AquaTerra Spas and Hot Tubs – Good or Bad?

Who is AquaTerra Spas? We’ve been asked by several hot tub shoppers as of late and in this article, we will explain who they are and where they fit in the hot tub marketplace.

First off, AquaTerra is a brand owned by Watkins Wellness who is subsidiary of Masco, a publicly traded company. Watkins Wellness is a hot tub manufacturing titan that owns several other premium brands such as Hotspring Spas, Caldera Spas, Freeflow Spas, Fantasy Spas, Limelight Spas, and Endless Pools (swim spas). They are arguably the biggest hot tub manufacturer in the world. Most of these brands, if not all, are sold exclusively through their worldwide, independent dealer network. AquaTerra, on the other hand, is their “box retailer” brand as made evidently clear on their website which states that AquaTerrra hot tubs can be found exclusively at Costco.com. Furthermore, the AquaTerra website is very bland and generic. It gives very little information as to who they are and does very little to boast the product like they do with all of their other brands. One can only interpret that the brand’s focus is purely on the value driven box retail customer.

To color it in further, AquaTerra is within Waktins rotomold division which also manufactures the Freeflow Spas and Fantasy Spas brands. As mentioned above the latter brands are sold thru independent dealers and fetch a slightly better premium than their AquaTerra counterparts because retail pricing is controlled by each dealer. All three of these rotomold brands are what the industry considers “price point” hot tubs or entry level hot tubs because they are very simple and basic in features and specifications. There is a little bit of crossover into the more premium fiberglass and acrylic models when you look at the AquaTerra “Fairfax” or “Ventura” models. Although these have the look and feel of a traditional hot tub they are more on the low budget end of the spectrum. Furthermore, it’s somewhat cannibalistic for the Watkins’ premium brands because they (and the rest of the industry) compete with AquaTerra on a daily basis and actually have to upsell or sway customers away from buying AquaTerra (from Costco).

There are pros and cons of buying an AquaTerra versus its competitors. We’ve listed some of the more obvious ones.

Pros of Buying AquaTerra (through Costco)

  • Manufactured by a reputable and very large manufacturer of hot tubs (Watkins Wellness).
  • Costco has a very liberal return policy so if your dissatisfied with quality, performance, or service then you can get a refund.
  • Good value especially if you buy during one of Costco’s promotions ($500-$1500 off).

Cons of Buying AquaTerra vs a Premium Brand From an Independent Dealer

  • The brand is sold online through Costco.com so you aren’t able to see the hot tub in person to make sure the fit, finish, and quality are up to par
  • It can be a hassle is you don’t like it for any reason because you will be responsible for getting it back to a local Costco warehouse for a refund
  • Limited color choices available. Typically one shell color option and one or two cabinet options.
  • Shorter warranty and no local dealer support.
  • Limited Features and no customization options.
  • Curbside delivery only.

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As of writing this article, there are seven AquaTerra hot tub models to choose from that come with the features listed.  All of these models are being sold exclusively through Costco online.

1. AquaTerra Grayson – 70 in x 62 in x 32 in
a. 17 Jets with stainless trim
b. 4 Person capacity with a bench on one side and two bucket seats on the other.
c. Multi-Colored LED Wall Light
d. Ozone Water Purifier
e. Locking Hard Cover
f. Steps
g. 110 Volt Plug and Play

2. AquaTerra Newporter – 78 inches (round) x 34 in
a. 22 Jets with stainless trim
b. 4 Person capacity with a bench on one side and two bucket seats on the other.
c. Multi-Colored LED Wall Light
d. Ozone Water Purifier
e. Locking Hard Cover
f. Steps
g. 110 Volt Plug and Play or 220 Volt Hard Wired

3. AquaTerra Brighton – 80 in x 80 in x 34 in
a. Available with or without a lounger (non-lounger gets an extra seat)
b. 25 Jets with stainless trim
c. 6 Person capacity with all bucket seats and 5 person capacity with one lounger and five bucket seats.
d. Multi-Colored LED Wall Light
e. Ozone Water Purifier
f. Locking Hard Cover
g. Steps
h. 110 Volt Plug and Play

