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Hot Tub Costs

A hot tub installation costs $650 to $6,100 for most models, averaging $3,400. This includes installation costs between $156 and $518 or $336 on average for above-ground, or $1,000 to $5,000 for built-in styles. You’ll pay the least for inflatable options. Large prefab tubs or custom designs run the most.

Hot tubs make a great addition for both leisure and health. You can relax after a long evening, use it for at-home hydrotherapy or entertain guests. There’s a big difference in price between a freestanding, soft-sided option and a built-in one. Consider these common cost factors as you make a choice.

Cost of a New Hot Tub by Type

The cost of a new hot tub ranges from $500 to $35,000. You’ll pay $500 to $11,000 for most prefab models, compared to $10,000 to $20,000 for a custom one.

In-Ground Spas & Built-In Hot Tub Costs

Built-in (also known as in-ground) hot tubs cost $4,000 to $15,000, plus $1,000 to $5,000 for installation. They are the most expensive option because installers have to excavate the yard and install the surround.

Installing a hot tub in a deck may cost less than putting one in-ground. You’ll probably need to place a concrete pad to support it. This is a good option if you’re trying to save your landscaping.

Above-Ground Hot Tub Cost

Prices for an above-ground hot tub range from $500 to $11,000, not including installation. The total depends mostly on the size and type, but also where you plan to put it.

Above-ground hot tubs are the most common because they’re easy to install and operate. Many options come ready to fill, plug in and enjoy.

Portable Hot Tub Cost

Portable hot tubs cost $500 to $10,000. You can set up a spa on your deck. During the winter, you can store the piece in your basement or shed.

Any above-ground model can be portable, but the weight affects your ability to move it. Most non-inflatable options weigh 400 to 1,000 pounds, compared to 200 to 300 pounds for an average refrigerator.

Saltwater Hot Tub Cost

Installing a saltwater chlorine generator system costs $500 to $2,000, depending on the option you choose and the type of hot tub. Built-in models require more expensive generators that range from $1,000 to $2,000. Standalone styles for above-ground units are closer to $500.

Many homeowners choose saltwater because it’s less expensive than chlorine and cuts down on cleaning. Since salt can corrode materials like wood, it’s better to buy something like acrylic.

Swim Spa Installation Cost

Swim spa installation costs $300 to $7,000, plus $15,000 to $35,000 for the tub. This style is typically much larger than average, built for swimming or occupancy ranging from 15 to 20 people. As with other hot tubs, above-ground options run less than built-in.

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Average Cost of a Hot Tub by Material

Hot tub prices range from $500 to $11,000, depending on the material.

Inflatable$500 - $800
Wooden$3,000 - $7,000
Acrylic$4,000 - $11,000

Soft-Side Inflatable Hot Tub

A soft-side inflatable hot tub costs $500 to $800. This is the least expensive option, made of vinyl and delivered deflated. Then you just have to inflate it, add the motor and fill it with a hose. Once it's plugged in, it's ready to go.

Inflatable styles are popular because they’re lightweight and relatively simple to DIY. Since the material is soft and flexible, they’re more likely to puncture and need repair or replacement.

Wooden Hot Tub

Wooden hot tubs cost $3,000 to $7,000. Using redwood, cedar or teak, they have a round design with seating. It comes in pieces so you can easily get it to the room or space of your choice.

Wood is a traditional choice, but it’s not as widely available now. Most options run on electricity, but you’ll find a few with a wood-fired heater.

Acrylic Hot Tub

Acrylic hot tubs are the most common choice, ranging from $4,000 to $11,000. This type usually has a prefabricated shell with a wood, acrylic or stainless steel surround.

Homeowners prefer acrylic because it has the greatest variety and handles cold weather the best. It’s harder to transport but often easier to install than wood.

Cost to Add a Hot Tub to a Pool

The cost to add a hot tub to a pool ranges from $300 to $5,000, plus the price of the tub. Placing one next to an in-ground pool runs $1,000 to $5,000. You may pay more if you want high-end materials like natural stone.

