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Searching for hot tubs can be difficult, especially if you find yourself in need of a hot tub that can host large groups or families.
While 12-person hot tubs are breaching into swim spa territory based purely on their size, there are still many that focus more on hydrotherapy than exercise.
Come with us as we explore some of the best hot tubs on the market with room for 12 people.
Swim spas can greatly range in terms of price depending on the features that you choose to install in them. If you decide to keep your swim spa on the simple end, you could end up paying next to $10,000.
Of course, as you begin upgrading the jets, jet systems, equipment, LED light fixtures, and entertainment features, the price quickly skyrockets. On the higher end, you could end up spending next to $30,000 for a swim spa.
The Big Kahuna from Integrity Spas is a massive hot tub model with some luxurious features, including HALO LED perimeter lighting, water level LED mood lighting, dual-lit waterfall columns, and 123 hydrotherapy stainless steel jets.
Within the Big Kahuna, you will find an ultimate double lounge seat with plenty of jets to massage just about every part of your body.
The Big Kahuna also comes with a new Blaster jet system, which provides a current that you could swim against if you choose.
The Big Kahuna comes with a high-end circulation pump, which provides quick and whisper-quiet filtration.
The pump continuously filters your water through the ozone mixing chamber 24/7 so that you always have clean water to enjoy during your soak.
With an 800-gallon water capacity, this tub is massive, perfect for those looking for a huge spa to ht the whole family.
If you're looking for a large party spa, look no further than this high-quality model from Thermospas.
This completely portable spa is incredibly easy to install and even easier to maintain.
Beyond the relaxation and massage benefits that you get from the unique jet system, you can also enjoy exercise throughout the entire year thanks to the heated design, making it an excellent swimming pool alternative.
One of the great things about this spa is that it is incredibly energy-efficient.
Though the initial price tag might be a bit high for some, you'll save money, in the long run, thanks to the fully-insulated base and panels.
Within the spa, you'll find a variety of seats at different heights depending on the soak you are looking for. You can even choose to add a bit of additional water-friendly exercise equipment to your spa package to enjoy the fitness benefits this spa has to offer.
While the St. Lawrence model from Canadian Spa Company is technically a swim spa, it comes with many of the same features as traditional spas.
It is the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy both aqua-aerobics/swimming and hydrotherapy.You can completely adjust the water flow and customize it for any sort of activity that you perform.
It comes with LED lights around the perimeter and behind the dual cascading waterfalls. There are also pop-up Bluetooth digital speakers for those who want to enjoy some music during their swim or soak.
Beyond that, the St. Lawrence model is very energy-efficient thanks to the heat retention blanket and dense, closed-cell spray foam insulation, both of which work together to trap heat inside the shell so that you don't have to worry about insanely high home energy bills.
As of right now, one of the biggest hot tubs on the market is the Beauty Luxury BL-856. The BL-856 is a high-end, luxury spa with an equally high price tag. At 12 meters long, there is plenty of room for large groups to swim and relax.
There are two partitions in this hot tub, one of which acts more like a swim spa and the other of which acts like a traditional spa with enough room for four people at once. All Beauty Luxury spas make use of high-quality Balboa systems for control of the pumps and jets.
Beyond the stellar features found in this particular hot tub model, it is pretty spectacular to look at. There are plenty of customization features that you can make as well, including the choice between 15 textures and colors, infotainment equipment upgrades, LED light fixtures, and more.
There are many things to consider when looking for the right spa.
You want the right equipment that can create an intuitive and maintenance-friendly spa experience, a shell is both durable and fits the aesthetic of your backyard space, a jet system that can provide you with hydrotherapy (and potentially enough current to swim), and a circulation pump and jet pump system that can save you some money on your energy bills.
It is always important to check review pages on manufacturer sites if they are available to find out how real users feel about their particular spa experience before buying and speak with your local dealer about your needs so they can help you find the right spa for you.
Make sure to also consider delivery costs, shipping costs, and installation costs, as spas that are this big can be quite difficult to fit into your space at home.
To look at different sizes, see our large hot tubs article.