When will you need to buy a new hot tub?
Buying a hot tub is a significant investment. Even the cheaper hot tubs that are now available are thousands of pounds. So it’s a really big investment. And you want to make sure that you are spending you money wisely.
Part of this, is knowing how long a hot tub will last. As this will help you understand how much you might want to spend on a hot tub.
Realistically you only want to purchase one, maybe two hot tubs in your lifetime.
So, how long can you expect a hot tub to last?
How long will an expensive hot tub last?
How long your hot tub lasts will depend on a lot of things. As with most things you get what you pay for. And generally the more you spend on a hot tub, the better the quality and the longer it will last.
But the lifetime of your hot tub will also depend on how well you care for it, including how often you have it serviced and how well you keep the hot tub water balanced.
On average, the hot tubs we sell last between 10-12 years. They can last less time if they don’t take care of them. But they can also last 15 years plus if you are lucky and take care of them.
We recently had a customer contact us for a new pump. Their hot tub was 16 years old, and it was they first thing they needed to replace. This is rare. But it can happen.
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What can go wrong with an expensive hot tub?
Knowing how long a hot tub will last means understanding what parts can fail that will mean you have to get rid of it. There are certain things that signal the end of a hot tubs life. These are:
1. Hot tub shell
Once the hot tub shell starts to degrade or break there is really very little you can do to economically repair it. You can contact a fibreglass specialist, usually a shipping manufacturer to repair it. But usually if the shell cracks you will usually have to get rid of the hot tub.
2. Hot tub plumbing
A small leak is fine and can easily be fixed. But if you find the pipework starts to degrade, especially the jet backs (not the part you can take out, the part embedded into the shell).
These are the parts that spell the end of your hot tub life.
As well as this, over the lifespan of your hot tub, it is likely that you will have to replace numerous parts. Not inevitable, but likely. These may include things such as the:
- Control board
How long will cheap hot tub last?
It’s difficult to tell how long a cheap hot tub will last. Over the last couple of years there has been an influx in cheap hot tubs that are primarily made in China.
So there hasn’t been a chance to assess over a long period of time the average lifespan of a cheap hot tub.
What we can say is that over the last few years, we have seen an increase in hot tub repairs. And these are mainly from cheaper hot tubs. Often hot tubs only a couple of years old that require significant and expensive work.
When should you fix a hot tub and when should you replace it?
The better quality hot tub you buy, the higher the chance that it will last longer. And over time, the same things that go wrong with an expensive hot tub will go wrong with a cheap hot tub.
But the problem we find is, if you spend £10,000 on a hot tub and 5-7 years in need to spend £1500 to fix it, you will. As you know this could easily give you another 5-7 years of life.
However, if you spend £2000 on a hot tub, and then a couple of years in need to spend £1500 to repair it. The chances are that you won’t. The value of that repair becomes less. And in this case a lot of people will choose to replace the entire hot tub.
Which leads me onto my next point….
The environmental impact of hot tubs
Hot tubs are primarily made out of plastic. And as I’m sure pretty much everyone will be aware by now, plastics are not good for our planet.
Hot tubs are mainly made out of acrylic (shell) or PVC plastics (pipework). Acrylic is classes as a grade 7 plastic, which means it is difficult to recycle and usually sent to landfill. PVC is sometimes recycled back into PVC, however this usually can’t be used to make more hot tubs as it is weaker and brittle and will breakdown quickly with the water and pressure passing though the jets.
The plastic that does go to landfill either makes its way via rivers into oceans. Or breakdown into what is known as micro plastics. This can have a devastating effect on the ocean wildlife and is eventually passed back to humans via the food chain.
So, we really want to limit the production of new products with plastic, and ensure as little as possible is going to landfill.
This is one of the main reasons that we believe in spending money on something that will last is because of the impact that hot tubs can have on the environment.
Sadly, many people engage in a throw away culture. And I can’t count the amount of times I’ve heard someone say:
I’ll just buy a cheap hot tub, then get another when it breaks.
If you believe in that culture that’s fine (well, it’s not really but who are we to judge).
But it’s not something we promote. And we are actively trying to avoid engaging in it.
The swimming pool and hot tub industry is naturally quite a polluting industry through the manufacturing process and ongoing chemical consumption. And that is something we are trying to mitigate by supplying only quality products that will last.
It’s certainly not perfect. And hopefully technology and an increasing consumer demand will mean that manufacturers are forced to create sustainable, quality products.
But until that time we will choose to only supply hot tubs and other products that at the very least last a long time to reduce the carbon footprint that they are creating
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"I have an old, cheap hot tub that lasted 10 years"
One final thing. We often hear people say they bought a cheap hot tub 10/12 years ago and it’s lasted really well. That is entirely possible.
But one thing to remember is that most of the cheaper models on the market now, weren’t available 10 years ago. So it’s likely that if this is the case you had a cheaper, North American built hot tub.
Hot tub prices have gone up, not down. A hot tub that cost £3000 10-15 years ago will not be at least double for a similar spec. model. We now pay for hot tubs what we used to sell them for.
So if you, or someone you know did buy a “cheap” hot tub years ago and it’s lasted a long time, just be aware it’s probably not the same models you are getting now for cheap. And you will likely have to spend about double.
Hot tubs can last between a few and 20 years. The better quality hot tub you buy, the higher the chance that it will last a long time.
Cost can be an enticing draw. But we would always urge people to consider the environmental impact of the throwaway culture. Especically when it comes to hot tubs.
We will always choose to provide high quality hot tubs that will likely last a long time. Not only because we believe they are better products, with better health benefits. But because we want to limit the number of our products ending up in landfill