An in-ground pool costs $52,000 on average. Pool deck or coping prices range from $3,000 to $12,000, and may not be included. Many homeowners choose to install a hot tub at the same time.

Spillover Hot Tub Cost

A spillover hot tub costs $3,000 to $10,000, not including $1,000 to $5,000 for installation. You’ll pay less for prefabricated designs that a pro can drop in.

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Average Hot Tub Costs by Size

Hot tub costs range from $500 to $11,000, depending on the size as well as material.

OccupancyPrice
2$500 - $4,000
4$500 - $5,000
6$600 - $10,000
8$800 - $11,000

Hot Tub Installation Cost

Hot tub installation costs $175 to $5,000, depending on where you want to put it. Extra services like an electrical subpanel or concrete pad can add up to $5,000 more.

Hot Tub Electrical Installation Cost

The cost to wire a hot tub is $600 to $2,200. This depends on the model and the amperage of your existing setup.

The cost to install a subpanel ranges from $400 to $1,750. You may need to do this if your current panel can’t support the amps for the hot tub.

Cost to Install 220-Volt Outlet

The cost to install an outlet averages $225. You may need this service if you don’t have one within five feet of the hot tub, or if you need to upgrade an existing one. Most models use 50 to 60 amps, and need 220 to 240 volts.

Hot Tub In and Out Line Cost

The cost to install plumbing pipes for your hot tub is $400 to $1,900. If you’re building a custom design, you may be able to place water lines that help you refill it without having to use a hose.

Most models don’t need additional plumbing. Plug-and-play styles are closed systems that can only be filled by a hose.

Concrete Slab for Hot Tub Cost

The cost to pour a concrete slab ranges from $4 to $8 per square foot, or $400 to $1,000. For the average hot tub, you’ll need 100 to 120 square feet minimum.

You’ll need a concrete pad if you’re planning to install the hot tub on the ground. This makes sure that the weight, which runs up to 6,000 pounds when filled, won’t cause it to sink.

Hot Tub Installation Cost Factors

Professional hot tub installation costs $175 to $5,000. However, there are several factors that could up your price, such as:

  • Site preparation.
  • Electrical and plumbing installation.
  • Demolition and construction for in-ground.
  • Remodeling for indoor unit.

Cost to Move a Hot Tub

With an above-ground hot tub, you will need to factor in the cost of delivery, which typically ranges from $100 to $150. Most styles except inflatable ones require two to six people for installation. If you’re trying to move it over rough terrain or squeeze into a tight spot, you might need a crane.

Big box stores may offer free delivery, but this usually doesn’t include placement in a permanent spot. You can expect to pay $150 to $400 for this service.

Hot Tub Movers Cost

Hot tub movers cost $150 to $700. This depends on its size and where you’re moving it. Repositioning it on your property ranges from $150 to $400. Hiring pros to pack it up and take it to your new home runs $200 to $700.

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DIY vs. Hire a Hot Tub Installer

Given the weight of most models, it’s usually best to hire hot tub installers near you. Before you schedule the work, remember to request quotes from at least three pros and ask for references.

FAQs

How much does a hot tub weigh?

Acrylic Hot Tub Weight in Pounds
OccupancyEmptyFilled
4400 - 600 lbs.2,500 - 4,000 lbs.
6500 - 800 lbs.3,500 - 5,000 lbs.
8600 - 1,000 lbs.4,000 - 6,000 lbs.

How much electricity does a hot tub use?

Most modern hot tubs use 7.5 kilowatts per hour of usage. If you run it for an hour a day, you’ll spend 200 to 250 kilowatt-hours in a month.

How much does it cost to run a hot tub?

You can expect to pay $30 to $60 per month to run your hot tub. This includes $20 to $50 per month for electricity and $10 to $20 per month for water treatments.

What accessories should I get for my hot tub?

Most hot tubs come with everything you need to operate it. You may want to consider these accessories:

  • Extra Cover: $75-$150
  • Cover Lift: $50-$100
  • Steps: $50-$600
  • Spa Bar: $400-$700
  • Drink Holder: $100-$150
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