4. AquaTerra Maderas – 80 in x 80 in x 34 in
a. Available with or without a lounger (non-lounger gets an extra seat)
b. 45 Jets with stainless trim
c. 6 Person capacity with all bucket seats and 5 person capacity with one lounger and five bucket seats..
d. Multi-Colored LED Wall Light
e. Ozone Water Purifier
f. Locking Hard Cover
g. Steps
h. 220 Volt Hard Wired

5. AquaTerra Fairfax – 84 in x 84 in x 36 in
a. Available with or without a lounger (non lounger gets an extra seat)
b. 80 Jets with stainless trim
c. 2 x 2.5 HP Jet Pumps
d. 6 Person capacity with a lounger and five bucket seats or 7 person all bucket seats (non lounger).
e. Multi-Colored LED Interior and Exterior Lights
f. Bluetooth Stereo System wit Subwoofer
g. Ozone Water Purifier
h. Locking Hard Cover
i. Steps
j. 220 Volt Hard Wired

6. AquaTerra Ventura – 89 in x 89 in x 36 in
a. 96 Jets with stainless trim
b. 2 x 2.5 HP Jet Pumps
c. 6 Person capacity with a lounger and five bucket seats.
d. Multi-Colored LED Interior and Exterior Lights
e. Bluetooth Stereo System wit Subwoofer
f. Ozone Water Purifier
g. Locking Hard Cover
h. Steps
i. 220 Volt Hard Wired

7. AquaTerra Calavera – 77 in x 66 in x 29 in (oval)
a. 21Jets with stainless trim
b. 1.5 HP Jet Pump (2 speed)
c. 4 Person capacity with a bench on one side and two bucket seats on the other.
d. Multi-Colored LED Interior 
e. Waterfall
f. Ozone Water Purifier
g. Locking Hard Cover
h. Steps
i. 110v Plug and Play or 220 Volt Hard Wired

8. AquaTerra Montecito 81 in x 81 in x 34 in
a. 45 Jets with stainless trim
b. 4.5 HP Jet Pump (2 speed)
c. 6 Person capacity with all bucket seats (no lounger).
d. Multi-Colored LED Interior
e. Waterfall
f. Ozone Water Purifier
g. Locking Hard Cover
h. Steps
I. 220 Volt Hard Wired

9. AquaTerra Transport 3.0 75 in x 75 in x 34 in
a. 22 Jets with stainless trim
b. 1.5 HP Jet Pump (2 speed)
c. 4 Person capacity with lounger
d. Multi-Colored LED Interior
e. Waterfall
f. Ozone Water Purifier
g. Locking Hard Cover
h. Steps
I. 110V Plug and Play

10. AquaTerra Benicia– 70 in x 61 in x 32 in
a. 20 Jets with stainless trim
b. 1.5 HP Jet Pump (2 speed)
c. 4 Person capacity 
d. Multi-Colored LED Interior
e. Locking Hard Cover
f. Waterfall
g. 110V Plug and Play

11. AquaTerra Aryana87 in x 77 in x 34 in

a. 45 Jets with stainless trim
b. 4.5 HP Jet Pump (2 speed)
c. 5 Person capacity with lounger.
d. Multi-Colored LED Interior
e. Waterfall
f. Ozone Water Purifier
g. Locking Hard Cover
h. Steps
I. 220 Volt Hard Wired

For more information you can visit our brands pages, buyers guides, or simply fill out our “Free Local Hot Tub Quotes” form to get competitive prices on hot tubs in your local area.

13 thoughts on “AquaTerra Spas and Hot Tubs – Good or Bad?

