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National average price

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  • Most common low price:$120
  • Most common high price:$500
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How much does a hot tub cost?

Hot tubs cost as little as $2,300 for a lower-end model and up to $16,000 or more for a high-end model. Some homeowners tend to go with a mid-range hot tub model, which is generally priced around the $7,000-$10,000 range. Hot tub installation costs can vary as well, ranging from $75-$700.

Hot tub cost:

Installation costs $75-$700
Unit prices $2,300-$16,000

Hot tub prices are highly variable because there's such a wide range of options. Most consumers will find that a mid-range model is more than suitable for personal use on a residential property. 

An exact cost estimate for installing a hot tub will depend on many factors, including the type of hot tub you choose, where it’s going to be located and the labor costs in your area. Keep reading to learn more about hot tub prices and what the installation and maintenance costs could look like, too.

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Hot tub prices

Entry-level

$2,300-$7,000

Value-priced

$5,000-$8,000

Premium

$8,000-$11,000

Luxury

$11,000-$16,000+

So, how much are hot tubs? Hot tub prices vary widely based on the brand, size, style and more. Some basic models have room for fewer people and come with fewer customizable options. Mid-range tubs allow for some customizations and room for more people. And top-tier hot tubs come with many more options and are of a higher caliber. 

Hot tub installation cost

National average cost

$120

Average cost range

$90-$140

Low-end cost

$75

High-end cost

$700

Hot tub installation costs can vary based on a number of factors, especially the cost of labor and materials. For example, if installation requires creating a firm foundation, preparing the pads, setting up the electrical system, installing pipes (if needed) or excavating, the total cost can jump significantly. 

Here’s how much certain labor tasks may cost for hot tub installation:

Installation task

Labor & materials cost estimate

Prepping and sealing floor pad

$264

Piping and valve installation

$283

Drain installation

$404

Circulation pump & lighting electrical connections

$415

Cutting & assembling wood frame

$930

Source: National Construction Estimator

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Hot tub cost factors

Here’s a closer look at some of the factors that can affect the cost of your hot tub.

Size and number of people

4-person hot tub

$2,500-$5,000

6-person hot tub

$5,000-$8,000

8-person hot tub

$8,000-$11,000

10-person hot tub

$11,000-$16,000+

To get more seating, you’ll need a larger hot tub — which will affect the total hot tub cost. Larger sizes sometimes also mean more complex installation, and they may require more electricity to operate. 

Above ground vs. in-ground hot tub cost

Above-ground hot tub

$2,300-$16,000+

In-ground hot tub

$8,000-$20,000+

Hot tub costs may also vary depending on whether you’re installing it above ground or opting for in-ground installation. An in-ground installation will involve digging and landscaping, which can drive prices up. In-ground hot tubs often cost more to run and maintain, too.

Indoor vs. outdoor hot tub cost

Outdoor and indoor hot tubs have different installation requirements and steps. For example, the process of installing an indoor hot tub may also involve opening up walls, installing new plumbing and getting a ventilation system to manage your humidity levels indoors. You may also want to invest in water-resistant flooring and furniture when installing an indoor hot tub.

When installing outdoor hot tubs, you’ll need to prepare your background. This may include building a patio or deck, creating a solid concrete foundation and clearing your land.

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Hot tub brands and retailers

Finally, hot tub brands and retailers have different pricing. Some of the most popular brands include:

  • Cal Spas
  • Caldera Spas
  • Catalina Spas
  • Hot Spring
  • Intex
  • Jacuzzi
  • Marquis
  • Master Spas
  • ThermoSpas 
  • Viking Spas

When choosing a hot tub, research your options online or in person. You can also ask a hot tub and spa specialist for their recommendations based on your budget and needs.

Foundation

To install a hot tub, you need a solid and reliable foundation in place. The hot tub’s weight, the water and the people inside can damage the tub’s base or create instability and long-term problems if the foundation is inadequately prepared.

