Garden Hot Tub Buying Guide
August 01, 2019

The rising trend of owning a hot tub is set to continue, and it’s not hard to see why. The luxury of having a hot tub at home is the ultimate way to relax in style and there’s certainly something to be said for relaxing in hot, bubbling water. It’s not just something for the summer months either - you can relax in the warmth even in the winter and make use of your outdoor space all year round.

There are even health benefits to using a hot tub: A lot of people opt for hydrotherapy for aching muscles and alleviating stress or anxiety.  

Whether you’re enhancing your health or simply enjoying the calming heat and bubbles, hot tubs are the perfect environment for rest and relaxation. So forget booking in at a spa to enjoy a pampering session - what could be more decadent than a dip in your own spa to soak away the stresses of the day?

If you’d love to luxuriate in your very own spa but aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for, read on and find out everything you need to know. We’ve also listed some top picks from our garden hot tub range to help you find the perfect one for you.

Things to consider when buying a garden hot tub

Take into account the cost and practicalities before you decide which to buy. 

Where will your outdoor hot tub live?  

Corner spots are good for providing a little shelter from the wind, though you can always get a hot tub gazebo for this. If you opt for an inflatable hot tub, not only will this provide an economical choice, but it also means it doesn’t have to sit in one spot year on year.  

How much space will you need? 

This of course depends on the size of hot tub you choose, but as long as you have a flat, hard area large enough to hold the base of your hot tub, you’re good to go!  

How will you power your tub?  

You will need an electrical power source.

Will you choose a non-inflatable or inflatable hot tub?

Inflatable designs are a great choice if you’re looking for a portable hot tub or something economical. Ever a popular choice, they’re quick and easy to install and assemble and, with a range of various size options available, they are the ideal hot tub choice for any sized garden or terrace, no matter how large or small.  

Our range of inflatable models are by Lay-Z-Spa, the world’s first premium and best-selling inflatable hot tub brand in the UK.  All Lay-Z-Spa models are portable, requiring no professional installation, and they can be set up (using the included pump) within minutes of bringing one home. 

Non-inflatable tubs also come in a range of sizes, though are designed to be placed in a fixed area. They are also sturdier and more hard-wearing as they’re made out of fibreglass resin for strength. Our RotoSpa models are fully installed by a professional to save you time and effort. 

How many people do you want to accommodate?  

This depends on personal choice and whether your spa will be used mainly for entertaining, personal relaxation or a bit of both.  Most spas cater for two to eight people. However, the Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Surround can give that extra bit of room around the spa for people to sit and relax before or after enjoying a dip in the hot tub. 

How will you keep your spa clean? 

To ensure a sparkling hot tub, you’ll need to treat it with chemicals and regularly change its filters - like the Lay-Z Spa Filter Cartridge (IV) for example - to maintain the hygiene levels. You could also try the Lay-Z Spa All-in-One Cleaning Kit, which is ideal for keeping your outdoor hot tub shiny and clean without damaging any of the interior. 

Our best garden hot tubs and accessories

For an event to remember, the Lay-Z-Spa Paris provides the ideal choice for those who want to entertain in style. The first tub of its kind to feature a stunning multi-coloured LED lighting system, it’s sure to illuminate any outdoor space and create the ‘wow’ factor, seating 4-6 people.

View the Lay-Z-Spa Paris AirJet Hot Tub >

Sometimes we need to just float away. If you’re looking to invest in a spa for relaxation and rejuvenation, a smaller model such as the Lay-Z Spa Miami could be the one for you. Seating 2-4 people, it’s the perfect spa for couples or small families to relax and catch up on quality time together.

View the Lay-Z Spa Miami Hot Tub >

The Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii is a great 4 to 6-person hot tub and features 120 surrounding air jets for extra-bubbly bliss. You can even plan your spa session up to 72 hours in advance with the digital timer, so you can have your spa ready as soon as you get home.

View the Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii AirJet Hot Tub >

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Suncast Storage Side Table

Nowhere to put down your drinks? Add this Suncast Storage Side Table for a perfect accompaniment to your hot tub and the ideal place to store towels or blankets.

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Lay-Z-Spa Pillows

For a little extra comfort, you could try these Lay-Z Spa Pillows which give you premium head and neck support whilst also being fully waterproof.

Top tips for making the most of your garden spa

Now you know more about which model will suit you best, here are some tips on how to make the most of your relaxing new spa!

Make sure everything is within easy reach

Once you’re in your hot tub you need to make sure everything is within easy reach to ensure maximum relaxation. The Lay-Z Spa Drinks Holder is perfect for holding your wine glass while you enjoy the bubbling warmth. 

Plan an evening in with friends

Hosting a hot tub party is a fabulous way to host a winter soiree, adding a contemporary dimension to the traditional dinner party.  Adding a touch of Scandi to your gathering, a social spa session is a treat for all and can provide hours of fun both indoors or out.  Who needs a night on the tiles when you can enjoy a night on the (hydro) bubbles?

Add music

If you really want to make the most of your space, you might want to invest in a Lay-Z Spa Entertainment System. This provides you with a place to put your drinks, as well as being equipped with a high-quality speaker which works with Bluetooth 4.0.  

Shield yourself from wind and showers

A hot tub gazebo is ideal if there’s a bit of a breeze or a chance of a quick shower. It’ll even double up as a barbecue gazebo if you ever put your inflatable hot tub away.

Create true spa garden ambience

Adding some lights and ornamental decoration to your garden can act as the finishing touches and add a lovely cosy feel.

Solar lights are a practical and cost-effective way to illuminate your outdoor space, while creating decoration and mood lighting.  If you like subtle lighting, string lights are decorative but discreet. If you want to make a bolder statement, try some stylish stake lights or other forms of outdoor lighting for year-round atmosphere.

Now all that’s left to do is to sit back, relax and let the water jets do the talking.  Bliss…