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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Hot Tub?

Typical Range: $157 - $490

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The national cost to install an above ground hot tub averages $315, with most homeowners spending between $157 and $490. The approximate cost to install a built-in hot tub varies from $15,000 to $20,000.
Hot tubs make a great addition for both leisure and health. The benefits are numerous - you can relax after a long evening, use it for at-home hydrotherapy, entertain guests - the possibilities are endless. Make sure you know whether you want a freestanding or built-in model to better gauge what the total costs will be. If you hire a professional, they can help you plan your project from start to finish, ensuring your purchase is ideal for your needs and is installed correctly.

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Above Ground Hot Tub Installation Costs

Prices for an above ground hot tub can range anywhere from $320 up to $17,000. The reason for this has to do with the type of hot tub you install, where you install it and how many accessories you'll add on.
Above ground models are also considered portable. You can set up a spa on your deck and then store the piece in your basement during the winter. They are difficult to move though because they weigh about 225 pounds on average.
Depending on the type you choose, you can either DIY the setup or require a professional. This is especially true with the wooden and acrylic models, as construction and setup can be difficult as a DIY project.

Soft-side Inflatable Hot Tubs

The least expensive is a soft-side inflatable one which you can get for $500 or less. These are made of vinyl and come to your home deflated. Then you just have to inflate it, add the motor and fill it with a hose. Once it's plugged in, it's a ready to go hot tub.
  • Pros: Inexpensive, easy to move, less work for initial setup
  • Cons: Because it's made of vinyl, this structure can puncture easily, which means you'll have to replace it regularly.

Wooden Hot Tubs

Wooden hot tubs are the most common choice and cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. 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. They must sit on a solid base -- concrete or wood -- that can handle the weight of the tub and the water.
  • Pros: Comes in parts for easy construction, very popular and solid material choices, appealing and will work with most home structures
  • Cons: It will require electrical and plumbing setup in the yard, and you will need to have a solid base for it.

Acrylic Hot Tubs

Acrylic hot tubs are the heaviest and most expensive choice, costing anywhere from $11,000 to $16,000. They're much heavier and cannot be transported in pieces, like wooden ones. They do require electrical and plumbing setup, like wooden tubs, but they're much heavier and will require an extremely solid base.
  • Pros: Very sturdy, can withstand the climate fairly well, has a very expensive and appealing look
  • Cons: Extremely heavy -- might require a new structure for placement -- and expensive to move. It will also require electrical and plumbing setup.

Cost Factors to Installing an Above Ground Outdoor Tub

If you choose to install an above ground hot tub, there are many factors you need to consider. This includes:
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With an above ground hot tub, you will need to factor in the cost of moving the structure, which often comes to an extra $100 to $150 for the initial delivery. Most styles -- save for the inflatable ones -- require two to six people for installation and sometimes even a crane. That's because most tubs weigh anywhere from 400 to 1,000 pounds. The company who sold the hot tub will usually set this up.
If you're arranging to move the hot tub to a new home, then you will have to set up the move yourself. Depending on the size, there are a few options:
  • Professional large pallet mover & delivery truck -- $200 to $300 (includes operator and the truck)
  • Renting 4-wheel trailer -- $100 a day
  • Using a hand-towed crane -- $100 to $150/day
  • Professional heavyweight crane -- $150 to $300 per hour
Professionals will want to inspect the start and end sites. If they have to remove sections of the fence to get the hot tub in, you might pay an extra $100 to $200, not to mention the cost to repair the fence afterwards. This will mostly apply if you're having a wooden or acrylic hot tub delivered to your new home. For the portable, inflatable one, you should be able to fit it into your moving truck -- you might cover it with fabric or other protective material to avoid poking holes in the structure.

