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1st Hot Tub - Cover lifter buying advice

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May 21, 2019
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1st Hot Tub - Cover lifter buying advice

We purchased our 1st hot tub, and the one thing left to buy is a cover lifter.

I am looking for advice from hot tub owners... Manual vs Hydraulic lifters? Specific models?

Feedback appreciated.
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Deal Addict
Nov 30, 2003
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Manual is fine for most people and cases, hydraulic for me is a waste of money.. the cover isn't really *that* heavy.. maybe if you have physical challenges where you might need the help
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May 21, 2019
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I assume you don't need to fully open when you add chemicals? That is the only use case that I would see benefit in the hydraulic, to be able to fully open (by yourself) when you are not in the tub.
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Dec 27, 2009
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I've never had a problem lifting and removing a hot tub cover (and I'm a woman, not some "he-man"). I wouldn't choose to spend my money on a hydraulic one (unless I was disabled somehow).
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Jan 14, 2007
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We have a manual.
Cover buddy or something like that.
Very easy and simple to operate. Had to actually look up and see what a hydraulic lifter did
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Feb 7, 2017
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Save your money.
The manual lifters are easy to operate.
When in use, it’s not so much that the cover is heavy, as it is big & bulky
Unless you are truly frail or elderly
You’ll get by perfectly fine with a manual model.

PS... head to a good spa store
Like Arctic Spa
They’ll have tubs set up on the floor with lifters attached that you can try out

When buying a cover, IMO the most important thing is thickness & durability
More than weight
That should be your primary concern
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Jun 11, 2005
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jmccrack6501 wrote: We purchased our 1st hot tub, and the one thing left to buy is a cover lifter.

I am looking for advice from hot tub owners... Manual vs Hydraulic lifters? Specific models?

Feedback appreciated.
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Apr 6, 2008
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Agreed, go for manual unless you have some sort of physical ailment
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Apr 6, 2008
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redgrandam wrote: Is top or bottom lifter best for one that is sitting just on top of the groun (on gravel no deck around it).

Anything wrong with the ones from Home Depot?

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/canadi ... 1000788319

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/canadi ... 1000702139
I have a top lifter, no issues with it. It sits on a stamped concrete patio. Difference is whether it's mounted to the tub or attached to the ground/base.
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Feb 7, 2017
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fusion2k2k wrote: I have a top lifter, no issues with it. It sits on a stamped concrete patio. Difference is whether it's mounted to the tub or attached to the ground/base.
I’ve always been under the impression that bottom lifters require more room, cause the base is on the ground.

So this post is confusing ... as to what sits on the stamped concrete patio (hot tub ? ... certainly not the cover lifter with the top of tub attachment point)
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Jun 11, 2005
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jmccrack6501 wrote: We purchased our 1st hot tub, and the one thing left to buy is a cover lifter.

I am looking for advice from hot tub owners... Manual vs Hydraulic lifters? Specific models?

Feedback appreciated.
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