Turn your summer vacation into a spa-worthy staycation.

By Hillary Maglin
Updated July 14, 2020
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Hot tubs: they're the smaller, calmer cousins of sprawling backyard pools. But smaller doesn't always mean less fun — what hot tubs lack in size, they make up for in...pretty much everything else. Unlike a 20,000 gallon swimming pool, a hot tub can easily take up residence in the corner of your deck or patio, and be used nearly year-round. And let's not even get started on the difference in maintenance work required for each.

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The hardest thing about becoming a new hot tub owner? Deciding on the size, shape, and features. From simple two-person tubs to larger models equipped with waterfalls and dozens of jets, these are the best hot tubs for every taste.

AquaRest Spas Premium 300 2-person Hot Tub

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If you're envisioning something small and subtle for your backyard, look no further than this triangular two-person tub from AquaRest Spas. It slides neatly into corners and other small spaces, but the bubbling water jets and fun LED light settings are enough to turn your patio into a resort oasis.

To buy: wayfair.com, $2,360

Hudson Bay Spas 6-person Plug and Play Hot Tub

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Got something a little more spacious in mind? Try out this option from Hudson Bay Spas. The acrylic tub features a waterfall and LED lighting, and it's roomy enough for half a dozen people to comfortably enjoy the 19 built-in jets.

To buy: wayfair.com, $2,700

Home and Garden Spas 6-person 71-jet Hot Tub

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Consider this tub the upgraded version of the Plug and Play. Constructed with a whopping 71 jets, this tub was made for total relaxation. The only thing that makes this at-home spa experience even better: sharing it with five friends or family members.

To buy: wayfair.com, $4,800

Intex 4-person Inflatable Hot Tub

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If you're looking for a tub you can break down and stow away at the end of each season, an inflatable option from Intex might be up your alley. By far the most affordable option on the list, this rounded tub quickly inflates and deflates, allowing you to easily store it indoors when it's not in use.

To buy: target.com, $643

American Spas 7-person Hot Tub With Waterfall

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At seven feet wide, and roomy enough for a party of seven, this extra-large option from American Spas really ups the hot tub ante. Available in silver-white or a marbled mahogany look, the 30-jet tub beautifully complements any outdoor space.

To buy, wayfair.com, $4,200

AquaRest Spas Elite 600 6-person Hot Tub

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Give your patio a sleek, modern look with this polyethylene hot tub from AquaRest Spas. Built with fun features like drink holders, hydrotherapy jets, LED lights, and a waterfall, this tub is a stellar choice, especially if you're on a budget.

To buy: wayfair.com, $2,660

Canadian Spa Co. Alberta Se 6-person Hot Tub

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This luxurious option from the renowned Canadian Spa Co. is made for homeowners looking to truly transform their outdoor space. The Alberta Se is more than just a hot tub, making it totally worth the hefty price tag. With wraparound stairs, a dry seating area, towel and accessory storage, and a food and drink counter, this tub is a backyard entertainment center. Plus, the top-notch LED lighting system is pretty awesome, if you ask us.

To buy: wayfair.com, $20,600

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