How much does a hot tub cost? Well, the simple answer is: it depends on your hot tub. A bare-bones rotationally-molded hot tub, at the absolute lowest end of the spectrum, can cost around $2,500. At the other end, the best portable hot tubs commercially available might exceed $16,000. The reason there’s such a large difference is that there is a broad range of hot tub sizes, features, materials, designs, and performance available.
Pricing can also vary based on warranty, ongoing service, and customer location. So basically the answer is that the price of your hot tub depends on what you want in your hot tub. Do you value low energy bills, powerful jets, and durable materials? Do aesthetic considerations, like a streamlined and comfortable design, multicolored lighting, and waterfalls make a big difference to you? Here’s a quick guide to the major features available in different spas that can affect their price:
Now that you have a good idea of which features matter the most to you in a hot tub, here’s a guide to determine which level of spa comes with those features. With your preferred tier in mind, you should have a good idea of how much your ideal hot tub may cost.
Pricing Guide for Hot Tub Quality Tiers
Luxury Hot Tubs – $9,000 – $16,000+
A luxury hot tub is for the customer who wants the ultimate personal wellness accessory. This type of hot tub usually comes equipped with top features, accompanied by the most extensive warranty protection. It will generally offer high design, low operating costs, maximum comfort, minimal maintenance, the best massage jets, and efficient operation. On a luxury spa, you are likely to find:
● The best water care options. Premium systems for hot tub water care require fewer chemicals to maintain sparkling and clean water. These systems reduce heavy chemical use so your skin feels soft and refreshed, not dried out.
● The best components. Luxury hot tubs are made with great care to minimize unwanted noise and maintenance. Luxury hot tub components are built to perform reliably for a long time and are backed by a comprehensive warranty.
● The best construction. Hot tub construction is directly correlated to durability and energy efficiency. On a luxury hot tub, the base pan protects the components, enhances the look of the spa, and minimizes ground contact to promote heat retention. All-climate cabinetry withstands exposure to the elements without cracking, splitting or chipping. Acrylic resists stains, scratches, and sun damage.
● The best and most advanced jets. In addition to greater numbers of jets, the best hot tubs offer jets that are well-placed, more powerful, and customizable, allowing you to adjust the strength, sequence, or combination of jets in use depending on your needs at the time.
● The best energy efficiency. An energy-efficient spa costs less to run. Often, lower utility bills offset a higher purchase price over time.
● Advanced design. Relaxation and rejuvenation involve all the senses. Elegant lines and colors complement the flow and calm of the water. The luxury spa is an aesthetic focal point, with colors, textures, and lighting to enhance the mood.
● Advanced control options and entertainment Luxury hot tubs often include control options on the spa bar, wireless controllers, and even Bluetooth control options that allow you to ready your spa before you enter. Advanced features include audio and visual entertainment systems.
● Strongest warranties. The various components of your spa will have different warranties, but you can generally expect warranty coverage to last between five and ten years or longer for top-quality hot tubs.
Premium Hot Tubs – $6,000 – $10,000
On a premium spa you’ll see advanced engineering and robust features for long-lasting owner satisfaction. These spas don’t come prepackaged with every bell and whistle available, but they are designed for the hot tub owner who wants a nice hot tub and the option to add preferred upgrades.
These are some of the features you might see on a premium hot tub:
● Energy-efficiency. Dense, multi-layered insulation preserves heat in most premium hot tubs, reducing the energy it takes to keep your water at the temperature you desire.
● Water care options. Filtration systems on premium hot tubs are thorough and long-lasting, reducing but not eliminating the need for chemical cleaning agents.
● High jet counts. Depending on the model, some premium hot tubs have a large number of jets, run by a powerful motor.
● Control system options. Control systems on premium models will be easy to use and conveniently located. However, they may not be as advanced as luxury controls, and Bluetooth may not be available.
● Comfortable interior. At the premium level, well-designed seats will keep you at rest in the spa without floating to the surface.
● Beautiful exterior. Streamlined acrylic shells make premium hot tubs a feast for the eyes, serving as the centerpiece of a backyard or porch.
Value-Priced Hot Tubs – $4,000 – $8,000
The lower sticker price on a value-priced hot tub comes with trade-offs. There are value-priced spas with enticing features but poor performance, and those with quality performance likely lack flashier features. For example, a spa in this price range may feature a glossy acrylic shell and multicolored lighting or a high jet count, at the cost of less powerful jets or louder operation.
And be aware: big, visible jets are not in themselves evidence that a spa is great. A flashy jet escutcheon can hide small jet bodies or ports—and if they’re powered by a small pump, the jets won’t give you the water flow you need for a good hydromassage.
What meets the eye may not be the best measure of value in a mid-level hot tub. The best value-priced hot tub models will have excellent performance but few showy bells and whistles—not the other way around.
Entry-Level Hot Tubs – $2,500 – $5,000
Entry-level hot tubs are usually rotationally-molded, and the cabinet and shell are all one piece. The surface may be durable, but it won’t have the shiny appearance and smooth feel of acrylic. Options at this level are very much scaled back, with few or no lights, small, weak jets, a simplistic design, and basic controls.
Most entry-level spas are plug-and-play—you can plug one into any existing electrical outlet with no upgrade to your wiring. Their durability makes rotationally-molded spas a big quality step above inflatable hot tubs, while still being fairly portable. These hot tubs give you the opportunity to enjoy a spa without investing heavily, though their lack of higher-level features makes them less than ideal in the long term, and offers a subpar experience that might influence your likelihood of regularly using and enjoying your spa.