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Cal Spas Hot Tubs review

The sheer number of hot tub models at Cal Spas is a little overwhelming, but it should have a model that fits your needs.

Cal Spas Hot Tubs Review

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

Not only does Cal Spas have the largest number of hot tub models of any manufacturer we evaluated, and it also has plenty of upgrade options and features. You might find the site a bit overwhelming, but those who have invested have rated Cal Spas on its high quality products, and good customer service.


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    Large variety in a variety of shapes and sizes

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    Fun extras such as the Fountain of Youth setting

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    Made in the U.S.


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    No indication of pricing available online

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    Overwhelming amount of features

Cal Spas has 51 hot tub models across six product lines, as well as a selection of swim spas. The sheer number of hot tub models at Cal Spas is a little overwhelming, especially since the website doesn’t offer a good way to directly compare models. Still, Cal Spas is sure to have some of the best hot tubs (opens in new tab) to exactly fit your needs with twice as many models as most other hot tub manufacturers. All models are made in the U.S. and customers generally love their products.

Cal Spas Hot Tubs review: Pricing and value 

  • Pricing is unclear and hard to differentiate between models 
  • Highly rated for quality and value-for-money

Like many other hot tub manufacturers, Cal Spas does not have any pricing information available without contacting a dealer. You can get an idea of the manufacturer’s model prices relative to one another based on the product line. 

For example, a hot tub in the Patio Spas line is likely to cost less than a model from the Escape line. Cal Spas Hot Tubs are generally regarded to be reasonably priced though, and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and U.S. manufacturing we think it’s an investment which will stand the test of time. 

That being said, there’s no way to directly compare prices which is a function we’ve seen on most other sites such as Hot Spring Hot Tubs (opens in new tab), which had a rating of between one and five dollar signs to indicate relative costs.  

Cal Spas Hot Tubs review: Models and choice

  • 51 models broken into six product lines 
  • More premium models have more custom options  

Cal Spas’ 51 hot tubs are broken up into six product lines. Really, it’s three product lines, but each line has a regular and Plus sub-categories. The first line is the Patio line, which has eight models that use a 110V outlet so you can install them without special electrical work. The Patio Spas seat three to six people. 

The Patio Plus Spas line has nine models, six of which are upgraded versions of Patio models with more jets, but require a 220V outlet. With the Escape and Platinum lines, the Plus models generally have more jets, as is the case with the Bel Air models, or an additional pump, like the Avalon models. 

Some hot tubs have more than a regular and a plus version of the same model. For example, there are two models in the Escape line called the Bel Air, though these hot tubs have different product numbers. The naming conventions used by Cal Spas isn’t clear, which is something to keep track of when shopping.

The Platinum Plus line, which has four models, has more customization options than other CalSpas hot tubs. For these top-of-the-line spas, you can choose between ten jet configurations for your spa seats to personalize your spa to your hydrotherapy needs. Though this offers more customization than most hot tub brands, Bullfrog Spas Hot Tubs (opens in new tab) offers better custom massage options.

Cal Spas Hot Tubs review

Cal Spas Hot Tubs come in 51 different models  (Image credit: Cal Spa)

Cal Spas Hot Tubs review: Features 

  • Myriad of upgrade options and features 
  • Bluetooth sound system, waterfalls and LED lighting add-ons

As expected from a company that gives you so many model choices, Cal Spas also has a ton of upgrade options and features. In addition to the basics, Cal Spas also offers the Fountain of Youth hydrotherapy system that uses a bunch of tiny bubbles to increase the oxygen in the spa water. This gives the water a silkier feel and stimulates cell and collagen regeneration. 

Another exclusive to Cal Spas is the Adjustable Therapy seat, one seat in select spas that has adjustable jets. This lets you tailor your hydrotherapy further by controlling the power and type of jet blasts from low, rolling flow to a powerful, continuous burst. 

In addition to water filtration and chemical sanitization, Cal Spas offers salt water, UV-C and ozone water sanitation options. You can also opt to have your hot tub insulated with full foam, which is a good idea if your climate is regularly below freezing. Cal Spas also sells a variety of spa surrounds and steps. Entertainment options include waterfalls and fountains, Bluetooth sound system, additional LED lighting and Wi-Fi module. Like Sundance Spas Hot Tubs (opens in new tab), there’s also the option of an app to connect to your hot tub. 

Should you choose a Cal Spas hot tub? 

Cal Spas is a great place to start shopping for a hot tub because it has so many choices, even if the website makes it a little difficult to compare models, features and prices. As a company it has a great reputation and customers have generally been satisfied with their high-quality, American-made products. Within its six product lines and 51 hot tub models, you should find something you like. 

For other ways to relax (or get fit) in water, we'd also recommend our guides to the best swim spas (opens in new tab) and the best inflatable hot tubs (opens in new tab)

Rebecca has been writing about technology since 2015. She specializes in smartphones, phone plans, DNA tests and home networking equipment. She has a bachelors degree in creative writing and English literature from the University of Evansville. Rebecca currently works as the co-founder of All Times Are Local, a foster care organization.