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UK hot tub claims rise 188% in 2020

Home insurance claims involving hot tubs almost tripled during the pandemic, according to Aviva

Aviva has revealed a year-on-year increase of 188% in accidental damage claims for hot tubs last year.

Incidents included a grass strimmer bursting an inflatable tub and an engagement ring ripping a tub lining.

Furthermore, accidental damage claims for items dropped in or knocked off the side of hot tubs, such as mobile phones, in the UK have also risen by 213% in recent years.

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These figures correlate with a noticeable increase in hot tub sales in the country, with eBay reporting a 1,000 sales rise over the pandemic.

Kelly Whittington, Property Claims director for Aviva, said: “Many people bought hot tubs in 2020, while others took their spas out of storage, so they could enjoy holidays at home. Unfortunately this appears to have led to all manner of mishaps, both with the hot tubs themselves and items dropped in them.

“Many residents will be staying in the UK again this year, so hot tubs and garden accessories are likely to be very popular again.”

She added: “While it’s great that people are enjoying themselves at home, we’d encourage them to take care when using and storing their hot tubs, as well as being cautious with anything used around them.

“As our data reveals, a short lapse of concentration can easily lead to an unfortunate incident.”

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