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If you have ever been to a spa, you know how nice it really is with a spa. Imagine being able to have one in your home, how wonderful would it be? With a hot tub at home, you can really indulge when working hard towards your goals, or if you just want to have a romantic evening with your respective champagne and strawberries and real luxury for it any day of the week.
Even children love whirlpools and sitting there when watching the bubbles reach the surface. A whirlpool is thus an incredibly good investment for the whole family. It can be a difficult choice to buy a spa because there are so many models to choose from. In our best spa test, we make it easy for you by going through what you need to think about, but then also listing the best spas so you can easily choose which one you want. We dive into it right away!
To think about when to buy a spa
How big a spa do you need? How many are you in your household? Depending on how many you are, you need to resize it accordingly. Most hot tubs have space for 4-5 people, and have 1 berth. This can accommodate a household of 4-5, and if you want to be more then you have to push down next to each other (there are heart rooms, there are star rooms).
The size is also important from another perspective, just how large the area you have thought the spa should be on. It is therefore important that you measure that surface and adjust the size of the bath to suit it.
If you do not have a particularly large area for your spa, we recommend that you look a little extra carefully at the winner of inflatable spa best in test.
This is something I have never heard of but whirlpool and air / water heat pumps have something called “Norden-adaptation” and this is because the pipes should not crack at too low temperature. If you buy a spa from the US for example, they have not made the spa ready to withstand Swedish winters and then the tubes freeze to ice and can be blown up. It is therefore important that you buy a spa that is Nordic-adapted, which everyone in our spa is best in test (except the last product, which is inflatable and must be taken in the winter).
Nobody wants a full spa that takes up a lot of space and is just in the way. Therefore, it may be important to look at the design to see that it fits in with your current patio. There are a lot of ugly hot tubs that just look canned and unnecessarily large. This can make it not look as luxurious, but more like something standing in the way.
Even if you may not want to look at the price tag, this is a fact for many. We have made sure that we included a cheap spa in the test which we considered to be an incredibly good product in comparison to the price. However, this product is not “the real deal” but just an inflatable spa. If you want a real spa you need to spend at least SEK 35,000.
If you put less than that, there are often bad copies that break after only a few months, or that they are not Nordic-adapted. These are often made in China and are almost too cheap, and it seems too good to be true, which it is. It's worth spending that extra money on a real hot tub that will last for many, many years to come.
Top 3 Best Outdoor Baths 2020
1. Pooli Omega 6 people Balboa
Our first choice on the top list is a luxury pool from Pooli which, in addition to having all the necessary features for a complete spa experience, is also equipped with additional features such as lighting and wireless technology! Pooli Omega Balboa is the ultimate spa for the whole family with a slightly more exclusive touch, while not compromising on quality or design.
Balboa control system is the world leader in whirlpool and is reliable with adjustable settings for your needs. The technology of the control system is equipped with a microprocessor for temperature management. This means that the system prevents overheating and makes the spa safe and flexible.
This hot tub works just as well for cold winter nights as cool summer nights for up to 6 people. Pooli Omega Balboa also has an ozone filter that breaks down bacteria and other pollutants. In addition, the circulation pump is quiet and is ideal for frequent use. The spa has a strong PU insulation, which significantly reduces electricity consumption.
In addition to a robust design, this hot tub has jet nozzles for a great massage to suit your needs and a variety of colors. You can also enjoy your favorite music from the built-in speakers. Extra features such as a hot tub, running water and pairing to your mobile temperature control unit make this hot tub something out of the ordinary!
2. Nordpool Utespa Sarek
The Sarek spa is a very popular model of outdoor pool from Nordpool. This spa has five seats, two of which are berths for those who want to be able to relax and enjoy themselves optimally. The spa has a tough design in black with white inside and is equipped with reflexology lighting and joint loop under the waterline.
This choice is the most expensive on our list, but is really worth the money because of its diversity and extras that provide a unique spa experience for the whole family. Sarek has as many as 50 powerful air nozzles that massage your body wonderfully in the chilly winter night.
All Nordpool's hot tubs are specially adapted to the typically cold, Nordic climate and have a 3-layer R10 insulation with an extra insulated bottom. Sarek is a very durable alternative, since all components are completely stainless, from the body to the 50 nozzles.