  1. Is the height dimension on the AquaTerra hot tub an exterior dimension or the interior dimension. Bottomline – When a person sits in the AquaTerra Calevera (height 29″) is it the same interior depth as the AquaTerra Newporter (height 34″). Thanks

  2. Well I think I’m going to throw in the towel as far as purchasing a hot tub. I’ve checked out all the brands from Marquis to Hot Springs jacuzzis and Artesian and the list goes on. Bottom line when I found out so far to get into a decent hot tub equality that’s local you’re into it for a minimum of $10,000 not to mention a $1,200 fee it will take to run the 2:20 how to the hot tub and the possible easy pad then I’ll have to purchase for $600 just in case where I’m putting it is not level enough. If I lower my standards and even consider Costco hot tubs then from my understanding it’s just a curbside delivery no way! So to buy anything online you can’t do a wet test which is super important in fact the most important part of purchasing a hot tub. So with that being said I’m not going to spend $12,000 for a hot tub then I’ll jump into once in awhile and then I’ll be constantly having to take care of it and check the water condition. Just doesn’t seem like there’s no happy medium. You think I’d be able to buy a hot tub for $5,000 that would be a decent quality and that they would set up and stand behind. I guess not. I guess I’ll just keep going to the gym. Thanks for letting me vent. Have a good day.

    1. Hello Larry. I appreciate you sharing your frustration. The hot tub industry can be a difficult waters to navigate especially since every dealer and salesman you talk to has a somewhat compelling story as to why their hot tub is better than the next. For whatever its worth, I think you’re on the right track as far as brands. Artesian, Jacuzzi, Marquis, and Hotspring are all excellent brands. I also agree with your sentiments on wet testing as a “test drive” is important when you are spending this kind of money. I do disagree, however, that you have to spend $10,000-$12,000 to get a good hot tub. Artesian has their South Seas line of spas that runs between $5000-8000. Jacuzzi has their 200 Series in a similar budget as does Hotspring with their Hot Spot line. Although, these aren’t the top of the line series in each brand they are still great quality hot tubs from some of the best, most respected brands. The most important thing after selecting a good brand and wet testing is to make sure you’re buying from a reputable dealer that has carried that particular brand with some tenure and also has a good service and warranty department. Your other concerns with electrical ($1200) and pad ($600) are valid but such will be the case if you even if you bought an online cheap spa or used hot tub…they are somewhat fixed costs (unless you go 110v). I would suggest doing pavers or crushed rock as they are an inexpensive option and if done right make for good foundations. In my opinion, you can get one of the aforementioned spas for $6000-$7000 and spend another $1500 on electrical and pad and be all in for $7500-$8500 which is not bad by today’s standards and to get a quality hot tub. Hope this helps. Feel free to email directly through our contact form if you would like to discuss in more detail.

  3. Dude, it’s simple, buy the Costco tub for $2800 (84×84″) Have it delivered to the curb, you and a friend roll it to where you want it on some 2 inch PVC pipes, set it down where you want it on a crushed rock level area or put some wood framing in there if you want, you can use tools right, plug it into a regular outlet and you’re good to go

  4. Biggest concern and question would be, can you get parts that will be needed over the years for the Aqua’s and if so where?

    1. AquaTerra is a sub brand of Watkins Wellness Manufacturing (arguably the biggest hot tub manufacturer in the world). They own Freeflow Spas, an older, very established rotomold hot tub manufacturer, that builds the AquaTerra line. So the answer is, yes, the availability of parts should be there over the years. AquaTerra also uses a lot of generic industry parts which should be available from a variety of other manufacturers, distributors, or retailers if AquaTerra ceases to exist.

    1. Yes, Roxy, most of the parts are generic to the hot tub industry (should be able to get them easily from third parties)and also available through Freeflow Spas which is the manufacturer that builds the AquaTerra line of hot tubs as a private label.

  5. I read a review of an AquaTerra tub on another site. The guy said he had been spending $120/mo on electricity while using his air conditioning and then it jumped to $450/mo after installing his hot tub. I don’t remember if his was a 220 or 110 setup, but is there an energy concern with AquaTerra? I use my tub outside, year-round for pain therapy. I’m replacing a tub that failed on me this past winter and I maybe moving in the next 18 months, so the price on the Costco tub is attractive. …but not if it cost me several hundred a month (making me think…I don’t have any idea what my other tubs have cost in electricity).

  6. Looking to buy an Aquaterra Fairfax currently on sale at Costco for $5,000.00. Are the 2.5hp jet pumps the same ones used one the Hot Springs models. Can anyone who already owns a Fairfax model give me the model #s of the jet pumps?

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