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Hot Tub Seats and Square Footage: How to Choose the Right Size Spa

Whether you’re looking to add a hot tub to a wide-open backyard or a small screened-in porch, choosing your hot tub size is an important decision. Thankfully, there are a lot of options out there. But to find the right size and configuration for you and your family, you need to think about more than just the space around the spa. You need to consider how you’ll use the hot tub, who will be using it and determine the right number of seats. To help make things easier, let’s look at some common hot tub sizes and questions to ask as you make your decision.

Hot tub size options

From six-person hot tubs designed for big families, to two-person lounger hot tubs that are perfect for couples, there’s a wide range of hot tub sizes out there. Even hot tubs that have the same number of seats can vary in size, sometimes significantly. For example, below is a comparison of six-person hot tubs from Hot Spring® Spas:


While a few inches here or there may not seem like a major difference, it can have big implications for how you use your new spa. Obviously, if the hot tub is too big for the space, it’s not going to work. But you should also think about how the size of the spa will impact the space around it. How much room will there be between the hot tub and the wall? Will you be able to comfortably enter and exit from multiple sides, or just one? Will you have enough room to perform maintenance on the spa? Making sure you can effectively maneuver around your new hot tub is a key factor to consider.

For a complete list of hot tub size options, download a brochure and explore all the offerings Hot Spring Spas has available. You can also use our buyers guide to find the perfect spa that meets your needs.

Hot tub seats impact size

The number of hot tub seats is the biggest factor in determining the overall size of a spa. For example, compare the difference between these Hot Spring® Spas, ranging from an intimate lounger hot tub to spas built for larger groups:

  • TX®, a two-person lounger hot tub   —   5'8.5" x 5'8.5" x 29"
  • Beam®, a four-person hot tub   —   6'8" x 6'8" x 33"
  • Grandee®, a seven-person hot tub   —  8'4" x 7'7" x 38"

Along with figuring out the number of seats you want, think about what kind of seating you prefer. Many hot tub models come with a lounge seat that puts your body in a reclining position.

Many people love the feeling of being able to stretch out in a lounge seat, however, you have to take into consideration that they generally take up more room than a regular upright seat. So,you’ll have to decide if you want to maximize the number of seats, or prefer to have different seating options in your hot tub.

The depth of your hot tub is another factor to consider as you try to find your perfect spa. Hot tubs come in a variety of depths, which can affect the step-over height as you enter and exit the hot tub. The depth of hot tubs seats can also vary, providing for a deeper or shallower water level. That’s why it’s important to think about who will be using the hot tub most often, and what is most comfortable for you.

Questions to consider

Now that you know more about your options for hot tub seats and the size of hot tubs overall, it’s time to figure out what will work best for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you explore different hot tub models:

  • Where will I be installing the hot tub?
  • How much space do I want around the outside of the hot tub?
  • Will I have enough space to perform any future maintenance?
  • How many people will be using the hot tub?
  • Who will be using the hot tub most frequently?
  • Do I want a lounge seat?

Before buying a new hot tub, take some measurements of the space where you plan to install it. But at the end of the day, the right size hot tub is the one that’s most comfortable and meets your needs.

That’s why the best way to make sure you’re getting the right hot tub is to get in one. Visit a Hot Spring Spas dealer near you to schedule a wet test to get the full Hot Spring Spas experience. This try-before-you-buy-approach will help you hone in on the right size hot tub and will help you to feel the difference between lounge and upright seats, jet systems and salt water systems versus a traditional chlorine sanitation system.

To learn more about your options for hot tub sizes and seating arrangements, download a brochure today.