The spa also comes with an accompanying thick thermal cap, which allows you to easily keep dirt and bacteria away when you are not using the bath. You can also buy a comfortable pillow from Nordpool to maximize your comfort while taking a relaxing bath.
We really recommend this spa for the family looking for a quality alternative that accommodates the whole family. For those of you who want to experience a massage and spa experience right in the garden simply!
3rd Polartunnan Royal
We have also chosen to include a small sticker on our list. Polarunnan Royal is a hot tub in a stylish, modern design that can accommodate 6-8 people for a relaxing winter bath! This option is the cheapest of our top choices, but with its look and functionality, the spa is just fine for most gardens.
Royal polar bar comes fully assembled and has an integrated circulation stove which allows the bath to warm up very quickly and maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature. The spa barrel is therefore also very high performance with low wood consumption and is both environmentally certified and root resistant.
With the heat-treated panel and fiberglass tub that is ergonomically designed, this is a very environmentally friendly and durable choice of whirlpool. Royal is made of stainless steel which extends the life of the barrel.
Royal and its stylish appearance together with the tub which is both comfortable and ergonomically designed also have a raised seating area for the very smallest in the family. We therefore recommend this choice of whirlpool for households who protect the environment, while also wanting to enjoy a relaxed bath that does not cost too much!
4. Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Miami
Now we have come to the cheap spa we mentioned before in the article. Here we have an inflatable spa that costs only a tenth of what a regular spa costs. The benefits of having an inflatable are just how easy it is.
If it starts to rain, the spa session doesn't have to end, move the spa into the house and continue your romantic evening there while you hear the bang on the roof.
It is easy to install as you do not need any tools but everything you need. You get an automatic pump that you easily plug into an electrical outlet so you don't have to stand and pump yourself with a foot pump or hand pump.
This is a perfect spa for those who do not have such a large budget but want a spa.
Just because it is a cheap spa does not mean that it is bad, just this is cheap because it is not a traditional spa. It has a water filter, digital control panel on the pump and a massage system even though the price is so low.
The heat on the water lasts a long time as Lay-Z-Spa Miami has a fast heating system of 2-3 + degrees / hour. The spa has room for 4 adults, if you are 5 people in your family of 2 adults and 3 children then you obviously get a place. This hot tub clearly gets the price in the category inflatable spa best in test!
The only negative we can find with this spa is that it can not tolerate minus degrees. Below 4 degrees the warranty expires and this indicates that the manufacturers do not recommend use below this temperature. This may be a little sad, but as mentioned earlier you can easily move the spa indoors during this period.
If you are looking for a whirlpool that does not take up too much space when not in use and can easily be mounted when you want to relax, this is a perfect whirlpool for you!
Swimming Pool Spa Diamond V2
First off we have a hot tub from the well-known brand Swebad! Swebad Diamond V2 is a hot tub for those who want to take a swim all year round, in the evenings in the summers or to sit in your hot tub while there are several degrees of outdoors and you see the steam from the water fly away in the cold air.
This is an outdoor spa that can be used all year round. Swebad collaborates with a company called Vortex's spa located in Australia / New Zealand and has over 30 years of experience in the spa and jacuzzis! Diamond V2 is thus developed by specialists in the spa.
With a purification of the water with 2 filters and UV purification you can be sure that you and your loved ones do not get any chemicals in you. This is also one of the cheapest spa in operating costs, where you do not have to worry about a sky-high electricity bill at the end of the month. Diamond V2 is truly one of the best hot tubs on the market with its powerful design that lasts for decades and their bargain price! In addition, a lid lift value SEK 4595 is included when you buy this spa.
Nordpool Utespa Svalbard
Now we move on to a spa in a slightly lower price range. Nordpol Svalbard is one of the best-selling hot tubs in the Nordic countries as it is so incredibly affordable. In this outdoor spa area 4-5 people can be accommodated, and there is also a berth.
With a Balboa control system, Balboa 3kw heater and the Ozone Cleaner XL60 you get an extremely comfortable experience, while being energy efficient and not drawing unnecessarily big money on electricity. The cost varies greatly depending on how much you use the spa, but it costs about SEK 2500 / year in operating costs.
