How much does it cost to buy a hot tub?
Are you thinking about buying a hot tub? But, have no idea how much a hot tub costs?
I am here to help you.
Understanding how much a hot tub costs, and more importantly, why hot tub costs can vary so much, is going to help you find a hot tub that is right for you.
HOW MUCH DOES A HOT TUB COST?
Short answer: between £3000 and £20,000.
On average, our customers spend between £7500 – £10,000.
So, why do customers buy from us, if they could just go online and buy one for £3000?
Hot tubs in-store are not the same as hot tubs online…
The hot tubs you see online are not the same as the hot tubs you see in-store.
Hot tubs online that are about £3000 – £5000 hot tubs are the lower end, lower quality hot tub manufacturers. In fact, in many cases, it’s difficult to actually find WHO manufactures it. But I would challenge you to try. Go online, and try to find the manufacturer of the hot tub in just a few clicks from the supplier’s web page. Find out a bit more information on them. Find out where they are based. Where their manufacturing factory is. Find out their contact details. If you can’t find this out it might be a problem in the future if you need parts, or if you need to contact them for any reason.
The hot tubs you are seeing in-store are the higher end, premium, quality, recognised manufacturers. Ones you will see are Artesian; Coast Spas; Hot Springs; Hydropool and Jacuzzi. These are the really great manufacturers that build in North America and Europe. They are more expensive. But, they are going to be really quality, safe, energy efficient hot tubs that will last a long time and more importantly not cost you a lot over the lifetime of the hot tub.
So, keep in mind. The hot tubs you see in the store are not the same as the hot tubs you see online. They might look similar, but they are not the same.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHEAP AND EXPENSIVE HOT TUBS?
We’ve touched on it already, but why are cheap hot tubs (£3000-£5000) cheap. And, why are expensive hot tub expensive?
Quality is going to be the number one thing that determines the price of your hot tub.
The strength of the shell, components used, workmanship, efficiency of the filtration. This will all contribute to the quality of your hot tub.
A more expensive hot tub will last longer. And more importantly, will cost you less over the lifetime of the hot tub in repairs etc.
We do hundreds of hot tub repairs a year, with new customers every week. And the vast, vast majority of these repairs are on cheap hot tubs, bought online. Very few are from Coast Spas or any of the other high-end manufacturers like Jacuzzi or Artesian. People buying cheap hot tubs online are by far spending more over the lifetime of their tub than people investing in great hot tubs.
A more expensive hot tub will cost you more in the short run. But, in the long run, you will likely save money.
#2 ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Plus, the fact that a cheap hot tub can cost much more to run.
Recently at a garden show, people were telling me they had bought a hot tub at £5000, but their running costs were £1000/month.
£100/month is far, far too much to spend on running your hot tub. That’s £1200 a year, not including any chemicals, maintenance or repairs that you might have to carry out.
On average, a well-built spa should add approx. £30-£35 onto your monthly electrical bill at the high end, and if not something is wrong.
Another thing to think about to do with quality is the safety of the hot tub. It’s not something that people think about often, it’s not something that maybe comes up a lot.
But, hot tubs mix electrics and water. And that’s two things we’re always told to never, ever mix.
So, you need to be sure that your hot tub was made well, safely and using some sort of regulation. To make sure it is safe for you and your family to use.
Above all, make sure your hot tub is safe to use.
It’s not always the case. But quality manufacturers will usually work with quality retailers. Quality retailers don’t want to sell rubbish hot tubs. They want to sell good hot tub that they know is going to last.
Hopefully, nothing goes wrong. But, if it does go wrong you want to make sure that the company that you bought the hot tub off, is the one that carries the parts and labour warranty. And the one that comes out to fix it.
So, aftersales is so important. It might not seem like it at the time of purchase, but if you need it you will wish you had it.
Take-home message: don’t sacrifice quality and safety to save some money. A cheap hot tub will be cheaper in the short run, but will likely cost you a lot more money over the life of the hot tub.
A hot tub can cost anywhere between £3000 – £20,000.
Online, you are going to see lots between £3000 – £5000. They probably aren’t going to be great. Costs are being cut somewhere, and it is likely throughout the manufacturing process.
In-store you are going to see recognised, premium NA and EU manufacturers. They will be priced upwards of £5000.
On average, our customers spend between £7,500 and £10,000 with us. For that, they get a really great hot tub, that lasts a long time.
You just need to decide, if you want a really great hot tub. Or if you are wanting to spend a bit less.
Get in touch, let us know.