5 Factors to Consider About New Hot Tub Pricing 

If you can’t wait to embrace the myriad benefits of having your own hydrotherapy oasis in your backyard, but don’t know what it will cost, this Hot Tub Purchasing Guide for California Bay Area Homeowners, is a great place to start.  

Not unlike purchasing a car, a spa purchase can be a game-changer. While the new car might make your commute, running errands, or family vacations possible and more pleasurable, the new hot tub will help melt away the stress of the day, relieve achy muscles, and improve your sleep. It’s all about quality of life.  

When you sit down with a car dealer, you consider options to “trick out your new ride.” Choosing between a 2-door and 4-door, and whether to add leather upholstery and heated seats, is the fun part! While they might affect your price, they also increase your enjoyment of your investment. 

Hot tub prices can range from $2,000 to over $10,000 for a top-of-the-line, feature-packed spa. But, no matter your budget, there’s a hot tub that’s perfect for your needs and lifestyle. This guide explores five variables that will affect the price—and enjoyment—of your brand new, backyard hot tub.

1. Hot Tub Size 

Clearly a 7-person inground spa with all the bells and whistles will cost more than a 2-4-person basic hot tub. One of the biggest factors that will determine the price of your new spa is the size you choose. There are many different sizes of spas available, and the added features often increase with the size of the hot tub. 

When deciding what size is right for you and your family, there are more things to consider besides how many people will be using it at once. Things to consider are available backyard space, whether you want lounge seats, and what built-in features you may want that aren’t offered in smaller spas.  

Are you looking for a good quality spa for 2-4 people, or a bigger spa to share with family and friends that has a few more features? To learn more about selecting the size that is right for you, read our article, What Hot Tub Size Should I Buy? 

2. Built-in Features 

Speaking of built-in features, taking a long view of your expectations for your backyard spa experiences, it’s important to carefully review all the many enticing options. Some of these options are more costly or impossible to add on later, so now is the time to give them careful consideration.   

These built-in features and options include, but are not limited to:  

  • A/V Equipment 
  • Saltwater Filtration System 
  • Ozone Filtration System 
  • Fountains 

3. Must-have Accessories 

In addition to the spa options, there are some add-ons that you will want to decide on at the time of purchase. The following three accessories will help keep you and your spa safe.  

Hydraulic Covers 

If you’re headed to your backyard with sore muscles or an injury that needs a therapeutic soak, lifting a heavy cover may be the last thing you want to do. This essential accessory will make your hot tub more accessible and guarantee a good seal to protect it between uses. 

Hot Spring Everwood® Step 

Your above-ground spa will need steps to make it more easily accessible for you and your guests.  

Hot Spring offers steps, made from the same materials as its Everwood® cabinets, clean easily, and like the cabinets they match, resist weather and sun damage. In addition, their textured surface helps prevent slipping with wet feet. 

Hot Spring Spa Side Handrail  

For added accessibility and safety, when entering your spa, you can add one or two Hot Spring Spa-Side Handrails. This convenient handrail is held in place by a plate that slides under the spa, making installation super easy. It’s swing arm swivels over the water to provide a helpful assist for you and your guests as you exit your spa as well, locking into place in each position. Some models have a battery-powered LED light for illuminating your ingress and egress for after-dark soaks. 

4. Installation 

When it comes to installation, the first decision is where your new hot tub will go. Installation costs will vary depending on whether the spa is inground, on a deck, or on a concrete pad. If you have spot that’s “plug and play,” on an existing pad or reinforced deck with available electrical, your installation cost will be minimal.  

Things that can increase your cost of installation include:  

  • Difficult ingress (steps, distance from driveway, etc.)  
  • Constructing or reinforcing existing deck 
  • Leveling ground and pouring concrete 
  • Bringing in electric, whether above ground or on a deck or pad 
  • Installing inground, or partially inground 

5. Spa Expos Are Not the Bargain They Seem to Be 

While it might be tempting to make a purchase on the spot, when faced with a slick presentation by a salesman showing off a spa at a county fair or hot tub expo, your experience may leave you wishing you paid a bit more to guarantee that you have access to the dealer, expert installation, and prompt, courteous follow-through. Learn more by reading Why to Buy a Hot Tub from a Local Dealer vs. Spa Show.  

At Creative Energy, our technicians will provide white glove installation of your backyard spa and any accessories you may have ordered, and no mess will be left behind. They will also walk you through how to use your new spa and all the customizable settings, and answer any questions you may have that day. Our team is always a quick call away, to answer any other questions, or assist you with inspections down the road. 

Buy a Creative Energy Spa for the Best Quality, Service, and Price 

Creative Energy is proud to be the Bay Area’s leading retailer for Hot Spring hot tubs. We invite you to visit one of our San Francisco Bay Area showrooms in San Rafael, San Mateo, and Concord, to meet with our team today. You can even schedule a private soak to test out a spa before you purchase it.  

Or contact us online today with any questions or to schedule a free in-home consultation.