How much does a hot tub cost?

When shopping for hot tubs, there are several factors that can affect the final price of a spa. Keep reading to find out what they are.

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Construction of Hot Tub 3

The biggest factor in hot tub cost is the construction of the spa. There are two options to consider: Acrylic or Rotationally Molded.

Acrylic hot tubs are more expensive than rotationally molded spas due to the nature of how they are made. They require more labor and higher material costs.

Roto-molded hot tubs take much less time and labor to produce, resulting in a hot tub that is more affordable but of the same quality as acrylic spas. Roto-molded hot tubs are made of polyethylene resin, the same thing kayaks are made out of.

Energy Efficiency & Heat Retention

If you have poor insulation, your hot tub will use more energy and increase your electric bill. You want a spa that has FULL FOAM insulation, be careful of the spas that claim they're fully foamed only to find out the insulation is actually bags filled with foam pieces. 

Fantasy Spas use only full foam insulation and are certified to the strict guidelines set forth by the California Energy Commission for hot tub consumption.

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Heater V. Heat Recovery

Some spas don’t have an actual heater they something called heat recovery or thermal friction heating. This system heats the water by capturing energy from the pump and converting it to heat. The spa water will still get as hot, and stay as hot, as spas with a heating unit. The only difference is the base price of the hot tub, thermal friction spas will have a lower price tag.

Does size matter?


It usually does when looking at hot tub price tags. Small spas, like the Aspire ® that are designed for two people are going to have a much lower starting price point than larger spas, like the Fantasy Spas Entice®.

Fire up the Jets!

You will most likely pay more for a hot tub with more jets, but who needs a 110 jets? There’s only so many jets a person can enjoy at one time.


Items such as steps, cover lifters, and water care systems are usually not included in the base price of a spa, but they can make a huge impact on the overall ease of use of a hot tub.

Another thing to consider is delivery. Acrylic spas weigh upwards of 500 lbs., so you will need to hire a professional delivery service. However, roto-molded spas weigh less than 300 lbs, and can be put on a furniture dolly, and rolled it into a backyard – saving you hundreds of dollars on delivery.

So really, how much does a hot tub cost?

Depending on the construction, make, and model, energy efficiency, jets, accessories, etc. hot tub costs can range anywhere from $2,699 to roughly $20,000 and while we would love to provide you with an online price calculator, the reality is all pricing is set at the local market level.

Our favorite brands:

$ Entry Level Fantasy® Spas

$$ Value Hot Spot® by Hot Spring® Spas or Vacanza® by Caldera® Spas

$$$ Premium Limelight® by Hot Spring Spas or Paradise® by Caldera Spas

$$$$ Luxury Highlife® by Hot Spring Spas or Utopia® by Caldera Spas


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