Choosing the Best Hydrotherapy Hot Tub for Your Home

Not all hot tubs are created equal. Some are in-ground and designed simply and rigidly to accommodate a lot of use, like those you may find at resorts or hotels. Some have fancy lights and a lot of jets designed to be eye-catching, while others are designed from the ground up with genuine hydrotherapy in mind. These hydrotherapy spas are manufactured after intensive research and development to provide:

  • Ergonomic seats and lounging spaces for exceptional comfort
  • Powerful pumps and a variety of massaging jets that effectively target specific muscle groups
  • Comprehensive and easily accessible controls that allow customization of your hydrotherapy massage
  • A reliable water care system for an overall soothing spa experience and stress-free maintenance

If you’re seeking the ultimate therapeutic experience, you need to know what to look for in the best hydrotherapy hot tubs and how to get the greatest value for your investment.

What Defines the Best Hydrotherapy Hot Tub?

Hydrotherapy is a combination of clear, temperature-controlled water and hydro jets designed to massage your muscles as you relax in a buoyant state. Regular hydrotherapy may help temporarily relieve some symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep disorders, and pain and tension in the lower back and other areas. To enjoy the wellness benefits of hydrotherapy, choose a top-performance spa with the right combination of functions and features.

The best hydrotherapy spa for all your needs

The best spa designers are hot tubbers, so they understand the importance of comfort and hydrotherapy massage. But how can you distinguish between the features you need and those you don’t, and between hot tubs that appear relaxing and those that really are the best for hydrotherapy? Let’s start by looking at some of the most important hot tub features for therapeutic benefit.


When considering the jet options of the hot tub model you have in mind, remember that the overall number of jets matters much less than their placement and design for effective massaging action.

See our guide to understanding hot tub jets. A variety of jet types are most effective because different body areas require different types of massage for tension relief. The jets must be strategically coordinated with the seating to target specific muscle groups effectively, and the pump must be powerful enough to move water through the jets efficiently.


Your hot tub soak will be most enjoyable and therapeutic when you can customize your experience for ultimate comfort. Hot tubs with a comprehensive control panel allow you to adjust the temperature of the water, the ambiance (light, water, and music features), and the flow and intensity of the jets with simple adjustments to air and diverter valves.

In addition to offering hot water therapy, spas with a cold water therapy option, such as the CoolZone system, allow you to efficiently lower water temperature to as much as 60 degrees Fahrenheit.


All the innovative features and exceptional performance of a hot tub won’t mean much if the spa is not a good fit for you. The seats should feel comfortable, supportive, and should align with the hydro jets.

For an in-depth look at hydrotherapy hot tub seating options and the importance of comfort, see our detailed guide to spa seating. Then, be sure to visit your nearest dealer showroom for a dry sit or a test soak to ensure comfort and fit, and to experience hot tub hydrotherapy firsthand.

What Will a Hydrotherapy Hot Tub Mean for Your Life?

Twenty minutes of hydrotherapy each day can change your life. Your home spa can complement current healthy routines and inspire new ones. Because a quality hot tub is versatile and easy to personalize, you can create the perfect hydrotherapy environment for your needs in the moment. One day you might need a simple, soothing soak for stress relief, and the next you might want an invigorating 20-minute soak before exercise.

An energy-efficient hot tub maintains your ideal temperature even when not in use, so it’s ready whenever you want a hydrotherapy soak. Energy-efficient technology makes it easy to enjoy your spa daily, reap the most health benefits from your investment, and can even save you thousands of dollars over the life of your hot tub. When you choose the very best hydrotherapy hot tub, you’re investing in your own optimal health and well-being.

Do you want to know more about Caldera® spas for hydrotherapy and wellness? Request a brochure or local pricing and then locate your nearest hot tub dealer, so you can have an in-person conversation with the experts.

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