This is an odd post from a local hot tub dealer who sells only 1 or 2 brands of spas, but I often get asked by customers who are shopping, what are the best hot tub brands?

I often rattle off the following names, and let the customer know if they are looking at these brands then they have done some good research and are looking at the best of the best.

The following list is in NO PARTICULAR ORDER, thats because they all make a great hot tub and you really can’t go wrong with any of these companies. Are there only 5 good hot tub manufacturers out there, of course not, but I wanted to limit myself and this post to what I think are the top 1%, cream of the crop spa brands out right now.

I used a few factors in deciding one who to include on this list, mostly it came down to experience with the brands over my 15 years in the industry, as well as company longevity, overall quality, and product innovation.

2017 Best Hot Tub Manufacturers

Watkins Wellness


Watkins Manufacturing now Watkins Wellness is one of the older names in the business, and sell a huge volume of hot tubs in North America. They make 2 great long standing brands in Hot Springs and Caldera Spas.

Watkins made the push in the last 2 years to really transform what the traditional hot tub design looks like. With the help of the acclaimed BMW design group they redesigned the high end Hot Springs Highlife Series models and created the NXT spas in 2015. In 2016 they worked with BMW again on redesigning the Caldera Utopia Series units which look absolutely amazing. Watkins has really put a lot of thought into the overall comfort of their spas, I think whether you go Hot Springs or Caldera you will get some of the most comfortable seating in a hot tub out there.

On top of their 2 premium lines in Hot Springs and Caldera, Watkins also manufactures one of the best selling rotomold 110v plug and play spas in the industry; Freeflow Spas. If you are looking for an affordable (sub $5000) easily portable hot tub, Freeflow has some really well built models.


jacuzzi best spas 2015

You can’t have a top 5 list of hot tub brands without Jacuzzi, they pretty much invented the product category. The Jacuzzi brothers pioneered the hydrotherapy pump system way back in 1956, when hot tubs were just wine barrels. Today they continue to produce world class spas, and their new j-500 series designer spa is one of the best looking hot tubs on the market right now.

Bullfrog Spas

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BullFrog Spas has not been around nearly as long as some of the other hot tub brands on this list but they are well deserving. This Utah based spa manufacturer started up in 1996 and quickly made its mark on the industry for its innovative take on hot tub jetting systems. Having patented the JetPack Bullfrog made it possible for hot tub customers to basically build their own spa hydrotherapy experience. Each spa has Jetpack consisting of a different jetting system, these Jetpacks can be taken out and moved from seat to seat, or upgraded for different Jetpacks as new styles are released.

Dimension One Spas

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Even though the long time independent D1 spas was recently acquired by the Jacuzzi company it is still a separate hot tub brand. Dimension One is a major innovator in the hot tub industry and came into the market based on a belief that they could produce a better spa shell. By partnering with the Bayer company the designed a durable polymer material to use for the spa shells. They called this material Ultralife and give it a lifetime warranty. You will have to like white, as it is the only color it comes in.

Marquis Spas


Marquis is an independent employee owned company that has been making a quality hot tub since 1980. Like most of the other spas on the list they have been around a long time. They have been rated #1 in initial quality by the independent Trade Certified Organization in the Spa category that rates the top spas manufacturers in the industry. Their exclusive HK40 40 gallon per minute HOT ZONE jets are some of the most powerful jets in the industry and their idea of high flow low pressure has made them one of the top spas when it comes to deep tissue hot water massage.

Again this list is presented in no particular order and is just to be used as a reference for shoppers looking to learn ONE hot tub salesman’s opinion on the top hot tub manufacturers and brands in the country based on 16 years experience in the industry. If you are looking for a quality , therapeutic backyard hot tub experience you can not go wrong with any of the companies above. You should also make sure that you buy your spa from a good local dealer who has a good service department and been around for a good amount of time, as a hot tub brand is only as good as its dealer.

About the Author


Jay is the retail sales manager at Precision Pool Construction and has been running the store for the past 9 years. He has been in the pool and spa industry for the last 17 years and is CPO certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. In addition to his pool and spa experience, Jay is an accomplished solo singer/songwriter who has been featured on various Boston radio stations and has played in some of the areas best music venues. Check out the tunes here Connect with Jay on Google +


  1. Have owned a Calspa for about 20 yrs. Comparing and contrasting a Bullfrog and a Royal Spa to replace Calspa. What are your thoughts? Thank you.

  2. I ran across AquaFirm which is a division on Mattress Firm at the Houston Rodeo in the convention center. They had Beachcomer branded spas there that seemed of good quality and they said they did the full installation as well. I found your site here and have read all of the previous comments and have not seen Beachcomer anywhere. They salesman at the show was a typical high pressure sales guy who wanted to close the deal on the spot without letting me investigate them or their brand, so I walked away. They are selling the floor models there for a few more days with a hefty discount (if you believe the “normal retail price”. What is your opinion of the dealer and this brand of spa? Thanks

  3. Bullfrog all day in that race. As there is just not enough about Royal Spas out there.

    I really like what Bullfrog has done in the last couple years they really fixed some things with their jetpacks which made for a much better spa.

  4. Hi Jay! My family and I recently purchased a Caldera Utopia Series Niagara hot tub from a local dealer. This is our first hot tub, and it is scheduled to be delivered early next week. What are your thoughts on this particular model, and do you have any feedback from customers who have purchased it? We are very excited, but considering the price, we don’t want to end up with buyer’s remorse. Thanks for your feedback!

    -The Armstrongs

  5. I have a 1999 Calspa. Having trouble with the ozonator dripping. Replaced it with another and am still getting drips from new ozonator via small filter. Is an ozonator needed. I’ve only replaced the ozonator one other time in the hot tubs lifetime. And only recently replaced it because I saw a drip coming out of it. What do you think?

  6. Hi Elissa,

    The Niagara is a BEAST! Love that spa. The Utopia series Caldera’s are probably the most comfortable spas I have sat in. THere is a lot of detail in the sculpting of the seating that helps really hold you against the jets. The build quality is best in class, there is a reason they are the largest hot tub manufacturer in the world, they know their stuff. I was in the factory not too long ago and got to see them put these things together, I was very impressed!

    You got an awesome spa!

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