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How Much Should You Spend On A Hot Tub?

How much should you spend on a hot tub? It’s not always easy researching the cost of a hot tub. Many manufacturers don’t post prices on their websites or list them in brochures. It’s also misleading when some retail stores offer basic models at rock-bottom prices. But it’s true that you get what you pay for.

Size isn’t the only factor that affects hot tub pricing. In fact, bigger isn’t always more expensive! It’s all in the details. Everything from jet types and shell design to specialty features can change the final price.

A spa is an investment that will bring you years of leisure and comfort. We have models as low as $5,000 to as high as $20,000. No matter your budget, we can help you find the perfect hot tub for your home.

Entry Level ($5,200-$7,500)

Hot tubs at the entry level end of our range are on the plainer side. Just like car shopping, these models don’t have as many bells and whistles. But they haven’t skimped on performance. These typically have the same jet counts, pumps, and heaters as luxury versions.

Where these spas differ is that their design is more minimal. But if you aren’t picky about color selections or cutting-edge lighting, that’s a bonus! You can often lower your total budget by selecting a basic model.

These standard hot tubs are great for first-time owners who don’t need anything elaborate. We’ve also had long-time hot tub owners “downgrade” to a simpler tub when their kids leave the nest. It’s totally ok to want a spa purely for soaking!

Most Popular ($7,500-$9,500)

Our best-selling spas in this range are anywhere from 2 to 7 seats. The major difference at this price point is having extra features you can add. You’ll have more options for cabinet styles, shell colors, lighting, hydrotherapy, and in-line chemical systems.

It’s not uncommon for our customers to plan on purchasing a simple spa but then upgrade to a model one step higher. The look and feel of these hot tubs have that extra flair that appeals to many couples and families.

Premium ($10,000-$12,000)

This category is a great match for owners who love to entertain. These hot tubs typically seat 5-7 people. Designs also tend to be more modern, like the difference between Apple and Samsung phones.

Innovative therapies are what really distinguish this tier of spas. For example, Hot Spring offers Moto-Massage, which is a set of twin water streams that move up and down the back and shoulders. Marquis also has H.O.T. Zones, which are high output therapy jets that massage muscles with a flow of laminar water.

Top of the Line ($12,000 and higher)

These premium hot tubs include every amazing feature and then some. Hot Spring Spas’ Prism has seven seats and includes the FreshWater Salt System, which automatically turns salt into chlorine. The Marquis Show has two Adirondack-style recliners plus an additional pump to power its 82 jets.

But at this final level, the most important question to ask is – how often will you use your hot tub? Daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonally? It’s helpful to divide the total cost by the average lifespan of 10 years to get an annual cost. Divide that amount by 12 months and divide again by how many times in a month you’ll use the tub. That final price tag looks a lot different when you see the cost per soak!

So how much should you spend on a hot tub? The answer is truly dependent on what’s important to you. But if you’re still conflicted, stop into our store and schedule a test soak! It’s the best way to experience different hot tubs before taking the plunge.


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