How much does a hot tub cost?
A good hot tub can cost between £3500 up £20000. However, this is such a hard question to answer because there are so many variables that can affect the price of a hot tub, hopefully, the following information will help you choose the best hot tub for you.
Firstly, we posted an article last year about the problems with buying a cheap hot tub (read it here), as a lot of them come from China and contain Chinese parts which are hard to obtain and therefore, in the long run, can cause a lot of headaches.
However the Chinese hot tubs have come on leaps and bounds and many American and English manufacturers use the Chinese factories to put the hot tubs together using the English and American parts, such as Superior Spas who have a range of hot tubs made in China but they contain American acrylic and Balboa control panels. These hot tubs are cheaper than some American and English brands due to the workforce used to make them and export fees etc.
There are some outstanding cheaper hot tub models that offer all the features of a £10k hot tub but at a 3rd of the price, for example, the 5-person Happy hot tub boasts 2 loungers, 3 seats, 49 jets, music, and waterfall is just £3725.
You might be thinking why would I spend more when I can get all of that for £3725? well let’s look at why other hot tubs cost more. Now don’t get me wrong the Happy is a great entry-level hot tub and is perfect for those who want to relax and unwind in a hot tub however hot tubs do have other qualities such as health benefits.
A hot tub can provide outstanding hydrotherapy massage and you will often find the higher the number of jets the more expensive the hot tub, this is because they require larger and more powerful pumps to power the additional jets. As you move up the price scale you will find that the jets become variable, you can change the speed and pressure but you will also find they are better positioned to treat specific acupressure points on the body and therefore better at helping with muscular and skeletal issues.
Other elements which affect the price of a hot tub include:
Insulation – The more the hot tub has the more energy efficient it will be and will, therefore, save you money over time, however, better-quality insulation and more of it will increase the overall hot tub price.
Acrylic – There are varying quality levels of acrylic, you pay more for better quality
Outer Cabinet – These can be built from different materials but usually a strong plastic or a type of wood.
The number of pumps – As we mentioned, more jets need more pumps, and these can be costly bits of equipment.
Additional features such as added lights, waterfalls, music systems and an increased number of seats all impact the price of the hot tub.
As with so many things if it seems to good to be true it probably is, be wary of the hot tub that offers everything at a low price as the money will be saved somewhere whether the quality of acrylic, quality of the pumps or level of insulation. Always buy from a reputable supplier preferably one who is BISHTA registered.