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How to Buy a Hot Tub Cover


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When choosing the best cover for you and your tub, there are two key factors to keep in mind: climate and durability.

Climate is Most Important

Weather patterns impact hot tub cover performance.Where do you live? This is the first question you should ask yourself. Less insulating spa covers can’t keep up when it gets really cold. Your spa heater works harder to maintain warm temperatures, which can hit you hard in the wallet each month.

We offer hot tub covers with 1 lb. foam, 1.5 lb. foam and 2 lb. foam. This refers to the foam density, measured as the weight of 1 cubic foot of the closed cell foam. The denser the foam is, the higher the R-value of the spa cover. Hot tubs in the southern United States that have warm average temperatures could use a 1 lb. or 1.5 lb. foam, but areas that see snowfall and experience colder winter temperatures need the thicker insulation of a 1.5 lb. or 2 lb. foam core.

Naturally, the thickness of the foam core panels also plays a huge part in choosing the best spa cover for your climate. Our tapered foam cores are thicker in the center and thinner at the edge to help rain run off the cover. This also makes the covers easier to handle. We offer three different cover thicknesses, in tapers of 4″ to 2″, 5″ to 3″, or 6″ to 4″. Just like we discussed with foam density above, warmer southern regions could use a 4-2″ taper or even a 5-3″, but areas that see snowfall and colder winter temperatures need the added insulation of 5-3″ or 6-4″ taper.

If you live in the snowbelt, or if you just want to save as much heat energy as possible, choose a new spa cover with 1.5 lb. or 2 lb. foam, and select an option with a 5-3″ or 6-4″ taper. Both our Ultra and The Works hot tub covers are best for covering spas in cold weather conditions. Even if your winter only gets a little frosty and is usually mild, a thicker cover will pay you back every month with reduced spa heating bills.

Durability Makes a Difference

Cheap hot tub covers with poor construction won't last very long.This is more of a subjective factor – what level of durability do you want for your new spa cover? Do you always buy the best of everything, do you usually opt for the lowest price, or do you like to find a happy medium somewhere in between? With six different spa cover models to choose from, you can choose your desired level of durability, in a range of $294-$459, shipping included. We have inexpensive spa covers available, but we also have some of the best spa covers on the market. There’s a cover for every budget!

All of our spa covers are made with the same sturdy 20 gauge steel support channel. They’re covered in 30 oz. marine grade vinyl, available in 11 premium color options. Our foam panels are vacuum wrapped and heat sealed, closed in with a heavy duty vinyl zipper and scrim. Seams are double-stitched and x-tacked at all corners. Most of our spa covers come with full 5-year warranty, with the exception of our Standard model (3-year warranty) and our Economy model (1-year warranty).

In addition, we offer additional features such as a continuous heat seal along the hinge, aka our ‘steam stopper’, a double-wrapped foam core, heavy duty wind straps and an R-value of up to 30 for the most energy-conscious spa owner. In fact, these extras are included free of charge on our premier spa covers.

If you want the best, go with the Ultra (most popular) or The Works spa covers. If you want something good, but not necessarily the most expensive, take a look at our Deluxe or Energy Saver spa covers. If you have an indoor spa, live in warm climates or are a budget-conscious shopper, you might consider the Economy cover.



We hope we’ve answered some of your questions and made choosing the right spa cover an easier task. For best results, buy your new spa cover according to your climate and your durability expectations.

If you need assistance with choosing your next spa cover, feel free to give us a call at 800-770-0292. You can also send us an email with questions or concerns. We’re here to help!


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