7 Best Hot Tub Covers Reviews of 2017 [Ultimate Buying Guide]

As all of you hot tub owners know, spa covers are necessary to keep your hot tub clean (like the best pool covers do), keep the water warm and keep the kids out when there’s nobody around to look after them. They're also great for inflatable hot tubs as well.

When shopping for the best hot tub cover, you need to find a cover with excellent insulating properties, easy to lock but with strong and durable straps and with the custom fit options for your tub.

The great news is there have been many design improvements which have solved the problem of water absorption and eventual fail. More improvements in marine vinyl and UV inhibitors have increased the total life span of the outer vinyl layer of your hot tub covers to prevent UV Degradation. Also, modern covers are tapered so that also helps with the water sliding down the cover.

Best Hot Tub Comparison

ModelEditor RatingPrice 
1. BeyondNice Hot Tub Cover and Spa Cover
4.6$$$
2. Classic Accessories Veranda Round Hot Tub Cover
4.3$
3. Classic Accessories Veranda Square Hot Tub Cover
4.6$
4. Cover Valet 250 Spa Cover Lift
4.3$ >
5. Veranda Rectangular Hot Tub Cover
4.8$
6. The Cover Guy Deluxe Hot Tub Cover
4.5$$$
7. EmpirePatio Square Hot Tub Cover
4.5$

Buying guide

Here are some important features to consider when choosing the best hot tub covers and the best jacuzzi cover as well!


  • Taper Thickness - The best hot tub covers are tapered. There are several choices with 4″ to 2″ taper usually the least expensive and a big improvement over flat! Then there are 5″ to 3″ and 6” to 4”. The widest part of the hot tub cover’s taper is at the seam or hinge, always in the middle of the tub to the hinge something to lean against. The thicker the foam the more weight load the cover can withstand.


  • Foam density - is selected by pound per square inch. The weight bearing properties of covers are in proportion with higher foam densities. The most common foam density choices are 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb. The higher the foam density, the longer it will take for the cover to become waterlogged. Look for foam density info in spa cover reviews.


  • Vinyl - The vinyl used in today’s in spa covers is 30 oz. It is treated with UV and mildew inhibitors, which allows for more hours in direct sunlight and keeps mildew from building up on your cover. Look for covers with marine grade vinyl.

Other important features are locks which should be safe and convenient, poly wrap which is the barrier around the foam core, reinforcements (aluminum or steel), and cover protectors for winter months.


What is the best hot tub cover? Read our hot tub cover reviews and hopefully you’ll find the perfect cover for you!



Best Hot Tub Covers Reviews

Editor Rating:

4.6/5

BeyondNice Hot Tub and Spa 6-inch Cover is ASTM standards compliant top of the range and highest quality product which will protect your tub and keep the bills for heating or repairs low. The cover is lightweight and effortless to flip open and made of quality materials. On the market since 1986, BeyondNice products come with a 5 year warranty including water logging and without the need to return your cover. It can be custom fit made in 10-15 days for any tub size up to 96 inches wide by 96 inches long, or 96 inches in diameter.

The standard foam cores tapers from 6 inches at the middle to 4 inches at the edges. The top quality virgin EPS foam cores is of standard 1.0 pound density (1.5 and 2.0 available at request).

It features non-corrosive Galvalume metal C-channels which are 30 percent stronger than aluminum and the polyethylene vapor barriers which keeps moisture out. The vinyl is 26 oz. marine grade, mildew and UV resistant.

BeyondNice Hot Tub Cover and Spa Cover, 6 inch

On each side of the fold, there are 2 nylon lifting handles as well as steam stopper heat seals at each end of the hinge. 4 locking tie down straps are also included together with an up to 6-inch wide skirt for weather and UV protection.

Once you go through spa cover reviews, select the cover that meets your needs and checkout process is done, BeyondNice staff will get in touch to get all your specifications such as color, length, width, skirt, etc.

So, all you have to do is specify exactly the insulation and strength you need for your spa use and environment and BeyondNice will take care of everything else.

Things We Liked


  • Custom made high-quality cover
  • 4 to 6 inches tapering
  • Top quality virgin EPS foam cores
  • 5-year warranty
  • Marine Grade Polyester thread
  • Best spa cover for  prolonged protection from harsh weather

Things We Didn't Like


  • Due to backlogs and custom-made changes, receiving the product could take a while

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.3/5

Classic Accessories Veranda Round Hot Tub Cover will fit your round hot tub up to 84 inches in diameter. It’s a simple but effective and reliable weather cover to protect your hot tub from bad weather and keep the tub clean of debris carried by the wind.

Gardelle Fabric System features an elegant water-repellent top which has a protective waterproof undercoating as well as a protective dark splash guard skirt. It is certainly a much cheaper to have best the spa cover replacement than a new heat cover for your hot tub.

