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A hot tub in a backyard
A hot tub in a backyard
A soaking tub brings relaxation to this Santa Barbara backyard.

Hot tubs are the classic backyard wellness staple, providing the perfect, year-round setting for relaxation and stress-relief. There are many reasons why Yardzen clients request hot tubs, ranging from socializing and entertainment, to muscle recovery and increased circulation. Plus, a well-maintained hot tub can enhance the look and feel of your outdoor space, especially when well integrated into the design, increasing your value of your property. 

Hot tubs come in an array of styles, seating and equipment options, and prices. Above-ground hot tubs can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $16,000, so finding the right one for your yard is paramount, and we’re here to help.

As the largest nationwide landscape design company in the US, we crowdsourced a list of the best hot tubs for at-home outdoor use with feedback from our team of landscape designers (and client wishlists). Below are five hot tub ideas to choose from and why you might consider each.

Cedar Hot Tub

A cedar hot tub is a popular choice for its natural beauty and durability. The wood’s natural oils provide insulation, making it energy-efficient and requiring of less maintenance. With a timeless aesthetic, comfortable seating, and a relaxing aroma, a cedar hot tub offers a classic and enjoyable outdoor spa experience. Pictured here: Round Cedar Hot Tub from Zen Bathworks

Photo Credit: Zen Bathworks

Inflatable Hot Tub

An inflatable hot tub provides a convenient and portable option for those who may not want a permanent fixture. Its inflatable nature allows for easy setup and storage, making it ideal for people with limited outdoor space. Plus, inflatable hot tubs are generally more affordable than traditional, built-in alternatives, offering an accessible way to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub experience. Pictured here: 6-person Sahara Bubble Spa from Wayfair

Photo credit: Wayfair

In-Ground Hot Tub

An in-ground hot tub offers a seamless integration into your outdoor space, providing a luxurious and permanent addition to your home. The built-in design allows for a more customized and visually appealing solution, often complementing the overall landscaping and design of your yard. In-ground hot tubs also tend to offer larger capacities, making them an ideal choice for those seeking a long-term, high-end spa experience. Pictured here: Aquatica Downtown from Aquatica

An in-ground hot tub
Photo credit: Aquatica

Above-Ground Hot Tub

An above-ground hot tub offers the advantage of easier installation and relocation than an in-ground one, making it a flexible option for various outdoor settings. Its portable nature allows for more affordable initial costs and provides the flexibility to take the hot tub with you if you move. Above-ground hot tubs are often quicker to set up, making them a practical choice for those who want to enjoy a spa experience without the complexities of in-ground installations. Pictured in this design: Cyanna Valley Spas 103 5 from Wayfair

An above ground hot tub tucked into planting, just off a staggered paved path

Wood-Fired Hot Tub

A wood-fired hot tub offers a unique and eco-friendly heating option, using natural resources to create a relaxing spa experience. The absence of electricity requirements makes it ideal for remote locations or off-grid living. Additionally, the wood-burning aspect adds to the overall ambiance, providing a traditional and rustic feel to the hot tub experience. Pictured here: Wood Fired Hot Tub from Alumitubs

Photo Credit: Alumitubs

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