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How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

 
low costLow: $1,500-$2,500average cost5-7 people with jets: $3,000-$7,000high costLuxury: $8,000-$15,000, decks or inground add more
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  Typical costs:
  • Portable hot tubs or two-person models (usually shallower and narrower than standard versions) start around $1,500-$2,500, but a typical 5- to 7-person model with jets and built-in seats runs about $3,000-$7,000, and luxury hot tubs can be as much as $8,000-$15,000. A tub can have as few as six jets or as many as 160; it depends on your preference and how much you're willing to pay for these and other amenities, such as underwater lighting, drink holders or an enclosing gazebo.
  • An outdoor tub needs to be installed on a level deck or concrete pad. Building a wooden deck can add $500-$15,000 or more to the total cost, depending on size and complexity; a concrete pad can run $1,000-$3,000 or more. If the installation site isn't already correctly wired or plumbed, adding an electrical outlet can add $75-$800 to the total cost, and can be $1,000-$2,000 or more for extensive electrical and plumbing trenching and installation.
  • Installing a spa indoors means being able to use it in all weather and with complete privacy, but you need a room with extra ventilation and humidity controls, and a water-proof flooring such as tile. Costs will depend on the extent of remodeling needed.
  • An in-ground outdoor spa averages about $15,000-$20,000 or more, and it's usually done at the same time as an in-ground pool, according to Better Homes & Gardens[1] .
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What should be included:
  • Empty hot tubs generally weigh 400-1,000 pounds, and usually are delivered on a small trailer. In some circumstances (level ground and overhead clearance) a hot tub can be set into place using a crane but typically it takes 2-6 men to shift the tub from the trailer to the installation site. A site inspection may be needed before delivery, to measure the access route to be sure there's enough room for the tub and men to get through. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals explains how a hot tub works.
  • Today many hot tubs are made of acrylic, which is easier to take care of and longer lasting than fiberglass. Portable tubs are typically made of vinyl. Wooden hot tubs (usually redwood) are attractive but tend to need more cleaning and upkeep, and don't offer the contoured seating provided in hot tubs made from other materials. HotTubSource.com describes hot tub shells and other features
Additional costs:
  • On average a hot tub costs about $1 a day for electricity and chemicals, although this can vary from $15-$60 a month depending on size, insulation, climate and local utility costs. Ask for an estimate of monthly operating costs, as these vary considerably between brands and models.
  • A hot tub cover cuts heating costs and is also an essential safety feature for homes with children or pets. Covers start around $50-$100, but can run $100-$400 or more, depending on size, materials, energy efficiency and if they lock. Lifters to help move that heavy cover run $100-$300.
  • Check with your local building department to see if you need a permit, especially if adding a deck, concrete pad, electrical wiring or plumbing.
Shopping for a hot tub:
  • Some companies let you try out the hot tub in their showroom (bring a swim suit and towel), and most experts recommend this. Pay attention to the noise level, the positioning of any jets, the ease of using the controls, any built-in seating arrangements and whether you can move around comfortably. HomeOwner.net offers a hot tub buyer's thoughts on what he'd do differently if he were buying again[2] .
  • Get an idea of what kind of hot tub you'd like. The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals hosts a gallery of hot tub photos and lets you search for a hot tub retailer[3] .
  • Get a copy of the warranty before you sign a contract, and be sure to read the fine print. Make sure the contract describes all the equipment, including brand names, as well as the set-up date, who pays for shipping, delivery and set-up, and any after-purchase service or check-ups.
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Posted by: lucee in Redmond, OR.Posted: January 3rd, 2014 11:01AM
Brand: sundanceModel: caprio
bought my yr.2000 Sundance Caprio Spa in 2005 and I purchased it for $4,999.00 now that its used and over 13yrs old how much is the value now?
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I love my tub!
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Posted by: Rhon in Dallas, TX.Posted: December 27th, 2009 08:12AM
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I traded an old laptop for a really nice hot tub on Craigslist.org. It has redwood decking, a lounger, mood lighting, an ozonator and over 50 jets. I bought a used electrical sub-box for $40 on Craigslist and had the spa professionally wired for $200.00. I set the hot tub on $60 worth of pea gravel. Many people who are moving don't know what to do with their hot tub. Check for used high-end models at bargain prices.
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Posted by: Jennifer Wilkiewicz in Canoga Park, CA.Posted: July 18th, 2008 09:07AM
Brand: FreeflowModel: Accent
My husband and I purchased a Freeflow Spa, the accent model, a few months ago and are really enjoying it, especially since my husband gets down on his back quite often. Anyway, we barely notice the extra cost on our electrical bill. Our only complaint was that it took 3 weeks to get the unit delivered because they didn't have it in stock at our hot tub store.
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  1.  www.bhg.com/home-improvement/outdoor/pools-spas/planning-for-a-spa/
  2.  www.homeownernet.com/hot-tubs/hottubpurchase.html
  3.  poolandspaindustrysearch.com
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