Hot Tub Buying Guide:

Choosing the right tub for your budget can be tricky with so many options available, So we decided to put our best guide together to help you decide what’s best for your budget for hot tubs under 5000.

So - What Are The Best Hot Tubs Under-£5000 And How You Should Prepare Yourself For Delivery & Installation:

Before we get into the hot tubs we decided to review below, We can agree that buying a new hot tub is an exiting time for anybody but you must get it right to avoid disappointment which could quickly become costly, It’s not like you can just put it back in the post box and send it back so you must be prepared both at home ready for both delivery and making sure your hot tub will fit in it’s chosen destination and access is gain-able to your tubs final destination.

There Are A Few Things To Bear In Mind When Your Thinking Of Buying A New Hot Tub, Use Our Guide Below To Learn More About The Delivery & Installation Process and How To Prepare Yourself And Your Property Prior To Delivery:

  1. You must make sure you get the right size hot tub to fit your space.
  2. You must make sure you have the access to allow your delivery to allow access the designated space for your hot tub.
  3. You must consider the final placement of your hot tub making sure of a solid foundation to the ground.
  4. You must consider how many people are likely to be using the tub at any given time as to the size tub you need.
  5. You must consider whether you want a Plug and Play 13-AMP Hot Tub that you can plug straight into your home sockets, As some tubs require a higher voltage which Will require an electrician to install.
  6. Consider how many extra features your going to get with your new hot tub such as how many jets, seats, whether it has Bluetooth speakers, Built in headrests, LED lighting, Water Fountains, Good quality heating controls such as Balboa
In this review we cover only three hot tubs based on most recently sold items, sellers and manufacturer’s feedback and customer reviews, We only recommend product’s that we have either used, Or thoroughly researched, we find product’s that have been proven to be a hit with previous customers.

Our Top Pick - The Happy Hot Tub

Our Rating -
4.8/5

Miami Spas Happy Hot Tub - New For 2020

  • Luxury Happy Hot Tub Holds 5-6 Persons.
  • Dimensions -2 Metes x 2 Metres x 900-mm.
  • Jets x 44 Stainless Steel
  • Balboa 3-KW Heater & Balboa Smart Control Panel.
  • LED Lights Built In To Foot-well & Waterline Level.
  • 3 x Waterfall System Built In.
  • Fully Foam Insulated Base & Walls.
  • No Bypass Filtration & Ozone Disinfection System.
  • Built In Headrests x 3.
  • Built In Speakers.
  • 32-AMP Electrical Supply Required (Electrician Required)
  • Comes With A Parts Only Warranty Limited To Exceptions Of Neglect.

Available In Three Colours

Three hot tub images

Extras Included With The Miami Spa Happy Hot Tub: 

 

This tub has all the benefits you would need when thinking of purchasing without the need to buy extra accessories as it comes with all you need such as,

Top Cover lid Included:
Luxury hard wearing cover lid unlike others where you would buy the lid separately.

Side Steps Included:
It also comes with the side steps shown in pictures unlike others where you would again buy separately with many other models.

Bluetooth Sound System:
It has a built in sound system which is Bluetooth compatible allowing you and your friends to hook up your smart phones or tablets and play your favourite music whilst relaxing in your hot tub.

Build Quality:
The build quality is superb with no expense spared, Made up from sturdy aluminium outer frame with hard wearing composite wood panelling to the side panels that don’y only look great but will last for years whilst sat out in the elements of all weathers.

Seating up to 5/6 persons:
Being 2-Meter square it Comfortably seats 5-people, having two loungers and three seats.

Pro's

  • Seller is often subject to offers rather than the buy it now price.
  • Comes with everything you need without the need to buy further accessories.

Con's

  • Requires an electrician to install being 32-AMP.
  • Parts only warranty ( NO Labour Included )

Conclusion:

Considering this tub comes with everything you need and more with all the extras that are thrown in, we consider it to be the best choice in hot tubs under 5000.

