Hot Tub Costs
You can expect to find rotationally molded, plug in hot tubs to cost between $2,699 and $5,000, and acrylic, 220v hot tubs to cost between $5,000 and $15,000. When financing plug-n-play hot tubs can cost as little as $53 a month on approved credit.
What Drives the Price Up
Like cars, hot tubs come in many varieties, with different features, and technology. Determining which options are important to you will have an impact on how much your hot tub ends up costing.
Some of the most common “add-ons” for a hot tub are:
Other factors that impact the cost of a hot tub are:
- Construction: rotationally molded v. acrylic
- Electrical configuration: 110v plug-in v. 230v hard wire
*These are the two most important factors that determine how much a hot tub will cost.
How It’s Made
Traditional hot tubs are acrylic meaning the shell, or seating area, is thermo-formed. Acrylic hot tubs have an exterior cabinet, and an internal structure made of wood, metal or plastic that supports the weight of the occupants. The structure requires both material and labor to assemble which contributes to a higher price tag and a heavier hot tub. Acrylic hot tubs are more detailed and range from mid to high priced based on the types of equipment and added features.
Rotationally molded hot tubs, start off as a powdery resin, which is heated and spun in a mold, until the material melts and takes the shape of the mold. This process creates a solid, uni-body hot tub whereby the shell and cabinet are all one piece. A substructure is not needed, thus reducing the material and labor costs, and weight of the hot tub.
How It’s Installed
Electrical configuration and installation costs are other factors that contribute to the cost of a hot tub. Some hot tubs feature plug-n-play technology, meaning they run on 110 volts and do not need a dedicated outlet. These hot tubs come with a GFCI cord which you can plug into any standard outlet without installing a dedicated circuit.
Larger and more powerful hot tubs run on 230 volts and hardwiring into a GFCI subpanel. A professional electrician must help you set up the hot tub, which can be costly based on how far the wiring must run from the main breaker to the area the hot tub will live. You should discuss this with your hot tub retailer before you buy.