What's the best spa cover and lifter for a spa pool or a swim spa?

Finding the right spa cover can make all the difference in the longevity of your spa pool or swim spa. In this article, we've compiled a list of the best spa covers and lifts to help you make an informed decision.

Spa pool with cover

What's a spa cover and why do I need one?

A spa cover is a protective cover that is placed on top of a spa or hot tub. It is made of durable materials like vinyl or PVC and is designed to protect the spa from the elements and debris.

Spa covers help maintain the temperature of the water by trapping heat, thereby reducing energy costs. They also keep the spa clean by preventing leaves, dirt, and other debris from falling into the water. Additionally, they provide a safety barrier, preventing children or pets from accidentally falling into the water.

Overall, a spa cover is an essential accessory for anyone who owns a spa or hot tub. It helps in keeping the water clean, hot, and safe for use while also reducing energy costs.

What to look for in a spa cover

With the importance of the spa cover mentioned above, it's crucial to invest in a high-quality spa cover that perfectly fits your spa.

Let's explore the features of high-quality spa cover to help you find the best one for your spa pool and swim spa.

1. Foam thickness and insulation properties (R value)

A thicker and denser foam inside your spa cover provides better insulation from the elements, keeping heat inside your spa more efficiently, resulting in lower energy costs for heating your spa.

2. Hinge block and vapour skirt

The best covers have an insulating block that covers the hinge section in the middle of the cover. This reduces the chance of heat loss that would otherwise escape between the hinge or where two pieces join together.

A vapour skirt on a spa cover runs around the end and overlaps down over the lip of your spa, reducing the chance of heat escaping out the side.

3. Effective seal and a good fit

It is important for a spa cover to seal tightly around the lip of your spa and for it to fit accurately, especially around the corner area. To make sure your new spa cover seals and fits right, follow the instructions in the video below for measuring your cover.

4. Tapered shape for water run off

You do not want water to pool on top of your cover as this will detioriate the surface of the vinyl and add stress onto the structure of the cover. A good cover will have a tapered shape which allows water to run off towards the sides, reducing the chances of water pooling.

5. Vinyl and stiching quality

The best spa covers will be constructed with UV treated marine grade vinyl. This heavy duty vinyl is specially treated to be resistant to the sun's harsh UV rays. Not only that, but the stitching should also use UV treated material. Both of these components will help the cover last much longer in the outdoors.

6. Solid structure with aluminium channel

Aluminium channel is used to reinforce the internal structure of premium spa covers - this provides extra rigidity and stops the cover from sagging over time. In turn, this reduces the chances of water pooling on top of the cover which can cause a cover to detiorate much more quickly.

7. Straps and childproof latches

Lastly, a good spa cover should come with at least 2 straps on each side and lockable, childproof latches. This ensures that everyone in your family is kept safe and your spa is protected from unwanted intruders. Good quality straps are also important in high wind areas to reduce the chances of the cover being blown off.

Not only are straps important for safety, they are also mandatory in all of Australia for all spas.

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What's the best spa cover for my spa pool or swim spa?

The ideal spa cover for your spa is either the one it comes with or the one tailored to fit its unique specifications and dimensions.

Most of the well-known spa brands such as Jacuzzi®, Hotspring®, Vortex™, and Fisher™ offer a wide range of spa cover options that are specifically designed to fit their respective spa models.

There are also custom-made spa covers available in the market for those who need a more personalized fit or design.

What's the life span of a spa cover?

The lifespan of a spa cover can vary depending on factors such as usage frequency, exposure to harsh weather conditions, and the quality of the cover itself.

Generally, a well-maintained spa cover can last for 3-5 years, but it is recommended to replace it when signs of wear and tear start to show. Signs of an aging spa cover include cracks, tears, and fading of the color.

damaged spa cover

It is also important to replace the cover if it no longer fits properly or if it has lost its insulation properties. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of a spa cover.

What is an automatic swim spa cover?

An automatic swim spa cover is a device that automatically covers and uncovers a swim spa or pool.

It is typically made of durable materials like vinyl and operates using a motorised mechanism.

You can control it with a button, key, or remote control, making it easy to open and close as needed. The automated system helps protect the swim spa from debris and maintain the water temperature, conserving energy.

ClearLift™ is an automated swim spa cover available on Vortex™ Swim Spas models produced after November 2023.

Click the button below to learn more about ClearLift™ including how it works, and why you need one for your swim spa.

What's the best spa cover lifter for my spa?

When selecting a spa cover lifter, it is important to consider factors such as the size and weight of your spa cover, the location of your spa, and your personal preferences.

Every cover lifter includes a mechanism that allows you to easily lift and remove the cover of your spa pool and swim spa.

There are several types of spa cover lifters available in the market, including cabinet mounted,deck-mount or under spa mount, cabinet free, basket style, and even automatic spa cover lifters.

Cabinet Mounted Cover Lifter

The Cabinet Mounted Cover Lifter works by attaching to the cabinet or frame of your spa and typically consists of a set of arms and a bracket that holds the cover in place.

Deck-mount or Under Spa Mount Cover Lifter

This type of cover lifter is unique in that it is mounted to either the deck surrounding your spa or underneath the spa itself.

Basket Style Spa Cover Lifter

This type of cover lifter comprises two brackets that are attached to the spa's side. Two bars run across the brackets, and there is a long tube that holds the cover in a basket-like form.

Cabinet Free Spa Cover Lifter

The Cabinet Free Spa Cover Lifter comprises two brackets that are attached to the spa's exterior. A long arm runs across the brackets, and another arm that holds the cover's folds.

Automatic Spa Cover Lifter

An automatic spa cover lifter is designed to work by using an electric motor and a set of brackets that are either mounted to the spa's exterior or to the deck around the spa.

The motor is attached to the brackets, which contain two arms that lift and remove the hot tub cover automatically.

In summary

Choosing the best spa cover and spa cover lifter is essential to protect your spa pool or swim spa.

The ideal spa cover should be made of durable, waterproof materials that protect the spa from the elements and last for years to come. It should also be easy to install and remove. The best spa cover lifter should be compatible with your hot tub or swim spa, easy to operate, and take up minimal space on your deck or backyard.

Ultimately, the choice of spa cover and spa cover lifter will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and spa requirements. By considering all the available options, you can make an informed decision that protects and enhances your spa pool or swim spa experience.

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