Are you a hot tub owner who loves spending time in spas or hot tubs in the winter? Over the years I’ve learned a ton on what makes a great overall spa experience. To take your outdoor hot tub experience to the next level during cold weather, the right accessories make a big difference.
In this post, I’ll cover the best hot tub accessories for winter for spa lovers—from fun accessories to practical accessories like spa covers.
1. Hot tub cover lifter
If you have a new hot tub and don’t have one already, a cover lifter is an absolute must for winter months. While you can technically get by with a cheap spa cover (without a lifter) these devices are the best way to comfortably lift your cover to the side of your hot tub and out of the way.
Check out my post here on hot tub cover lifters (and what to know) if you need a few recommendations. The right cover not only prevents a ton of heat loss, it can also help you save on energy costs.
There are several automatic cover lifters on the market today that open automatically for easy access. Simply open the cover from the inside of your home with a smartphone, hop in, and forget about staying out in the cold too long.
2. Gazebo with metal roof
A nice gazebo with a metal roof looks great and can protect your hot tub in the winter when it snows or rains. I don’t recommend you purchase a cheap cloth top canopy; canopies with cloth tops tend to blow over in the wind, and I’ve seen many tops tear from being left up outside.
This gazebo by Summercove is designed for hot tubs, includes a metal roof, and also comes with privacy screens and a bar shelf on one side.
If you are considering a hot tub canopy or gazebo, be sure to check out these 10 best hot tub canopy kits I recommend. In this post, I cover a few good options made of cedar (or another type of wood) you can safely leave outside year-round.
3. Bathrobe for outdoor use
Even if you have a short distance from inside your home to your hot tub, nothing beats wrapping up in a plush robe before and after using your hot tub.
But not all robes are created equal. For outside use, it’s a good idea to find a robe that’s thick and well-made.
One robe I recommend for hot tub use is this one by Luxome. Luxome makes one of the softest robes on the market today with a bamboo viscose textured knit. According to their site, bamboo is what gives these robes their ‘supremely soft (and just a little silky) feel”.
Luxome is a small business brand on Amazon that you can feel great about supporting.
4. Towel warmers
Comfier makes a pretty awesome towel warmer you can check out here that fits two towels, enough for most people.
This device has an auto shut-off feature which I love for use outside. Simply drop your towels in before entering the hot tub, press the ‘on’ button, and grab a warm towel on exit. This model also doesn’t take up much space, unlike some others.
A heated towel rack or towel tree can work as well. That said, I do recommend an enclosed towel warmer that traps heat (instead of a towel holder).
5. Hot tub cover cap
If you have a hot tub cover (which you should), it needs protecting. A hot tub cover cap is a great way to protect your cover from snow, rain, and the elements.
You can find several of these ‘caps’ online that can protect your cover from aging prematurely if you experience severe weather like snowstorms or ice storms.
This one of Amazon by ULTCOVER comes in a few different sizes and is made of a waterproof PVC coating.
6. Propane heater
If you wish to hang out a bit after exiting your hot tub, I recommend a propane heater or fire pit.
A simple fire pit or heater can put your patio furniture to good use year-round and give you a place to dry off or take a break.
Pyramid-style patio heaters like this one I really like them because they have wheels and look more elegant than some of the cheaper models.
A hot tub, patio set, and a couple of heaters can help you comfortably enjoy your backyard with friends in the winter, a time of year most people don’t get enough fresh air.
7. Waterproof outdoor slippers
I’ve worn Crocs, tennis shoes, and even gone barefoot to a hot tub session, and let me tell you—you need something warm. For me, it’s not getting in, it’s getting out of a hot tub that’s uncomfortable when wet!
L.L Bean makes a nice pair of waterproof slippers here that are my favorite for this application. They are well-built, highly rated, and offer great traction on slippery surfaces. You can also find comparable waterproof slippers on Amazon
Whatever shoe you decide on, make sure they can slip on and off easily and cover your entire foot (without having holes like Crocs).
Transform your hot tub area this winter
To make your hot tub experience as enjoyable as possible you need an environment you feel comfortable in year-round. Need a few more ideas for your next spa session, check out my post on hot tub privacy screens or a few awesome hot tub TV setup options.
What’s your must-have accessory you can’t live without in winter? Let me know below.