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Best Two Person Hot Tubs

The guide to all of our best 2 person hot tub options based on your needs!

The kids are grown & moved out and you’re looking to downsize your hot tub. Maybe you have a small backyard & don’t want the hot tub to take up too much space. Or, it’s just you at home & you have really no need to have a hot tub with 7 seats and 100 jets but you still want something that’s going to give you the experience you want. With an overwhelming amount of choices out there today, it’s hard to really understand the differences between your two person hot tub options. So, what two person hot tubs are the best out of all my options & how are they different?

When carefully choosing these two person hot tub options for you, we considered the following: massage performance, energy efficiency, price, size, life expectancy, warranty, and possibly most important – QUALITY.

After reading this article, you should have a good understanding on what to look for in a hot tub & also the best two person hot tub options on the market today. If you still have questions about hot tubs, we have a Hot Tub Q & A at the bottom of this article that hopefully will help! We are confident one of these hot tubs will be the perfect fit for your two person hot tub needs!

What are the best 2 person hot tubs?

These options are in no particular order, so feel free to browse through however you choose!

#1 Best 2 Person Portable Hot Tub: Free Flow Tristar

The Free Flow portable AHS roto-mold hot tubs are extremely portable & affordable. You simply have the hot tub delivered by your local Free Flow hot tub dealer, plug it into your outside electrical outlet, fill it with a hose, and turn it on! The set up is easy, they’re incredibly durable & built to last, and you can move them very easily. Some customers even choose Free Flow hot tubs for rental properties because of the affordability, durability, and customer experience.

These hot tubs are rotationally molded with acrylic creating a durable “unibody” that is incredibly strong & holds up in any weather. This manufacturing process is much more inexpensive & faster than hand built hot tubs which is why they’re more affordable than most other options.

Technically this hot tub is a “3 person”, however, realistically the maximum for this hot tub is 2 people. You’ll notice that trend with almost every hot tub in the industry. Rule of thumb is to subtract one person from what it is labeled as & that’s how many bodies can truly fit in the hot tub.

Pros:
Easily movable
Easy set up
Inexpensive to run
Affordable
Customer Service from local dealer

Cons:
Not as “aesthetically pleasing” as a traditional hot tub
Cannot convert to salt water
1 year warranty


#2 Best 2 Person Salt Water Hot Tub: Caldera Kauai

We chose the Caldera Kauai instantly when thinking about the best 2 person salt water hot tub. Caldera Spas are a higher end company focused on quality, experience, and performance. If you’re looking for a powerful deep tissue massage in the most comfortable hot tub you’ll ever relax in – look no further. Caldera has been known for their power and comfort by their customer reviews.

The Kauai is in the “premium level” hot tub line called the Paradise series. It’s not only the best 2 person salt water hot tub, it’s also the most affordable salt water hot tub.

What’s so great about salt water? Well, you can visit our last blog about the benefits of salt water for in depth detail. Salt water is the easiest water care system on the market with virtually no added chemicals. This system is delicate on your hair & skin and is overall a healthier soaking option. You simply set up your salt water system, and select the proper “output level” suggested by your local dealer, and you let the hot tub produce sanitation for your hot tub. There is very little upkeep compared to traditional chlorine systems. You can learn more here.

Pros:
Salt Water Compatible
Comfort
Power
Fair Price Point
5 year warranty

Cons:
Exterior Design


#3 Best 2 Person Hot Springs Hot Tub: Jetsetter LX

Hot Spring is the leading innovator of the hot tub industry & has earned their spot as the #1 selling spa brand worldwide. It’s no wonder why these hot tubs are highly sought after & their customers rant and rave about how much they love their Hot Spring Spa. They have several lines throughout their brand with different designs, functions, insulation, and price points. Hot Spring is known for it’s full foam insulation that goes up to 60lbs (you’ll barely notice the change on your electric bill & it’ll last you nearly forever), along with their massage optionsperformancedesigncompetitive warranty and customer service. So, we felt it was necessary to include this category specific to Hot Spring.

The Jetsetter LX is hands down the best 2 person Hot Spring hot tub option. The Jetsetter LX was introduced to the Hot Spring hot tub line not to long ago & was long overdue. The “LX” gives you a little extra height in the hot tub allowing you to have more leg room for that second person & offers a few more jet options than the original Jetsetter.

Pros:
Salt Water Compatible
EXTREMELY low operation costs
100% filtration
Wireless Remote Control
Modern Design
5 Year Warranty
110V or 220V electrical option

Cons:
High price point


#4 Best Affordable Two Person Hot Tub: Hot Spot SX

There are a ton of affordable hot tub options out there so it’s important that we define what affordable means. When we say affordable, we mean from all angles and not just the upfront purchase price. Some hot tubs will cost $2,500 up front but there are a ton of other costs that come after that initial purchase price. This hot tub is affordable to purchase, affordable to run (electrical costs), and affordable to maintain (chemical treatment system).

The Hot Spot SX is not only affordable, it’s also made by the makers of Hot Spring Spas. What does that mean for you? You’ll have the quality of a Hot Spring Spa, comfortable design, easy water care options, competitive warranty, and the incredible customer service from your local Hot Spot dealer.

Complete with 3 seats, a cool down seat, the exclusive to Hot Spring “Moto-Massage”, powerful pumps, and Fibrecor insulation. You have the option to connect 110V or 220V electrical hook up & an optional circulation pump (totally worth the extra $$$).

Pros:
Made by Hot Spring
Quality
Energy Efficient
Affordable Price Point
Compact Design

Cons:
Have to upgrade to a circulation pump
Not Salt Water Compatible
2 Year Warranty


#5 Best Modern Two Person Hot Tub: Hot Spring Jetsetter

We mentioned earlier the best Hot Spring 2 person hot tub was the Jetsetter LX. The quality, performance, customer service, life expectancy, and most of all (for this category) the modern design is undeniable. Which is why, we chose the original Jetsetter as the best 2 person modern hot tub.

Hot Spring has really focused the last several years on producing a very aesthetically pleasing modern style hot tub. These hot tubs, including the Jetsetter, were designed by the BMW designworks team & the outcome is nothing shy of stunning. With the sleek modern design, modern color options (even has a black option called slate), and modern designed accessories, there wasn’t a better choice than the Hot Spring Spas Jetsetter.

Pros:
Salt Water Compatible
EXTREMELY low operation costs
100% filtration
Wireless Remote Control
Modern Design
5 Year Warranty
110V or 220V electrical optiom

Cons:
Higher Price Point


#6 Best Two Person Mini Hot Tub: Free Flow Mini

We talked about Free Flow hot tubs in the beginning of our article & we had to award the best Mini hot tub to, well, the Free Flow Mini! Just to reiterate a little information about Free Flow hot tubs for our scrollers: You simply have the hot tub delivered by your local Free Flow hot tub dealer, plug it into your outside electrical outlet, fill it with a hose, and turn it on! The set up is easy, they’re incredibly durable & built to last, and you can move them very easily. Some customers even choose Free Flow hot tubs for rental properties because of the affordability, durability, and customer experience.

These hot tubs are rotationally molded with acrylic creating a durable “unibody” that is incredibly strong & holds up in any weather. This manufacturing process is much more inexpensive & faster than hand built hot tubs which is why they’re more affordable than most other options.

Measuring 6′ x 4′ it’s the perfect small hot tub for very small spaces. This hot tub can actually fit through a standard doorway & hallways. So, very ideal for customers who need a delivery through their home (although further inspection is needed to make sure an in home delivery is possible).

Pros:
Portable
Affordable
Durable
Easy Set up

Cons:
Very small for 2 people
1 Year Warranty
Cannot Convert To Salt Water


Best Two Person Hot Tub Buying Guide

You can find our original downloadable hot tub buying guide here. If you’re interested in a shortened version, read below!

We know, hot tub shopping can be so overwhelming because of all the options, accessories, selling features, water care systems, insulation types, jet types, brands… the list is really endless. Don’t worry, we’re going to simplify this as much as we possibly can for you.

There are 4 core aspects of a hot tub that you want to pay close attention to when you’re shopping. It’s up to you to dig into the details of the hot tub brands and models you’re shopping for with the help of this guide.

