Is buying accessories for your hot tub a good idea? Do you need all of the accessories advertised in the market? I carried out research to help you understand the accessories that are useful for your hot tub and why spending money on them will be worth it.
To make it easier to understand, I compiled a detailed list of hot tub extras/ accessories that will be worth spending on. These accessories will provide a meaningful improvement of your spa experience and lifestyle which will allow you to get maximum pleasure, impress your friends, save time on maintenance, and reduce costs associated with your hot tub.
I’ve been dealing with hot tubs for years, so I’ve probably tried everything that was invented for hot tubs. I used all my experience as a basis for this research and to avoid providing a biased opinion, my team also tested the hot tub accessories and checked customer reviews to see if there were any drawbacks associated with their use.
Whilst we’ll consider all of these in detail, I want to start by providing a bonus-list of accessories for inflatable hot tubs under $50. Accessories in this list will make perfect hot tub surprise gifts for friends and family.
Top-10 Hot Tub Accessories Under $50
1. Booster Seats — Must-have for Short People and Kids!
A drawback of an inflatable jacuzzi is that you have to sit right at the bottom of the spa. This does not suit many people for various reasons: a hard surface, the spa is used by kids or you are just not tall enough to sit comfortably on the floor.
Reviewed by Amber Hammock in the United States
Note that this one is made of hard plastic, if you want a soft one, see more spa seats.
2. Headrests — Must-have for Tall People
Inflatable hot tubs have soft walls that you can lean on but they aren’t very comfortable and can put a strain on the neck. For this reason, it can sometimes be uncomfortable to relax the body as the neck and the upper body is not in an ideal and comfortable position. Our research proved that headrests work perfectly for tall people.
Reviewed by Mrs. Cynthia K. Gilliam in the United States
According to the specifications, this headrest is compatible with the Intex PureSpa models only, but we used them with the SaluSpa Miami too. To be sure if it fits your spa, check dimensions or you can use velcro to strap it on. If you don’t want to bother with this, there are universal headrests and pillows for hot tubs (jump to the section).
3. Cup Holders — To Get Everything at Hand
The sides of the inflatable hot tubs are not flat. Therefore, you can’t put your drinks on them. This is where a cup holder comes in very handy. Simply attach it to the wall of your spa and hold your drinks or bottles securely in place.
Note that this cup holder is not only suitable for Intex inflatable hot tubs, but also for other brands (compression clamps are used here, and the walls of the inflatable jacuzzis have almost the same width).
4. Spa light — Must-have for Impressive Night Soaking
Almost everyone I asked agreed that it’s so romantic to sit among the lights, but not every hot tub is equipped with it. You don’t need to overpay for a built-in flashlight function. The simplest way to get an impressive experience is to use a floating spa light.
5. Speakers — Must-have for Party Guys
Have more fun and relax with your favorite music. Hot tubs can be noisy when in operation. Not only disturbing the neighbors but also you when you listen to music. With floating speakers, the sounds will come straight out of the water and you will hear them clearly. Waterproof speakers are often equipped with lights adding to the personalized experience.
6. Cleaning set — Must-have to Simplify the Cleaning Process
Spas don’t come with cleaning tools but they are a must-have to simplify the cleaning process. The choice of cleaning tools is vast. We will consider cleaning devices for hot tubs in detail. Though, there is a universal set that you can use to clean your hot tub both easily and quickly. Perfect for first-time cleaning.
7. Scumbugs — Must-have to Extend Spa Filter Life
Scumbugs improve spa water filtration and prevent a scum line on the walls. Simply put it in the water and it’ll do its job.
8. Unbreakable Glasses — Must-have for Outdoor Activity Lovers
Well, which of us has not broken the odd glass? After all, they slip so easily from wet hands. Nevertheless, and particularly in the summer season, water and fresh drinks should always be at hand to prevent dehydration while soaking. Make it safe and possible with unbreakable glasses for spas.
9. Aromatherapy for Spas — Must-have for Romantic Nights in Your Hot Tub
Enjoy the aromatherapy addition to the hot tub experience. Always choose hot tub compatible products — oil-free and safe for equipment (check that it is specified by the manufacturer).
10. Thermometers — Must-have to protect Pregnant Women and Kids
Most inflatable spa models have a built-in temperature monitoring device, but if your hot tub does not have one or you are not sure about its accuracy, a pool thermometer will work just as well. It is vital to monitor the temperature of the hot tub water to prevent overheating, especially when children or pregnant women are soaking in the hot tub.
Accessories That Offer Complete Relaxation
An inflatable spa is a great way to enjoy a hot tub hydrotherapy experience at home. A huge advantage is an affordable price. An inflatable spa is simple in construction and does not include seating or head support. That is why extra devices are so popular among customers. For example, it’s very common for customers to buy seats before they buy an inflatable hot tub.
Seats, Headrests, and Pillows
To make the most of your hot tub relaxation experience, you’ll have to sit comfortably otherwise you won’t enjoy the hot tub. If you are uncomfortable sitting at the bottom of the spa, or you want to sit a bit higher and lean your head at the back, a separate hot tub seat and headrest will prove to be very useful.