One option for an above-ground spa is to purchase prefabricated spa pads, which start at approximately $500 and go up in price depending on the size and brand. Another option is to install the tub on gravel that has been packed down and tested for proper drainage. Or, build a hot tub into your patio or deck with the help of a qualified contractor. 

A solid and lasting option is to install a concrete pad to place the hot tub on. Steve Rider of Hot Tub Rehab recommends concrete, explaining that the smooth surface will reveal any leaks or problems right away. Gravel or other porous bases allow leaks to drain away, so you won’t know there’s a problem until it becomes a major one. 

Poured concrete costs approximately$9-$20 per square foot, depending on site accessibility, states CLC Contractors in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. For an 8-by-8-foot concrete pad, this could cost $576-$1,280 or more.

Electrical wiring

Hot tubs require proper wiring to power the heat and user panels. Electrical wiring costs can vary, depending on the electrician’s company, their experience and regional labor rates. For example, the starting hourly rate from Alpha Electric and More in Fremont, California, is $75, and the minimum service fee is $175. Prices will increase based on travel and the complexity of the work.

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Cost to run a hot tub

The cost to run a hot tub is based on how often you use your hot tub, the temperature you select and the time of year. For example, the cost of heating the water may be significantly higher during the winter months.

Hot tub maintenance cost

Owning a hot tub comes with maintenance costs. These maintenance costs should be factored into your monthly and annual budget. 

A maintenance technician can prevent major damage from occurring by repairing anything that is broken before it gives out completely. Here are a few examples of different rates for weekly service from several Thumbtack pros:

Weekly chemical check & water balance $50/month
Weekly pool & spa service $75-$120/month
Spa-only weekly service $80-$85
Spot check for problems, clean filters $65

Sources: East Mesa PoolsReal Deal Pool GuysDolphin Pool MaintenanceAlpha Electric and More.

Of course, you can maintain a hot tub on your own. But if something goes wrong, you risk damaging your expensive new tub. To be safe, it’s always best to hire a professional to come in for regular maintenance and cleaning. 

Hot tub budgeting tips

The best way to save money on your hot tub installation project and lower your lifetime costs is to utilize the following strategies:

  • Start saving now. A hot tub can get expensive. Start saving up and cutting back on unnecessary expenses so you can afford the hot tub you have your eyes on.
  • Get cost estimates from several retailers. Compare prices for hot tubs sold online and at nearby retailers. Ask if they offer price matching.
  • Get price quotes from hot tub specialists. When looking for someone to install your hot tub (or build an in-ground one), get quotes from at least three pros near you. That way, you can hire the pro with the fairest price.
  • Keep up with regular maintenance. It may cost more upfront, but it will keep your hot tub in proper working condition and help you avoid costly repairs in the future.
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Is a hot tub worth it?

A hot tub is an expense, but it’s also an enjoyable feature that can be used throughout the year. Whether it’s an indoor, outdoor, in-ground or above-ground hot tub, soaking in one is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. 

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FAQs

Here are the answers to common questions homeowners have about hot tub costs and installation:

What is the best month to buy a hot tub?

The best time to shop for a hot tub is usually during the fall and winter or during major shopping holidays when retailers tend to offer attractive discounts and deals. If you don’t mind buying an older model, find out when your favorite retailer is planning to clear their inventories to get ready for newer hot tub models.

Can you negotiate hot tub prices?

Of course! It never hurts to try to lower the installation or unit cost or even get extra services to sweeten the deal.

What should I know before buying a hot tub?

Before buying a hot tub, you should understand and properly budget for not only the hot tub cost but the installation and maintenance costs, as well. This way, there won’t be any surprises down the line. You should also consider where the hot tub will be placed and ensure your home’s electrical connections are nearby.

Do I need a concrete slab for a hot tub?

Not necessarily, but it’s often recommended. Hot tubs can sit on a concrete slab, but they also work well on patios or decks. The best thing to do is meet with a hot tub installation expert, and get their advice.

References: Caldera Spas, Hot Spring, Leslie’s Pools, River Pools, National Construction Estimator, various hot tub retailers.

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