Cost to Install a Built In Hot Tub

In comparison to above ground styles, built-in (also known as in-ground) hot tubs are far more expensive at between $15,000 and $20,000. This is because installers will have to excavate the yard and install the necessary plumbing and electrical parts for the tub.
Here are some factors to consider with installing a built-in hot tub:
  • Location: Professionals will have to dig into your landscape to make room for the hot tub. This could affect your entire yard, so make sure you discuss the best location for minimal overall damage. Then factor in the cost to repair your landscape, anywhere from.
  • Installation: Since a built-in hot tub installation is far more work than a portable one, it's imperative you get a dealer who will help to walk you through the process. They can usually get contractors to help with the trench digging, electrical and plumbing installation. If you want a room for your built-in tub, they can set that up as well.
  • Materials: They are usually made of gunite or poured concrete. That's why they have to be installed below ground, as a structure wouldn't be able to handle the weight.
  • Size: The size of the tub you want installed should be determined by how many people will use it. For a family of four, a hot tub that holds 500 gallons and is about 7'8" x 7'8" x 40" should do fine. For a bigger family, you'll have to go up. Common sizes listed in the chart below.
  • Electrical/plumbing: While these services will be costly to install, there are ways to save on the total cost. You can use alternative heating and plumbing systems, like a gas heater for the water. However, an in-ground system isn't as efficient as a portable hot tub, so expect to pay more on your monthly utility bills.
  • Surround: You don't want the tacky look of a hole in the ground with concrete. So consider adding a surround, made of tiles, stone or bricks. It adds to the overall beauty of your hot tub and avoids potential mishaps with falls.
Here are some common sizes:
Capacity by Size of Hot Tub
DimensionsCapacity in Gallons
6' x 6' x 29"120
6'7" x 6'7" x 29"275
6'11" x 7'2" x 33"350
7'8" x 7'8" x 40"500
7' x 10' x 37"650
7'7" x 13'2" x 48"1,200
On the pro side of having a built-in hot tub, oftentimes these structures can raise the value of your home, depending on where you live. For the Northern states who have snow, only an indoor hot tub will yield more value. If you live in the South or on the West Coast though, a hot tub -- indoor or out -- could add significant value. The con of installing an inground style is you cannot take it with you.

Hot Tub Price Guide

It's important to gauge the cost of the hot tub, as determined by its quality. There are compromises to be made with each type -- low tier is less expensive but requires more maintenance. Top tier are more expensive and durable. The average cost ranges for each tier are:
  • Low-end: $3,000 to $4,000
  • Mid tier: $5,000 to $8,000
  • Top tier: $9,000 to $18,000
Breaking it down by common hot tub brands, expect cost ranges like:
  • American Spas: $4,000 to $5,000
  • Aquaterra: $2,500 to $3,500
  • Aston: $3,500 to $5,000
  • Divine: $5,000 to $8,500
  • Evolution: $3,000 to $7,000
  • Home and Garden: $2,500 to $5,000
  • LifeSmart: $500 to $5,500
  • QCA Spas: $3,200 to $5,500
These prices mostly apply to above ground hot tubs. The price to install a built-in will be far greater, as noted in the section above. With above ground styles, there are a variety of choices to select from. When choosing one for your home, you should consider the number of jets youÂ’d like, size, assembly required and how many people it can fit.
None of these costs include electrical/plumbing installation, structural installations or accessories.
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Saltwater Hot Tub Prices

Installing a saltwater chlorine generator system for your hot tub will cost $500-$1,500, depending on the option you choose, and the type of hot tub involved. Built-in hot tubs require more expensive generators that are closer to $1,500 while standalone styles for above ground hot tubs are closer to $500.
Salt water hot tubs have many benefits:
  • Low-maintenance
  • "Self-cleaning" because automatically sanitizes without assistance
  • Salt costs less than $10 per month, versus the $20-$80 of chlorine or bromine
  • No need to handle or store chemicals
  • Fewer chemicals make it a more environmentally friendly option
  • Soft on skin
The only set-backs of these systems are their initial cost and the potential for corrosion. However, experts say that the levels of salt used for this small amount of water won't be dense enough to cause significant damage. If you intend to install a saltwater system, it's best to purchase a hot tub with non-corrosive features.

Hot Tub Accessories

Once you've got the tub installed, it's time to think about accessories. Depending on the type of hot tub you have, some accessories you should consider adding might include:
  • Covers: To avoid leaves and other debris getting in your hot tub, you will need a cover. Depending on the size, you might also need a cover helper, which helps to manage taking the cover on/off and preventing damage.
  • Jets: If you don't have enough jets, you can have more added. Just make sure you don't overdo it.
  • Lighting: Lighting in or around the tub can help to avoid injury and potential mishaps if you get in the tub at night.
  • Drink holders: If you want to enjoy a beverage, get a portable drink holder than you can install on the side of the tub.
  • Ozonator: This injects sanitizer into the spa as ozone gas, which makes the spa easier to maintain.
  • Pump: This makes it easier to empty the hot tub, although most modern models have built-in drains.
  • Water access: This will make it easier to fill the tub -- might include a garden hose or an outdoor faucet.
  • Weatherproof stairs: Allows easy access into the tub. Make sure it's made of durable materials and supported by concrete.
Some of these accessories -- cover, jets, lighting, ozonator -- might come with some models. Make sure to ask the dealer to avoid spending extra for something you won't need. You also want to make sure and not crowd the hot tub with too many accessories. This could detract from its overall value and appearance.
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