How to Choose a Family Hot Tub

Getting the entire family to gather in one location is a challenge for people all over the world. Add to that the difficulty of convincing everyone to put down their phones for a while and engage in face-to-face conversation.

Good news! Hot tubs are good for a lot more than just the health benefits! When you sit together in a soothing spa, with electronic devices safely out of the splash zone, it instantly becomes easier to enjoy the company of friends and family, especially if you know some great hot tub games.

Kids and teenagers will also love family hot tub time because Mom and Dad won’t be distracted by work obligations or their own technology temptations. Plus, they now have a way to entertain friends and a great excuse to throw the coolest backyard parties.

How to Choose the Best Family Hot Tubs

Since no two families are exactly alike, it’s a good thing family leisure hot tubs come in a wide selection of sizes and variations. Consider the specific needs of your family using the categories below to help you choose the one that is right for you. You can also take this helpful quiz from Bullfrog Spas.

Space

The first step is to measure the space you have to make sure you get a hot tub that will fit. Remember to leave space around the hot tub for walking and cleaning. You’ll also want to consider how many people will be getting in at one time and choose from the family hot tubs that offer plenty of space.

Seating

Similar to the amount of space within the hot tub, you’ll want to make sure you have an appropriate number of seats to accommodate everyone. You can also customize the types of seats. For example, seats can be higher so they can be used by children, or lower for taller family members.

Jets

Another customization option in family hot tubs is the jet types and placement. Consider whether you will be using any of the jets for specific therapy needs or general relaxation. One of the best ways to ensure you get a variety of jets is with the JetPak Therapy System from Bullfrog Spas. It includes 17 different interchangeable JetPaks, so you can swap them out based on current therapeutic needs, or who is using the hot tub.

Water Care System

The best family hot tubs also have water systems that are easy to maintain and care for. You don’t want to waste precious family time measuring and adjusting chemicals. Look for one that does most of the work for you, including filtering, purifying, and regulating the levels of chemicals.

Fun

You can also add fun features to make the hot tub more exciting for kids, like colorful lights and audio systems. Remember, a “fun” zone is one that will be well-used!

Hot Tub Safety

A crucial thing to remember when looking at family leisure hot tubs is the safety of your family. Make sure to choose a hot tub with a tight-fitting, locking cover. Don’t allow children to stay in the hot tub longer than 15 minutes at a time, and keep the temperature at or below 95 degrees if your kids will be getting in with you. Children under 5 should stay out of the hot tub altogether.

Best Hot Tub Brands

Choosing from the best family hot tubs means you’ll also have to choose from the best brands. There are several great companies to choose from, so it’s wise to do your research and find the one with the features that are most important to you. Check out this guide for additional brand comparison information.


Once you’ve gathered all the necessary information, head to your local hot tub and spa dealer to find the family hot tub of your dreams!

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