What Are The Best Accessories For My Outdoor Hot Tub?
Your hot tub is a place in which you can relax, enjoy health-related benefits such as improved quality of sleep, and spend quality with your family and friends. While even a simple spa can provide temporary relief from pain, reduce stress, and please owners, useful outdoor hot tub accessories can enhance your overall spa experience.
Here’s a guide to the most common functional, entertainment, and cooling accessories that allow you to experience your spa in new ways.
FUNCTIONAL HOT TUB ACCESSORIES
Sometimes, simple things count in big ways. While numerous accessories are available to help you make the most of your hot tub, functional hot tub accessories work specifically to make it easier to use your spa. For instance, cover lifters make it easier to remove and replace your cover, while remote monitoring allows you to control your hot tub from afar.
Cover Lifters. Hot tub covers are heavy, bulky, and can get damaged if left to sit on the ground each time you use your hot tub. Cover lifters ease these concerns, allowing hot tub owners to remove and replace their covers very easily, and keep covers off the ground. While it might be tempting to choose a generic cover lifter, remember that you’ll use this important accessory each time you use your hot tub. A well-built, durable cover lifter designed specifically for your spa is the smarter choice. This is one of the hot tub accessories that we highly recommend purchasing with your spa.
Advanced Water Care. Traditionally, hot tub water is maintained by regular testing, which helps you keep your spa clean and clear by adding pH balancers and chemical purifiers, such as chlorine. While this method works fine, easier ways to care for spa water have been developed. Upgrading to a continuous water treatment option, such as the EverFresh® Water Care System, reduces spa maintenance time and the need for chlorine. Even more advanced systems, such as the ACE® saltwater system, purify water with an absolute minimal amount of chemical additives and owner upkeep.
Remote Monitoring. The ability to adjust hot tub settings from a distance can be a great relief for those who own a spa at a vacation home or rental property, and for people who have children. A remote-monitoring mobile app that synchronizes with your spa, such as Connextion® from Hot Spring®, allows you to monitor the health of your spa and adjust its settings from miles away. Turning your hot tub on as you leave work, for example, means that it will be ready for you—at the perfect temperature—the moment you get home. Also, by subscribing to Connextion, you and your dealer are alerted to spa needs and service requirements, ensuring that any issues that arise can be handled quickly.
Steps. Hot tubs can stand 3’ tall or higher, which might pose a problem for people with limited mobility. Hot tub steps can make entering and exiting your spa easier. Quality steps are water-resistant, slip-resistant, and constructed to survive exposure to the elements over the years. A variety of steps are available, including those that match your spa cabinet or look like natural stone.
Handrail. A handrail (or two) can assist those who have trouble getting into and out of a hot tub, including children. The handrail base plate slips under the spa cabinet for stability, and the rail swings for even easier spa entry and exit.
Umbrella. Adding a spa side umbrella can add shade, reduce glare, and provide skin protection against the sun’s hot rays. An umbrella can also protect you from rain or snow, so you can stick to your daily soaking routine even when the weather isn’t cooperative. Umbrellas from Hot Spring rotate 360°.
Pillows. Specially designed spa pillows attach to headrests in your spa’s shell to comfortably cradle your head and neck. Waterproof and perfectly sized, a spa pillow will only add to your hot tub bliss.
Towel Tree. If you lack a place to hang your towels near your hot tub, a towel tree will keep your towels close by and off the ground, allowing them to dry faster.
Outdoor Lighting. While most spas have their own lighting systems, you might want to light your hot tub with additional exterior lighting. The beautiful Clarion® lighting system from Hot Spring includes three light bars that bathe your spa area in a lovely moonlight glow, impress your friends, and help prevent trips, slips, falls, and other accidents.
While many spas come with a standard entertainment system, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Entertainment accessories help you get the absolute most from your spa audio and visual experiences. Here’s a look at the popular options:
- Bluetooth® Connectivity. When you order a music-ready spa, you can enhance it with Bluetooth® technology, which allows you to wirelessly connect your home devices to your spa. You can stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks, and control the volume and track choice from your spa’s control panel. For a more customized experience, you can also pair your own speakers to the system.
- Television Monitors. You don’t have to choose between a hot tub soak and Game of Thrones. With a TV monitor for your spa, you can watch your favorite shows, sports, movies, and more while relaxing in the most comfortable spot in your home—your personal hot tub. Quality hot tub monitors are built for outdoor viewing and longevity. Protective monitor covers can be purchased separately.
HOT TUB COOLING SYSTEMS
Hot tub cooling systems create a new way to use your hot tub. While most spas only allow you to heat spa water, Hot Spring spas equipped with the CoolZone™ System allow you to cool your water, as well. This is perfect for hot summer days when you might crave a refreshing dip in cool, clear water. Cooling systems are great for athletes looking for cold therapy, too. The time it takes to cool the spa and heat it up again will depend on the size of your spa, but a few hours is the norm.
Accessories for your outdoor hot tub can strengthen your relationship with your spa, making it more likely that you’ll use it day after day and year after year. Stop by Continental Pool & Spa just north of 120th and Center Street in Omaha and we will walk you through the accessory options available in the store, or you can browse the accessories on our website.
At Continental Pool & Spa, we believe that every aspect of your spa experience should be sculpted to perfection. That’s why we only offer quality hot tub accessories. To learn more about which options are available, download our brochure. To view pricing information on spa accessories, request a quote.