Hot tubs can be pricey, but the initial cost of purchasing and installing a hot tub aren’t the only things you should consider when you are deciding if you can take on the financial burden of a hot tub. Spas require a lot more maintenance than many people expect before purchasing one. Before you make the plunge, consider all the costs associated with owning a hot tub.

SpaMate is here to help you learn how to properly care for a hot tub and show you how much it will cost you each year. Even better, SpaMate carries a wide variety of hot tub supplies, including parts and chemicals, that will help you take care of your hot tub.

One-Time Hot Tub Costs

Unfortunately, most costs associated with the hot tub are on-going. The one-time costs associated with buying a hot tub always include the purchase and installation fees. The purchase price of a hot tub will vary greatly on the size, brand, and add-ons. Hot tubs range in price from about $3,000 to over $20,000.

The least expensive hot tubs range from $3,000 to $5,000 and are typically small and made from durable plastic. These spas will be lighter and require a 110V electrical connection, which makes them much easier to install.

The next level of hot tubs will range from $4,000 to $8,000. At this point, spas will be made with acrylic shells and have more fun features, such as lights and jet-lined seats. These hot tubs are often considered value-priced hot tubs. They have better features, but they probably contain a lot of cheap parts that will need replacing more frequently.

Premium hot tubs will typically run you between $6,000 and $10,000. A premium hot tub will likely run better in the long-term. They will have similar features to value-priced hot tubs but will be more durable. Often, they also have more advanced controls that allow you to better customize the settings of your spa.

Luxury hot tubs are the most expensive. They range from $9,000 to over $20,000, and they are the best-made hot tubs. A luxury spa will be made from high-quality, durable parts, and it will likely look more beautiful than hot tubs at lower price points. At this price range, you should expect a hot tub with the best features and very minimal maintenance.

In addition to the actual purchase, you will also need to get your hot tub installed. Installation costs vary depending on electrical set-up, location, and delivery fee. Expect to spend well over a $1,000 to have your hot tub delivered and installed. If you are on a tight budget, figure out how much you will need to spend on delivery and installation before purchasing the spa, as you may need to opt for a less expensive hot tub to account for the additional costs.

Yearly Hot Tub Maintenance

Keeping a hot tub clean and sanitary isn’t an easy task, and the costs add up very quickly. Once your hot tub is set up, you will need to use a variety of chemicals to keep the hot tub safe. To keep a hot tub’s water clear, you will need a clarifying product. Chlorine will help disinfect the spa and the water in it, while a pH and alkalinity balancer will make the water suitable for use. Hot tubs also require shocking to kill the bacteria that builds up in the water. You also need to buy test strips so you can test the levels of the chemicals in the water. These products can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 per month on average, which is over $100 a year on chemicals alone. In the cases of large hot tubs, you may be spending up to $100 for only two months of chemicals. SpaMate can help you find all the hot tub chemicals you need to operate a safe, healthy spa.

Your electricity and water bills will also go up. Filling a hot tub with water isn’t as expensive as filling a pool, but it will still set you back a few dollars a year that you might not be expecting. It is typically advised that you drain your hot tub every three or four months depending on how much use it gets. The extra water costs can add around $50 per year to your bill.

Like your heater and air conditioner, the amount your electricity bill goes up for your spa depends on the weather. In the summer, it won’t take as much money to keep the water warm, but you are probably still looking at an additional $30 to $50 each month. During the winter, you are spending $100 or more to heat the hot tub. This means you could be spending between $350 and over $1,200 per year on additional electricity payments.

Filters are another necessity for hot tub ownership. Filters help keep the water clean. Depending on usage and how long your filters last, you could be paying around $100 per year on filters. SpaMate has a full selection of spa filters that you can browse.

To further help kill bacteria, many hot tubs have UV light bulbs inside that can be difficult to replace. If you can do it on your own, you will just pay for a bulb each year, which costs about $75. If you need to get someone else to replace it for you, labor will likely run you an additional cost.

If you have any further questions about caring for a hot tub or the costs associated with doing so, please feel free to contact SpaMate at 1-800-923-7330 anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central Time. SpaMate associates can help you find the right products you need for your spa at good prices.