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How Big Should My Hot Tub Be?

Once you decide to bring home a spa, one of your first questions will probably be, “How big should my hot tub be?” Picking the right size hot tub is an important factor. Too small and you’ll wish you had more room for guests and family members, and too large might consume more energy costs and take up more room than you need. Deciding what size spa to buy can be simple, though. Just keep these 4 things in mind:

How Many People Do You Want to Seat?

One of the biggest things to consider when picking a hot tub is how many people you want to seat. Do you need plenty of room for the whole family to join in on family hot tub night? Do you like to entertain? Trust us when we say you’ll be seeing your friends more when they catch wind of your new spa! Maybe you really just want a hot tub for soaking with your partner or for your own personal use. Generally, spas come in 3 sizes: 

  • Small – seats 2-4
  • Medium – seats 5-6
  • Large – seats 7 or more

If you have a good idea which size range you’re interested in, that will help narrow down your choices right from the start.

Consider Your Site

Unless you have a myriad of options, you need to know how large your site (the spot your hot tub will be sitting) is before you finalize which spa to buy. Besides the footprint of your new hot tub, allow room for the foundation and also clearance for a cover lifter. Your spa dealer can help you with this. Here at Maximum Comfort, we offer free in-home consultations. We’ll come to your home and help you pick the perfect location for your hot tub, measure to help ensure accurate size selection, and make sure you have enough room for the cover and lifter to operate. 

Choose a Comfortable Hot Tub Depth

Don’t just consider the footprint of a spa when you’re picking the size. That’s important, but so is the depth of the spa. While sitting in the seat or relaxing in a lounger seat, the water should stop just above your shoulders at most. Deeper tubs are great for tall people, but to be sure the hot tub won’t be too deep, try it out before you buy. Just sitting in the dry hot tub on the showroom floor should be enough to tell (and your sales professional can confirm this for you), but even better is taking a test soak! We always recommend a test soak so you can confirm your chosen hot tub is the best fit for you. Don’t worry, it’s totally private! We’ll schedule a time for you and your family to try out different models. All you have to bring is your bathing suit!

Pick Your Ideal Shape

A round, triangle or uniquely-shaped hot tub may catch your eye, but if you need space for more than a few people, you can’t go wrong with a square-shaped spa. That classic configuration allows for the most seats. Also, keep in mind that lounger seats take up more space, so a spa with loungers will require a bigger footprint to accommodate the same number of people. Lounger seats offer the ultimate hydromassage, so to us (and many others), they’re well worth the added space!

If you keep these 4 things in mind (shape, depth, site available, and how many people you want to sit), deciding how big a spa you need is easy. If you have any questions about the process, we’re here to help! Contact us here, or come see us in person at our Vail or Frisco location.