Hot Tub Sizes: Choosing the Best One for You

A common question for many first-time hot tub buyers is what size their hot tub should be. With so many hot tub models available, it can be hard to determine which is ideal for you. 

In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the factors you should consider to help you determine which size your new hot tub should be. Let’s dive in!

How Many People Will Be Using Your Hot Tub?

Hot tubs come in a range of models from two-person loungers to nine-person tubs. So, one of the first things you’ll need to figure out is how many people will be using your hot tub regularly.

couple relaxing in a jacuzzi hot tub
  • 2 to 3 seating options are ideal for couples.
  • 4 to 5 seating options are great for small families and couples with guests; this size is most popular.
  • 6+ seating options are perfect for large families and people who like to entertain. 


Another factor to consider when deciding what size of hot tub you should purchase is if you want a hot tub with lounge seating or open seating.

Lounge Seating

A lounge seat is designed with a more reclined position allowing you to put your feet up. A hot tub with a lounge seat may be ideal for active people who are looking to relax and reduce muscle strain after a strenuous workout as the lounge seat provides an all-around hydromassage. 

Lounge seating, however, removes one of the corner seats to accommodate the space, which reduces the overall number of seats available. Having a lounge seat also decreases sociability and they can sometimes be too small for taller people or too large for shorter people. 

Open Seating

A hot tub with open seating has a more open concept with seating in the corners. Its design allows for better socializing and an array of hydromassage jet options across all of the seats. 

Open-seating hot tubs provide some of the deep tissue massaging that a lounge seat would offer, but without the full-body experience or reclined positioning.

Hot Tub Features

3 seated jacuzzi hot tub installed in a patio

Hot tubs come with a variety of features, including water features, design options, and more. Shop around, research, and identify which features are most important to you. For example, innovative jet systems help relieve muscle pain and provide relaxing massages, waterfalls cascade water down your neck, and Bluetooth speakers allow for streaming your favorite music. Some hot tubs even have the option to pair with your smartphone so you can conveniently adjust the temperature, jets, and other settings from anywhere. For example, Jacuzzi Hot Tubs’ SmartTub system allows you to control your hot tub through your smartphone and also alerts you to any issues with your hot tub.

Where Will You Put the Hot Tub?

In addition to choosing a hot tub that’s ideal for you, you want to make sure you have ample space for it. Whether it’s on your deck or inside your home, you not only want a solid, level surface to hold it, but you want to make sure there’s enough room for you to get in and out quickly and easily. Consider what the walking path around it will be and how much privacy you’ll have.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Budget is another top factor when it comes to choosing the right hot tub. While hot tubs are an investment, you want to ensure you can afford it. Keep in mind though that a cheaper hot tub may cost you more in the long run and may have a shorter lifespan because they’re built with cheaper materials. 

Find a hot tub that will provide you with the most value. Consider the following:

  • Brand: are they reputable? How long have they been in business?
  • Design: what is the hot tub made out of? Does it have full-foam insulation and quality cabinetry and shell?
  • Water System: water care systems such as CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® work harder and cleanse your water longer, saving you money in the long run.


The best way to find out what kind of hot tub is right for you is by booking a test soak with your local hot tub dealer. A test soak is where you’ll take a dip and test out the hot tub’s features. You can move around all of the seats and get a firsthand experience of how different seats feel.

Hopefully, this article gave you some good insights to help you decide which size hot tub is perfect for you. If you have any questions or would like to book a wet test at our showroom, contact us today! We proudly offer Jacuzzi® brand hot tubs and would be happy to help you find the hot tub for your budget and needs!