Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in FAQ, Hot Tub Maintenance, Showcase | 0 comments

What to Know Before Buying a Hot Tub Cover
blue hot tub cover

Blue Hot Tub Cover From The Cover Guy

Buying a hot tub can be a pricey investment but the perks that come with it are well worth the price. Many hot tubowners look forward to relieving stress and ailments against the pulsating jets of a warm relaxing hot tub. With that in mind it is also a good idea to maintain your hot tub to ensure you can always enjoy its therapeutic benefits.

A great way to protect your spa is to invest in a replacement hot tub cover. A spa cover is a great way to protect your hot tub from debris and harsh weather conditions. Not only will a hot tub cover protect your hot tub from damages but it will save you money on your energy bill. Spa covers are well insulated and prevent heat from escaping your hot tub when not in use. You are now probably asking, what I should look for when buying a hot tub cover?

Here are important things to know before you purchase a replacement spa cover for your hot tub:

When to Buy a New Hot Tub Cover

It should be easy to determine when you need to buy a new hot tub cover.  Inspect your cover and look for any rips or tears to the vinyl. Check the underside and look for deterioration from mold build up and unbalanced chemicals. A spa cover that is heavy and waterlogged is a clear sign that the foam cores are saturated and a replacement cover in needed.

damaged hot tub cover

This Damaged Hot Tub Cover Needs To Be Replaced


As we just discussed, buying a hot tub cover is a necessary investment. You can get a quality hot tub cover for around $300-$400. This may be a pricey investment for some but one that will pay for itself in the long run. The price will vary depending on the size and thickness of the cover.  Any covers that are under this price range will most likely lack in quality and effectiveness.


When choosing a spa cover, make sure that it’s made of high quality vinyl. A quality vinyl will be more resistant to UV damage, fading and discoloration from intense sun. It will also contain mildew inhibitors to help prevent mold build up that cause deterioration and bad odors.


A cover that is too thin will prove to be ineffective during harsh weather conditions. The thickness of a quality spa cover usually ranges from 3-6 inches. It is recommended to have a thicker spa cover if you live in a Northern Climate. The thicker a cover is the more insulation it will provide, keeping heat from escaping, lowering energy costs in the process.


You will want to choose the right color for your spa cover depending on where your hot tub is located. It is critical to choose a color that complements the surrounding atmosphere of your hot tub. There are plenty of colors to choose from that will ensure your spa cover blends well with any setting.

Colors that are available: Light Gray, Charcoal, Black, Light Blue, Navy, Teal, Hunter Green, Burgundy, Tan, Brown and Walnut.

hot tub cover color pallette

Hot Tub Cover Color Palette

Locking Straps

You will want to have locking straps on your spa cover.  Locking straps on a spa cover will keep it from blowing off your hot tub during heavy winds. They are a good safety feature for keeping small children from getting inside your hot tub. They will also keep backyard animals from getting into your hot tub.

Measure The Cover

Before you replace an old cover it is important that you measure  your current covers dimensions. Measuring a cover is easy all that is needed is a carpenters square and measuring tape. Makes sure to measure the length, width and radius of the cover as well as the skirt. Click here for a video on how to measure a hot tub cover.

Where to Buy a Hot Tub Cover?

The Cover Guy is an easy choice to make when choosing where to buy a hot tub cover. We have been selling spa covers across North America since 2005. Our hot tub covers are built to last long and endure harsh weather conditions. The Cover Guy 5 step order system, coupled with excellent customer service makes buying a hot tub cover easy. Choosing The Cover Guy means getting a quality cover, delivered to your home at a great price.