With 21 nozzles we promise that you will really get a recovery of your muscles at the end of the week. This is a perfect way to end the week when you really get relaxed and resolve your knots in the back (which is something many people today have when working with a bad posture in front of the computer). If you would treat yourself to a massage every Friday, the bill would be great, but with a spa you can easily get that massage for a fraction of the price.
This spa is easy to install and you do not need to be a professional to understand how to install it. In addition, if something breaks, you have a 3-year warranty from Nordpool (not if the problem is self-inflicted).
This spa is a big favorite around houses and summer cottages around Sweden, it does not have as many features as the one above from Swebad but it is definitely worthy of a place in the outdoor spa best in test!
We hope that our hot tub in test has helped you gain a better insight into what to look for when buying a spa. We wish you all the best in continuing the search on the spa if you didn't really get stuck for any of the models here (how can you not do that?). Is there anything you wonder or wish we would make a little clearer, just comment below and we will respond as soon as possible!
Features of the spa
Other's hot tubs best-in-class tests
Best-in-test.se has tested nine different spas, in 2020, and divided them into the three price categories, budget, medium and premium. The properties taken into account in their tests are: Space, Water temperature, Volume in liters, Extra functions, Operation, How simple the installation is, Design.
The result of the spa test was as follows.
Winners in the Budget Spa category:
1st Bestway Lay-z Spa Palm Springs Airjet – spacious inflatable spa which with its brown color fits well into your outdoor environments. The negative is that it lacks lighting and is relatively heavy with water in, so think carefully about where it is placed. Many jet nozzles are also highlighted as something positive with this hot tub.
2nd Bestway Lay-z Spa Miami Airjet – is referred to in the test as site-efficient with room for four adults in the bath at the same time. Quite okay number of jet nozzles, namely 81 pieces. Those who like a little smaller and more compact spa should look a little extra at this. What draws the grade down is that it lacks built-in lighting.
3rd Bestway Lay-z Spa Vegas – Relatively spacious whirlpool with 87 jet nozzles. What pulls the rating down is that users think it takes a long time to heat up and that more jet nozzles should be accommodated in a spa of this size.
Winners of the Best Spa category:
1st Bestway Lay-z Spa St Moritz Airjet – Spacious spa with room for up to seven people. Made of leather and PVC, and has a total of 140 jet nozzles. The users who have tested are very satisfied with the quality of this bath and that it is so spacious. Some have found that the product breaks down relatively quickly, but in the few cases the bath has been replaced quickly by the supplier.
2nd Bestway Lay-z Spa Saint Tropez – Totally okay size and can accommodate up to six adults. Included is a LED lamp that you can have floating in the bath, which is a plus. The installation is very simple and has got many thumbs up because of it. Nothing particularly negative has come to light.
3rd Mspa Nest M-001LS – An oval whirlpool with plenty of room, that is, quite small, and space for two people and 500 liters of water. Easy to install and perfect for those who need space. Something that pulls down the grade is that it's pretty neat with accessories, so you have to supplement some yourself.
Winners of the Best Premium Spa category:
1st Mspa Tekapo Delight – The operation of this spa is something out of the ordinary, and the remote control has many smart features that make your life easier. It can seat up to six adults among the 132 jet nozzles. The bath can stand outdoors down to minus 30 degrees. Some have found that the lid collects a lot of water that weighs it down.
2nd Bestway Lay-z Spa Helsinki Airjet – A wooden imitation spa that blends well into your garden. The bath can accommodate up to seven people, but it is reported that it then feels very crowded. The spa is frost protected and it gets a lot of appreciation because of it. Automatic dosing of chlorine is experienced positively and is otherwise very easy to maintain. The bath was sold by the Gardenstore, but it seems to be sold out. We link to the category instead.
3rd Mspa Mont Blanc – Eco-friendly cleaning with the help of ozone that breaks down the dirt. Blow himself up in ten minutes and accommodate six adults. Users like the exclusive look and the stable design. However, they do not like the cramped feeling when six people sit in the bath at the same time.