Considering a Pallet Hot Tub? Read This First

Pallet Hot Tub

I am not sure what the fascination with “up-cycling” pallets is at the moment? That said, when I was researching some topics to write about on the Blog this week, I came across a novel idea that I hadn’t seen before – a pallet Hot Tub. Good idea? Bad Idea? Well, read on and you will find out.


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that it started out as being a set of instructions on how to build you own hot tub. I’ve branched out and cover everything now from maintenance to covers and chemicals as time has gone on. All the fun stuff that is involved in maintaining your hot tub I cover.

So, back to topic, what is a Pallet Hot Tub?

A pallet hot tub is a DIY project that repurposes wooden pallets, which are commonly used in the shipping industry to transport goods. By modifying the pallets, a simple yet effective hot tub can be constructed.

The first step in building a pallet hot tub is to gather materials. You will need several wooden pallets, a heavy-duty plastic liner, a heater, and a water pump. Other materials may include screws, nails, and wood glue.

The next step is to assemble the pallets into a box shape, using screws, nails, and wood glue to secure them together. The size and shape of the hot tub can be customized depending on the available space and personal preferences.

Once the pallet box is assembled, the heavy-duty plastic liner can be added to line the inside of the box. The liner will hold the water and prevent it from leaking out. The edges of the liner can be secured to the pallets using wood screws or staples.

After the liner is installed, a heating system can be added to warm the water. There are various heating options available, including wood-fired heaters or electric heaters. The water pump will circulate the water to ensure it stays warm and well-mixed.

What is a Pallet Hot Tub actually made of?

Seems an odd question right? Surely the clue is in the name. Well, after a little more research, I guess plastic container hot tub with pallet cladding is not quite as appealing. However, this is how it is made.

This image again from clearly shows that the main component of this “hot tub” in indeed a 1000l IBL water holder. Ok, so this is shock number 1. The pallet hot tub is really a water tank hot tub, I guess a little smaller than the stock tank tubs that we explored in a previous article.

So how is a Pallet Hot Tub made?

We have established that our pallet hot tub, really refers to the cladding on the outside of the plastic IBL water holder. So really, it is not a pallet hot tub!

Taken from the same article, the pallets above are simply used to give the plastic water holder a bit of rigidity. So where does the Hot Water and bubbles come from? This was the second surprise for me. They are actually coming from an inflatable hot tub!

What do I mean by this as there is clearly no inflatable hot hub here. You can see in the image above that the filter and the pump are very similar to those that come with a Bestway inflatable hot tub!

I’m all for not re-inventing the wheel, but the cost of this is going to be more than one of the inflatable tubs that we have looked at before. It is also going to be a lot smaller too! Why on Earth would you want to build one of these? There is a cheaper, off the shelf alternative that already exist.

Plumbing Considerations for a Pallet Hot Tub

When building a pallet hot tub, plumbing considerations are important to ensure that the water flows properly and that the hot tub functions correctly. Here are some plumbing considerations for a pallet hot tub:

  1. Water supply: The hot tub needs a water supply to fill it up. The water supply can be from a garden hose or a dedicated water line if available. It’s essential to ensure that the water supply is clean and free of contaminants that could damage the hot tub.

  2. Drainage: A drainage system is necessary to drain the hot tub when needed. The drainage system should be positioned to allow easy access for draining the water. It is essential to ensure that the drainage system is secure and cannot accidentally come loose, causing water damage or flooding.

  3. Pump and filter: The pump and filter are essential components of the hot tub’s plumbing system. The pump circulates the water through the filter to remove any debris, keeping the water clean and clear. The filter should be positioned in an easily accessible location for cleaning and maintenance.

  4. Heater: The heater is responsible for heating the water in the hot tub. The plumbing for the heater should be connected to the pump and filter to ensure that the water is heated evenly and efficiently. The heater’s positioning should be carefully considered to ensure that it is not accidentally knocked over, causing damage or injury.

  5. Control valves: Control valves can be added to regulate the flow of water to and from the hot tub. This can be useful for controlling the water temperature or draining the hot tub quickly. Control valves should be positioned in a location that is easily accessible for maintenance and repair.

  6. Overflow: An overflow system can be added to prevent the hot tub from overflowing. The overflow should be positioned to allow water to flow out of the hot tub safely and avoid flooding the surrounding area.

What is the conclusion on Pallet Hot Tubs?

The conclusion on pallet hot tubs is quite simple. In the first instance, they are not pallet hot tubs! In the second instance, this is up-cycling gone mad as a cheaper off the shelf alternative in inflatable hot tubs already exists. And lastly, you still need the plumbing parts from an inflatable hot tub to run a pallet hot tub.

Pallet hot tubs, have gained significant popularity in recent years, and for good reason. While they may come with a higher initial cost compared to inflatable tubs, they offer a host of advantages that make them a worthwhile investment for many.