 

Brand Reputation

The Brand Reputation is a great place to start when shopping for a hot tub. It’s going to help you learn a lot about their quality, performance, customer service & experience, life expectancy & more.

What should you look for? How many years has this company been in the industry compared to others, where they are made, what is the brands main focus, how is their customer service, & most importantly what are their customers saying about them? You can find reviews on specific brands by googling the brand and typing “customer reviews” after the hot tub brand name. The customer reviews are really going to tell you all that you need to know about that brand.

Brand reputation is so important to really consider when shopping for a hot tub because ideally you’re buying a hot tub to last you 15-25 years & you want to be happy with the company who is going to be providing you service throughout those years so its easy & relaxing! You’ll also want to look into the reputation of your local dealer who provides you with your hot tub. You can visit our previous article that goes over Why to Buy From A Hot Tub Store to learn about what to expect from your hot tub shopping experience if you buy from a local dealer vs. a big box store.

Energy Efficiency

This is one aspect some tend to look past because their so focused on other features of the hot tub. However, it’s so important when shopping for the best hot tub, to ask about their energy efficiency.

What should you look for? The insulation type – you want the insulation to at the VERY least be 2lb spray foam or equivalent in efficiency. Any less than 2lb is not going to properly insulate your hot tub and will cost you $100’s per month to run – yes seriously! Also, you want to make sure your hot tub is fully insulated. This means all jet lines are covered by foam to hold them in place, keep the water warm, and eliminate the risk of water freezing in those lines in the winter. You can also look for pump heat recycling which helps decrease operation costs! Your local hot tub dealer should offer a hot tub energy efficiency calculator on their website.

Overall, hot tubs should cost $15-$25 per month on average to run. Anymore than that, you should probably move on. View our latest article on hot tub running costs for more detailed information.

Warranty

Another very important question to ask is “What is your warranty & what are the details on that warranty?”. Ask your hot tub wellness consultant to see the warranty description so you have all of the details right in front of you.

What should you look for? Often times, a hot tub will have a “10 year warranty” or “lifetime warranty” and it will be for something like the structure of the hot tub & then the rest of the hot tub is only warrantied for a couple years. Nothing should ever happen to the structure of a hot tub no matter which brand you are shopping, so something like this isn’t too important. You want to find details on how they warranty their components, heater, pumps, shell, plumbing, lighting system, and their accessories as well.

Ask questions like “Who will complete my warranty service?”, “Will I have to pay for labor?”, and “Is this warranty pro-rated over time?”. Your local dealer should have a service team that is certified to complete any warranty work, labor should be included for most repairs, and you do not want a pro-rated warranty. Pro-rated warranties mean they will decrease your hot tub warranty coverage by a certain percentage every year.

Hot Spring Spas have a very strong warranty & they even put it on their website. View their 5 year warranty here.

Service

Last & certainly not least is to find out about the service your local dealer & hot tub brand offer. Also, what is their customer service like?

What should you look for? You want to make sure your local hot tub dealer has a full service team ready to help! Throughout your hot tubbing experience, you’ll need to complete services like a complete dump & refill to refresh you water care, possible winterizations & start ups, and accessory replacements. If you’re not the type of person who has the time to complete these tasks, you want to make sure your local hot tub dealer offers these services to you. Also, you want to be sure they are able to help you if any repairs, in warranty or out of warranty, need to be taken care of. Without a service team, you’ll be stuck trying to figure these things out yourself or paying a lot of money to have an outside company help.

Again, you also want to check your local dealer out on google and see what their customers are saying about them. This is where you’ll get a real honest look into what type of experience to expect from your potential hot tub provider.

Hot Tub Shoppers Q & A

There are often a lot more questions that come up when shopping for a hot tub. The more research you do, the more questions you’ll have. Check out our Hot Tub Shoppers Q & A for the answers to all your hot tub related questions. If there’s something you don’t see the answer to, you can always feel free to give us a call (732) 424-0030 and ask for a wellness consultant. They’ll help guide you through the entire process from research all the way through your ownership experience one on one.

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