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How to Install a Spa Cover Lifter

We know, the idea of installing a hot tub cover lifter sounds daunting, but be assured, it’s easier than you might think!

Most cover lifters can be attached without using any sort of power tools, and only require a screwdriver. A typical hot tub cover lifter installation takes an hour to do, if not less.


General Hot Tub Cover Lifter Instructions

Understanding different elements of your hot tub cover lifter will not only help you understand how it works, but why it's important and helpful for your hot tubbing routine. We've come up with a list of general instructions to help you make the most of your cover lifter (and master it!)


1. Understand your hot tub cover lifter type

First you need to know the type of hot tub cover lifter you have. Then figure out if your hot tub cover lifter comes with a mounting system or a bracket. If it does, be sure to follow the directions from the manufacturer. You may need to drill holes and screw your lifter in. If so, use a drill bit that’s narrow to drill the holes to start (make sure it’s less than 1/16th of an inch). Don’t drill too far as you could damage the tub itself.

2. Attach mounting brackets

Now that you have the pre-drilled holes, attaching the mounting brackets should be pretty easy. Use a drill or screwdriver during this step (if you didn’t pre-drill the holes, you will have to use a power drill for the screws).

3. Attach cover lifter arms

Attach all of the arms (this includes support arms, hydraulics, and pivoting arms). Support arms that link the two pivoting arms should be included in the package that came with your cover lifter. Pivoting arms will attach to the brackets that are located on the free pivots. Additionally, there may be hydraulics that are included if you have a powerlifter. If so, attach those now.

4. Attach hot tub cover to lifter arms

The cover lifter should now attach to your hot tub cover. Be sure to consult the manufacturer’s instructions on this step, as different lifters on different models have different ways of doing this. If you don’t have instructions for your cover lifter, check out the Hot Tub Cover Lifter Installation Guides section below for a list of PDF manuals.

5. Add any attachments

Most cover lifters will include hand grips, and at this point you should slide them on whichever position works best for you. Additionally, if there are any electrical components, be careful, and attach slowly (and keep away from the water!)



Now is the time to test your cover lifter out! If for some reason it’s not working, review the directions, or call our customer service (877) 614-8826, we’d love to help!

Hot Tub Cover Lifter Installation Guides

There are a handful of different cover lifters you can buy and install for your hot tub. We have compiled a comprehensive list of cover lifter PDF installation guides, which include the brands CoverMate, Smartop, and UltraLift. Take a look at the installation guides below and find your corresponding cover lifter guide.

CoverMate Installation Guides

When it comes to CoverMate Cover lifters, there are a myriad of options for you to choose from for your spa. We have put together a comprehensive list of PDF manufacturer installation instructions below. Take a look to find the lifter you purchased, and download the corresponding installation instructions!

CoverMate I Eco Instructions

Smartop Installation Guides

Smartop Cover lifters such as Upright and Vanish have multiple different options when it comes to mounting it to your hot but itself. Take a look at the list of installation guides for Smartop below and find the one that matches the cover lifter you'd like to install.

Ultralift Cover Lifter Installation Guides

Ultralift cover lifters are some of the highest quality cover lifters on the market. They offer conversion kits, allowing you to change your existing cover lifter into one easier for you to use! Take a look at the list of installation guides for the Ultralift cover lifter you're looking to install.

Now is the time to test your cover lifter out! If for some reason it’s not working, review the directions, or call our customer service (877) 614-8826, we’d love to help!