Our Next Pick - The Bari Hot Tub

Our Rating -
4.5/5

Miami Spas Bari Premium Hot Tub - Seats 5-6

  • Canadian Gecko Control System.
  • Gecko Controls Guide – Model – IN.K300
  • Adjustable Gecko Heater – 2-KW.
  • Adjustable Jets x 49.
  • Size Dimensions – 2150 x 2150 Square, 880-mm Height.
  • 8 x Colourfull LED Lights To Base & Water Level Line.
  • Water Capacity – Holds 1300-Litres.
  • Waterfall Fountain Jets x 3.
  • Free Insulated Cover Lid.
  • 32-AMP Electricity Supply – (Requires Electrician)
  • Aluminium Frame With Strong PVC Base. 
  • 3 x Headrests Built In.
  • Built In Bluetooth Sound System.

Canadian Gecko Control Panel - IN.K300

Learn the benefits you can expect from the state of the art Gecko control panel with it’s many functions including.

  • WI-FI – Connect to your home WI-FI connection.
  • Bluetooth – Connect to your smart devices and play your music through the built in speakers.
  • Economy Mode – Set your own temperature points in economy mode.
  • Temperature Regulation – Pump automatically runs to check accurate set temperatures.
  • Filter Cycle Duration – Manually adjust the duration of filtering using the control keys.

Size:
The Bari hot tub is slightly larger than the previous Happy Miami Spa we covered above, Measuring up at 2150-M square with a heighjt of 880-mm which allows you a little more leg room and comfort overall, The Bari hot tub has 49 air jets to help massage your body from every angle.

Fountain Water Feature:
It has three fountain functions built in which are made to help further with the relaxation process giving you a lovely effect whilst the water clashes with the soft LED lighting with the sound of soft running water while you relax.

Ozone Feature:
The gecko also has a built in Ozone disinfectant feature that kills all bacteria’s and virus’s whilst releasing a powerful oxidising agent.

Available Colours:
Only available in one colour, white inner acrylic lining and grey composite wooden outer panelling which looks modern and stylish to be fair, the composite outer panelling is strong and robust, it will stand the test of time outside in all weathers.

About The Miami Bari Hot Tub:

Product Details:
The Miami Spas Bari made by platinum spas is made with the highest quality Aristech Acrylic, strong, sturdy, made to last cabinets made up of Aluminium frame with strong PVC base, Fully insulated with ozone built in for safer water. 

Hard-Wiring:
The hot tub can also be wired by the delivery team providing you have your electrics pre-installed ready to wire up, Should you not have an electrician to pre-install for you then the installation team offer a separate electrical service to help you get set up.

Setting Up The Tub:
The delivery team also help with setting up the tub, filling with water, adding chemicals and giving you an overview of all the functionalities of the hot tub control panel so you wont be left in the dark after the team guide you through all the critical pointers you need to know about the hot tub and it’s required maintenance going forward.

Pro's

  • Seller is often subject to offers rather than the buy it now price.
  • Spacious hot tub with more than average amount of jets.
  • Ozone feature built in to fight bacteria & Virus’s.
  • Delivery and installation options available.

Con's

  • Requires an electrician to install being 32-AMP.
  • Parts only warranty ( NO Labour Included ).
  • No steps included.
  • Only available in one colour.
  • Only has 2KW heater that may take longer to heat up.

Conclusion:

Overall it’s a spacious tub with lots of jets-49, Manufactured by platinum spas who are renowned for quality, would be better if it was available in different colours and offered steps with the deal, apart from that a 3-KW heater would have maybe been more effective to speed up the initial heating of the tub.

Our Last Pick - The Polar Hot Tub

Our Rating -
4.5/5

Modern Polar Hot Tub Whirlpool Spa ZR804

Specifications:

  • Seating Capicity -6/7 People – 1 x lounger – 5 x Seats.
  • Size Dimensions – Square – 2100 x 2100.
  • Jets – 35 x Adjustable Rotational & Direct – Waterfalls x 3.
  • Balboa Heater – 3KW – 220 240-VAC
  • LED Mood Lighting – Colour Changing.
  • Modern External LED Strip Lighting.
  • Balboa Heating & Control Systems.
  • Electric – 32-AMP (Electrician Required)
  • Luxury Lockable Insulated Top Cover.
  • Built In Bluetooth Sound System.
  • Built In Headrests x 3.
  • Water Capacity – 1500-Litres.
  • Strong Aluminium Frame.

