There are many different types of hot tub covers, so the most important thing to remember is that you need to find the best hot tub covers for the hot tub you have.
Choosing the right cover will help keep energy costs low, as well as lengthen the lifespan of your hot tub, help keep it clean, and protect it from the elements.
1. Hard Hot Tub Covers
Hard hot tub covers are the most popular because they are affordable and have a high R-value, which means they are well-insulated. They can also be designed to precisely fit your hot tub so it seals perfectly around the edges and retains heat.
They are made of durable vinyl that is easy to wipe clean and a foam core for retaining heat. These covers can be heavy to lift, but are great for any environment and will last a long time as long as they do not get punctured or damaged, at which point the core may soak up water.
2. Soft Hot Tub Covers
Soft hot tub covers are great for indoor hot tubs. They are made from vinyl, which is easy to clean, and are stretched over the top of the hot tub and secured to the cabinets on the sides, then rolled up when not in use.
An inflatable pillow is used to prevent water from pooling on top when it rains. These covers are low-cost and lightweight but do not provide insulation.
3. In-Ground Hot Tub Covers
In-ground hot tub covers work differently than above-ground hot tub covers because the sides of the hot tub are beneath the ground. In-ground hot tub covers slide over the top of the hot tub and can contain a foam core for retaining shape and heat or look like a blanket, which floats on top of the water.
Solar spa blankets use the heat of the sun to keep the hot tub warm and lower energy costs.
The Best Hot Tub Cover Brands
The best hot tub covers are the ones that fit your hot tub snugly and are made from durable materials, like the ones below.
• Covana Hot Tub Covers – These hot tub covers are automated so you can open and close your cover by simply turning a key.
• Bullfrog Spas – Bullfrog Spas covers are included with your spa purchase, which means they will fit your hot tub perfectly.
• Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs – Designed for quality, Jacuzzi covers are durable and great at retaining heat. They also offer automated options for easier use.
How Long Do Hot Tub Covers Last?
Answering the question, “How long do hot tub covers last?” will depend on what the hot tub cover is made of, whether it is compatible with your hot tub, and how well it is taken care of.
Generally, a well-cared-for hardcover will last for years, as long it is not damaged by weather or debris. Covers that are inexpensive also tend to be cheaply made, so make sure you are getting a high-quality hot tub cover for maximum longevity.
How to Clean Hot Tub Covers
Learning how to clean a hot tub cover is not as hard as you might think. Follow any instructions given in your owner’s manual or by your hot tub dealer.
Remove the cover from your hot tub and rinse it off with a hose. Use a scrub brush and gentle soap, or a cleaner made specifically for hot tubs, and gently scrub in a circular motion across the cover until dirt and mildew have been removed.
How to Choose Hot Tub Covers
The most important things to remember when it comes to choosing the best hot tub covers are to find one that fits your hot tub snugly, provides quality insulation, and is made from durable materials.
Talk to the experts at Paradise Valley Spas, or another hot tub dealer near you, for more information about choosing the right cover for your hot tub.