If you are in the market for a hot tub, one of the first questions you might ask is, “How much does a hot tub cost?” The answer is, it depends. Hot tub prices are not an industry secret. The main reason they are not readily displayed is that prices vary, depending on several important factors. Here we’ll explain those hot tub price factors and provide the typical price ranges you’ll see when shopping for a spa of your own.
The sale price of a new hot tub can range from about $3,000 to $16,000 and more. In theory, the further up you move in pricing, the more long-term enjoyment you get out of your hot tub. However, the initial cost of the spa is only one element to consider. When trying to determine which hot tub provides the most value for your money, you should also consider what the ongoing costs of ownership will be, how often you plan to use your hot tub, and how many years you would like your hot tub to last.
|Starting Price Range||Construction||Performance||Compare To|
|Interior||Exterior||Jets||Water Care||Energy Efficiency|
|Entry-Level||$3,000 - $7,000||Formed plastic||Formed plastic||Minimal quantity and variety||Standard bottled sanitizer||Standard insulation||Freeflow® and Fantasy® brand spas|
|Value-Priced||$5,000 - $8,000||Molded acrylic||Composite panels||Increased quantity and variety||Built-in sanitizing systems||Efficient insulation||Hot Spot® Collection spas from Hot Spring®|
|Premium||$8,000 - $11,000||Molded acrylic||Composite panels||High quantity and variety||Advanced systems and salt water||Efficient insulation||Limelight® Collection spas from Hot Spring®|
|Luxury||$11,000 - $16,000+||Molded acrylic||Composite panels||Maximum quantity and variety||Advanced systems and salt water||High-efficiency insulation||Highlife® Collection spas from Hot Spring®|
The following provides a breakdown of what you can generally expect from a hot tub within each typical price range.
While spas in this price range offer a very basic set of features, their affordability makes it very easy for first-time hot tubbers to start enjoying hot water massage.
Typically, spas in this price range are rotationally-molded – meaning the spa interior and exterior are formed out of a durable plastic. They look different than spas with shiny acrylic shells offered at higher price points. One benefit of a rotationally-molded spa is that they are lightweight and easy to move. When shopping in this price range, expect to hear the term “plug and play,” which means that the hot tub only requires a 110 V electrical connection. So, getting started is easy and you will likely save on installation costs without the need for an electrician. Fill the spa with a garden hose, plug it in and enjoy.
This is the starting price range for spas with high-gloss acrylic shells, durable composite cabinets, more jets and a greater variety of features. It is important to understand that in this range, spa manufacturers might make trade-offs. In fact, this may be the most precarious price range for first-time hot tub shoppers.
A manufacturer offering a hot tub in the value price range may focus on offering features that get attention, such as a lot of jets, dramatic lighting and water features. To keep prices low, they may be compromising on quality or leaving out important performance features, such as heat insulation that keeps energy costs low. Or they may not be investing in a strong service network or comprehensive warranties.
On the other hand, Hot Spring Spas manufactures value-priced spas in the Hot Spot Collection that provide a blend of quality, performance and value to deliver years of reliability and energy efficiency.
Spas in the Hot Spot Collection use the FROG® @ease® In-Line Sanitizing System, which automatically dispenses SmartChlor® chlorine and minerals for easy water care. It self-regulates based on the water’s sanitization needs, maintaining a consistent level of protection.
As you move further up in price, spas in the premium range offer a better and more satisfying long-term ownership experience, and some include the option of using salt water as the water care system.
In addition to offering more jets, water features and colorful lighting, these spas have more advanced features. As a result, they are usually more energy-efficient than value-priced spas, which reduces the ongoing cost of ownership. They often feature more advanced controls, more effective filtration systems and water care options that can reduce your maintenance time requirements. Components such as pumps and heaters may also be of higher quality, and warranty coverage is often longer than spas at lower price ranges.
The opportunity to use salt water in your hot tub also comes into play with premium hot tub models like those in the Limelight® Collection from Hot Spring Spas. The FreshWater® Salt System is the simplest way to keep water clean and clear for up to a full year.* You’ll enjoy soft, natural-feeling water without harsh odors. Spend less time maintaining your spa and more time enjoying it.
*Many factors affect the life of spa water, such as bather load and water chemistry. When spa water is properly maintained considering these factors, a three-pack of FreshWater Salt System cartridges will keep water clean and clear for up to a full year.
Spas in this range offer the very best ownership experience. At this level, the advantage of investing more in the upfront price is exceptional long-term enjoyment. Expect the very lowest energy costs, minimal maintenance, simple operation and quality components in a spa that can last up to 20 years or more! Salt water systems are also available on these high-end spas.
Models in this range are the very best hot tubs. In addition to robust features, high-quality components and durable construction, you can also expect some very special features. One-of-a-kind jet systems for the very best hydrotherapy massage, leading-edge design that makes the hot tub a beautiful backyard focal point, top-of-the line filtration systems for the cleanest spa water possible, and other innovations that help separate spas in this range from other models.
High-end hot tubs like those in the Highlife® Collection from Hot Spring Spas are salt system ready. The FreshWater® Salt System is a revolution in worry-free water that is the simplest way to keep your water clean, clear and feeling natural.
Now that you have a general idea of how much a hot tub may cost, we’ll explain some of the model-specific factors that influence hot tub pricing.
