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The price of new hot tubs usually range from about $5,000 to $8,000. On the lower end, entry-level hot tubs can start at as low as $3,000, and luxury flagship models can fetch over $16,000. It should be considered that more expensive spas may come with metal frames, improved insulation, and more efficient heaters & filters. In the long term, this will reduce cost, and extend the life of your hot tub. The following provides a breakdown of the different price ranges for each tier of hot tub.
While spas in this price range usually offer a limited amount of features, they can still feature lounge seating, multiple jets, and enough room for a few people to relax.
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? 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 110V electrical connection. So, you will not incur additional electrical labor costs and installation is a piece-of-cake. Fill the spa with a garden hose, plug it in and enjoy.
Mid-tier hot tubs usually feature high-gloss acrylic shells, synthetic wood-like cabinets and a variety of features, like dozens of jets lining the spa seats. In this range, spa manufacturers are making trade-offs. In fact, this may be the most precarious price range for first-time hot tub shoppers. It’s important to consider the trade-offs.
A manufacturer offering a hot tub in the value price range – with a lot of big shiny jets, impressive lighting and water features, and other features – may be compromising by not using quality components or performance features like insulation that keep energy costs low. Or they may not be investing in access to customer service and warranties.
On the other hand, another manufacturer of value-priced spas may focus on including high-quality components that allow for years of reliable hot tub performance. Their spa in this value price point may not have as many features, since they’re investing more in what’s “under the hood.”
Flagship spas are the premium line of spas that a brand offers. Flagship models usually feature advanced jets, accent lighting, sound systems, and more. At this level you are making the decision to invest more in the upfront price for a hot tub that will deliver exceptional long-term enjoyment. Expect very low energy costs, advanced low-maintenance water care options, and a hot tub that will last 10-20 years!
In addition to the large variety of features, high-quality components, and durable construction, you can also expect some very special features in a luxury spa. 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 for the cleanest spa water possible, and other innovations that help separate spas in this range from models in lower ranges.