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How much is a hot tub?

Prices vary, but expect to pay at least $2,000 for your next hot tub

by Kate Williams, Ph.D. ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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The prices of hot tubs range anywhere from $2,000–$32,000. Inflatable hot tubs are a category by themselves, and they cost much less. Major factors that affect the price of hot tubs are the type and quality of materials and construction used.

Hot tub costs vary from company to company, depending on the design, quality, size, shape and features that come with the units. The initial cost often excludes transport, installation, plumbing and electrical services. Also, expect to pay for maintenance and additional energy bills over the lifetime of your hot tub.

Prices for hot tubs

TypePrice range
Inflatable hot tubs$300–$1,500
Entry-level hot tubs$1,500–$4,000
Mid-tier hot tubs$4,000–$8,000
Premium and luxury hot tubs$8,000–$18,000+

Inflatable hot tubs: An inflatable hot tub is made of PVC or vinyl that can be inflated and set up in 15 to 20 minutes. It has an external pump and heater unit that controls water temperature, circulation and jets. Most inflatables can accommodate up to six persons and are easily portable.

  1. 4–6-Person Outdoor Spa Hot Tub Inflatable by Goplus: $299.99 + $9.99 shipping
  2. J-213 6-Person by Jet Spa: $1,499.99 + $79.99 shipping

Entry-level hot tubs: This category offers basic spa features with limited options. Tub exteriors and interiors are typically made of durable plastic. The hot tubs are lightweight and easy to move and run by “plug and play” method or simply switching on the plug.

  1. Rock Solid Simplicity Plug and Play by Lifesmart: $2,199.99 + free shipping
  2. LPILAG40 5-Person 51Jet Spa by Home and Garden Spas: $3,699.00 + free shipping

Mid-tier hot tubs: In this category, the hot tubs begin to feature acrylic shells and wood-like cabinets. The jet counts are increased and insulation is improved. Lighting and other water features may also be added.

  1. Jetsetter by Hot Spring Spas: $6,000–$8,000
  2. AM-756LS 6-Person 56-Jet Lounger Spa by American Spas: $5,457.99 + free shipping

Premium and luxury hot tubs: These hot tubs offer quality acrylic shells, well-built frames and sophisticated features. They are constructed using advanced engineering technologies and offer a variety of custom options that allow you to personalize your hot tub to your preferences.

  1. Sparta Spa Triton Luxury by ThermoSpas: $11,000
  2. Aquatica Fusion Cube Spa by Marc Sadler: $21,990

Hot tub installation costs

The costs to install your new hot tub will vary depending on whether you want your hot tub installed above ground or in-ground.

  • In-ground hot tub installation: Many hot tub providers offer installation and include the cost in the total purchase price. If you want to install the hot tub in an existing patio or deck, hiring a local contractor may be necessary.
  • Above-ground hot tub installation: You can expect to spend around $150 to $500 to install an above-ground hot tub. Hiring a professional plumber or licensed contractor to install an above-ground hot tub is recommended. In many cases, a building inspector or electrician may need to sign off to make sure the installation is up to code or you risk voiding the manufacturer warranty.

Ongoing costs to run a hot tub

Buying a hot tub is more than making a payment and having it delivered. There are associated costs upon installation and throughout the lifetime of the hot tub, ranging from fun add-ons like Bluetooth speakers to recommended safety and efficiency features like a durable hot tub cover.

It costs money to run a hot tub, including an increase in your electric bills, purchase of chemicals for maintenance and general upkeep of the tub.

  • Hot tub chemicals: Chemicals are important for your health and the health of your hot tub. Sanitizers, such as chlorine, bromine, minerals and salts, get rid of bacteria. Oxidizers eat away the dead chlorine that contains dirt, body oils, sweat and urine. The right amounts of alkaline and pH balance control the acidity of your hot tub water. Chemicals will cost $150–$250 a year on average. It’s best to test your hot tub at least two or three times a week.
  • Maintenance: This is a continuing cost that prolongs the longevity of your hot tub. Drain and clean your tub every three or four months or more often if you use it frequently. Also, clean your spa filters each month by soaking them in a cleaning solution and rinsing them afterward.
  • Energy consumption: So long as your hot tub is running, it will use energy to heat and circulate water. You can expect to see an extra $10–$20 on your electric bill each month. Save on energy costs by making sure your cover is in perfect condition, creating a windbreaker to minimize cooling and evaporation, adjusting the thermostat and checking the filters and plumbing.
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by Kate Williams, Ph.D. ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, Kate Williams, Ph.D. believes everyone deserves easy access to accurate and comprehensive information on products and businesses before they make a purchase. She spends countless hours researching companies and industries before writing buyers guides to make sure consumers have all the information they need to make smart, informed buying decisions.