Pros / HotSpring Spas has a better variety of small hot tub models than most manufacturers.
Cons / Compared to others, HotSpring does not have as many color options.
Verdict / Hot Spring has 20 spa models that give you all the benefits of hydrotherapy using proprietary jets, ozone or salt water sanitation systems and eco-conscious features.
HotSpring was one of the only hot tub brands we evaluated that offers a salt water sanitation system. That, along with its variety of models and energy-saving features, makes it a notable hot tub manufacturer, though the pricing information on its website is a little confusing.
HotSpring Spas breaks the pricing structure into entry-level, value-priced, premium and luxury hot tubs. Their breakdown is a little different from other manufacturers we reviewed, as it puts the price ranges for these groups at $3,000-$5,000, $4,000-$8,000, $6,000-$10,000 and $10,000-$16,000+ respectively. This does not directly translate to the dollar sign system used on each of the product’s information pages which uses a scale of one to five dollar signs to indicate its price range. One dollar sign indicates a price up to $6,999. Each additional dollar sign is at an interval of $2,000, with five dollar signs corresponding to $13,000 and up. Thirteen of the company’s 20 models are in the highest two price ranges, with two or three models in each of the others.
HotSpring Spas has 20 hot tub models including five small tubs with three or fewer seats. This is a few more options than most manufacturers have for small tubs, though the available models are either at the bottom of the price scale (one dollar sign) or in the premium range (four dollar signs). Ten of the 20 models seat four to six people, and the remaining five seat six or more. Aside from size, the models are also split into three product lines. The lower-priced tubs are in the Hot Spot range. The middle line is the Limelight, and the Highlife line has the manufacturer’s top of the line products.
Jets and Features
HotSpring has 11 jet types, including the Moto-Massage DX, which uses two simultaneous streams of water that sweep up and down your back. More common directional and rotating jets are available as well, though not all jets types are available in all spa models. While this offers a good variety, HotSpring does not offer the same level of customization as Bullfrog Spas.
One notable thing about HotSpring is the company’s focus on energy efficiency. All the spa models have energy saving features, including dimmable lighting and SmartJet controls that let you direct power to only the jets you want to use. These features are great for your wallet because they save energy and reduce the monthly operational costs. All HotSpring models are certified by the California Energy Commission in accordance with the state’s energy efficiency laws.
Overall, HotSpring has a good selection of energy-efficient spas, particular in the premium and luxury price ranges.