Hubby and I really appreciate our hot tub revamp we just completed for under $1500. We took time and effort to drop it INTO the landscape and rock around it so it is beautiful. See post:
We enjoy how soothing it is. Rich and I tend to overdo a lot. It really has helped my chronic back problems. After 3 weeks of daily soaks, pain down >50%!
A tub or spa is covered up MOST of the time to retain heat and keep it clean.
Alas, the cover it came with is OLD and UGLY and CLUMSY.
It had a lever system that didn't fit our deck situation.
Yes, I could reupholster it and customize the system.
But I found a beautiful solution from Canada, searching the net: Cedar slats over foam like a yoga mat, can roll back easily and look lovely.
Two US Companies make them: Roberts Hot Tubs in CA makes them with rivets for $1800 for our 5 x 7 rectangle, including shipping.
Great Northern Hot Tubs promised much higher quality lumber, heat-welded to foam, and estimated $2200 delivered.
I found a resourceful DIYer who made her version out of tarp, insulation material and cedar slats.
I made a temporary cover out of the taped tarp and insulation material while I researched for a better solution.
Here's what I came up with and at the end I'll tell you how it lasted: