What are the Costs of a Hot Tub Long Term?

The cost of maintaining a hot tub long-term includes cleaning, chemicals, electrical usage, and any possible repairs. Although there are many different aspects involved in upkeeping a hot tub, you can do many things to lower your costs long-term. Below, we will provide you with some examples of how to do so. 

Cost To Install:

Although this isn’t an ongoing cost, what happens during the installation process could determine future costs. Once you’ve purchased your hot tub, you might be asking questions like, “how will I have my hot tub delivered?” “What will its foundation look like?” and so on. A crane delivery will likely be necessary when purchasing a heavier hot tub, typically costing between 400 to 2000 dollars. Of course, this cost is dependent on factors like your location and the size or shape of the hot tub in question. Another aspect of the installation process is the base of your hot tub. If, for instance, you decide that a concrete slab is your best choice, you will generally spend about 3,000 to 8,000 dollars. However, once again, this is dependent on your region and the hot tub’s size.  Alternatively, you can have your hot tub buried in the ground and incorporate a deck or other landscape design around it. Typically, a deck can cost you anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 dollars. Although these two things won’t necessarily significantly influence the costs of your hot tub moving forward, the electrical work done at this time will. Hiring a licensed and experienced professional will cost around 1,500 to 3,000 dollars, depending on where you live. However, you must have someone experienced to do this, and here’s why.

Electricity Costs:

Of course, when adding any new object to your home that runs on electricity, your bill will rise. This running electricity will not only power your hot tub’s pumps and jets, but it will also constantly be heating your water. Therefore, it is essential to have a professional install everything for you initially for the sake of your hot tub and the safety of everyone around.  The ongoing electrical costs associated with your hot tub are determined by how often it’s running. The more you use your hot tub, the more energy it will, of course, require. Therefore, it’s important not to keep your hot tub running for extended periods without use. It’s also essential to determine your ideal temperature, so you’re not trying to get your hot tub to 105 degrees when 98 degrees is more than perfect enough for you and your family. The electrical costs will range from one house to another because of all the factors that come into play like usage, temperature, location, etc. Typically, you will spend between 1 to 3 dollars a day.


The truth is, no one likes dishing out money to repair something, which is why it’s a good idea to be aware of your hot tub’s warranty upon purchasing. For example, Hydropool has a 10/5/3 warranty, which means ten years of Structure are covered along with five years of Shell Surface and three years of Plumbing and Mechanical Components. So if you realize you have an issue with your hot tub within that time frame, you can use your warranty to cover the costs. 

Cleaning and Chemicals:

The costs for chemicals are different for each person depending on your region, hot tub size, the specific chemicals needed, etc. However, generally speaking, the cost of the chemicals required to maintain your hot tub will be around 20 to 50 dollars per month. But there is something you can do to help with this cost. If you frequently check your pH levels and keep your cover on, you can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on chemicals every month. Speaking of covers, this is another way you can control how much money you spend on maintaining your hot tub. Although purchasing a high-quality, well-fitting cover for your hot tub might not seem like a priority, trust us, it should be. Not only will a cover (that fits your hot tub properly) help maintain the cleanliness of your water, but it will also protect your pump, jets, filtration system, etc., from outside influences. When it comes to the ongoing costs of owning a hot tub, there are many things you can do to lower this number. Now that you know more about what it takes to own a hot tub, we hope you feel confident in your decision to purchase one. If you’d like to learn how to find the right one for you, download our free buyer’s guide, or visit us at our hot tub store.
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