If you are in the market for a hot tub this year, one of the first questions you might ask is, “How much does a hot tub cost in 2017?” The answer is, it depends. Hot tub prices are not an industry secret. The main reason they are not displayed on the manufacturer’s website or most dealers’ websites is that prices vary, depending on several important factors. Here we’ll explain those hot tub price factors and provide the typical exact price ranges you will see in 2017 when shopping for a spa of your own.
WHAT MAKES A QUALITY HOT TUB?
A quality hot tub is an investment, and just like shopping for a car, options and upgrades can increase the price of a particular model. Once you’ve done your research, it’s possible you’ll determine that a more basic hot tub without a lot of “bells and whistles” is right for you. First though, you deserve to have the right information to make an educated decision. It will help you to understand why prices can vary widely and why it may be worth it to not simply shop for the lowest price. Ultimately, as an educated shopper, you’ll be able to decide for yourself what type of hot tub and what type of hot tub ownership experience will be best for you and your family.
Some of the important factors that can drive the price of a hot tub up or down include:
These model-specific variables probably make some sense to you already. It’s obvious that better quality, or a larger hot tub, will cost more. But there are additional pricing factors that you may not be aware of, and it’s important that we cover those, too.
Don’t be caught off guard by unexpected fees.
Some spa pricing variables are not based on the hot tub model you select. Instead, they are based on considerations like locale. It’s actually not uncommon for the same hot tub model to cost more in one city or store than another, and that is typically due to factors like:
Dealer location and freight costs from the manufacturer
Dealer overhead and other store costs
Dealer-provided services included with the sale
First, let’s talk about price ranges.
2017 HOT TUB PRICES
The price of a new hot tub can range from about $3,000 to $16,000. In theory, the further up you move in pricing, the more long-term enjoyment you get out of your hot tub. However, the initial cost of the spa is only one element to consider. When trying to determine which hot tub provides the most value for your money, you should also consider what the ongoing costs of ownership will be, how often you plan to use your hot tub, and how many years you would like your hot tub to last.
The following provides a breakdown of what you can generally expect from a hot tub within each typical price range.
ENTRY-LEVEL HOT TUBS – $3,000 TO $5,000
While spas in this price range offer very few features, their affordability makes it very easy for first-time hot tubbers to start enjoying hot water massage – hence the term entry level.
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.
Popular Entry-Level Brands:
Shop entry level hot tubs by Freeflow® Spas
Shop entry level hot tubs by Fantasy® Spas
VALUE-PRICED HOT TUBS – $4,000 TO $8,000
This is the starting price point for spas with high-gloss acrylic shells, synthetic wood-like cabinets and lots of fun features, like dozens of jets lining the spa seats. It is important to understand that at this price point, spa manufacturers are making trade-offs. In fact, the value price range 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 warrantees.
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.”
Popular Value-Priced Hot Tub Models:
Shop value priced hot tub models by Hot Spring® Spas
PREMIUM HOT TUBS – $6,000 TO $10,000
As you move further up in price, spas in the premium price range tend to offer a better and more satisfying long-term ownership experience.
In addition to robust features (think high jet counts, water features and lighting,) spas in this price range are designed and constructed using advanced engineering. As a result, these spas are usually more energy-efficient than value-priced spas, which reduces the ongoing cost of ownership. They often feature more advanced control systems. And, they may offer top-of-the-line filtration systems and water care options that can reduce the maintenance time requirements. The spa components such as the pump(s) and heater may also be higher quality, and warranty coverage is often longer than spas at lower price points.
Popular Premium Hot Tub Models:
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LUXURY HOT TUBS – $9,000 TO $16,000+
Spas in this price range offer the very best ownership experience. At this price point, you are making the decision to invest more in the upfront price for a hot tub that will deliver exceptional long-term enjoyment. Expect the very lowest energy costs, minimal maintenance, simple operation and quality from a spa that can last 10 to 20 years or more!
Models in this price range are the crème de la crème of hot tubs. In addition to robust features, high-quality components, and durable construction, you can also expect some very special features at this price point. One-of-a-kind jet systems for the very best hydrotherapy massage, a 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 price range from models in lower price ranges.
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