Modern Looks:
The Polar tub is a nice looking modern tub, Finished in a marble style effect that are made up of 10-mm aluminium panels that have inside insulation that helps keep the heat in, It has stylish interior and exterior mood setting LED lighting.

Strongest Acrylic Reinforcement System:
The interior of the tub is made up of multi-layers including 2 x layers of foam isolation, 2 x layers of resin fibreglass, 1 x epoxy resin layer topped with a layer of the strongest Aristech acrylic.

The ABS base is made up with an inner 10-mm protective PVC board that will help to keep out the rain, dirt and pesticides.

UV Disinfectant System Built In:
The Polar has a built in filtration system that reduces the need for you to keep adding chemicals to your water as the germicidal UV light rays actually sanitise your hot tub for you, Resisting algae build up, also resists bacteria’s and virus’s infecting your water whilst massively reducing the time you might spend treating your water otherwise.

Mood Lighting LED’s:
The Polar has a large chromotherapy LED light built into the foot-well with more colourful LED’s to the waterline level, the jets and the cup holders, It has exterior strip lighting built into the side panels which makes for a modern look and helps in setting the right mood for you to enjoy your tub to the maximum.

Pro's

  • Modern looking marble finish with internal & external LED lighting strips.
  • Seller is often subject to offers rather than the buy it now price.
  • Has the latest Ozone UV filtration system technology reducing maintenance time whilst producing safe water..

Con's

  • Only has 35 jets.
  • Requires an electrician to install being 32-AMP.
  • Parts only warranty ( NO Labour Included )
  • No Steps Included

Conclusion:

Overall a very nice looking modern style hot tub with all the top spec balboa features you would expect from a hot tub under 5000 with the added benefit of the new technology UV filtration system to help enormously with the water maintenance, overall not a a bad choice in tub if you want the looks and you don’t mind buying steps separately.

10 Most Frequently Asked Hot Tub Questions:

  1. The main things to do are
  2. Measure up to make sure access is available.
  3. Have your designated area for the tub ready to place the tub on making sure it's level ground.
  4. Make sure to have your electric ready to power up your tub.
  5. Make sure you have a hose pipe ready to fill up your tub.

Cases where a crane would be required is usually when no other access applicable, either through the house or your side gate to your back garden, If that is not going to be possible then a crane may well be required, Always ask your hot tub dealer to arrange this for you before you commit to buying.

Hot tubs are either 13-AMP household sockets or 32/40-AMP which both require hard-wiring to power the tub safely using a 3-core cable and a IP65 45-AMP rotary isolator switch for a singular electric supply to your tub only. Other options are 13-AMP plug and play hot tubs which will plug straight into your home power sockets.

First you need to fill the tub and shock the water with chlorine granules whilst turning the tub jets on to mix the water, then use testing strips to test the water PH levels for the correct balance, For more info please follow our water treatment guide.

Absolutely NOT unless your running the tub hot, Otherwise leaving your tub out full of water and turned off will more than likely result in freezing the water pipes inside the tub which will expand whilst frozen, Then when thawed you can expect leaks from them frozen pipes after they have expanded causing them to slightly enlarge leaving gaps for water to then escape. 

You can expect your electricity bill to increase by around £10-per week for regular use.

Not recommended as this could cause damage to the interior acrylic panels, This results in cracking and blistering to the surfaces while the acrylic is only made to withstand the temperatures set by the tub itself. It can also confuse the heating system causing further problems. 

Depending on the power of the heater attached to your hot tub will depend on how long it will take to heat up, You can expect most tubs to take 9/10 hours, For best results It's best to plug it in and check the water manually.

This will depend on how often it is used, by how many people, whether you have kept up on your water maintenance, For best results it's recommended to change your water each and every month or so whilst keeping up on your water treatments.

If your planning on using your hot tub regularly then rather than turn it off, it's best to just turn the temperature down until your ready to use it, then turn it up again half an hour before you jump in.

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