much to spend. As you consider those factors, we rounded up eight of the best hot tubs by category. All are well-rated and available online for easy ordering.

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Best All-Around Hot Tub

If you’re looking for an all-around winning hot tub with ample seating, amenities and excellent construction, the Lifesmart Curacao DLX ($5,999) is one to check out. This five-seater has 45 therapeutic jets designed to hit your pressure points, a lounger seat, four cup holders, LED lights, a waterfall, digital controls and an energy-efficient design. “Great spa, lots of power, very roomy,” writes one of The Home Depot reviewers who give the tub a perfect five stars.

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Best Therapeutic Hot Tub

For maximum hydrotherapy benefits, consider the Glory Premium Acrylic Lounger Spa Hot Tub ($6,276). Besides contoured seating that lets you stretch out, the tub also comes with 40 adjustable jets to massage your upper and lower body. Other relaxing features in this spacious seven-seater include backlit LED lights in seven colors, and two openings that spout soothing waterfalls. “Jets are strong and really work your muscles,” writes one happy reviewer.

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Best Two-Person Hot Tub

The AquaRest Spas Select 300 Hot Tub ($2,449) is a great option if you’re looking for a cozy tub for two. Reviewers rave about its 20 stainless steel jets set into a therapeutic lumbar support design, convenient cup holders and LED-backlit waterfall that lets you choose among nine colors. It’s super easy to set up — just plug it into any standard outlet and fill with water. “The tub heated to 102 degrees within 24 hours,” writes one reviewer.

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Best Splurge Hot Tub

Got a generous budget? If so, check out ThermoSpas five-person, 57-jet hot tub with Ozonator ($12,640). While can accommodate up to five people, it’s also got a generous two-person lounger that can provide a full-body massage as well as a therapy seat with pillow jets and an armrest.

It’s available with a gray or cherry wood-colored exterior that surrounds its durable wood frame. Other features include LED lights, an ozone purification system and a high-output filtration system to keep the water clean and clear so you don’t have to worry about anything but relaxing.

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Best Large Hot Tub

If you’re looking to entertain a crowd, consider the LS700DK hot tub with waterfall from Lifesmart Spas ($5,499). It’s big enough for seven people. The waterfall and underwater LED lights that can change colors give it a festive feel that can also become a relaxing oasis when it’s a smaller, quieter crowd using it. The 90 adjustable jets will melt away everyone’s tension. And while it holds up to seven, it’s still small enough to fit under your pergola. The insulation and thermal locking cover will help keep your utility bill down when it’s not in use too.

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Best Budget Hot Tub

A well-rated model that won’t break the bank is the AquaRest Spas Select 400 Plug-and-Play Hot Tub ($2,449). It has features like hydrotherapy jets, multicolored LED lights and a waterfall you’d expect from a pricier model. And while many plug-and-plays aren’t known for their construction, this four-person model features an energy-efficient pump, full foam insulation and a durable polyethylene shell that comes in three colors.

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Best Inflatable Hot Tub

A blow-up hot tub is an affordable, easy-to-install option, and the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa ($740) is one of the best inflatables on the market. It seats up to six and will help you relax via a bubbly massage system. The construction is solid thanks to a fortified exterior material that resists punctures and UV rays. If you’re not ready to invest time and money into a traditional above-ground hot tub, this is a great way to get your feet wet.

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All prices and links were accurate at publication and subject to change.

Amanda Prischak
Amanda Prischak is a freelance writer based in Erie, Pennsylvania.