Owning a Family Hot Tub: Is it Worth the Cost?

///Owning a Family Hot Tub: Is it Worth the Cost?

Has your family been begging for a hot tub but you’re not sure it’s worth the cost?

If you’ve done some research, you likely know there are more costs beyond the price of the hot tub unit. You have to install the unit properly, even with an above-ground hot tub, and you’ll have new annual costs to consider. How do you know if the utility you get from the hot tub will balance out with the cost?

In this article, we’ll break down the costs you can expect with a new hot tub so you can answer the question “is it worth it?” for yourself.

Purchase Costs

Apart from the unit itself, you’ll need a platform for your hot tub at the very least. You might also need to pay additional professionals to help you move the unit and to hook it up.

Unit Cost

You’ll find a wide range of hot tub prices. Entry-level hot tubs typically cost $2,000 while luxury hot tubs hover around $12,000 and up.

Delivery Price

Depending on how easy it is to access the location where you want to place your hot tub, you might experience additional moving costs. For example, you might need to ramp over certain backyard features or even have the unit crane lifted over your house. Ramping can cost a few hundred dollars while a crane lift can cost around $1,000.

Platform Price

Your hot tub can’t just sit on the ground. You need a concrete, rebar-reinforced platform for it to sit on. You can easily do this project yourself for $200-400. Expect a contractor or landscaper to charge about $1,000.


You will only need an electrician if you’ve purchased a 220-volt hot tub. Due to the unit’s additional power requirements, an electrician will have to wire it directly to your main or sub-panel. In addition to labor cost, you’ll need to pay for wiring costs which can stack up quickly if your unit is far from your panel. Expect to pay about $1,000 for electrical work.

Yearly Costs

You’ll have yearly maintenance costs to take into consideration, too. Here’s a breakdown of expected yearly costs for your hot tub:

  • Electricity: $120-600/year (depends on unit and electricity costs in your area)
  • UV light: $75/year
  • Filters: $100+/year
  • Chemicals: $150-200/year

Other Factors to Consider

Now that you have a better idea of costs associated with a hot tub, you have to consider the benefits of having a hot tub and the amount of utility your family will get from it.

There are tons of health benefits associated with hot tubs. They provide physical and mental relaxation, improve circulation, reduce stress, and can even help reduce tension headaches. Hot tubs also allow you to spend time outside during the cold months and stay warm.

You can also make your hot tub a focal point for family activities and entertaining friends. Your home will serve as the hot spot for friends who want to partake in your hot tub’s relaxing waters.

When it comes to utility, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What’s the average temperature where I live? If you live in a colder clime where the temperature doesn’t get much above 75°F, a hot tub is a great option for you. You’ll get to stay warm outside all year round.
  2. Do you lift weights or do hard manual labor? If your muscles are sore all the time thanks to your lifestyle or work, a hot tub will provide tons of therapeutic benefits.
  3. Can you reasonably afford the costs? While hot tubs are amazing, you shouldn’t go over budget to have one.
  4. Does your backyard have the space? Space is a huge factor to consider. It will dictate if you can get a tub meant for two people over six or eight people.


Is a Hot Tub Worth It?

If you ask us, a hot tub is totally worth it. It provides so many physical, mental, and social benefits that are hard to ignore. Having a hot tub can also add to your home’s value in the event you want to sell.

After evaluating your budget, whether you have space or not, and if your family will use a hot tub, you’ll be able to decide if a hot tub is worth it for your family.

About the Author

Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years.  As a sales manager in the leisure industry he knows hot tubs inside and out.  Right now he works sales while writing about consumer goods on the side.  If you want to contact him, you can do so at his LinkedIn.

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