Top 3 Questions Before Buying a Hot Tub

Most of our customers have similar questions. Check out these videos that look at cost, utility bills and how to keep the spa clean! Here are the top three questions before buying a hot tub.

First, let’s look at some statistics. Then, we look at the top four questions people ask before buying a hot tub.

How Many Hot Tubs in the United States?

There are roughly 5.8 million hot tubs in U.S. households today, which is not a huge surprise given that a high-quality hot tub can last 20 years or more.

Most of these hot tubs belong to families in single-family detached residences, although a few exist in condominiums and apartments.

The most common type of hot tub is an above-ground spa with an acrylic shell. Above-ground hot tubs sit on level pads and are often surrounded by a wood or synthetic cabinet.

We’ve put together some stats below on how much you can expect to spend on your hot tub at purchase, the average installation and operation costs and info about water care.

#1: How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

Here are average hot tub prices by tier:

  • Luxury hot tubs: $9,000-$16,000 +
  • Premium hot tubs: $6,000-$10,000
  • Value-priced hot tubs: $4,000-$8,000
  • Entry-level hot tubs: $3,000-$5,000

#2: What is the Average Hot Tub Installation Cost?

The average cost to install a hot tub in the U.S. is $318, with a range from $157 to $490.

Installation cost depends on your hot tub location and size and the complexity of the installation.

Installing a hot tub on a concrete pad in a suburban backyard with easy access is routine. For example, if your installation is more involved, and we need to lift your hot tub to your rooftop deck with a crane, the cost rises.

#3: Will My Electricity Bill Go Up?

Hot tubs typically cost around $10 to $20 per month to run. But there are a few variables to consider.

Hot tubs are more expensive to heat in the winter than in the summer. Larger hot tubs cost more to heat than smaller ones.

The more you use your hot tub, the more heat you lose to ambient air, requiring your heater to use more energy.

Owning a modern, energy-efficient hot tub with improved insulation and powerful heaters can contain these costs. To get an estimate of the electricity costs for a specific model, use Hot Spring’s energy efficiency calculator.

#4: What is the Average Hot Tub Water Care Cost?

The basic level of hot tub water care (using bottled chemicals) costs around $20 per month.

Upgrading to a water care system, such as the continuous-cleaning Everfresh® Water Care System, raises the cost slightly but reduces the need for chlorine and saves you time on water maintenance.

Top-tier saltwater systems, such as the ACE® system, creates water cleaners from salt, also reducing the need for chemical additives. These systems cost more up front but can significantly reduce monthly costs and water maintenance time.

With these facts and stats in hand, you’re now prepared to browse models online or visit one of our two locations to ask the right questions and choose a hot tub that’s perfect for you.