Pricing can also vary based on warranty, ongoing service and customer location. Here’s a quick guide to how major features can aﬀect a hot tub’s price. Here are other factors that impact cost:
Size – The bigger the hot tub, the bigger the price tag (generally). Larger hot tubs require more materials to build and require larger pumps to power their jets. They also take up more space in delivery trucks and on showroom ﬂoors. What size hot tub you need depends on how you’re looking to use it. A more intimate spa is great for individuals or couples, or for therapeutic uses. For family, a more spacious hot tub likely makes more sense.
Features – A hot tub’s features will aﬀect its price too. Spas can come with both functional and cosmetic features such as advanced jet systems, powerful, silent pumps, wireless controls, entertainment options and premium water care systems that reduce the need for chemicals. In addition, top-tier hot tubs often come standard with multicolored lighting and beautiful waterfalls. Simply put, more features = higher price.
If you expect many guests, a state-of-the-art built-in audio entertainment system and colored lighting might be important. If you’re looking for single-person hydrotherapy, powerful, varied jets would be a better choice.
Time & Material – Lower-end hot tubs are typically made of rotationally-molded plastic. These spas are easier to transport and cost less to produce but there are trade-oﬀs. Rotationally-molded plastic is not as strong, nor does it insulate as well as more expensive acrylic-based hot tubs. Better tubs may also have extra layers of insulation which adds structural strength and can keep down running costs over the years. The exterior of the hot tub is also important with higher-end tubs weathering the elements better than cheaper options. In a nutshell, investing in quality materials protects your investment and can actually save you money too.
Design – Design is another element that aﬀects price. In many lower-end hot tubs, a user will struggle to not constantly ﬂoat to the surface, or must squat with their feet on the bottom. Higher-end spas on the other hand are designed with ergonomic seats that keep users optimally located during hydromassage sessions. Control panels will be placed within arm’s length and seats will be arranged to ﬁt the maximum number of occupants comfortably. The aesthetic design is also more appealing, better serving as a backyard’s centerpiece with inviting colors, textures, shapes, lines and interior and exterior lighting. A good hot tub is more than just an amusement, it’s part of its owner’s lifestyle.
Performance – Though low-end spas might have many jets, their pumps are likely underpowered, providing a less intense and less satisfying hydrotherapy experience. The best hot tubs include quiet yet powerful circulation pumps, which move water through the ﬁlters and the heater. Cheaper hot tubs will struggle to maintain water pressure and heat at the same time unlike more expensive one which can easily power jets while maintaining temperature and even run an entertainment system. High-end spas are engineered to be more eﬃciently in terms of insulation and protecting interior components. Performance ultimately aﬀects how much you enjoy your hot tub over the years, so keep that in mind.
Warranty & Service – Be careful to take note of a hot tubs warranty as not all hot tubs come with quality guarantees from their manufacturers. While up front costs may be less, a failure could see you paying for costly repairs, or even a new hot tub. A great warranty will cover the product for ﬁve to ten years after purchase, ensuring worry-free ownership. You may also ﬁnd more expensive tubs come with comprehensive service agreements from your dealer, including delivery, installation, relocation, and water-care. Simply put, the easier, quicker, and more eﬀective your hot tub is to use, the more likely you are to want to use it regularly. By keeping your water clean and safe with regular maintenance or an in-line water care system, you’ll be making sure your spa continues to be a regular, relaxing part of your everyday life.