A quality hot tub is an investment, and options and upgrades can increase the price of a particular model. Once you’ve done your research, it’s possible you’ll determine that a more basic hot tub, without a lot of “bells and whistles,” is right for you. First though, you deserve to have the right information to make an educated decision. It will help you to understand why prices can vary widely and why it may be worth it to not simply shop for the lowest price. Ultimately, as an educated shopper, you’ll be able to decide for yourself what type of hot tub, and what type of hot tub ownership experience, will be best for you.
These model-specific variables probably make some sense to you already. It’s obvious that better quality, or a larger hot tub, will cost more. But there are additional price factors, and it’s important that we cover those too.
Don’t be caught off guard by unexpected fees. Some spa pricing variables are not only based on the hot tub model you select. They are also based on considerations like locale. It’s actually not uncommon for the same hot tub model to cost more in one place than another, and that is typically due to factors like:
Many of the most desirable spa features, like lots of powerful jets, touchscreen control panels and improved filtration systems, are built into the cost of your hot tub, as these are now standard features included on premium and luxury spas.
Optional accessories affect price, too. While your hot tub should come with a cover, the cover lifter is an option. Steps, entertainment options and other items come with different price points, depending on what you choose. Those decisions will affect the total purchase price for a hot tub, but can add a lot to the pleasure you get from the spa and may help you use it more often.
Many hot tub shoppers wonder if hot tubs could really be that different. Don’t they all hold and heat water? Don’t they all have jets? Well the reality is, what is under the hood can make a big difference in your ownership experience.
Features are one reason, but engineering – which determines the quality of the spa and the experience – is the other. A spa with advanced engineering and more durable components will be more efficient, and more reliable. As a result you will use it more, so you will get the maximum return from your investment.
Quality is another element that is hard to see on the surface, but directly impacts spa life. Nature – sun, rain, snow, ice – is unkind to anything left outdoors. Since hot tubs are most often installed outdoors, a quality spa must be built to stand up to the elements over time. And the internal operating components must also be high-quality – heaters, jet pumps, circulation pumps – are all expensive components to have to replace. Investing more up front for a spa with quality components can save you money and angst down the road.
The way a hot tub looks in your backyard is more important to some homeowners than it is to others. Many hot tub brands today offer product lines that emphasize hot tub design and take it to a new level. If you are concerned about how your new hot tub will look with your beautifully landscaped outdoor space, you may be willing to pay more for a model that offers leading-edge design.
Purchasing a hot tub can be a significant investment, so we recommend that you find a local hot tub dealer that you trust and get to know the type of products, services and customer care they provide. Do they offer 24-hour service response time? Are their technicians trained on current spa technology? Long-term spa ownership depends on having access to a reliable local dealer; you’ll depend on that relationship for service support over the 10- to 20-year life of your spa investment. We can’t emphasize this point enough and encourage you to evaluate the benefits of purchasing from a quality dealership.
It’s also helpful to keep in mind that costs to operate a business vary widely. Large dealerships with multiple locations have different cost structures than small dealerships. Some dealerships compete on price alone, while others may charge more but provide significantly better customer service. It may be worth paying a little bit more for your hot tub to have the peace of mind of knowing that your local dealer will be there for you 10 to 20 years down the road.
The level of service provided affects the price of the hot tub. It makes sense that someone who picks up and installs his or her own spa will spend less than a customer whose dealer handles delivery, installation and setup.
Some dealers put great emphasis on developing a relationship with each customer. Since first-time buyeras typically know little about hot tubs initially, white-glove service is a comfort to many and often worth a slightly higher price.
In the hot tub market, brand integrity and reputation are huge considerations. Ask who will help you if a problem arises. Does the brand you’re purchasing have a reliable warranty? Does it have access to service support and parts for years after your purchase? The best hot tub brands and dealers are fully accountable. They openly engage, listen to and respond to their customers. A dealer’s (and brand’s) longevity, along with customer reviews can give you some insight into the level of service you can expect.
Many shoppers do not realize that hot tub dealer often offer financing as an option. If you consider a hot tub as an investment in your family’s health and well-being, you may want to invest in a model that offers the best long-term value. By financing all, or a portion of the purchase price, you may be able to get the model that has everything you want and pay a low monthly payment that you can afford. Talk to your hot tub retailer about hot tub financing options available. You can also visit our hot tub financing page, to learn more about the available finance options.
The best place to get information about models, features, upgrades and costs for a hot tub of your own is your local hot tub dealer. If you live in the U.S., you can enter your zip code on our website to find the authorized Hot Spring® dealer nearest you.
When you are browsing on HotSpring.com, you will see dollar signs next to each model indicating the price level. The price ranges are meant to assist you in your purchase decision. Dealers have sole discretion to set actual prices, which may vary depending on many different factors. Talk to your local dealer for the most accurate price quote on a Hot Spring spa.
Dealers have sole discretion to set actual prices, which will vary based on options,accessories, install costa, destination charges, finance charges, taxes and other local factors. Talk to your local dealer for your price and to take advantage of ongoing promotions and offers
We encourage you to visit your dealer in person or shop virtually here. Bring a swimsuit and enjoy a test soak! Your dealer can answer all of your questions – even the ones you haven’t thought of yet – about models, features, options … and, of course, pricing.