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Best Hot Tubs in San Diego, CA

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by Kathryn Parkman ConsumerAffairs Research Team

Year-round sunny and warm weather throughout San Diego County makes it an ideal place for outdoor hot tubs. However, as California works to reduce energy consumption, residents should look for energy-efficient models that keep operating costs low. Once you know your budget, local dealers can help determine the best hot tub for you.

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Best for swim spas(800) 225-7727
  • Dual-Zone options
  • Up to 81 jets
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Best 2-person tubs Visit website
  • Compact lounge seats
  • Up to 22 jets
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Best for 4-person Visit website
  • Built-in therapy seats
  • Up to 99 jets

Top 8 San Diego Hot Tub Stores

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Dimension One Spas Read 17 Reviews

Seats in spas are based on more than 100 measurements of the human body. Patented shell carries a lifetime warranty against cracks, leaks and fading. Choose from 21 models that hold 2–8 people.

Aqua Paradise Read Expert Review

Sells new and used hot tubs and swim spas. Dealer of popular brands like Jacuzzi and Marquis. Displays best-selling models for testing. Prices for new hot tubs start at around $5,500.

Bull Grills & Spas by Carddine Read Expert Review

Sells popular hot tub brands American Whirlpool, Vita Spas and Dream Maker Spas. Installs hot tubs and provides maintenance service. Models start at $5,295. Outdoor kitchens and backyard accessories are also available.

Champagne Spas Read Expert Review

Specializes in Sundance and Artesian spas, along with TidalFit swim spas. Two-person spas start at $4,800 and include cover, local delivery and start-up kit. Also sells factory-direct replacement hot tub parts and filters.

Del Rancho Pool & Spa Read Expert Review

Specializes in custom hot tub installations with landscaping and alternate sanitizers like salt systems or ozone and mineral purification. Provides warranty service and sells parts for many major brands.

Kohler Pool Supply Read Expert Review

Installs pumps, control systems, cover lifters and other hot tub components. Offers hot tub maintenance and repair service, along with accessories and replacement parts. Weekly service is available.

San Diego Hot Spring Spas Read Expert Review

Retails Hot Spring, Caldera and Freeflow spas. Basic models start around $4,000. Energy-efficient models with heaters are covered by a 5-year warranty. Swim spas, accessories, grills and billiards also available.

San Diego Spa & Patio Store Read Expert Review

Offers new and refurbished hot tubs, swim spa pools, patio furniture and accessories. They also carry swim pools by Endless Pools. Basic hot tub models start at $4,700. Free shipping on all orders over $249.

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What to consider before you buy a hot tub in San Diego

Residents in central San Diego where yard sizes tend to be smaller should look for compact hot tub models. Some local companies even specialize in custom backyard design to maximize space.

Windy conditions in some parts of San Diego make hot tub covers a necessity when trying to keep debris out of the water. In desert areas, look for companies that can install a shade cover over your hot tub to avoid damage from strong sunlight. Residents of mountain communities, where the temperature drops below freezing, might consider installing hot tubs indoors or in enclosures, so they can be enjoyed year-round.

Different dealers carry different brands, so if some models don’t have what you’re looking for, you can compare with other models. Also, be sure to compare warranty plans, ask about maintenance and if the dealer includes any services with the hot tub sale.

Hot tub regulations in San Diego, California

In San Diego, regulations apply to any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water 18 feet in depth or more. Spas are required to have an enclosure, at least one safety feature accepted by the County, at least one non-redundant safety feature accepted by the State of California and entrapment avoidance.

Your hot tub either has to have an enclosure with a minimum barrier height of 60 inches, or it needs to be 100 feet from your property line. San Diego municipal code also sets individual requirements for above ground hot tubs that do not have a locking safety cover. These codes comply with the American Society for Testing Materials Emergency Performance Standards.

San Diego hot tub FAQ

What is a swim spa pool?
A swim spa pool is an above ground rectangular unit that is larger than a hot tub but smaller than an above-ground pool. Pumps and jets create a current that provides resistance so you can swim. Some models are dual function, with both a hot tub and swim spa in the same unit.
How much does a swim spa cost in San Diego?
Swim spas cost ranges from about $8,000 to $30,000 in San Diego.
Are Endless Pools heated?
Yes. Endless Pools come with heaters and temperature controls.
Can you install a swim spa inground?
Maybe. Swim spas are meant to be installed above ground. Some contractors offer partial in-ground landscaping solutions for swim spas and hot tubs to integrate them into your outdoor environment. Swim spas and hot tubs must be installed in a way that allows access to components for maintenance and repair.
Is a Jacuzzi a hot tub?
Jacuzzi is a brand of hot tubs that has become synonymous with the product itself. There are many other brands of hot tubs; not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.
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San Diego hot tub store information

Aqua Paradise

Aqua Paradise offers new and used hot tubs for sale at three showrooms in the San Diego area. Sales staff can walk you through the selection of colors, jet and seating arrangements, features like Bluetooth sound and LED lighting and energy-efficient models. Full line of accessories and products available with an auto-ship option, so you don’t have to remember to order chemicals. Bring friends and family to test-soak their best-selling models.