Firstly, the quality of components in pallet hot tubs tends to be far superior to that of inflatable tubs. These tubs are often constructed from high-quality materials like cedar, redwood, or thermally modified wood, which not only provide durability but also an attractive, natural aesthetic. The use of wood imparts a sense of rustic charm and blends seamlessly with various outdoor settings.

In terms of functionality, pallet hot tubs are designed to mimic the experience of a traditional hot tub or spa, but with the added benefit of portability. Many models come equipped with robust heating systems, often wood-fired or electric, that can quickly heat the water to your desired temperature. This means you can enjoy the soothing warmth of a hot tub in your backyard without the need for permanent installations.

Moreover, pallet hot tubs typically have better insulation properties than inflatable tubs. This insulation helps to retain heat efficiently, reducing energy consumption and keeping your water warm for longer periods, which is a significant advantage in colder climates or during extended soak sessions.

Beyond their practical benefits, pallet hot tubs have a certain trendy and stylish appeal. Their natural wood finish and elegant design make them an eye-catching addition to any outdoor space, creating a luxurious and inviting atmosphere for relaxation and socializing. The trend of blending natural elements with modern design in outdoor living spaces has further boosted the popularity of pallet hot tubs.

In summary, while pallet hot tubs may come with a higher upfront cost than inflatable alternatives, their superior quality, functionality, insulation, and trendy aesthetics make them a compelling choice for those seeking a more sophisticated and long-lasting hot tub experience. Whether you’re looking to elevate your outdoor space or simply indulge in the comfort of a  soak, pallet hot tubs offer a versatile and stylish solution that’s worth the investment.

What parts do I need for a Pallet Hot Tub?

The parts that you need for a pallet hot tub are exactly the same as you do for a stock tank – they are exactly the same follow the link below to my ready-made kits.

Stock Tank Plumbing Kit
Stock Tank Plumbing Kit

What are the alternatives to a Pallet Hot Tub?

I think it would be unfair to say that you should just go and buy a regular plastic shell Hot Tub as they are 10x the cost of this. However, I would definitely say that you should just go and buy an inflatable Hot Tub. Cheaper, bigger, portable the list of benefits goes on.

Read our guide to Inflatable Hot Tubs

The other alternative, would be to look at a larger stock tank hot tub. Whilst our review was a little scathing, I would say that they are so much better than this falsely named pallet hot tub!

Read our Stock Tank Hot Tub Review


Why should I consider building a pallet hot tub?

Building a pallet hot tub can be a unique and cost-effective DIY project, and there are several reasons why you might consider it:

  1. Cost Savings: Pallet hot tubs are typically much more affordable than traditional hot tubs. By using reclaimed pallets and repurposed materials, you can significantly reduce the overall cost of building a hot tub.

  2. DIY Satisfaction: Building a pallet hot tub can be a rewarding DIY project that allows you to showcase your creativity and craftsmanship. It provides a sense of accomplishment and ownership that you may not get from purchasing a pre-made hot tub.

  3. Customization: With a pallet hot tub, you have the flexibility to design and customize it according to your preferences. You can choose the size, shape, and features that fit your needs and style, making it a truly unique addition to your outdoor space.

  4. Eco-Friendly: Repurposing pallets and using recycled or upcycled materials aligns with sustainability principles. It reduces waste, conserves resources, and minimizes the environmental impact compared to purchasing a new hot tub.

  5. Portability: Pallet hot tubs are relatively lightweight and can be disassembled and moved if needed. This flexibility is particularly useful if you change your outdoor layout or relocate.

  6. Heating Options: You can select the heating method that suits your preferences and resources, whether it’s a wood-fired stove, electric heater, or even a solar heating system. This allows you to control energy consumption and operating costs.

  7. Social Hub: A pallet hot tub can become a focal point for social gatherings, providing a cozy and inviting space for relaxation and conversation. It’s an excellent addition to your backyard for entertaining friends and family.

  8. Learning Experience: Building a pallet hot tub can be an educational experience. You can learn about plumbing, heating systems, and basic carpentry skills throughout the project.

However, it’s important to note that building a pallet hot tub also comes with certain challenges and considerations. You’ll need to ensure proper insulation, water-tightness, and safety features. Additionally, maintenance and water chemistry management are still required, similar to traditional hot tubs.

Before embarking on a pallet hot tub project, carefully plan and research the necessary steps, materials, and local regulations. If you enjoy DIY projects, value sustainability, and are looking for a budget-friendly hot tub solution, a pallet hot tub could be an exciting and fulfilling option.


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Hi, Andi here. I own and also write all of the articles and info pages on the site. Some years back now, I built my own hot tub but struggled to find the information I needed. So, once my tub was complete, I started this website to help others in their own pursuit of hot tub and plunge pools DIY building information.

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