Spa Cover Recommendations

marcgr

Bronze Supporter
Oct 4, 2015
104
Austin, TX
My hot tub cover is getting heavy and I'm noticing mold or mildew between the cover and the foam. I think it might actually be rain getting in from above rather than vapors leaking up from below, but regardless, the cover is at least 5 years old, the stitching is about to go and I think it's time for a new one.

Any recommendations on a new one? I'm looking at Solis. Every spa cover company I looked at have some complaints over at the Better Business Bureau but if they're making a few hundred covers a week then a few complaints per year is not unexpected.

I'm also looking at the electricity savings vs increased R values and if my math is right it looks like I'll save about $20 in electricity over a 5-year period for every increase in R value. So if I'm comparing an R-20 to an R-25 then I would save about $100 of electricity with the R-25 over a 5 year period. That makes it economical to get the highest R value possible. Agree or disagree?

Many thanks,

Marc
 

boojiw

Member
Jun 14, 2015
5
Guntersville, AL
I would stay far away from solis. Ordered my last one from them. It took over 2 months to get the cover and about 6 months after getting it the whole center channel collapsed and the vinyl leaks developed leaks. Horrible experience with them all around. I wrote off all the BBB complaints and wish I hadn't.
 

cowboycasey

Gold Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 3, 2013
4,295
Fletcher, OK
Hey there, I went with Hot Tub Covers Replacement Spa Covers from BeyondNice I had them sow 2 handles in the middle of the cover, so I could close the cover while in the tub.. The mistake I mad was not using both handles at the same time and they started to tear... Once I started using both handles no further damage has been done and it works great...

Thickest Hot Tub Covers: 6"-4" Tapered with 1.0# (R23.85-R37) Cover thickness selectionULTRA cover is 6 inches thick tapering to 4 inches for the most insulation available - R24.9
Tie down strapsStandard: 4 tie down straps, 1 strap on each of the four sides Tie down strap
Additional insulationUpgrade: Long Steam Stopper - additional insulation seals under the fold View - $19.00
Upgrade: Double Thick & Double Wrap - twice as thick as Standard and wrapped twice - $36.00
1.5 pound - Shear strength 26-32 psi (Estimated 4-2 taper static load limit - 270 pounds) - $45.00
Upgrade: Strengthen the fold/hinge View - $18.00

Cost me 445 dollars with free shipping, received it in about 2 weeks from ordering.. Great customer service!!

I have had this cover for 3 years now, it is still not water logged, does not let air escape, and still looks great (except the handles on the inside) It is thick, 6 inches in center and 4 on the ends.. way thicker than my original and that helps the heat stay in, the heater turns on much less now...
 

GuinnessPhish

Well-known member
Jul 10, 2012
435
Herndon, VA
I ordered a cover from hottubworks.com last summer. I went with the second cheapest cover, and it came to about $315. I received it in about 10 days from the order date.
 

marcgr

Bronze Supporter
Oct 4, 2015
104
Austin, TX
Thanks all! Anyone have experience with Spa Depot? I found generally good reviews here and a few other places. All of them have some info at BBB.org but it looks like Spa Depot tries to resolve... somewhat...

Marc
 

Awilli8203

Active member
Sep 7, 2012
44
Pittsburgh
I just bought an acculok cover for my pdc spa. It is worth a look at their web site because the cover has sides with no split in the middle. So far it seems like a great cover.
 

wjr75

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 6, 2013
895
IL
I have a custom 3 piece SpaMate cover which they built for $550 delivered. This is a great price for a custom cover. I'm going on three years with no issues.