What are the Different Hot Tub Costs?

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  • Written By: Jessica Ellis
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 11 February 2019
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A hot tub can be a wonderful luxury for any home or snug retreat. While it is easy to start conjuring up visions of relaxing in the warm water while watching a fabulous sunset, it is important to think practically about the installation and maintenance of a hot tub. Without a good knowledge of hot tub costs before buying, what looked like a wonderful tool for relaxing can quickly turn into a sticker-shock nightmare. Understanding hot tub costs in advance can help a buyer become informed about the real investment involved in buying and running a hot tub.

One of the biggest expenses at the outset will be the hot tub itself. Size, extra features, and brand can all be important concerns when considering hot tub costs. An above-ground model will typically be less expensive than an in-ground hot tub, and may not require professional installation. While features such as built-in waterproof sound systems may skyrocket hot tub costs, other features, such as improved insulation, may actually save money in the long run. One good way to find deals is to wait for major annual sales around holidays, or consider buying a secondhand or refurbished model. Other major hardware that may add to the cost includes covers and enclosed surrounds, such as gazebos.


Most hot water tubs can add quite a sum to utility bills. Electricity and water bills may go through the roof if the tub is left on constantly, or drained and refilled excessively. Consider lowering the temperature settings on the tub by a few degrees to help save on energy, and only drain for regular cleanings. In addition, think about setting a timer on the hot tub so that it only starts warming water an hour or two before use, rather than keeping unused water hot for no reason. Some experts suggest that buying a more expensive model with better insulation will cut down on heating costs by keeping water hot for longer.

In addition to water and electricity, hot tubs may require the use of chemicals to stay hygienic. Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, so it is vital to keep a hot tub clean at all times. Some common chemicals used include bromine, chlorine, and biguanide. Hot tubs may also have a system that allows ozone to be added to oxidize the water and lower the level of antibacterial chemicals used.

Cleaning and maintenance may be additional considerations in hot tub costs. Some people may choose to clean the tub themselves, while others prefer to hire a professional service to provide scheduled cleanings. If cleaning without professionals, consider the cost of cleaning materials and replacement parts, such as new filters for the tub. It may also be necessary to buy test kits that check pH and chemical levels on a regular basis. Some cleaning services provide replacement parts free as part of the service, and generally carry their own cleaning materials and testing kits.



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