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How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost - Ultimate Pricing Guide

Updated: Jan 4, 2023


A hot tub is a significant investment. As such, when buying, customers always look to get one that will be of benefit and provide great pleasure.


If you are looking to get a new hot tub, then it's most likely that one of your first questions will be: how much does a hot tub cost?

Well, several important factors influence hot tub pricing.

The ideal scenario is to buy a good-quality hot tub within your budget that will give you exceptional long-term enjoyment.


There is no typical price range because of the various pricing factors that affect the final price. In this article, We'll examine some of these hot tub price factors that come into play to determine the final hot tub cost. This will help first-time hot tubbers get the right hot tub and enjoy the very best ownership experience.


What Is The Average Price For A Hot Tub?


Various hot tub models are available in lower price ranges, around £3000. On the other hand, luxury hot tub models at higher price points can cost as much as £16000. So, the typical price range for hot tubs falls between £3000 and £16000.

Many things determine how much a new hot tub will cost: different hot tub brands, high-quality components, special features, running costs, and everything in between.


Factors That Affect The Cost Of Hot Tubs


Factors That Affect The Cost Of Hot Tubs


While there is an initial cost for hot tubs (which is only one element to consider), several important factors could increase the price.

These are some main factors that impact how much a hot tub costs.


Size


The hot tub size impacts cost significantly. Within your budget, look for the size of hot tub that matches your needs. Based on the size, a hot tub can contain from two people to about 12 or 14.

Typically, the smaller the hot tub size, the lower the hot tub cost. That's because spa manufacturers use fewer materials to produce smaller versions. Also, a larger model has more jets and pumps, so is more expensive.


Quality And Engineering


Before you decide on which hot tub model to buy, you need to check the quality of the hot tub model you are considering. In the lower price range, entry-level hot tubs cost around £3000 to £4000.

Mid-level hot tubs cost about £5000 to £8000.


Models in this price range offer a little better quality. Finally, if you value luxury hot tubs/spas, go for the top-tier models and expect to spend about £9000 to £18000. Top hot tub brands offering quality components such as circulation pumps, jet pumps, and heaters in their hot tub/spa range also charge more.

Hot tub prices vary a lot, but you'll find something within your budget.


Energy-Efficiency


Going for an energy-efficient hot tub will usually mean that you get features that help keep energy costs low. While you might need to pay more for one of these tubs/spas, you can expect a lower ongoing cost of running it as these tubs have the very lowest energy costs.


Most of these spas have multiple layers of insulation that ensure minimal heat loss between the outside ambient temperature and the surface that contains hot water.

The cost to operate and heat water in energy-efficient hot tubs is usually between £10 to £20 monthly. You might consume more energy if you live in a colder climate.


Water Treatment Equipment


When it comes to water features, you might need to pay more for a tub with a sophisticated water care system. However, you will save money, time, and effort with fewer water changes and water care adjustments in the long run. You will also get the cleanest spa water.


Design And Material


Buying a model with leading-edge design and high-quality materials is vital. Your hot tub or swim spa can be a beautiful backyard focal point with the right design.

This can also significantly impact the price. Hot tub models with shiny acrylic shells offered by some manufacturers are likely to cost more. These high gloss acrylic shells also prevent colour fading thanks to their UV inhibitors.


Features


We cannot talk about pricing without considering hot tub features. You may be looking forward to enjoying a hot water massage, but consider the following before purchasing any hot tub.

It is important to note that some features mean you have to pay more. A manufacturer offering hot tubs/spas in the higher price range may include desirable features like powerful jets, filtration systems, and touchscreen control.


Accessories


Several add-on options and accessories such as steps, entertainment systems, cover, and cover lifter are available. But these usually bump up the final cost of your tub.

Before buying, consider if an accessory will provide you with the most value and long-term enjoyment. Always choose accessories based on your needs.


Additional Costs


There are some extras you need to consider when buying a spa.


Installation Costs

You need to consider what it will cost to install your new hot tub. You can check with your dealer for more details.

The different types of installation also affect the price, such as whether it's above-ground, in-ground, indoor or outdoor.


Site Preparation


Several things must be done before installing a hot tub. So, you might need to call in some workers to prepare the site.


Maintenance And Repairs


The cost of maintaining a hot tub varies based on the type you buy and also the options from dealerships. You can find out more about maintenance and repairs here.


Upgrades


Upgrades usually apply to plumbing changes, heater and control panels, and electrical changes.


Warranty


The warranty usually covers material defects and some other forms of damage. However, the extent of warranty coverage also impacts prices. The average cost of a warranty is about £200 per year.


