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What is a Cover Lifter and Do You Need One?

What is hot tub cover lifter? And do you really need one? We're sharing the ultimate cover lifter guide.
Hot Tub Cover Lifter Ultralift Undermount
Hot Tub Cover Lifter Ultra-Lift Undermount

What is a Hot Tub Cover Lifter? 

A hot tub cover lifter aids you in quickly removing and replacing a hot tub cover. The cover lifter is usually attached to the side of your hot tub and connected to the cover. In order to use the lifter, all you have to do is fold the cover so it fits back on top of the lifter bar. Some lifters are designed to ensure the cover fits neatly alongside the hot tub. Others, however, let the cover rest higher, making a sort of privacy wall for the hot tub.

Should I Get A Cover Lifter?

To keep the answer short: yes! A good cover lifter adds to the life of your cover, and in addition, your hot tub. Choosing to use a cover lifter will make your hot tub experience much easier and more enjoyable for you. Investing in a hot tub cover will help to prolong the life of your hot tub as well. The cover is crucial to protecting your hot tub, keeping it clean, and increasing its durability. 

A cover lifter can make the otherwise difficult task of lifting the cover, much simpler. This is especially important for people with back problems or those who are of old age. Many people want to soak in a hot tub for the purpose of soothing their bodies. That shouldn't mean you have to strain your back while attempting to get into it. This is where a cover lifter can come in handy. The easier your cover is to move, the more likely you are to make use of your hot tub!

What to Consider Before Buying a Cover Lifter

There are several factors to be kept in mind when purchasing a cover lifter:

Your Space

Just as you would prep your yard for a hot tub, you also need to take your space into account when buying a cover lifter.  Some lifters may require extra room in order to operate properly. For this, you should take into account where your hot tub is placed. Is it backed up against a fence or wall? Will there be any hindrance to the lifter? 


Hot tubs come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. You will need to ensure the cover lifter you purchase is compatible with the kind of hot tub you have. Certain lifters are designed for specific makes and models. Ensuring compatibility is essential to the proper functioning of the cover lifter.


You should also choose your cover lifter keeping in mind its surroundings. If your hot tub is placed outside where it is directly exposed to sunlight, rain, snow, and all kinds of weather, you will want to ensure your lifter is durable. This could mean choosing a lifter with an aluminum coating or steel powder components. 

Different Kinds of Cover Lifters

Hot tub cover lifters come in 2 types and you can choose depending on your preference and budget:

  1. Manual

To use a manual cover lifter you will need to fold the cover over the bar and then fold once more in order to lift it completely off the hot tub.

  1. Automatic

An automatic cover lifter won't require any work on your part. All you have to do is press a button and watch the cover lifter do all the work automatically.

In summary, a hot tub cover lifter is a great investment as it makes your hot tub more easily accessible and thus, makes you more likely to use your hot tub.

Have More Questions About Cover Lifters?

The experts at Epic Hot Tubs can help make your hot tub even more relaxing and enjoyable! Contact us at  919-444-8500 or fill out the form below.

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