Paying for hot tub

If the only hot tubs you’ve looked at have been sold by retailers, you may have come away with a case of sticker shock. However, if you purchase your hot tub from a manufacturer, those prices start to go down.

Here are the general pricing parameters of hot tubs sold by a manufacturer:

  • 110V spas: $1,000 to $5,000
  • 220V spas: $3,000 to $7,000
  • Swim spas: $7,500 to $10,000

Let’s look a little deeper into hot tub prices.

General Hot Tub Pricing

Hot tubs sold by manufacturers typically fall into a few general categories based on their voltage and capabilities.

110V Spas 220V Spas Swim Spas
Price range $2,000 – $5,000 $3,000 – $7,000 $7,500 – $10,000

110V Spas

Spas that require only 110 Volts of electricity are known as 110V spas. Although they don’t have as much power as 220V spas, they still offer a luxurious spa experience, massaging jets and many of the same premium features.

They’re also advantageous in that they’re much easier to install than 220V spas — no additional electrical work is required, just a normal outlet.

Price: These types of spas generally run from about $2,000 to $5,000.

220V Spas

Spas that require 220 Volts of electricity, known as 220V spas, use twice as much power as their 110V counterparts. This means that they can better retain heat, offer more powerful jets and run a variety of additional features without struggling, such as MP3 audio systems, waterfalls or TVs.

However, they usually require additional electrical work prior to installation, and thus may take longer to install than a 110V spa.

Price: These types of spas generally run from about $3,000 to$7,000.

Swim Spas

Swim spas are hot tubs that are specially designed to allow users to swim against the flow of a continuous current. They can be outfitted with various exercise accessories, and often include some of the same features as normal hot tubs, such as massaging jets, LED lighting and MP3 audio systems.

Many swimmers prefer swim spas to pools because they have a much smaller footprint and don’t require nearly as much hands-on maintenance.

Price: These types of spas generally run from about $7,500 to$10,000.

Factors That Affect Hot Tub Prices

Within each general hot tub category, there is a slew of factors that can greatly affect the total price.

Capacity

Some hot tubs seat just one person, while others seat as many as seven. Since additional space requires the hot tub to heat more water and power more jets, the larger a hot tub’s capacity, the more it will cost.

Electronics

Although all modern hot tubs come equipped with electronic controls, other electronic features such as MP3 audio systems, TVs, LED lighting systems and Bluetooth capabilities can contribute to a higher price tag.

Number of Jets

Hot tub jets affect pricing

The number of jets a hot tub is equipped with goes up with its seating capacity, although some models are equipped with extra jets for a more therapeutic experience. Depending on the number of jets you want, your final hot tub price can go up or down.

Design

While lower-priced hot tubs often feature simple, contemporary designs in basic colors, higher-priced hot tubs usually feature more elaborate designs in a rainbow of unique colors. Some hot tubs also allow the customer to choose the color of each exterior component, from the shell to the steps.

Optional Upgrades

Optional hot tub features that may affect pricing

Many hot tubs are available with a wide array of optional upgrades, each of which typically adds to the final price. These types of upgrades can include:

  • LED-illuminated jets
  • WiFi controls
  • Cover lifter
  • Side handrail
  • Booster seat
  • Floating drink station
  • Extended warranty
  • Water purifier
  • Chemical kit
  • Additional filters
  • Different acrylic colors

Insulation

Just like insulation in a house, hot tub insulation helps the tub maintain the user’s ideal water temperature for a longer period of time. Hot tubs with partial foam insulation usually cost less than those with full foam insulation.

By using this guide to help determine the type of spa you want and the features and functionality you’re after, you’ll be able to more accurately estimate the price of your dream hot tub.