Reviewed by Scorp2Scorp in the United States on August 28, 2019
There are different types of seats and pillows:
Inflatable — soft to sit and lean on and can be filled with air, water, sand or a combination of them. This way you can adjust the hardness and prevent it from floating when not in use.
Weighted — construction prevents the inner weighted compartment from floating. A cushy pillow that stays under the water even when not in use.
Plastic — unique hard plastic seat, two height levels are available thanks to its adjustable legs. Heavy and due to this, it does not float up.
Foam — polyurethane foam provides an ergonomically shaped, cushioned surface.
The steps are ideal to help you enter and exit the spa with ease. Furthermore, you can also use some steps as a convenient storage system (for example, to store hot tub care products and pool chemicals).
Inflatable Steps, Benches, and Surrounds
These handy extras can improve the style of your inflatable hot tub and make the system more comfortable to use. Add a luxury experience to your spa (though, you’ll need free space around).
Not only can you easily and safely enter and exit the spa, but you can also relax whilst being out of it. Pick one for your hot tub model from the list below.
Inflatable surrounds — a way to make your spa experience the most comfortable without breaking the bank (note, hard constructions can cost more than the inflatable hot tub itself).
Fits Intex PureSpa models:
Impress Everyone at Your Party With Hot Tub Accessories for Entertainment
Many hot tub owners like to enjoy parties with their friends and families. Let’s see how you can add some fun and liveliness to your soaking experience with hot tub accessories.
All you need to get the best spa party:
- music and lights (we already talked about lights and speakers)
- drinks and snacks
- fun and games
Cup Holders and Trays
Inflatable cup holders are not only beautiful but sturdy enough to keep your drink safe while they float in the water. Don’t use these when jets or bubbles are running as the holders will move around too much, I had a bad experience.
Reviewed by Elaine Peña in the United States
Inflatable Spa Bar
If you want some snacks along with your drinks, you may like an inflatable spa bar.
I’ve already talked about plastic plastic glasses, now let’s look at silicone ones.
Metal Sign Decoration for Spas
It’s just a fun way to decorate your spa zone.
Use waterproof games to have some fun while you soak. I also advise you to purchase a floating game table to get maximum comfort whilst playing.
Romantic Hot Tub Accessories to Impress Your Loved Ones
Make your hot tub nights more romantic with music, lights, and aromatherapy. Your loved one will be pleasantly surprised by these thoughtful little accessories.
Accessories to Make Hot Tub Maintenance Simple as ABC
We all want the best relaxing experience in the spa but we can’t run away from cleaning and maintaining it. A simple cleaning and maintenance routine will ensure that you can make the most of your hot tubs and prolong their life.
Cleaning your spa isn’t as daunting as it seems. Furthermore, some tools can facilitate the cleaning process. There are special tools designed to make cleaning spas a breeze. They are designed to allow you to reach every nook and cranny. Although you can use ordinary household brushes and nets for pools along with a garden hose, you’ll have to put in more effort. Don’t forget to clean the bottom of the pool. You can use a spa vacuum to make it easier.
Water Quality Maintenance
To maintain the purity of the spa water, you need to test the water quality and add chemicals to balance the water. If you’re not keen on using chemicals, make a salt-water hot tub with a chlorine generator system. Read about other ways to get chemical-free hot tubs.
Sun & Wind Protection — Don’t Limit Your Hot Tub Pleasure
If your jacuzzi is installed in an open area, you will need sun and wind protection.
Adjustable tilt of the umbrella will provide shade at any time of the day. But it is useful at night too — enjoy the magnificent illumination from solar LED Lights.
Unlike an umbrella, the canopy is attached to the spa itself. It provides good protection from the sun and wind.
A Dollar Saved is a Dollar Earned: Accessories to Make the Hot Tub an Affordable Experience
If you are not happy with your electricity bill, you can reduce energy consumption by extra insulation. The largest heat loss passes through the surface and the bottom. An additional all over cover will help. You can also strengthen the insulation of the cover by using a floating blanket (put it right on the water and close your cover). To prevent heat loss from the bottom, use a foam floor protector. These solutions help to minimize heat loss and save money.
I’ll add something else, although this seems obvious — clean and replace hot tub filters regularly. Water cannot flow through a dirty filter as easily as through a clean one. This means that the pump will work harder to filter the water. It will consume more electricity and will break down quicker. Clean the filters every 1-2 weeks and replace them once per year. Read our Hot Tub Cleaning Guide to learn to clean a hot tub properly.
“The devil is in the details” — the old truth… or, as my friend once put it, “Little things don’t matter: they all determine”. Hot tub accessories are exactly those details.
Is it possible to enjoy a massage without sitting comfortably and worrying about a huge electricity bill?
Yes, indeed, but you cannot get the most out of it.
Some accessories will provide us with benefits, others will help to impress someone. But all of them can improve hot tub quality in one way or the other.
Of course, you can use your hot tub without any extras. But if some of them can make your spa life easier and more enjoyable, then why not! Spending a little extra on these hot tub accessories will take your spa experience to a whole new level!