San Diego’s mild climate allows for outdoor activities all year, and a hot tub can extend your enjoyment of the beautiful weather. Hot tubs can also help increase property values in San Diego’s crowded rental property and real estate markets. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best hot tubs in San Diego to add value and relaxation to your home.
Hot tubs provide both recreational and therapeutic benefits. Families and friends can spend time relaxing together during San Diego’s summer nights and mild winters, and massage jets provide hydrotherapy for people with sore joints or muscle aches. While pregnant women and young children should not use hot tubs, most everyone else will appreciate their mental and physical benefits.
If your doctor deems it necessary for you to use a hot tub for rehabilitation, arthritis relief or other medical purposes, your insurance provider may cover the cost of purchase and installation. Check with your insurance carrier to see if you qualify for coverage.
You do not need a permit to install an above-ground hot tub in San Diego, but there are requirements you must follow. Hot tubs must be enclosed by a permanent barrier and have a locking cover that complies with the American Society for Testing Materials Standards. Your homeowners association may also have rules that apply to hot tubs.
While most above-ground hot tubs are filled with a garden hose and do not require any plumbing modifications, it is possible you’ll need to have a licensed electrician look at your wiring if you choose certain models. While 120-volt hot tubs are generally considered to be plug-and-play with your current outlets, you’ll likely need to run a new electrical line if you choose a 240-volt model. Your hot tub dealer can usually help you with any specific requirements.
Hot tubs come in a wide variety of models. Here are things to consider as you choose the perfect hot tub:
Price Range: Dealers generally have a wide selection of hot tubs to fit almost any budget, and the prices for hot tubs in San Diego can range from $3,000 to $18,000. The cost will depend on what features you’d like your hot tub to have and how many people you want it to seat.
Material: Many entry-level hot tubs are made of rotomolded plastic, but it may be worth paying more for a more energy-efficient acrylic tub. San Diego’s sunny weather may also make it worth investing in a UV-resistant material to prevent sun damage and fading.
Seating: A hot tub that will serve mainly as a recreational option at social events needs to seat more people than one you intend to use solely as a therapeutic device. There are also different seat types available, including lounge seats that allow you to lie nearly horizontal while you relax.
Jets: Many dealers allow you to customize the number and types of massage jets in your hot tub. Rotary jets are the most common and can be used for hydrotherapy, but other available options include directional jets, which apply high pressure to specific points of your body, and pulsating massage jets to help ease muscle soreness.
Foam insulation increases energy efficiency and keeps the water hotter.
Exterior lighting is attractive when company is over.
Built-in speakers also enhance social gatherings.
Remote control lets you get the water perfect before stepping in.
Steps make it easier to enter the hot tub – an important feature for those using it for therapeutic purposes.
Hot tub dealers typically send technicians to deliver and install their spas at your home. The electrical supply for all hot tubs must include a switch or circuit breaker accessible to anyone in the hot tub. If an electrician will be rewiring your home or adding a circuit for your hot tub, you’ll need to acquire a permit from the city. If you do the wiring yourself, you should have it inspected.
Hiring a licensed contractor to prepare the site for a hot tub can prevent future problems. The area must be level and able to hold significant weight. You can install a concrete pad for a simple base. Decks or gazebos add style, but also require more specialized installation.
Maintaining your hot tub requires maintaining the proper pH balance to keep it sanitary and safe. Many people choose to do their own maintenance, but spa dealerships offer service plans. In most cases, your dealer will also have technicians who can help with any repairs.
ThermoSpas is a national hot tub dealer that sells directly to its customers. The company’s representatives come to your home for a free on-site inspection and to answer any questions, and its website has an interactive tool that allows you to customize your hot tub. San Diego customers appreciate the company’s helpful customer service and consistently give its hot tubs high marks for quality.
Master Spas is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the world’s largest swim spa manufacturer. Athletes or those who have arthritis or joint pain will appreciate the company’s Master Force biomagnetic therapy system. San Diego residents liked the tubs’ large jets and the company’s knowledgeable and professional customer service representatives.
San Diego Hot Springs Spas
San Diego Hot Springs Spas sells Hot Spring and Freeflow brand hot tubs. The company has two showrooms in San Diego County, making it easy for shoppers to take a test soak before buying. The company also provides hot tub service. San Diego customers say they appreciate the company’s thorough and friendly customer service and tips on spa maintenance.
Aqua Paradise offers Jacuzzi and Marquis brand hot tubs at three locations in San Diego. They also sell pre-owned units and allow you to schedule regular delivery of maintenance products. San Diego residents say they appreciate the company’s great service, patient salespeople and excellent ongoing care during spa ownership.