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What Is The Best Hot Tub For The Money?

Deciding how much you want to spend on a hot tub can be challenging with the amount of brands & vast difference in price ranges present in the industry today. How do you choose a budget that isn’t going to break the bank & also isn’t going to buy a hot tub that will … break?  Our advice, choose a reputable brand & consider their Plug N Play or value series hot tubs. Let’s take a look at what that looks like & go over “What is the best hot tub for the money?”. We’ll go over Plug N Play hot tubs, value hot tubs, and our top 6 best hot tubs for the money.

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Plug n Play Hot Tubs

When considering what the best hot tub for the money is, plug n plays might be a great option to consider. These hot tubs are very affordable, easy to set up, and don’t require any major electric installation. If made by a reputable manufacturer, like Watkins Wellness, they’ll even be energy efficient and built to last 7-15 years. Simply have the hot tub delivered, plug it in, fill it up, and start hot tubbing! However, these hot tubs are very simple as far as features and jets go. So, if you’re looking for a bit more of a luxury experience at an affordable price, you might want to consider other options. To learn more about Plug N Play Hot Tubs, visit our “Why FreeFlow” Article.

Value hot tubs

Usually at a slightly higher price point, value series hot tubs offer a bit more of a luxury hot tubbing experience than a Plug N Play unit. These hot tubs will be made with an acrylic shell and ever wood cabinet, more comfortable seating, more lighting options, more filtration, more water care options, a better warranty, and an overall higher end look. Just like any product, if made by a reputable manufacturer, these hot tubs should last anywhere from 10-25 years. We highly recommend doing your research on the brand, the store you’re purchasing from, and read real customer reviews & testimonials.

A few tips to keep in mind when shopping for the best hot tub for your money: don’t stray from quality, keep energy efficiency top of mind, research research research, ask about life expectancy, find out about water care maintenance, and ask about the delivery process.


Top 6 best hot tubs for the money

FreeFlow Monterey Premier

Made by the makers of Hot Spring Spas, Watkins Wellness. The FreeFlow Monterey Premier is the perfect hot tub for folks looking to stick to a tight budget but also want a large hot tub. The Monterey Premier spa is one of the largest spas in the Freeflow Spas line, comfortably seating up to 7 adults. With Plug-N-Play technology, the Monterey Premier is easy to set up with no electrical hard-wiring required. Made from tough, weather-resistant materials with an elegant wood cabinet upgrade, the Monterey Premier invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the spa with friends or by yourself.

FreeFlow Excursion Premier

Also made by the makers of Hot Spring Spas, Watkins Wellness, so you know the quality and customer service will not disappoint. The 5-seat Excursion Premier, by Freeflow Spas, features a lounge for maximum comfort and a molded-in ice bucket, making it the perfect spot for entertaining friends or spending time with family. Sit back and relax in the lounge seat as calf jets massage your legs, leaving you feeling rejuvenated.

Hot Spring Hot Spot Rhythm

Part of the Hot Spring Spas value series hot tubs, the Rhythm hot tub offers a more traditional hot tub aesthetic and a higher end experience than a Plug N Play unit. The price of the Rhythm hot tub will also accommodate most folks on a tighter budget. The spacious Rhythm is everyone’s favorite place to gather. Our largest model in the value series includes four comfortable captain’s chairs, a cool down seat, and large footwell. Easy water care experience, unparalleled quality, and white glove customer service.

Hot Spring Hot Spot Relay

Almost identical to the Rhythm hot tub, however, this model also features a lounge chair for those who want to really lay back and relax in their hot tub. You’ll find your perfect seat in the versatile Relay. There’s plenty of room for a group, or stretch out for a solo soak and enjoy soothing massage from neck to toe. High quality design & engineering built to last 10-20 years.

Hot Spring Hot Spot Stride

For the individuals looking for a more intimate hot tubbing experience or have less room to work with, the stride is one of the best hot tubs for the money in this case. The Stride offers seating for three with a lower step-over height for easy access. A comfortable lounge and adjustable jets leave you recharged and ready for the next challenge. Also featured in the value series of Hot Spring Spas, helping you stick to your budget in a hot tub that is going to offer an experience you’ll enjoy every single day.

FreeFlow Azure Premier

Our last, but certainly not least, best hot tub for the money is our FreeFlow Azure Premier hot tub. Just like the previous Stride hot tub, this is the perfect option for folks who have a tighter area in their backyard to work with. Truly a budget friendly hot tub, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you were able to stick to your hot tub budget & find a hot tub that isn’t compromising on quality. Deep and spacious, the Azure Premier by Freeflow Spas spa provides the perfect antidote to aches and pains. Massage your tired feet on the perfectly placed foot-jets or lean back and enjoy the comfortable lounge seat. This spa also features a serene waterfall, an LED underwater light, and Plug-N-Play technology.


Want to learn more about how much hot tubs cost? Check out our Hot Tub Pricing Guide.

Questions? Comment below & one of our wellness consultants will respond as soon as possible. Happy Hot Tubbing!

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