Location


Delivery could be expensive due to the weight and size of the item. Your local dealer might waive the cost of a standard installation and delivery. However, if you don't live close by, expect to spend more money on delivery.


Types

Inflatable Hot Tubs


This type of hot tub is one that you inflate with air. It has a padded base where you can sit and is typically round and has fewer fancy features.


Portable Hot Tubs


A portable tub is small and cost-effective. It doesn't offer much luxury, but its affordability makes it ideal if you would like to use your hot tub occasionally for soaking and relaxing.


Jetted Spa Hot Tub


This comes with powerful jets for therapeutic purposes. It has a circulation pump to drain it after use.


Above-Ground Hot Tub


These are very common spas and are readily accessible, making them easy to maintain. They don't cost too much either.


In-Ground Hot Tub


This type requires more labour than its above-ground counterpart, including plumbing, gas hookups, and electrical work.


Saltwater Hot Tub


This hot tub comes with a salt system, providing you with the best way to maintain perfect spa water, clean and natural. They provide easy water care options.


Custom-Made Hot Tub


The cost of this type depends on your preferences because it is designed according to your specifications and taste.


Can I Purchase A Hot Tub With A Small Budget?


If you have a small budget but still want to purchase a hot tub, there are some ways you can do it. Firstly, you can opt for a smaller portable model, as they don't cost too much.

You can also get a pre-owned model cheaper. There is also the option of waiting for discount sales. Finally, some dealers provide finance options to help.


Different Types of Hot Tubs And Their Prices


The various types come with different features and price ranges.


Entry Level Hot Tub


Basic models don't require much as they have a simple operation. They are easy to move, thanks to their lightweight nature.

An entry-level model is also known as a rotationally molded spa, which means that the spa interior and exterior are formed from durable plastic.

Features:

  • Standard insulation

  • Standard bottled sanitiser

  • Minimal choice of extras

Price: £4000 upward


Value Priced Hot Tub


This type of tub/spa is in the value price range as it provides a balance between expensive and cheap hot tubs. This price range is the entry level for spas that feature synthetic wood-like cabinets and high-gloss acrylic shells.

Features:

  • Efficient full foam insulation

  • Built-in sanitising systems

  • Increased choice of extra features and accessories

Price: £7000 upward


Premium Hot Tub

These feature more high-quality components than value-priced spas/tubs. While they are more expensive, your purchase has lots of added value.

They also have enhanced functionality like water care options and filtration systems that reduce maintenance time requirements.

Features:

  • Efficient insulation

  • Advanced systems and saltwater

  • Plenty of options

Price: £11000 upward


Luxury Hot Tub

If you are looking for the very best hydrotherapy massage, opt for a hot tub in this category. This type is made to last for up to 20 years and has minimal maintenance, simple operation, and lower energy costs.

These innovations separate spas/tubs in this category from other models. The advantage of paying the upfront price for a luxury model is better longevity and enjoyment.


Features:

  • High-efficiency insulation

  • Advanced systems and saltwater

  • Maximum quantity and variety

Price: £13000 upward


Where Can I Get Quality, Durable Hot Tubs?


When planning to buy anything, people always look to purchase from a reputable manufacturer. And it's the same with hot tubs.

If you are looking for good or high-quality hot tubs that deliver the best ownership experience, buy from Aqua Warehouse. They offer the best deal on hot tubs with the most appealing price range.


You can generally expect a leading-edge design, durable construction, higher quality, warranty coverage, and other robust features. They also have excellent service support, which makes their services worth paying for.


How Much Does It Cost To Run A Hot Tub?


The ongoing costs depend on many factors. These are all the things that influence running costs.

  • The type of hot tub you buy

  • Current energy tariffs

  • Cost of water care products

  • Maintenance

You can get more information about hot tub running costs here.


Conclusion


If you plan on investing in a hot tub, you may be concerned about the cost. Prices vary dramatically! There is a big price difference between the different types of hot tubs on the market.

So, by following the details we have listed above, you can compare and make a well-informed decision when choosing a hot tub.


FAQ


What Is The Average Cost of A 4-Person Hot Tub?


Around £2000 to £12000, depending on the brand and type you choose. Top brands approved by the British and Irish Spa & Hot Tub Association include Reef Spas and Vita Spas.


Will Hot Tub Prices Go Down?


There are times when the prices of hot tubs reduce for a while. That's why it is advisable to start shopping for them between autumn and winter, as the demand for hot tubs typically increases in the springtime.

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I'm Aqua Warehouse Groups Marketing Officer - overseeing all things news worthy in the hot tub industry, with tips and tricks that are bound to make a splash.

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