Elastic hem cord with a toggle is provided to allow easy adjustment for a tight and custom fit. Air vents will reduce inside condensation and wind lofting. In addition, padded handles will ensure easy fitting and removal.

Classic Accessories Veranda Round Hot Tub Cover

Much liked for its fashionable design, durability and extensive collection of matching products, the Veranda line features our heavyweight Gardelle woven polyester fabric and special water-repellent undercoating.

The Veranda hot tub cover by Classic Accessories will hold up great during the winter, too, as long as you clean the snow of the top and keep the cord tight.

Veranda covers are backed by a three year warranty and the manufacturer has a number of other matching products in their Veranda line for your patio and garden furniture so you can have a stylish set of covers!

Things We Liked


  • Reliable protection from weather
  • Elastic cord provides easy adjustment and tight fit
  • High quality water repellent top
  • 3-year limited warranty

Things We Didn't Like


  • Available only in one color

Price:

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Editor Rating:

4.6/5

Classic Accessories Veranda Square Hot Tub Cover is well made, large enough for most square tubs and does an excellent job of protecting your original hot tub covers. It will keep the rain water from soaking into your existing cover, which will make it much lighter when lifting the hard cover to open the tub.

Elastic hem cord with a toggle will make it easy to adjust this hot tub cover and ensure a tight and fit. The padded handles will enable easy fitting and removal and air vents will reduce inside condensation and wind lofting.

It’s a simple but effective and reliable cover to protect your hot tub from bad weather and keep the tub clean of debris flying around or falling from the trees or your roof. As all best spa covers, it will protect your original cover from the snow and ice in winter and make it look neat if your existing cover has faded or has been worn out over the years.

Classic Accessories Veranda Square Hot Tub Cover

Gardelle Fabric System features an elegant water-repellent top. With its protective waterproof undercoating as well as a protective dark splash guard skirt it will do a good job protecting your hot tub cover and, in most cases, it will be possible to leave it on the cover when you want to use the hot tub.

It will also keep the sun off your hardcover so it will last longer and look better. This cover has plenty of room to fit over the most insulated spa covers.

This Veranda cover has other matching products for your patio and garden furniture from the same manufacturer to give your garden a stylish look in these 3 colors: pebble, bark and earth!

Things We Liked


  • High quality water repellent top
  • Reliable protection for your existing hard cover
  • Elastic cord provides easy adjustment and tight fix
  • 3-year warranity
  • Matching garden furniture covers

Things We Didn't Like


  • The cover might get dirty over time if you choose the lightest of the three colors available (it's easy to clean, though) 

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.3/5

Cover Valet 250 Spa Cover Lift will help you easily lift your hot tub cover into the upright position with such a little effort that we had to include it in our hot tub cover reviews. Spa covers are sold separately so bear in mind that this product is a lift for your existing cover and we’re going to review the lift itself.

Cover Valet lift is designed for square and rectangular spas up to 7.5' and as long as you have the option to fix the braces onto a hard surface on opposite sides of your spa as per instructions, you’ll get a reliable, easy to use lift.

Installation instructions are easy to follow and it takes less than one hour to fully mount the lift onto your spa and the cover. Everything you need is included in the pack. The hardware is simple and unobtrusive. Regardless o the weight of your cover, you will be able to lift the cover with one hand!

Cover Valet lift is can fit in almost any backyard environment as long as you have about twice the space of your cover height when folded up and a few inches more for easier use and not to damage the cover against your wall, fence or any other rough surface.

Cover Valet 250 Spa Cover Lift

If you take a look at the photo of the lift with the cover in the upright position, you will notice that it leans slightly inwards but based on the buyers experiences you’ll be able to comfortably enjoy your tub with your head on the cover side.

The lift keeps the cover in the upright position safely. The blockers do the job well, as designed. The metal braces and the blockers are good quality. Although blocking the view on the lift side, the cover will give you some intimacy when in upright position.

The only con with the entire lift is that the support bar which is positioned in the middle of your cover does not extend to full length so even the best spa covers might be damaged if under a lot of snow in winter or after prolonged and frequent lifting. It can be solved by adding a pipe which will go all the way across the middle of the cover to give even support.

Overall, Cover Valet lift is the top pick in our hot tub cover lifter reviews!

Things We Liked


  • Dual gas springs assist in easy lifting
  • Quality and reliable materials
  • Easy and quick DIY installation (some drilling involved)
  • No manual assistance required
  • The cover feature holds the cover safely when open
  • 5 year warranity provided

Things We Didn't Like


  • Support cross bar should be full length for even stress

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.8/5

Classic Accessories Veranda Rectangular Hot Tub Cover will fit your rectangular hot tubs up to 82 inches long and 69 inches wide. Another simple but reliable way to protect your hot tub from bad weather and keep the tub clean of debris flying around and into your tub.

