There's nothing worse than getting ready to get out of the hot tub and not being able to find your towel—or seeing that it's farther away than you remember putting it before you got in! A hot tub towel rack is the perfect place to store your towel. No more having to drape it over a chair or (even worse) toss it on the ground.
You might think a hot tub towel rack seems like an extra that you don't need, but let me tell you from first hand experience: a towel rack is just one of those things that once you have it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
In this article, I'm going to share my favorite hot tub towel rack options (plus a cost-saving hack at the end) to make your soaks so much better.
This towel rack is just a great all-around choice for use next to your hot tub. It has a nice minimalist design and is of course made for both indoor and outdoor use. You can easily put it anywhere in your home, on a patio or deck, or wherever you need it to be close to your hot tub.
I love that this rack is completely freestanding and also very stable. It has plenty of space to hang towels or robes from the 3 main bars along the top, and has a small shelf to place slippers and other personal items as well.
For under $100, this is a very convenient towel rack. It can hold quite a bit of weight and has a special coating to prevent rust from forming, so you can rest easy knowing it can be left outside or draped with wet clothing or towels with no issues.
Although the rack itself is sturdy and well-treated for outdoor use, note that the hardware can be prone to a little rust, so you may want to replace the supplied screws with better ones or at least keep an eye on them for rust over time.
Sometimes you want a place to hang a towel near your hot tub, but a large rack is simply out of the question due to the limitations of your space. Well, this small outdoor towel rack is a great space-saving option if you need a small footprint to get the job done.
With 4 arms to hang clothing or towels from near your hot tub, this rack is a great option if you don't need or want a large piece. It is again made for outdoor use and looks great with any outdoor decor. Despite its small size, it can hold up to 50 pounds with ease—despite weighing only about 10 pounds.
An elegant black towel rack is a nice touch without being an overpowering design choice in your space, and this makes it easy to tuck away in a small corner if needed. I also love the price point because you get a nice, durable towel rack for around just $50.
Although it's great for hanging a few towels or some clothing while you are in the hot tub, this towel rack does not have a spot for other random items like shoes or drinks. So if you need to set something down on a flat surface that's not the ground, you will need a separate surface or side table for this.
If you know you need something to hang your towels on by your hot tub but you don't want to break the bank, this is the one for you. This chic towel rack is under $50 and is great for outdoor use.
The compact towel rack comes in a nice oil-rubbed bronze finish, which gives a classy look that will fit with the rest of your indoor or outdoor decor. It is a simple design with space to hang just a few towels, but it is another nice minimalist option.
What's more, it's easy to put together so you can set it up in just a few minutes and start using it. You don't need any tools for assembly, so it can be put together with minimal stress.
This budget-friendly hot tub towel rack is also perfect if you aren't sure how much you will use it or if you want to try out the idea with a lower-cost option before committing to a more expensive style.
It is not the most sturdy towel rack available, so it may fall over in severe weather or with a lot of weight, but it's a great choice if you're trying to save a little money or just need something simple.
Alternative idea: use a towel warmer box
If you're looking for a hot tub towel holder but are willing to consider something a little different than a standard rack, then this towel and robe warmer box has a lot of benefits. It's essentially a box designed to hold your robes, towels, and slippers while you are in the hot tub—and keep them nice and warm for when you get out.
Being able to get into nice warm towels after you get out of the hot tub is especially great in colder weather. The box has a nice design that looks great on a deck or in the yard and comes complete with microwaveable rice pads which you can preheat and then use to keep your towels warm.
It's worth noting that the box itself is not insulated, so the heating pads are the only source of heat inside the box. Once the pads cool down, your clothes and towels will cool down with it. So if you want warm towels, you'll have to finish your soak while they are still nice and warm!
Cheaper option: use a cooler and heat pad
While the above towel warmer box is great, I have to say it's a little overpriced for what it is. You can get the same basic setup by buying the pieces separately yourself. All you need is an insulated cooler and a microwaveable heat pad.
For example, this cooler is insulated and comes with wheels and handle so it's easy to transport out to your spa:
Then one or two of these heat pads would do the job nicely:
A note on heat pads: many are scented with lavender, which you might like but many people do not. So if you're in that latter camp, be sure to go with an unscented version. The one I have included above is unscented for this reason.
Other than that, this is a great budget way to get yourself some insulated robe and towel storage for the winter!
A towel rack is an extremely underrated hot tub accessory if you ask me. It can be an attractive piece of furniture that adds some nice decor to your hot tub area, but of course also provides functional storage for clothing, towels, and other personal effects so you don't get them wet or dirty while you're using the hot tub.
I hope my examples show that you don't need to break the bank to get a nice hot tub towel rack—many great options are inexpensive, simply designed, and able to be used both indoors and outdoors, which is great for hot tub owners who want something functional that fits their space.
For even more ways to spruce up your hot tub area, check out these 14 Decorating Ideas to Make Your Hot Tub Area Look Amazing.