However, it’s not just the hot tub that makes them so expensive—it’s the accessories that you need for cleaning the hot tub as well. In this guide, we will take a look at all of the components that you will need in order to use your hot tub so that you can see how they are priced and how much it will cost to have one outside your home and keep it in proper working order.
The Tub Itself
The first thing that you will need to pay for when installing an inground hot tub is the tub itself. These models can range widely in price depending on how many people you would like them to seat, the amount of jets you want them to have, and so forth.
In general, most inground hot tubs cost between 3,000 to 20,000 dollars depending on whether or not you want one with an acrylic shell or if you prefer to have a custom-made model. The other part of the tub that drives the cost up is the power source that you choose, as hot tubs can run off electricity, propane, or natural gas.
Another thing that drives up the cost of an inground hot tub is the cost of the accessories that are needed to clean it. You may not think that you have to do that much to your hot tub, but in truth, you really do. When you purchase a hot tub, you need to buy the following chemicals and cleaning accessories:
- Scum-Absorbing Sponges—In general, these cost between $8 and $10, which means that they shouldn’t be that expensive. If you throw one of these sponges in the hot tub and let go float freely, it will work well to remove body oils and other scummy things from the surface of the tub. Then when you are ready to use it again, you just flip it over, wring it out, and put it back in the tub.
- Cleaning Mitts—Obviously, when cleaning your hot tub, you don’t want to have to touch the icky messes that can build up on the walls or other areas of the tub. Therefore, it is a good idea to wear one of these hot tub cleaning mitts. If you do so, you won’t have to worry about getting anything on your hands, and you can throw the mitt away after you’ve used it so that the mess doesn’t get anywhere else but outside on the mitt itself. These cost about $10 to $12 depending on which sets you buy.
- Sanitizer—All hot tubs will need to be sanitized to keep bacteria and germs from building up and making you sick. While many sanitizers contain chlorine and bromine, this particular one doesn’t. Still, even if you get one that does have these components, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Keeping your hot tub clean and germ-free is easy, as long as you are willing to spend $20-$30 for a sanitizer, which will eventually need to be replaced.
- Water Testing Strips—In order to test the PH levels and the overall quality of the water, you will need to invest in water testing strips, which can cost anywhere from $7 to $10, depending on which ones you decide to buy. If you get them in sets of 50 or more, you won’t have to spend as much money as frequently as you would if you just bought the smaller sets, so that may be something worth considering.
Some hot tubs come with a spa cover when you purchase them, which is good, because this means you won’t have to spend extra money on them. However, if your hot tub did not come with one, then you will need to buy a cover separately.
Covers should be considered mandatory for all hot tub owners because they keep dirt and debris out of the tub, they maintain the water temperature, and they keep children or other people from falling into the tub and getting injured when no one is around to monitor the tub. Spa covers generally range in price from $30 to $150, depending on the size and other factors that you need.
If you truly want the complete hot tub package, you will probably be looking for high-quality accessories that you can use to make your hot tub experience even more enjoyable. For this reason, one of the first things you might invest in is a side table tray, which helps you keep your food and drinks near you at all times whenever you want to indulge while soaking in the tub. This costs about $20 to $30 on average.
Of course, depending on the way that your tub is designed, you will probably also need to get hot tub stairs so that you can get in and out of the tub. These stairs can be expensive, ranging in price from $50 to $250 or more, but they are well worth the investment.
Now that you know what goes into the purchase of an inground hot tub, you can get a better idea of what you can expect to pay for the entire set. If you want the complete package, you will probably need to save up at least $10,000 to $30,000, but that all depends on the model that you choose, the accessories that you want, and more. Ultimately, as long as you are happy with your purchase, then that is all that matters.