You want to keep that beautiful new spa of yours performing and looking its best. One of the first things that you should purchase after buying a hot tub is a spa cover. A hot tub cover is an invaluable piece of equipment for a hot tub owner. Since it is so important, you need to know just what you should look for when purchasing a spa cover. SpaMate has a few tips to help you select the perfect spa cover.

Foam Insulation and Thickness

The foam insulation in a hot tub cover is what keeps the heat inside the spa. The foam insulation helps keep the heat inside your hot tub, without letting the outdoor elements affect the water temperature. The thickness of the foam is very important. A cover with foam that is too thin won’t hold up to its task during bad weather. Typically, spa covers are between four and six inches thick due to the amount of foam insulation inside. For those who live in cold climates, the thickest option, six inches, will be the best for keeping your hot tub well-insulated. In warm climates, a thinner option will generally be fine.

You do want to make sure that you aren’t picking a cover that is less than three inches thick, however, because it isn’t likely that the cover will have enough insulation to keep your hot tub warm. You want a foam with an R-value, which is a measure of thermal resistance, that is appropriate for the area in which you live.


Durability is a major factor in determining a good spa cover. The internal supports should be made of a strong metal such as steel. These steel supports will prevent the cover from bowing under the weight of any debris that happens to fall on it in your yard.

The hinge of your hot tub cover needs to be made with material that won’t rust. Additionally, some spa covers have a continuous heat seal at the hinge that keeps the hot air from escaping the tub when it is covered.

Finally, wind straps should be included with your hot tub cover. These straps allow you to keep the cover secure should any wind or bad weather sweep through your area.


A spa cover must be a perfect fit for it to protect the hot tub and the water inside properly. It can be tricky to get the proper measurements for a spa cover, but at SpaMate, we have tools that allow you to select the make, model, and year of your hot tub so that you don’t have to stress about your hot tub cover not fitting your spa properly. If you are looking elsewhere for a spa cover, you are likely to have to try to take measurements, and they may not be precise enough to be effective.

Material and Design

A good spa cover will be made out of high-quality materials. Marine grade vinyl is the best choice for spa covers, as it is resistant to fading and discoloration, as well as UV damage from the sun. This material also contains mildew inhibitors that will prevent the growth of mold that can cause illnesses to those who handle it and deterioration and bad odors in the cover itself.

The design or color of a hot tub cover can be very important for many people. You can choose from a number of different colors that can match your hot tub or its surroundings, and SpaMate’s spa covers currently come in ten different color options for customers to choose from.


Hot tub covers should be viewed as an investment. While they may seem like an unnecessary purchase, they protect your even more expensive hot tub from damage. A good spa cover will likely cost you at least $300, but that money will prevent you from needing to make repairs to a damaged hot tub, and you will be able to spend less money on spa chemicals to keep your water safe for use.

The price of a hot tub cover is often determined by all of the things listed above. To get a well-insulated, well-made spa cover, you are going to have to spend a little more than you would for a cheap spa cover that isn’t going to give you all the benefits that a spa cover should.

To get a quality spa cover, contact SpaMate at 1-800-923-7330.