Veranda Rectangular Hot Tub Cover

As with the round and square version, the elastic hem cord with a toggle is provided to let you easily adjust the cover for a tight fit. Air vents are also there to reduce inside condensation and wind lofting. Padded handles will enable easy fitting and removal of the cover.

This Veranda hot tub cover by Classic Accessories will also hold up great during the winter as long as you clean the snow of the top and keep the cord tight.

Gardelle Fabric System features an elegant water-repellent top on the rectangular model to. The protective waterproof undercoating is of top quality as well as a protective dark splash guard skirt. Again, small investment to avoid the need to replace your expensive hot tub cover with a new one seams a no brainer!

Famous for its fashionable design, durability and extensive collection of matching products, the Veranda line features our heavyweight Gardelle woven polyester fabric and special water-repellent undercoating.

Veranda covers are backed by a three year warranty and the manufacturer has a number of other matching products in their Veranda line for your patio and garden furniture so you can have a stylish set of covers in three colors: pebble, bark and earth!

At this price, this is one of the best rated hot tub covers. Go for it!

Things We Liked


  • High quality water repellent top
  • Reliable protection from weather elements
  • Elastic cord provides easy adjustment and tight fit
  • Three colors available
  • 3-year limited warranty

Things We Didn't Like


  • Truthfully, no cons worth noting with this one

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.5/5

The Cover Guy Deluxe Hot Tub Cover is durable, lightweight and built for heavy loads and harsh winters. Simply put, it’s built to keep the heat in and the cold out!

The Cover Guy Deluxe Hot Tub Cover

It features tapered design with foam thickness of 5″ – 3″. This allows rain to run off and not to soak the cover. The highest density foam used can withstand heavy loads including harsh snowfalls. Now, the manufacturer also mentions children and animals as “loads” that can be withstood, but it is our opinion that for safety purposes you should not let children and pets climb onto any tub cover, regardless of the cover quality. This cover comes with 4 lockable child safety tie downs for security but still, better safe than sorry!

This cover is made of the highest marine grade vinyl with UV and mildew inhibitors to keep its exterior pretty and neat for many seasons to come. The stitching is all strengthened with over 20 points of internal reinforcement at high stress areas.

An aluminum reinforcement stiffener down the center is installed for added strength and the cover comes with double reinforced folding hinge and tear free handles to insure easy and safe cover removal.

Once you order The Cover Guy Deluxe Hot Tub Cover, their staff will contact you to confirm the dimensions of your tub which can be up to 96” x 96”. Hopefully, with 30 years of experience behind The Cover Guy, their 7-year manufacturer guarantee provided will not be necessary!

Things We Liked


  • A 5 inch by 3 inch tapered cover
  • An insulation value of R19
  • Highest marine grade vinyl 20 points of internal reinforcement
  • ​Reinforced folding hinge and tear free handles
  • Marine Grade Polyester thread

Things We Didn't Like


  • Due to custom-made changes, might take a while to get the cover in some cases

Price:

$$$

Editor Rating:

4.5/5

EmpirePatio Square Hot Tub Cover – Nutmeg is durable and stylish cover which will protect your hot tub or Jacuzzi up to 86" long and 86” wide. The Nutmeg collection is a subtle, textured tan color made of a 100% waterproof composite material.

EmpirePatio Square Hot Tub Cover

It is lightweight and breathable, and will look great with nearly any decor. It features three-layer Polypropylene, heavy duty 600 Denier Polyester and exterior waterproof layer with dioxin-free waterproof coating.

EmpirePatio cover is made of a state of the art three layer material that is protective and durable, yet sleek and stylish. It features breathable micro porous material and it has side venting system for extra breathability. The micro-pores in the cover material keep air flow circulating without letting rain into the cover.

The two external layers of your cover are comprised of high tech spun-bond, and treated with a UV compound. The internal layer of protection is also derived from a sturdy waterproof and breathable material.

Bear in mind that this is NOT not a stand alone cover for your tub. It will, however, extend the life of the more expensive Jacuzzi or hot tub hard cover you have and the micro-pores in one of the best jacuzzi cover materials will keep air flow circulating without letting rain into the cover.

Things We Liked


  • Exterior waterproof layer
  • ​Lightweight but reliable protection from bad weather and debris
  • ​Breathable Micro Porous Material
  • Side venting system

Things We Didn't Like


  • A tad stronger elastic edging would be better

Price:

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Laurie S.

As a multi home owner for 15 years I’ve tried out a ton of pool products and methods and have found out the best ones that work for me.

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