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How much does a hot tub cost? Well, the simple answer is: it depends on your hot tub. A bare-bones rotationally-molded hot tub, at the absolute lowest end of the spectrum, can cost around $4,000. At the other end, the best portable hot tubs commercially available might exceed $20,000. The reason there’s such a large difference is that there is a broad range of hot tub sizes, features, materials, designs, and performance available.
Pricing can also vary based on warranty, ongoing service, and customer location. So basically the answer is that the price of your hot tub depends on what you want in your hot tub. Do you value low energy bills, powerful jets, and durable materials? Do aesthetic considerations, like a streamlined and comfortable design, multicolored lighting, and waterfalls make a big difference to you? Here’s a quick guide to the major features available in different spas that can affect their price so you can learn about the average cost of a spa.
|Starting Price Range
|$16,000 and up
|Circuit therapy with 6-8 stations, neck, hip and wrist jets
|The most jets, touchscreen control panel, secondary control panel, Revolutionary salt system water care, Diagnostic logo light, EnergyPro circulation pump, titanium heater and ABS base pan for increased energy efficiency
|High-end and durable cabinetry that accents home and backyard, adjustable interior and exterior lighting
|$12,000 and up
|Circuit therapy with 4-6 stations
|Many jets, LCD control panel, ABS base pan for increased energy efficiency
|High-end cabinetry, Interior lighting
|$7,000 and up
|Circuit therapy with 2-5 stations
|Fewer jets, LCD control panel, FROG water care system
|Advanced cabinet design, Interior lighting
|$4,000 and up
|Basic seating and jet options
|Fewer and less powerful jets, Plug and play
|Shell and cabinet are one material
A luxury hot tub like the Utopia Series, is for the customer who wants the ultimate personal wellness haven. This type of hot tub usually comes equipped with top features, accompanied by the most extensive warranty protection. It will generally offer high design, low operating costs, maximum comfort, minimal maintenance, the best massage jets, and efficient operation. On a luxury spa, you are likely to find:
On a premium spa like the Paradise Series, you’ll see advanced engineering and robust features for long-lasting owner satisfaction. These spas don’t come prepackaged with every bell and whistle available, but they are designed for the hot tub owner who wants a nice hot tub and the option to add preferred upgrades.
These are some of the features you might see on a premium hot tub:
Value hot tubs might be a good fit for you if you are new to hot-tubbing, or are not looking for a hot tub that has every bell and whistle available. The Vacanza® Series uses the Frog @ease In-Line System with pre-filled cartridges to maintain clear water for your spa. Rest assured that the Vacanza Series includes many of the comfort, design and performance details you come to expect from Caldera hot tubs.
On the other hand, the lower sticker price on a value-priced hot tub might come with trade-offs wth some brands. There are value-priced spas with enticing features but poor performance, and those with quality performance likely lack flashier features. For example, a spa in this price range may feature a glossy acrylic shell and multicolored lighting or a high jet count, at the cost of less powerful jets or louder operation. The best value-priced hot tub models will have excellent performance but few flashy features—not the other way around.
Entry-level hot tubs are usually rotationally-molded, and the cabinet and shell are all one piece. The surface may be durable, but it may not have the shiny appearance and smooth feel of acrylic. Options at this level are very much scaled back, with fewer lights and water features, less powerful pumps, and basic water care options.
Many entry-level spas are plug-and-play—you can plug one into any existing electrical outlet with no upgrade to your wiring. Their durability makes rotationally-molded spas a big quality step above inflatable hot tubs, while still being fairly portable. These hot tubs give you the opportunity to enjoy a spa without investing heavily.
A spa is an experience that you will share and enjoy—hopefully for years to come. When choosing the right hot tub, picture yourself soaking in it early on a weekend morning five years from now, or hosting summer barbecues with your friends over and over again through the years.
Every great relationship starts with an introduction. To get acquainted with our current models, take a look through the luxury and premium spa lines offered by Caldera and download our brochure. If you’d like to get a feel for our spas in person, click here to find your local dealer’s showroom so you can visit them for a test soak or shop virtually.