  • Service areas: Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo and San Diego
  • Address: 3655 Camino Del Rio West, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Phone: (619) 906-4477
  • Hours: M - F: 10am - 6pm; Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 4pm
  • Website: aquaparadiseca.com
San Diego Spa & Patio Store

San Diego Spa & Patio Store offers hot tubs by Bullfrog Spas, Caldera Spas, CalSpa and Coleman. Select color and finish, seating, jets, lighting and optional entertainment systems or Bluetooth controls. Shop for BBQs and patio furniture at their Kearny Mesa superstore or San Marcos showrooms, along with hot tub accessories and water care. San Diego Spa & Patio offers many popular models for you to try — bring your suit and they’ll provide the towel.

  • Service areas: San Diego, San Marcos and surrounding areas
  • Address: 5630 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111
  • Phone: (858) 558-7727
  • Hours: M - F: 10am - 6pm
  • Website: sandiegospaandpatio.com
Champagne Spas

Champagne Spas specializes in Sundance and Artesian spas. Dual function swim pool hot tub models are also available. Visit Kearny Mesa showroom to view models, color options, hydrotherapy jets and other features. Models available with SmartTub app that allows you to control your hot tub from your phone. Sundance Spas are designed to work with iPhone. Sundance is the only hot tub brand with the FDA-approved MicroClean filter. Champagne Spas were awarded a silver award by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Customers can call for spa maintenance and warranty service.

  • Service areas: Kearny Mesa
  • Address: 5710 Kearny Villa Road, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Phone: (858) 571-9020
  • Hours: M - Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 12 - 5pm
  • Website: champagnespas.com
San Diego Hot Spring Spas

San Diego Hot Spring Spas sells Hot Spring and Freeflow Spas, with several salt system-ready models. Add options such as advanced jet systems, lighting, sound systems or wireless controls. Covers, cover lifters and steps are also available. Ask about installation, maintenance and repair service, with factory parts warranties. Financing for qualified customers.

  • Service areas: San Diego County, including Clairemont Mesa and Escondido
  • Address: 8252 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
  • Phone: (858) 292-7727
  • Hours: M - Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
  • Website: sdhotspringspas.com
Kohler Pool Supply

Kohler Pool Supply staff are Certified Pool/Spa Operators. Technicians provide weekly scheduled maintenance services and tips on water care, install replacement parts, repair components and recommend upgrades for energy efficiency and maximum performance. Installs robotic cleaners and cyclone pre-filters that trap debris. Drain and clean service available. Weekly spa maintenance starts at $85 per month.

  • Service areas: North San Diego County, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach
  • Address: 368 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Phone: (760) 753-0042
  • Hours: M - Sat: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Website: kohlerpoolsupply.com
Bull Grills & Spas by Carddine

Bull Grills & Spas by Carddine is a local San Diego dealer for American Whirlpool, Vita Spas and Dream Maker Spas. They also perform hot tub and swim spa installation, along with maintenance and repair. Large models available, up to 8-person, with optional exercise kit. They also offer backyard accessories, such as grills, outdoor kitchens and fire pits.

  • Service areas: Clairemont Mesa, San Marcos, Escondido, Temecula
  • Address: 7925 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 7921, San Diego, CA 92111
  • Phone: (858) 569-7727
  • Hours: M - Sun: 10am - 5pm
  • Website: carddine.com
Del Rancho Pool & Spa

Del Rancho Pool & Spa provides free water testing and analysis at their Encinitas location. The company specializes in custom hot tub installations, with accompanying landscaping and design services. They also provide repair and warranty service, along with maintenance and water care. Energy-efficient models and accessories available, such as solar covers. Association of Pool and Spa Professionals member.

  • Service areas: North San Diego County
  • Address: 1315 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Phone: (760) 753-6369
  • Hours: M - F: 9am - 5:30pm
  • Website: delranchopools.net
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Kathryn Parkman ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, Kathryn Parkman believes everyone deserves easy access to accurate and comprehensive information on products and businesses before they make a purchase, which is why she spends hours researching companies and industries for ConsumerAffairs. She believes conscious consumption is everyone's responsibility and that all content deserves integrity.

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